posted on Feb, 23 2008 @ 01:00 AM
OK, I'm going out on a limb here, and posting something that it seems everyone has begun to lose sight of ( 'lose' not "loose" ).
Page 1, YouTube link.....GONE!! The premise of the OP is missing...but I think a lot has been presented here, when you separate the wheat from the
chaff, to indeed show that UA175's speed could be produced by suicidal maniacs intent on inflicting as much destructive force as they could.
needed to add, here...if you have a few thousand to spend, you can probably still find an Operator of a Sim that will let you fly for an hour or
so...I can tell you, depending on who owns it, it may be very busy...at my airline there was very little 'down time', they were scheduled from about
0800 to 2300...and then the MX guys come in to do the overnight maintenance...things break, light bulbs burn out, the hydraulics need to be checked,
Here's a typical day for a pilot in the Sim building...we have a 'show' time, say 0530. There is a 1 & half hour briefing, and the Sim is ready
for us at 0700. They block 4 hours for the session, 2 hours for each pilot. SO, at 1100, there are another two pilots to use the Sim, they
'showed' at 0930..., ant etc...just an example of a busy simulator, at an airline that has a lot of pilots going thru...OH, and we have to debrief
afterwards...all fits into the max '8-hour' day of work, and various union rules will vary between airlines...
The foregoing was just fun info, for anyone who still cares to read this thread.
Point is, there are Sims around the world, probably few in the USA though, that have some time for sale...so, if you have the dough, go for it! Fly
the darned thing at 500 MPH (or, about 435 Knots, indicated airspeed [IAS]).
Remember, airplanes in the Western World use Knots, not MPH...technically, a 'knot' is a 'nautical mile per hour'...so the 'PerHour' is just
dropped, and the term becomes 'KT'...or 'Kts'...
Just so you don't have to run off to Wiki...a 'Statute' mile is 5,280 feet. A 'Nautical' mile is 6,060 feet. If you want to convert Knots to
MPH, since you are used to MPH, you multiply by 1.15
Like, if you want to convert MPH to KPH, you use 1.6
100 KPH = 160 MPH (approx)
100 KPH = 62 MPH (approx)
This is why, '500 MPH' sounds like an insane speed...and it is, at low altitudes, because it violates FAA regulations, obviously, for multiple
reasons...but the guys at the controls could be, charitably, qualified as 'insane' anyway...
I cannot remember the top number on the Airspeed indicator we had onboard...it was a point where the needle would 'peg', my best memory is it was
labeled at about 420K...of course, we never wanted to exceed the 'barber pole', that was Vmo at lower altitudes, and was 340K in the B767.
Somewhere on the web is a photo of the instrument, I am sure...I'll look....
Of course, the DFDR could record higher speeds, so I'm assuming the ADC could too, since that's where the DVDR got the data....
[edit on 23-2-2008 by weedwhacker]