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Old August 11th 03, 06:39 AM
Jeffrey
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Hi folks. A question, if I may.

In the film "S.W.A.T.", a commandeered Learjet is descending for a landing
on a bridge. The pilot or copilot is going through checklists and he says,
"Go to 'forty percent flaps.' "

I'm a private pilot, and I use DEGREES of flaps (10, 20, or 30 -- and once,
in a really old 172, 40).

Am I correct in thinking that this was movie idiocy -- they spent all their
budget on Samuel L. Jackson and got a third-rate aviation consultant if they
got one at all -- or do Learjet pilots really use "percentage" of flaps?

Thanks for your help.

---Jeffrey

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Old August 11th 03, 06:41 PM
Larry Fransson
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"Jeffrey" wrote:

Am I correct in thinking that this was movie idiocy -- they spent all their
budget on Samuel L. Jackson and got a third-rate aviation consultant if they
got one at all -- or do Learjet pilots really use "percentage" of flaps


No. We speak in degrees. Full flaps on a Learjet (the 20- and
30-series, anyway - I can't speak for the 40, 45, 55, or 60) is 40
*degrees*.

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Old August 14th 03, 04:10 AM
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Well, in "S.W.A.T.", they only *just* managed to stop before hitting the
superstructure at the far end of the bridge.


BTW, have we all noticed how expendable pilots are in the movies or TV whether
it be fixed wing or rotorcraft.
"Damn Hollywood loves to blows up dem helochoppers dont dey bossman"?
"Yeah dey blows up real good".
Next to women and minorities pilots have a low life expectancy in the movies.
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Old August 18th 03, 03:05 PM
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"Jeffrey" writes:


But Hollywood knows that there is no need to make a story plausible when
only a small fraction of the audience is educated enough to know when its
intelligence is being insulted.


The one I liked was the chopper trying to drop/extract somebody
onto/from a runaway bus. (Maybe it was that infamous bus-bomb
picture; I donoo..)

So the guy's on the winch cable, the bus goes across the bridge,
and you can CLEARLY see the [current topic] 130 KV transmission
lines running at 90 degrees to the road. See, it's a magic
winch cable that can pass right through obstructions.

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Old August 19th 03, 02:40 AM
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That was a Lear 24. Probably THE most INefficient of the Lear Family!!!
IF...(and I think it IS impossible) IF he were to land on WET pavement and were
able to stop in UNDER half a mile....it would be a miracle.

He CERTAINLY would NOT be able to get that aircraft OFF the bridge!!! The Lear
24 needs in EXCESS of 6000' of runway to take off!

Makes for a great story line but they should have made it a MAULE or something
and just flown out at tree-top levels or something.

I hate when they ruin movies with stupid bull**** like that! WHERE ARE THEIR
TECHNICAL ADVISOR'S??????
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Old September 8th 03, 03:45 AM
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from my limited time flying lear 24s, I don't remember
having to put the gear down to get the engines turning!!!


an am I wrong in saying that they wouldn't get it off the ground in less than a
mile? or....ESPECIALLY off of that bridge!!


 




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