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    Navy Pilot Killed In A-29 Test Aircraft

    7th crash of AF planes this year in non-combat situation. Way cool prop plane with lots of attack features.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us...ase/ar-AAz4G4D

    Although in use around the world the last few years, this is still considered by the AF to be a test aircraft. I'm scratching my head on that one.
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    It's because jet jocks hate planes with cooling fans on the front of the engines. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    7th crash of AF planes this year in non-combat situation. Way cool prop plane with lots of attack features.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us...ase/ar-AAz4G4D

    Although in use around the world the last few years, this is still considered by the AF to be a test aircraft. I'm scratching my head on that one.
    Because it is an aircraft used for test. Testing isn't over when an aircraft goes into service, some aircraft are still being used for test almost until they are removed from service.
    If what I say offends you then you really don't want to hear what I keep to myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    Because it is an aircraft used for test. Testing isn't over when an aircraft goes into service, some aircraft are still being used for test almost until they are removed from service.
    And it is pretty much explained here what they are doing with it and the AT-6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    7th crash of AF planes this year in non-combat situation. Way cool prop plane with lots of attack features.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us...ase/ar-AAz4G4D

    Although in use around the world the last few years, this is still considered by the AF to be a test aircraft. I'm scratching my head on that one.


    Hell, if someone brings me an A/F cleared item, guess what? Navys still gonna test the crap out of it. So I certainly don't blame the A/F for not accepting Belize's airworthiness processes.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    Hell, if someone brings me an A/F cleared item, guess what? Navys still gonna test the crap out of it. So I certainly don't blame the A/F for not accepting Belize's airworthiness processes.......
    CH-46's, which were first introduced in 1964, still occasionally pop up for test.

    There is always something new, a new configuration etc that someone wants to fly an aircraft in, and to ensure it is safe we test.
    If what I say offends you then you really don't want to hear what I keep to myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    Because it is an aircraft used for test. Testing isn't over when an aircraft goes into service, some aircraft are still being used for test almost until they are removed from service.
    I'm well aware they are always adding to aircraft and those additions need to be tested. I'm wondering what was being tested - a new engine? new aerodynamics? guidance/computer systems? Hopefully they can fix the issue fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    I'm well aware they are always adding to aircraft and those additions need to be tested. I'm wondering what was being tested - a new engine? new aerodynamics? guidance/computer systems? Hopefully they can fix the issue fast.
    Unless I'm mistaken, this wasn't testing anew thing, but rather testing the entire aircraft to see if it's suitable for service with the US.
    "I aim to misbehave."

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    Do not forget EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility).
    It can and will take an aircraft to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoWhat View Post
    Do not forget EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility).
    It can and will take an aircraft to the ground.
    Normally EMCSOFT would be conducted before you get to go flight test.
    "I aim to misbehave."

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