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Subject: [TowerTalk] Aluminum towers
From: (Rick Bowden)
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 11:48:57 +0000
Very well said .
Rick  / KI5VZ
Rick's Tower Service
H(972) 539-0295

Dan Arney wrote:

> Gang, Lets just say this if an airplane made out of Aluminum did not
> flex itself in all directions, and I mean all then millions of people
> including myself would not be here. A B-747 wing tip can and will flex a
> total of about 8 to 14' according to gust loads and wing loading of the
> plane depending on total weight. Fuel management is very critical to the
> safe conduct of the flight to provide structural integrity of the plane.
> I have over 20,000 hours as Pilot in 375 types of planes.
> Been there done that
> If I were in the market with the money I would not even hesitate to buy
> an aluminum tower if it was designed to meet my requirements.
> The ones that bad mouth them COME forward with the FACTS Just the FACTS
> MAN. Like put up or shut up.
> A B-747 made of steel would weight somewhere around 1.5 to 2 Mil. pounds
> empty. We would have to use the Saturn 5 to get it airborne.
>  The lite weight  guy (Aluminum) with over 400 PAX's 400,000 pounds of
> fuel and the plane come in at around 888,000 at brake release. From
> brake release to wheels in the well, flaps up on speed sked the fuel
> consumption is about 10,000.
> Hank
> Back to towers.
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