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Old 10-08-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Discovery Channel crashes 727 in 'Curiosity' season premiere- Aired last night

Did anyone else watch this last night?

I thought it was pretty neat how they did it and how they made sure to try and not blow it up like NASA did when they tried it so many years ago. It will be intresting to see how/if Avation travel changes at all. Exspecaily since American Air is having trouble with there seats moving and what not.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...crash/1606749/

"Scientists and investigators get a rare second-by-second look at just what happens -- to the jet and to its occupants -- when something goes terribly wrong midflight."
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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watched it. overly dramatic and produced. was waiting for a giant fireball explosion, but looked more like a barge running aground. sure, maybe it will help provide some useful data, but the show was a big let down.

ended up watching things eat a dead hippo until 3am and that was much more interesting.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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I dvr'd it, ill be watching it tomorrow night hopefully, or wednesday.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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i hope my dvr got it. I think it was set to record this show last season
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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^It wasn't called Curiosity though, so you'll probably need to catch a rerun. They had it titled "Plane Crash"
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Downloading it. Will watch tonight
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Favorite part was the fact that they created a remote control 727, ridiculous. Don't let the terrorists see that...

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saw this last night as well, very cool segment. would definitely recommend it!
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I watched it. Wasn't particularly impressed. They missed the damn runway they had set up and all the drama was centered around making sure they were within the time frame allotted by their permits and licensing. Boring.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:28 PM   #11
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I watched it. Though it was interesting. Yeah it was a little over produced and over dramatic, but its TV. If you want a documentary check out your library or pick up a book.

I thought it was crazy how one of the jets was still running after it crashed O.O
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #12
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Did anyone else watch this last night?

I thought it was pretty neat how they did it and how they made sure to try and not blow it up like NASA did when they tried it so many years ago. It will be intresting to see how/if Avation travel changes at all. Exspecaily since American Air is having trouble with there seats moving and what not.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel...crash/1606749/

"Scientists and investigators get a rare second-by-second look at just what happens -- to the jet and to its occupants -- when something goes terribly wrong midflight."
NASA purposefully crashed that other plane to test a fuel additive that was supposed to reduce fires. They crashed it into these barriers that were supposed to rip the wing tanks open on impact. The test was a failure.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:36 PM   #13
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NASA purposefully crashed that other plane to test a fuel additive that was supposed to reduce fires. They crashed it into these barriers that were supposed to rip the wing tanks open on impact. The test was a failure.
The Discovery show brought up the NASA experiment when saying how they DON'T want their plane to catch on fire, because if it did then all of the data would be lost. I'm not disagreeing with you, but I didn't hear your info last night. I was only half paying attention.
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should have been a 1 hour show. was good, but way longer than it needed to be.
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No disagreement necessary. I was simply pointing out that the two crashes were for different purposes.
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I was really surprised that it had analogue controls. When was fly-by-wire introduced? And surely the plane had autopilot; why not just let the autopilot run it into the ground?
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I was really surprised that it had analogue controls. When was fly-by-wire introduced? And surely the plane had autopilot; why not just let the autopilot run it into the ground?
In the USA, commercial pilots are required to land the plane. Not autopilot. Considering the age and use of the plane used, I'm fairly confident assuming that it didn't have the autopilot neccessary for the flight. Besides, that whole system is intended to safely land the plane... not crash it into the ground at 3 times the normal rate of decent.

"Launched into production during 1984, the Airbus Industries Airbus A320 became the first airliner to fly with an all-digital fly-by-wire control system." (Wikipedia)

The 727 was produced from 1963 to 1984. They did have autopilot to maintain altitude and heading, but I doubt they could land themselves like modern jets.
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I was really surprised that it had analogue controls. When was fly-by-wire introduced? And surely the plane had autopilot; why not just let the autopilot run it into the ground?
Can you program auto pilot to run it into the ground? I would think that would be counter intuitive. My only complaint was that I wanted to see more data at the end. I can understand that the majority of people just wanted to see **** blow up though.

Also it was called curiosity.. So his DVR should have recorded it.
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My only complaint was that I wanted to see more data at the end. I can understand that the majority of people just wanted to see **** blow up though.

Also it was called curiosity.. So his DVR should have recorded it.
Yeah me too. After two hours of hype, they put it in the ground, said well that went well, and finished the show. The must have learned more than "planes are safe, do what they tell you and you'll probably be fine"

My Time Warner Cable DVR recorded it as "Plane Crash"


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spoiler alert for everyone who has yet to watch it.

one of the dummies may have broken their ankle and would have trouble walking away from the crash. this is what you will wait 2 HOURS for! the first hour is spend searching for two skydivers who jumped out too early during a test flight and they had to find them before the desert temperatures plummet. they found them about 15 minutes later.
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