A couple of errors in your post. 1)"tire swaps take a long time." Nose wheel change on a MD takes about 20 minutes max after it blocks in. 2) A/c does not need to be put on "jacks". A nose wheel can and is changed with a bottle jack. It just lifts the nose gear. And if I was in a hurry I could and have done it without a jack. Move the jet way back and turn the nose wheel in the cockpit either full deflection left or right. The direction that you turn the nose wheel control will raise the opposite nose wheel just barely off the ground,enough to remove 1/2 of the rain deflector from the nose gear, and then change that tire. 3)All mtc stations have tires already built up and inflated, ready to go for any particular a/c that flys into that station. No need to deplane any pax from a/c. As a mechanic I need access to the cockpit for only one reason; to get the logbook and sign it off after completion of the tire change.No inspector needed. My sign off will say " replaced lt nose wheel, spacer
Your talking heavy jet vs fighter.We all know that some commerical a/c have the capabitity to dump fuel. For instance; 767-400 can dump fuel but the 767-200 cannot.757 cannot dump fuel as is the same with a 737 (all models) MD-80 series cannot but the 727 could. My original question;can a F-18 dump fuel?
I haven't found any evidence that the F18
d has a fuel dump system. Normally fighters
do not have a fuel dump system, they drop the
external tank. But the Navy said they were dumping
fuel. But that was a spokesman and probably not
This is a after overhaul/maintenance flight. I have been on several of these on the B-727 and DC-8. The crew and the inspectors on board are checking the flight controls and general handling of the A/C. Its especially intrestering on the 727 when the pilot turns off the yaw damp system.