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Ok military people, I need some advice. Work has me flying to Ft. Wainwright a week from today. I looked at the weather in Fairbanks and the Temp. is a HIGH (A fucking *HIGH*) of 10 to 20 degree (F) below zero! JEEEZUZ!!! I have some work to do outside. Just a few system checks on a siren system. Isn't it true that aircraft has a hard time taking off and flying in this cold of weather? I have to take a small aircraft from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Give me some advice, anyone who has been to Alaska in the winter time. I am NOT looking foward to this trip.

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Isn't it true that aircraft has a hard time taking off and flying in this cold of weather?
only if there's ice on the wings and/or runway
any respectable aircraft will be made of components spec'ed and tested to the -40 deg F range
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only if there's ice on the wings and/or runway
any respectable aircraft will be made of components spec'ed and tested to the -40 deg F range
Hey man, I'm no aircraft mechanic or pilot, I'm just a passenger. When you start talking about 20 or 30 below zero that's no bullshit. The forecast for Fairbanks is down rite COLD. It says a low of 40 below zero at night.

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Hey man, I'm no aircraft mechanic or pilot, I'm just a passenger. When you start talking about 20 or 30 below zero that's no bullshit. The forecast for Fairbanks is down rite COLD. It says a low of 40 below zero at night.
The small aircraft out there flies all the time in-between all the little towns here and there so I would not worry too much but than again its -20 -> -30 so I guess don't forget your hat, mittens & ice fishing gear

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probably not a cloud in the sky either.
Now if it was only 85 degrees....

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I don't know but I've been told, eskimo p*ssy is really cold.

I heard it's so cold up there that your piss will freeze before it hits the ground. Try it out for us.

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Thanks a lot Steve.

The sun rise up there now is at around 10:30 AM and goes down before 3 PM.

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A couple of simple things to remember.

That is too cold for ice to form on the wings, so no issue there.

Planes actually fly BETTER in colder weather because cold air is denser than hot air. (hot air expands). This increase in density INCREASES the performance of the prop and of the wing. Better lift capabilities, shorter take-off distance requirements, and faster and easier climbs.

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Thanks a lot Steve.

The sun rise up there now is at around 10:30 AM and goes down before 3 PM.
Does that mean that you only have to work for 4.5hrs?

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Thanks a lot Steve.

The sun rise up there now is at around 10:30 AM and goes down before 3 PM.

Just fuckin with ya bro. But seriously your going to freeze your ass off
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Oh man you are so FUCKING LUCKY!!! I loved it up there! You will be amazed at the Northern lights! Moose will be EVERYWHERE!! If you get the chance you will only be a few miles (if i remember correctly) from the town - North Pole. Its a blast and make sure...MAKE SURE you have LOTS of film!!! The alaskan pipeline runs right through there and is pretty cool to see. Right outside of the AFB there is the entrance to Arctic Survival school. Near there is a BIG sign that talks about the Alaskan Pipeline. Look on the sign and on the post of the pipeline and see if my name is still there! Keatts 1989 (i think)

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I've been to Alaska several times, just not in the winter. I went to Prudhoe Bay on the Actic Ocean for a job on the pipeline a few years ago. I've also been to Nome, Fairbanks and of course Anchorage. All the times I have been there it was summer time though. I'm not looking foward to this trip because how fucking cold its going to be. Look at the forecast for Fairbanks. A high of 10 to 20 below zero, thats nuts.

I'll stop at the town called North Pole and put a sticker up for you guys. I'm heading up to Aurora tonight so I'll stop by Kens house and grab one.

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It was -48 degrees F when i was there. You could litterally mist away a cup of hot coffee by spilling it! The vehicles HAD to keep moving at all times because any none movement and the beads would break on the tires! Now survive that shit in a tent for a weekend and then you can say.....Brr...That was cold!

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It was -48 degrees F when i was there. You could litterally mist away a cup of hot coffee by spilling it! The vehicles HAD to keep moving at all times because any none movement and the beads would break on the tires! Now survive that shit in a tent for a weekend and then you can say.....Brr...That was cold!
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Great, that's just what I needed to read.

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