PDA

View Full Version : Metric, imperial, and nautical...



Anjinsama
10-17-2004, 04:23 PM
I was just reading the post on what ideal convergence should be, which reminded me of the speeder bar causing some angst (what a great word, angst, it just begs to be said out loud, angst...).
Modern aircraft measure most things in nautical miles. To clear this up for everyone, a standard mile is 1.6 or so kilometers, a nautical mile is 1.8 kilometers. "big deal" you say, "that's only .2 of a kilometer, or 200 meters difference!" You'd be pretty much right if we were only talking about one of them. Where nautical miles show their true potential is when you're cruising at 145 of them. My questions are, 1) are the allied planes using MPH or KTS (miles per hour, or nautical miles per hour?) and 2) is there any way to change the speeder bar to kts and feet? (like modern aircraft)

Yellonet
10-17-2004, 04:28 PM
How modern planes measures distance has nothing to do with this game.

Metrical for Japan
Imerial for US, and I think nautical for (speedwise anyway) for Britain..

I might be wrong.

horseback
10-17-2004, 05:52 PM
USAAF & RAF planes measured their speed in mph. US Naval aircraft measured speed and distance in Knots/naughtical miles. A naughtical mile is 2000 yds as opposed to 1,760 yds of a standard mile.

cheers

horseback

WTE_Galway
10-17-2004, 06:15 PM
knots and nautical miles are the standard navigation units world wide. Traditionally a nautical mile is 6,080 feet but more precisely 6,076.11549 feet. In metric measurement it is 1,852 meters, which is one minute of arc of a great circle of the Earth.

Even under the metric system, the unit of distance for navigation is still called the nautical mile. One knot converted to miles per hour (mph) would be approximately 1.15 mph. One mile per hour would be 0.868 knots. A statute mile is the common "mile" with a length of 5,280 feet. Therefore a statute mile is not as long as a nautical mile. One nautical mile would equal approximately 1.15 statute miles. Making the conversion from nautical miles to statute miles would be done as 120 nautical miles x 1.15 statute miles = 138 statute miles. Converting from statute to nautical miles would require dividing by 1.15. Therefore 200 statute miles would equal (200 / 1.15 = 174) 174 nautical miles.

LStarosta
10-17-2004, 06:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Yellonet:
How modern planes measures distance has nothing to do with this game. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Durrr. He didn't imply that, did he?

Somebody told me the speedbar will be toggleable.

JG7_Rall
10-17-2004, 06:32 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LStarosta:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Yellonet:
How modern planes measures distance has nothing to do with this game. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Durrr. He didn't imply that, did he?

Somebody told me the speedbar will be toggleable. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

A little birdy? Yarrghhh!!

LStarosta
10-17-2004, 06:34 PM
Birdie... On my shoulder... Makes me happy....

JG7_Rall
10-17-2004, 06:36 PM
Nothin does it for me like a freshly polished pegleg! YARRGHH!!

LStarosta
10-17-2004, 06:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG7_Rall:
Nothin does it for me like a freshly polished pegleg! YARRGHH!! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

How about a polished toilet.. You sound a bit constipated... YARGGGGGHHH!!

JG7_Rall
10-17-2004, 06:38 PM
A fiberous diet is hard to come by out at sea!! YARRGHHH

WTE_Galway
10-17-2004, 06:39 PM
every time someone enables the speedbar God kills a kitten

LStarosta
10-17-2004, 06:39 PM
Booty keeps you regular. YEEEAAAARRRGGHHH!!!!

JG7_Rall
10-17-2004, 06:40 PM
Are ye' eyein my booty? I don't even share it with me crew! Off I got to the high seas, I have much more booty to plunder!

Anjinsama
10-18-2004, 02:38 AM
Nothing like coming home after a ten hour shift and discovering what your thread has degenerated into. oh, well, If you can't beat 'em, You'll walk the plank matey!!! YEEEEAAAARRRRRGGHHHHH!