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Old March 8 2010, 03:33 PM   #28
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Re: Does The Enterprise Orbit

Timo wrote: View Post
“Orbit” today is valid parlance for the pattern an aircraft maintains, for example when aiming a radar at the ground below, or waiting for its turn to land, or waiting for a chance to provide fuel to other aircraft.; anyway, for tactical reasons.
Oh? When did they start using that term? I always thought it was called a “holding pattern.”

An aircraft flying in a big circle while waiting to land isn't orbiting anything. It's just flying in a big circle.
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