The Aliens Legacy

FAQ: [ DIALOGUE ]: "In the pipe, five by five" explanation.
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Author:  Russ Krook III [ Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:08 pm ]
Post subject:  FAQ: [ DIALOGUE ]: "In the pipe, five by five" explanation.

When the Dropship piloted by Ferro is heading toward the colony at LV426, she makes the comment
"In the pipe, 5 by 5."

Most viewers thought it meant that their piloting was going fine. Here is a good explanation
as to what that comment actually means.

Explanation supplied by SatoriEnd on the Replica Prop Forums (RPF) in 2011:

"In the pipe" = in the correct parameters to enter atmosphere without burning up and
will arrive on target (in the movie there's a display with purple rectangles showing the calculated
(safe) flight path, hence "pipe").

"Five-by-five" = is an old signal strength check used by radio operators, it was a measure of signal
and (signal) quality both rated on a scale of 1 - 5 with 1 being the weakest / poorest
and 5 being the strongest / clearest.

In theory you could wind up with a signal that was weak but clear 1x5 or strong but garbled 5x1
or any combination in between. In essence she's reconfirming that she's in really good shape for
her entry.

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