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by Slug71
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 20
Views: 1398

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

Not entirely true as far as I understand it. The PAK FA was to be Russia's own. The FGFA / PMF would have had 40+ changes over the PAK FA and be India's. The $6-7bn was the cost to design, develop, certify, and set up production of India's version (which would have involved input from india). And m...

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by Slug71
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 20
Views: 1398

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

I don't see why not, they are almost there anyway. If I recall correctly the first serial production jets will enter service next year while the new engine is probably 3-5 years away from operational use. Russia aren't in a hurry to acquire them, having only ordered an initial twelve, but that is a...

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by Slug71
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 20
Views: 1398

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

If a article I read a few months back was accurate, I'd say Russia must be a little more than displeased. India's version was to have some 40 odd changes over the T-50. Some of the changes was said to be in the final development frames and early production frames. One of those changes was engines. W...

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by Slug71
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 20
Views: 1398

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

No real surprise really. I think many expected this to happen. Unfortunately they just couldn't seem to come to terms. Does look like India is low on funds with another failed purchase. The Rafale deal is hanging by a thin thread too.

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 19
Views: 4784

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Just a bit more on the B-21. Looks as if the USAF will try to purchase more than the 100 talked about. Currently there are 9 Bomb Squadrons and the 100 had been planned to cover replacements for the B-1 and B-2 with the balance used for training. The USAF would like to increase the numbers in each ...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO
Replies: 46
Views: 8009

Re: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/images/pak-ta-image6.jpg https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/pak-ta.htm The aircraft in that image is completely fictive though. It was created by some marketing students as a school project, but managed to fool a ton of people. ...

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by Slug71
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 202 (LH#9) completed a second test flight #AIB02GO
MSN 205 (ET#9) returned from XFW following paint job #AIB03GY
MSN 212 (LH#11) did a second engine run


Thanks for the updates hkcanadaexpat!

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by Slug71
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 198
Views: 27756

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

A final decision is needed because last year Air Asia X was contemplating switching the entire NEO order to A350s. And it really doesn't make sense to operate 10 A350s alongside the large NEO order. This is likely just a bargaining ploy for better pricing from Airbus. I'll eat crow if I have to, bu...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 198
Views: 27756

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

Another huge win for the Dreamliner coming? No. Step 1 accomplished for Boeing. Now they will give everything they have to persuade Air Asia X to switch to dreamliner. It will be interesting to watch. If it is very obvious they will keep the Neo order, then why is there a need for a final decision ...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26476

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

That's anecdote, not evidence. EK has no problem filling their B777's on the same high demand routes. Whether you prefer the A380 is irrelevant, as you have the choice. As you say, people you know prefer to fly EK..... would they stop flying EK if the A380 were not available to them? That... is spe...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26476

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

That's 100% speculation. There's no reason to believe that EK wouldn't be just as impactful flying any other VLA. Their rise and the use of the A380 is correlative, and not clearly causal. As per accepted meme, pax choose the lowest fares, and care not about aircraft - and surely, EK delivers low Y...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26476

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

The A380 is what gives their subsidised business model mass and some sustainability thanks to passenger preference. Cut off the A380 and replace them by B777X's and suddenly the business model stops working because people won't choose them as much. That's 100% speculation. There's no reason to beli...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26476

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

If the A380 is so great then why doesn't EK fly one to Miami daily instead of a 777 to FLL ? Hey such a big airline should be able to fill an A380 to MIA with no problems. Maybe Miami doesn't have the demand? The place isn't far from being a sh*thole. Not sure when serving Miami became a gauge for ...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 47
Views: 8801

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

Spiderguy252 wrote:
readytotaxi wrote:
The same Zodiac that caused Boeing so many seat problems, oh well.


And Airbus too, with the A350.


LX015 wrote:
readytotaxi wrote:
The same Zodiac that caused Boeing so many seat problems, oh well.


For real. :/


Which SAFRAN has since bought.

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by Slug71
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 49
Views: 3844

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Almost seems tailored for the F/A-18 this time around.

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by Slug71
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 95
Views: 7089

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

KICT wrote:
Surely a well-target EMP would render that A320's flight control system useless in short order.


It will most likely be hardened. Just like the P-8 and many other military aircraft.

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SuperGee wrote:
I like this one the best so far. It has the red, white, blue and gold, as well as the tulip:

http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairl ... 012191.jpg

I like that a lot.

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by Slug71
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 556
Views: 70831

Re: AA ORDERS 47 787 FROM BOEING????

MoM and A321LR could replace the 757s and some of the 767s 787-8 could replace some the 767s and the A332s 787-9 could replace the 772s and the A333s (which need to go soon) A350-1000 could replace the 77Ws. The "possible" AA MoM order would make up the difference in planes they for wideb...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 95
Views: 7089

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

columba wrote:
According to German media reports the two ministers of defence of France and Germany will sign a letter of intent to develop a new MPA on April 27th.


Will be interesting to see what comes of this.

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2025ish A380-900NEO
Replies: 120
Views: 9397

Re: 2025ish A380-900NEO

Slow to respond to a task previously mentioned in this thread. It involved building an approximate model of the proposed 900NEO/NWO I'm not an engineer so forgive the clumsy rendition but it's broadly based on the numbers - the wing profile however is a stab in the dark, forgive the pun. The nose h...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GFRP vs CFRP
Replies: 14
Views: 1736

Re: GFRP vs CFRP

What Balerit said. But try reading up on FMLs(Fiber Metal Laminates), ie GLARE. I know its slightly different since it's using metals instead of Polymer. But I assume its reasons are similar. Some big improvements are being made to the manufacturing process of C(carbon)FMLs currently. I think carbon...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Dear folks Again the question. Any movements or action with the Chinese Frames ? Any idea who probably could pick up the MSN 002 - 004 ? Nothing has been reported as of late on the Chinese frames. I think MSN-002 is being used for airshows and MSN-003 might still be used for maintenance training. I...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany studies market for Sea Lynx replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: Germany studies market for Sea Lynx replacement

Germany is looking for a replacement of the Sea Lynx: Likely contenders for the requirement are: the NH90, the Leonardo Helicopters AW159 Wildcat and the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk. The Sea Lynx is planned to be retired in 2025 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/germany-studies-market-for-sea-l...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 49
Views: 3844

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Might be a fallacy. It's hard deciphering threw the garbage that gets spread sometimes. But the source code on all F-35's is locked. All upgrades must be done in the US. No, not all upgrades must be done in the US. Other nations are able to integrate their own systems through the interfaces provide...

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by Slug71
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I don't recall the Rafale ever being tested with IRIS-T or AIM-120. The Meteor is considered to be better than the Meteor though. But for flexibility, who knows. Maybe the F4 standard will be. The Rafale's implementation of the Meteor is half-assed compared to the Eurofighter. The Rafale uses the M...

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by Slug71
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

There are some problems with the Rafale and French nukes. First France would need to agree to share the weapons and Germany would need to agree to enter that agreement, but most importantly the current US nukes are considered tactical weapons (bombs) while France uses the ASMP missile which is cons...

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by Slug71
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

There is no way Germany buys a F-15 or F-18. Even the newest versions of the F-18 wouldn't be capable of carrying the most modern variant of the B61, the B61-12. Same goes for the F-15. Both of which wouldn't be much more capable than an upgraded Eurofighter in the Air-to-ground mission role. And i...

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by Slug71
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 171
Views: 28124

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

SAA should dump all their A340's as the first measure to staballize the airline. Fly all long hauls with A330 even if extra stops are required. Flying to Perth, Hong Kong or Singapore is not a requirement foe SAA. Flying nonstop from Johannesburg to JFK is not required either, stopping in Dakar or ...

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by Slug71
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33039

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

This isn't a livery. It's a white plane with a logo on it. Agreed :D But it looks good on the 748. In any case, I always found the grey nacelles horrendous. The same lack of good taste has now swung back to teutonic minimalism : will not be remembered as a signal relifting. And Frankly, UTA's liver...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 171
Views: 28124

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

That is true. Undeniable. SAA has a lot of problems. A LOT. These problems run deep and require the kind of action that no one in the current government will allow. Sad. SAA can be better than this... Agreed. Sad to see how much (my once home airline) SAA has fallen. But that is just one of many th...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 171
Views: 28124

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

I believe staff costs are a very big concern. How much of that is at the top of the chain, with fat paychecks(part of the corruption) though? That is true. Undeniable. SAA has a lot of problems. A LOT. These problems run deep and require the kind of action that no one in the current government will...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 171
Views: 28124

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

"Jarana said a news conference that the airline was in talks with unions about reducing staff costs and expected the airline to break even by 2021." Really, is there anyone here that believes that? :rotfl: Smh... "Staff costs" are the least of their concerns. 2021 is also extrem...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport
Replies: 37
Views: 4713

Re: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport

Seems about time to replace the ex-Wardair 'CanForce One'. Up until the recent Boeing spat, some end of the line B763s would have looked good. Perhaps they follow other countries (in particular fellow Commonwealth countries GBR and AUS) and go for the military version of the A330. http://www.cbc.ca...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33039

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

The sad part is, the individual who was responsible for this horrendous rebrand probably got promoted. Whenever we discuss something that went wrong there will be at least one member, usually from North America, who will comment "Someone has to be fired!". Well, that's not how it works in...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 171
Views: 28124

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

"Jarana said a news conference that the airline was in talks with unions about reducing staff costs and expected the airline to break even by 2021." Really, is there anyone here that believes that? :rotfl: Smh... "Staff costs" are the least of their concerns. 2021 is also extrem...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Pretty sure I've read that Israel "and other nations" have been interested in a 2-seat variant of the F-35, with Israel still interested in leading the development. India wanted a 2-seat variant of the FGFA. And pretty sure some CGI images of the FCAS depict a 2-seat model. There is no tw...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Does this aircraft have the enlarged winglets that will be standard? I was asking myself the same question... I tend to think that these are the "old" winglets but I am not yet so familiar to see the difference.... IB#1 is supposed to be the 1st delivery with the new winglets (although PR...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I have seen no one, apart from the now sidelined Mullner, say the F-35 is the one the Luftwaffe needs. Still clinging to him? Why do I need to cling to him, he was the Chief of the Luftwaffe. He had the access and authority to understand and make that statement. If you really think the Luftwaffe as...

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Surely a heavily updated version (to bring up to / close to 5th gen standard) of the Eurofighter can be done within 12 years. Close to, perhaps…but how much money is worth investing in the platform if the intent of Germany, and probably France although that isn’t certain yet, to replace the Eurofig...

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by Slug71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

In summary for you. Mullner said the Luftwaffe wants 5th gen, needs 5th gen because the threat landscape has changed. He also supports future German/French cooperation on a Eurofighter replacement but does not see that aircraft replacing the Tornado as it won’t be developed in time. Surely a heavil...

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by Slug71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 788
Views: 68470

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The 2-seat variant of the Typhoon, tailored toward the Tornado's roles makes the most sense IMO.
Perhaps even a highly updated (5th gen even) version that can serve alongside the future FCAS and F-35 fleets of other nations.
And could also replace France's Mirage 2000N/Ds.

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by Slug71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

With the -ULR (and new -900 build standard) expected to be certified by mid year (roughly), what's the chances for a A350 Regional launch at Farnborough? The A350-900 Regional was just lower Operating Weights and de-rated Trent XWBs. Weight Variants 005, 008, 014 and 017 are all suitable for "...

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by Slug71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

With the -ULR (and new -900 build standard) expected to be certified by mid year (roughly), what's the chances for a A350 Regional launch at Farnborough?
I know that is A330 territory with a completion center in China, but haven't seen/read anything about a regional variant for the A330NEO.

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by Slug71
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Crazy that MSNs in the 200s range are being prepared for delivery, while Qatar is still lollygagging around the low 100s.... AAB knows his carpet and will not accept an inferior product! Or the drop in oil prices created a harsh competitive environment compounded by the Saudi and UAE blockade. My d...

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by Slug71
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 679
Views: 232776

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Crazy that MSNs in the 200s range are being prepared for delivery, while Qatar is still lollygagging around the low 100s....

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by Slug71
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 49
Views: 3844

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

You're right, I forgot about the F-16. Israel didn't sell the Python (for export) until the early 2000's IIRC, and the IRIS-T also only went into service in the mid-2000's. By that time, the F-16 would only be available for the export market since the F-35 was already well into development and the ...

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