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by texl1649
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why didn’t the Marines buy the AH64 ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1461

Re: Why didn’t the Marines buy the AH64 ?

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/0 ... 548162673/
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I believe the AH-1Z is still in production. They’ve as stated spent a fortune upgrading it substantially over the years.

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/0 ... 548162673/

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Ok, I’m sure there’s an AF1 thread somewhere, but I don’t want to dig up an ancient one, yet this made me laugh; “ Hermeus – a company named for Hermes, the Greek god of transport, and the country of the US – was founded in 2018 and is developing an engine for a Mach 5 commercial passenger aircraft....

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 246
Views: 27126

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Ok, Ozair is everything ok in your world? Usually we get a post more than once every 4 days or so from you. Just hoping you’re on vacation or something.

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 33
Views: 2434

Re: The C141 Starlifter

The C model with “glass” cockpits served until the bitter end in 2004. They were good planes, but largely exhausted after Desert Storm/Iraqi Freedom etc. http://www.amarcexperience.com/ui/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=189:lockheed-c-141-starlifter&catid=8&Itemid=101 No...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

Nothing can really happen with JMR-Ultra (the notional FVL program for basically a quad tilt rotor with C-130-ish capacity) until the OMFV finally produces some specifics/a winner that can be spec’d into the lift. And OMFV has been one big disaster for forever (appropriate, since the Bradley develop...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

But does the P/W NGT still plan to come online/be available...anytime soon? I haven’t read anything on it since 2016 or so, and I thought it was designed for a 90-pax new TP from either ATR or EMB, which obviously are unlikely in the current climate. If anyone’s seen anything on it please do post it...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Back to the topic of Defense news, the related Sierra Nevada concept could wind up being revived supposedly. This is interesting; I've read rumors a manned dream chaser is still possible if Boeing continues to...flog about. https://breakingdefense.com/2020/07/sierra-nevada-wins-diu-contract-for-expe...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Even with the most optimistic estimate however, they expect the P-8A line will shut down in 5-6 years. The Air Force need a frame with a production life far longer than that. Ok, even accepting that arguendo, that really only leaves the 787. The 767 is basically on a military-only procurement line ...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The P-8 is on one line at Renton. However, at about one every three weeks, they can not afford to dedicate to the whole line to the P-8. Unless things changed since the program began, they would run the MAX through the same line. Because of the P-8, that line runs a little slower than the others. T...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

That's not entirely true. Her profligacy includes for example $185K for codels to Italy and Ukraine in 2015. If an A380 were an option I think it's impossible to conclude it wouldn't be requested by Air Pelosi. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tom-fitton-air-pelosi-what-you-dont-know-about-the-lucrat...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

As a thought experiment, there are literally hundreds of under-10-year-old A380’S parked in deserts around the world with possibly eager sellers. Heck, to go a little further it’s probably big enough to even incorporate a refueling receptacle somewhere on that glaring forehead and still grow usable ...

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

I really doubt a re-engined C-130 will be rolled out soon. The AE2100 doesn’t really have much competition in the market, and I’m not sure that a dissimilar engine would really help win more sales for Lockheed, or be well received by USAF. But maybe I’m wrong, what other engines in development/avail...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?
Replies: 87
Views: 12563

Re: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?

I’d read at some point that the designer had noted that each 757 had ‘as it’s beating heart a 727’ since the whole design essentially progressed from the 727. The design study evolved from what to do with the 727 next, and basically...mutated into the 757. All commercial airliners are essentially de...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F22 Raptor - Israel
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Re: F22 Raptor - Israel

Essentially untrue. It wasn't exported as at the time it was (a) ludicrously expensive, and (b) none of the usual technology sharing required by FMS would have been permitted to anyone. Ultimately, the Obey amendment wasn't targeted to Israel, but concerns others would have to be trained for a lot o...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

Boeing Bell Lockheed have studied the quad tilt-rotor's for a long time. One of the issues however is an inter-service rivalry; why would the USAF operate such vs. the USA? That's the main reason it hasn't been pursued/funded, though the delay will just lead to a more capable aircraft I believe, clo...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 615
Views: 110560

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

At this point the question might just be what will be the final Boeing frame completed in Washington; a 767 or a 737?

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

The Ponce was decommissioned a few years ago, and the USS Puller exists, but I don’t think the decks are hardened enough for the F-35’s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expeditionary_Transfer_Dock If the Navy could move quickly/get serious (as they claim this is absolutely a critical capability), I’m ...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

The only reasons they were kept in production longer than 20 years, is because of the MICs influence in the US and because the US state keeps them artificially alive as job programs. Under ideal market conditions they would have been dropped decades ago. Under those circumstances, anything can beco...

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by texl1649
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

The USMC/USN treat those deployments with F-35B’s as sacrosanct power projections, but I don’t really understand how/why. Yes, there’s some ability there but for about 8 F-35’s, without any aerial refueling capacity, on a small group of ships I don’t see how it really changes China’s posture in a gi...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 238
Views: 88370

Re: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing

That is interesting as it seems to solidify A332 production into the next few years, #232. I sort of assumed at some point France would be the transition order to an A338 derivative MRTT. Probably not though if those 15 are confirmed/finalized.

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

It will take at least 10 years to fund/build it’s replacement, so there is time to find a berth. Interestingly, a DoD budget crunch is likely in the coming years however, and especially if there is a ‘President Biden’ I suspect no replacement will be built in the next 15 years. 11 total LHA’s were p...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 25
Views: 11901

Re: India accepts first Rafale

Great for India/Dassault. Congrats to all involved. Do they have a (realistic) timeline as to IOC? India seems to operate a plethora of fighter types, with more on the way; will these be deployed generally toward either Pakistan, or China? The French have done a great job keeping this aircraft compe...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11766

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Well, darn, I really want to disagree with Ozair but I can’t do it, frankly. (Aside; Least likely of all parties to throw hundreds of millions at a T-7 combat derivative this year is Boeing). I think if anyone can today build/compete/sell a cheap light fighter, it’s probably Saab, and in fact they h...

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11766

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Saving several billion to replace the Eurofighters (Tranche 1) is a steep hill to climb, for any type. Maybe the F-16 could do it, with perhaps a couple fewer frames. They don’t really need twin engines, so I guess it is plausible. Outside of that only perhaps the (older) Gripen could possibly fit t...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

The Bon Homme Richard had only another 8 years left of service life. It’s functionally worthless now.

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11766

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Austria have finally decided to keep the Eurofighters, at least until the end of the current support contract with Airbus although the remaining duration of that contract hasn’t been released. Makes sense as it can often be cheaper to continue with a current contract than break it for a new one. Au...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The F16 and Mach 2
Replies: 19
Views: 1998

Re: The F16 and Mach 2

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2d8d/e ... 1595635169

It’s pretty optimized for what it was designed for, and dare I say elegant to boot.
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https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2d8d/e ... 1595635169

It’s pretty optimized for what it was designed for, and dare I say elegant to boot.

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Why is it so hard for this board to accept the fact that modern electronics don’t have anywhere near the same computational power requirements, and that Boeing has bought the last set of 748 fuselage assemblies from triumph already. Any E-4 replacement, if there is one, will not be a quad. Well, be...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Why is it so hard for this board to accept the fact that modern electronics don’t have anywhere near the same computational power requirements, and that Boeing has bought the last set of 748 fuselage assemblies from triumph already. Any E-4 replacement, if there is one, will not be a quad.

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by texl1649
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

I don’t think many posters appreciate the timeline/delay for major upgrades to military systems. These systems were again developed in the 70’s. I’d ask how many folks know the voltage/power requirements per transistor/calculation today vs. even 2006 or so when the IPhone came out. It’s tiny. We als...

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by texl1649
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The electronics are just outdated. The frame is outdated, and used for hours for AF1 pilots. The engines are outdated/not in use much on the civilian side. Almost no part of a 747-200 is common in the world today. What other C3I radios/electronics from the early 70's are still current elsewhere toda...

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by texl1649
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131021

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Wow, this is an interesting capability/supplement, and unique for the Eagle frame vs. the F-22/F-35. I have to wonder if this ability would also appeal to the Israeli’s and Japanese, Koreans, and Saudis. It seems like the lift capacity of the QA/EX/SA will provide some interesting options in the fut...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Does somebody know what the present flight hours / cycles count is for each of the four E-4B aircraft ? And what is the average usage /year, or is this secret (confidential) info ? With the KC-10's still operational there is no shortage of engine(parts) in the near future, both aircraft are powered...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The USAF doesn’t seem particularly serious about replacing the E-3/E-8, etc. https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/is-the-air-force-serious-about-intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance/ “ The so-called iron triad of big-wing, manned ISR platforms (E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint Stars, and various OC/RC/WC-...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

767-2C should be a shoe-in for this AoA, IMO. Definitely most cost effective in-production aircraft as all the EMI hardening and provision for defensive countermeasures comes with the new aircraft. Only problem as an executive transport is that there are no passengener windows. Maybe for a small fe...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 28
Views: 8681

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/07 ... t-program/
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Looks like USAF is considering acquiring some of the FVL (presumably FLRAA) down the road.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/07 ... t-program/

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131021

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Interesting updates; https://breakingdefense.com/2020/07/boeing-positions-f-15ex-for-abms-digital-century-series/ WASHINGTON: Boeing is in discussions with the Air Force about how the F-15EX might serve as a test bed for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), the service’s key contribution to...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First KC-10 formally retired
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: First KC-10 formally retired

No civilian contractor (Omega, etc.) is going to operate that aircraft in the future. Barring a really quickly developing global conflagration, the plane will not fly again.

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing CX-HLS designation
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Re: Boeing CX-HLS designation

The tail section, wings, engines, and perhaps the upper deck/landing gear components are about all that wound up evolving into/being used in the 747 program. (Well, maybe the nose configuration). The main benefit from this for the 747 was just that the engines were developed to enable such a plane. ...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18, why not a side stick ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1425

Re: F18, why not a side stick ?

I still think it was just as simple as McD saying “we’ve made this a navy plane” vs. the Northrop design. Re-doing the whole cockpit but keeping the side stick wouldn’t help in the “this was built for USAF” politics of the day. Interesting corollary might be ‘what might Grumman engineers have done?”...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18, why not a side stick ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1425

Re: F18, why not a side stick ?

Per my above link, McD basically redesigned the YF-17 cockpit configuration from scratch, and in so doing opted to eliminate the sidestick. F-16A block 15 models had a comparatively outdated cockpit vs. the F/A-18 (some differences due to the development timeline.) I don't know why specifically they...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18, why not a side stick ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1425

Re: F18, why not a side stick ?

I believe the early YF-16 in particular had experienced issues with soft movements, and the Navy wanted to stick with basically commonality vs. the larger F-4/F-14 fleets. This was also their first foray back into single seaters...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131021

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Sometimes aircraft get ‘uglier’ as they age with more protrusions etc., but I have to say the latest Eagles are the prettiest, imho.

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme on fire in SanDiego port

It was a class A fire apparently, not B so not that bad. Still, not sure why we need 8 amphibious assault ships nowadays, having not performed such a mission in over 70 years. Due to their large belly space and their flight deck, I guess they're the most versatile ships the US Navy has. These ships...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14226

Re: USS Bonhomme on fire in SanDiego port

It was a class A fire apparently, not B so not that bad. Still, not sure why we need 8 amphibious assault ships nowadays, having not performed such a mission in over 70 years.

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 27
Views: 2110

Re: A321XLR MRTT

Ok, I’ll just chime in that the future of small tankers seems to be drones, imho. They’re also more easily re-configurable as combat/UCAV and can thus serve multiple roles. I think in the future, again, it’s likely their acquisition costs will be lower than today, and the other benefit is they’ll b...

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Guys, superiorpilotme is basically a troll account. Back to the topic; how are they getting that retired airframe to OKC? Which frame will it be? I am very curious how/when this will work out.

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28472

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

It is interesting they are bringing in a representative sample, of the fuselage and wings, for analysis/preparation. Presumably, this won't be from the current active fleet. It was only through some herculean efforts that a mothballed example was brought back last year from the boneyard. The 60,770 ...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: cost-per-effect vs unit cost or flying hour cost
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Re: cost-per-effect vs unit cost or flying hour cost

This one’s a pretty good piece, from the AFA/Mitchell Institute. I agree largely, though I think they as one would expect simplify the budget reasons for the USAF over the past 20 years getting the DoD share they have. The thing is, stealth isn’t a simple silver bullet, and the frames (cost to opera...

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