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by texl1649
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Thx KC-top boom. Wish you’d post more again! Good feedback. Agree on bases in Oz. Disagree on some of the other stuff, but not enough to nitpick.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

The US really is energy independent at this point, and as such needs to pull out of the Middle East, let Europe fend for itself now (prop up Britain vs. Germany/Russia/Turkey), and focus on more of an alliance with Australia, Japan, Philippines (long term), and yes S. Korea. It will take sustained d...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31056

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

IF Airbus gets costs on the A220 down to near A320 levels (doubtful, maybe plus 25 percent), they still only get something like half the profit. I don’t see it happening (the A220-500).

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan

The F-15X, as the AAM bus that it is to be, would have/could be much more disruptive.

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31056

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

If WN is considering another model, the only real other contender would be the Airbus A220 . The Boeing 737-800 and MAX 8 will have a place in the WN fleet---and possibly the MAX 9 as well (but not the MAX 10, as that would be a 5 FA plane). But WN will need an adequate plane in the sub-150-seat cl...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.
Replies: 53
Views: 9635

Re: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.

Involvement of the type cert. holder, in Germany, makes more sense. This time it really could happen.

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Over the centuries, land/shore based artillery (and fortifications) has always wound up a critical year to ten years behind naval (mobile) firepower, and the same would almost certainly happen again. The prospect of pre-positioned Army supplies (think food/ammo) or Jet-A in low earth orbit is absolu...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

C-17 line is dead and buried as mentioned (as is Pratt's ability to make new engines for it). The funeral is over, and the annual grave site visits are attended by fewer each time. A putative New Tanker Transport program will/would be interesting, but IOC is realistically 2035 or later (probably 204...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One
Replies: 26
Views: 2561

Re: New Air Force One

What's interesting is that it has never even been used, but cost over a billion dollars to add/certify last time, and if it were ever used, then POTUS wouldn't be onboard. Several posts up there is a snide remark about "the art of the deal" but I would note adding this, a la US-101 specs, ...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

It could, but loading army gear through a side door two flights up is a bit trickier than commercial carriers, palletized is probably only about 60 percent of it. I’d love to see a breakdown, by aircraft/type, as to how AMC loads are split between tracked vehicles, wheeled, or palletized cargo.

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

You could strengthen the fleet with a some 747-8Fs. The palletized cargo they work fine. Why own those though? Probably more economical to contract that capability when required and if necessary the US Government can enact the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program to handle rapid mobilization as they did...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One
Replies: 26
Views: 2561

Re: New Air Force One

They’re including hangars and other items now. Also, it’s unlikely Trump ever flies on the new ones, they might get delivered just prior to the end of his second term though.

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

My suspicion is that any F/T-X will need substantial upgrades, coming closer to 40MM than the present forecast cost of the trainer (including upgraded engine, avionics, and probably a larger wing). At a certain point, it would seem inevitable some sort of “F-21” (F-16) would be proffered by Lockheed...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don’t disagree mmo. Much of the cost of the C-17 was it’s extremely capable floor. A cheapened, re-engined model with a lighter floor loading capacity might have been interesting, especially as a somewhat new-altogether twin but it was not to be.

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don't think a re-engine program for the C-17 is real likely, at least not this decade. For reference, the KC-135 (CFM56), and C-5 programs took several decades longer to bear fruit than the present Pratt C-17 engines have hung under the wings, and of course the B-52 has been waiting for the bette...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don't think a re-engine program for the C-17 is real likely, at least not this decade. For reference, the KC-135 (CFM56), and C-5 programs took several decades longer to bear fruit than the present Pratt C-17 engines have hung under the wings, and of course the B-52 has been waiting for the better...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Latest on the CH53K
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Latest on the CH53K

Absolutely correct, Ozair. Also, Lockheed did brief/update @ PAS slightly/somewhat. I really, really don't think the USMC would walk away from this program very willingly/easily at all, and the Sikorsky folks don't seem real worried, after getting the recent billion dollar contract in May for it. ht...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 54
Views: 2630

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

It really is pretty fascinating to read those summary recommendations. I'd be curious if the next cargo aircraft specs can be blended in (BWB style?) to a next gen tanker, but the USAF seems obsessed with seeking large stealth tankers. The T/FX option I have also not seen advocated yet, officially. ...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Latest on the CH53K
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Latest on the CH53K

That's based on a May update essentially, I think, that Boeing is trying something to upgrade a legacy Chinook to an engine just a tad more modern than the T55 (which would have made sense a decade or two ago as well). https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-test-ch-47-chinook-with-two-...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75274

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Thanks again Ozzie for the information and perspectives you share on this forum. Hopefully this thread gets cleaned up. I agree it’s an interesting idea to phase the EX aircraft into active units and roll the older Strike Eagles to ANG ones.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 68756

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

A solid rudder (or canted tail planes) with some reinforcement between two aft mounted engines (ducted or not, but at least between the high pressure sections) would again afford great savings in noise/other factors (and likely could be more protective vs. an uncontained failure than the back end of...

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 68756

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

The 727 and DC9 seemed to be able to be certificated as such.

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA DFW
Replies: 9
Views: 2369

Re: AA DFW

I’ve already been advised by one aa mechanic here to travel DL when I had the audacity to note the delays the past few months (one multiple hours due to mechanic slowness to respond) but as I live in DFW area and fly weekly it’s not a real option. No other AA hub seems as inefficient at getting to o...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA DFW
Replies: 9
Views: 2369

AA DFW

Why does AA still even today not have an ability to have a gate open and ready for a domestic flight two hours late to have a gate open when a flight arrives (after taxiing 15 minutes to terminal c)? Isn’t this a pathetic level of coordination for the industry today or is it just more labor sabotage?

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 68756

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

What NSA program would make sense on a rushed basis? To rush it into service it would need at least 20 percent better economics than the MAX/NEO (yes, they are essentially the same for the 8max 320NEO). That requires TML’s that just don’t exist today, unless/until the NMA is certificated first (ovoi...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 559
Views: 94767

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

Clearly, AF got some value out of guaranteed residuals here, and the discontinuation of the A380 program. They’ve needed to get rid of the 380’s for a while and the A220’s, if production does ramp up are a good fit so no real big deal that they didn’t even compete Embraer as the urgency to get the 3...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany studies market for Sea Lynx replacement
Replies: 17
Views: 4478

Re: Germany studies market for Sea Lynx replacement

keesje wrote:
What did they do to the seahawk blades? Some folks got too much time with CFD.. :eyepopping:

Image


Those were obviously styled by Toyota engineers.

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14439

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

They're not cheaper any longer (except of course if you are comparing business/first), net, but in my experiences they also tend to operate on time, and don't have their mechanics sabotaging departures/arrivals a la AA for instance (in DFW). Their downsides nowadays are basically only two fold; (a) ...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S firm behind new WOW air found out + IAD to be one of new destinations
Replies: 91
Views: 9365

Re: U.S firm behind new WOW air found out + IAD to be one of new destinations

I can’t remember who stated “the best way to become a millionaire owning an airline is to start out as a billionaire” but it is about right.

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Hawk T.1 Sub Types ?
Replies: 7
Views: 806

Re: RAF Hawk T.1 Sub Types ?

For the Hawk aficionados, I’ve been wondering, what is the advantage to the new Boeing trainer vs. a possible penultimate/final update to, say, an Advanced Hawk derivative? NG considered bidding the aircraft for the USAF T/X contract but found that it had ‘disadvantages’ which I have never read expl...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 22
Views: 4992

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

A 1 star general announcing a very preliminary AROC review doesn’t really portend anything happening in the next two years, particularly in this budget/political environment. The notional 2030 goal remains, but I don’t think anything concrete will happen prior to 2021.

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75274

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If the USAF, Israelis, saudis, Qataris, Japanese, Taiwan, and Koreans are all buying or taking a hard look at this aircraft, it must make a pretty compelling argument for itself.

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)
Replies: 419
Views: 26995

Re: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)

As a Dallas resident who flies 'a lot' I just want to chime in that I despise this union, viscerally. The work slowdown is obvious and I've experienced it myself; I hope AA wins the legal battles and figures out how to limit such damages in the future. These people seem like scum to me for making f...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi
Replies: 54
Views: 7898

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi

Maybe that's just a Norwegian thing then I flew Easyjet and Level. Level would not even give you complimentary water without paying for it, or snacks for 7 1/2 hour flight. And starting this month I believe the IFE is now a pay for item on Level. AA offering free wifi is not that far of step than w...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 2520

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

My opinion is that Rutan, while a brilliant engineer with a track record of record breaking designs of brilliant convention-breaking layouts, doesn't associate with the types/organizational abilities required to win most major DoD procurement programs, such as the assorted FVL US Army requirements. ...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)
Replies: 419
Views: 26995

Re: AA lawsuit against TWU/IAM (redux)

As a Dallas resident who flies 'a lot' I just want to chime in that I despise this union, viscerally. The work slowdown is obvious and I've experienced it myself; I hope AA wins the legal battles and figures out how to limit such damages in the future. These people seem like scum to me for making fo...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 2520

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

They can target whatever program they wish but I don’t think it can be FARA now, as the 5 contractors were awarded contracts in April 2019: “AVX Aircraft-L3 Technologies, Bell, Boeing, Karem Aircraft, and Sikorsky were awarded other transaction authority (OTA) for prototype agreement deals. The cont...

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by texl1649
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19395

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

This is an airline that really is an aberration today, in that it has such a long track record of poor/negligent airmanship, and a corporate culture that fosters it. I certainly would not consider flying on it.

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 4271

Re: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution

What a great bird. Too bad they do not fly anymore. Imho the F-18 cannot beat the Tomcat on air superiority missions... what are your thoughts? The Hornet was better close in (especially with AIM-9X and the JHMCS), and with the AIM-120D, matches the F-14 at long ranges, with a better avionics suite...

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 22
Views: 4992

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

The FLRAA program is supposed to have specification documents written this year, but none of the optimistic statements like “hope to do this as soon as possible’ are budgeted to happen and it’s tough to say what the contractors do in response to the specifications (if/when finalized). The Blackhawk ...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 22
Views: 4992

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

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The FARA program is already discussed here. This pairing is great news.

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by texl1649
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 34070

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

It’s really simple, the A350 production ramp up was as slow as the 787, or more, and today the production system is comparatively immature vs. the latter. It’s also a larger aircraft. It needs fit a 787-10 would anyone expect an A350 to be offered for less or to have a similar operating cost? It’s p...

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by texl1649
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10674

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

This plane won’t be delivered/painted until late 2024 at the earliest. It’s amazing the level of angst/concern about this. It’s like the meltdown over the UA/LH livery changes, I guess, but it just doesn’t seem like that big a deal, net.

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by texl1649
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Orders E195-E2 Jets
Replies: 44
Views: 9688

Re: KLM Orders E195-E2 Jets

It is interesting. With the flux at Boeing Brazil and the MAX groundings/orders, I imagine a comprehensive delivery slot plan won't be able to be offered until December-January at the earliest, for a next tranche of near and mid term deliveries on E2/Max aircraft. LH tends to operate (and of course ...

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by texl1649
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing supplying Airbus parts to BA???
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Boeing supplying Airbus parts to BA???

The 10 year BGS revenue goals are massive. They are trying to leverage being one of the primes into becoming (or at this point are) one of the prime services providers across product lines. It's an aggressive, but logical business move for them, imho, and has been panned positively by most stock ana...

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by texl1649
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B52 in emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

Re: B52 in emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall

Clearly, a BUFF begging for the new Rolls Royce engines.

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by texl1649
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 43
Views: 7324

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Lockheed isn’t likely to work to undercut their F-35 bid by a discounted support/equipment package for the F-16 though.

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by texl1649
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 46066

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Sikorsky thinks the CH-53K is the best/only option for the Germans. This is a bit more negative toward the Chinook than I'd have expected, especially given the abysmal reliability of the existing stallions for the Luftwaffe. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/paris-c...

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