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by N328KF
Sat May 07, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5002

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

This is a specious question. At the time it was being developed, the need for this aircraft was very real, and to this day, its very existence affects the behavior of the two main adversaries. The fact that the need continues is illustrated by the B-21 following in its footsteps.

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by N328KF
Sat Apr 30, 2022 2:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

Railroad locomotives are having the same thing happen, no railroad wants to buy new, besides the old metal is probably better castings, forgings, and materials compared to the new stuff with a remaining life of decades. I expect the B-52 work to gradually include everyting like wing skin replacemen...

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by N328KF
Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

keesje wrote:
Testimony to the sound Chinook design and realization, that 60 yrs later, there is still no chopper around to match Chinoooks capabilities.


You're right - the competition here is MORE capable. If the CH-47 wins, it will not be due to capability, but due to other reasons.

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by N328KF
Mon Apr 25, 2022 10:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5559
Views: 358261

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Sorry if it has been discussed: Why did Kherson fall on quickly in comparison to Mariupol? Seems live there was barely a fight for it.

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by N328KF
Mon Apr 18, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

With the appearance of Russian heavy bombers in the fight over eastern Ukraine, are they out of range for the E-3s that are flying right along the border on the western side? Nice pic in the link provided, of the tracks NATO surveillance aircraft have been flying. https://i.redd.it/w2r20qdcp6u81.jp...

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by N328KF
Sat Apr 16, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Did the Turks get their two A400Ms out? And why would they have left them there in the first place? They had plenty of warning.

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by N328KF
Fri Apr 15, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The closing of Chicago Meigs Field...
Replies: 40
Views: 7134

Re: The closing of Chicago Meigs Field...

I never understood how the FAA and the Federal Government didn't react more strongly to this charade. An airport open to the public is not something that should be able to be closed just like that, and the City and Mayor of Chicago should have been held liable for the destruction of the runway and ...

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by N328KF
Wed Apr 13, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

There is no doubt in my mind the 53K is more capable, but at what price is it worth it to the Germans? The commonality with the French/other Chinook operators seems like a no brainer, with the industrial partnerships Boing et al. Have lined up, unless money is just no object now to them. I understo...

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by N328KF
Wed Apr 13, 2022 1:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 419
Views: 41870

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

It appears Japan may be asked to join AUKUS (it's important to remember that this alliance is about more than the sub deal, and Japan may not participate in that.) If so, this is rapidly shaping up to look like NATO for the Pacific. https://twitter.com/stephendziedzic/status/1514026510285344773 http...

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by N328KF
Tue Apr 12, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Serbia and the Rafale?
Replies: 15
Views: 2439

Re: Serbia and the Rafale?

Kiwirob wrote:
Why would Serbia need to do anything politically to buy them. The French aren’t all that fussy, look at who they sell to? They also want to buy more than Croatia has.


Serbia needs to get past its pro-Russian pro-genocide past. No mincing words here.

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by N328KF
Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 120
Views: 14580

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Axiom-1 just docked at ISS. Docking delayed by communications difficulties. Dragon voice comms were getting cut off, resolved by crew delaying speech after pushing talk switch. Then ISS crew was not receiving Dragon centerline camera views, resolved by waiting for a pass over a SpaceX ground statio...

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by N328KF
Sat Apr 09, 2022 2:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Nobody has attempted to integrate Western weapons onto a Russian aircraft. This is exactly where the AA-2 Atoll (an exact copy of the AIM-9B) came from, and it is why Soviet aircraft were intended to use seized NATO stocks. Sure, newer and more sophisticated weapons are a different matter, but it w...

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by N328KF
Thu Apr 07, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 220
Views: 39026

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

mxaxai wrote:
I assume questions like this are one reason why Amazon booked launches with 3 different launch vehicles. There should be some clauses in the contract that allow them to cancel delayed Vulcan launches and buy more Ariane 6 launches (or vice versa).


The New Glenn deal includes options.

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by N328KF
Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5559
Views: 358261

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcAASv9Ri_A
In English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFLtv2exMbU
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How to tow unwanted foreign military equipment: A How-To guide

In Finnish (which I think is funnier): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcAASv9Ri_A
In English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFLtv2exMbU

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by N328KF
Fri Mar 25, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

Boeing and Airbus Helicopters sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership to support Germany’s STH requirements https://www.airbus.com/sites/g/files/jlcbta136/files/styles/airbus_1440x1440/public/2022-03/H-47%20Chinook%20mit%20Luftbetankungsf%C3%A4higkeit_0.jpg?itok=TjGSXS5O https://www.airbus.com/en/n...

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by N328KF
Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 120
Views: 14580

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

https://oneweb.net/resources/oneweb-res ... ent-spacex
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Because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, OneWeb is moving all future launches to Falcon 9. Seems like that SpaceX's ability to reuse broomsticks is paying off.

https://oneweb.net/resources/oneweb-res ... ent-spacex

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by N328KF
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Osprey down in Northern Norway.
Replies: 7
Views: 2673

Re: Osprey down in Northern Norway.

:(. The accident rate of the Osprey remains an issue, whatever the reason was. Obviously, the kind of mission they are used on is a contributing factor, but the risk nevertheless seems higher than with other assets. The next-generation tilt rotors will attempt to address many of the issues of the V...

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by N328KF
Sat Mar 19, 2022 1:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1807
Views: 281592

Re: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement

https://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/industrie/aufruestung-eurofighter-ein-weiteres-leben-fuer-den-totgesagten/28170528.html?social=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1647523092 Interesting article. Airbus believes the Tornados will be replaced on a 1:1 base and expects more ...

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by N328KF
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread
Replies: 169
Views: 46857

Re: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread

Seems like the wool may have been pulled over the eyes of shareholders invested in the aircraft leasing firms. Most bankers and us outsiders probably NEVER expected such an occurrence of property theft would have been likely. One has to ask how much other WORLD investment RISK like this are we aver...

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by N328KF
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Just listened to Biden speech. US will be sending higher altitude SAMs and more drones. No details on what systems yet. bt This needs to happen really fast to stop Russian aircraft dropping weapons. The complicating factor (and the one that may make a proposed "no fly zone" useless) is th...

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by N328KF
Wed Mar 16, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

ssteve wrote:
Russia's SEAD won't render these useless rather quickly? Interesting.
Because it has been so effective so far?

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by N328KF
Tue Mar 15, 2022 4:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement
Replies: 1807
Views: 281592

Re: Updated: Germany selects F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon for Tornado replacement

I did read somewhere that having a stealth ECM/jamming aircraft a bit counterproductive as it's the opposite of being stealthy. There might be one benefit to an F-35 variant. This is pure conjecture but Aviation Week suggested that an F-35B variant with the lift fan replaced by a generator would ma...

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by N328KF
Mon Mar 14, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread
Replies: 169
Views: 46857

Re: Russian Aircraft Lease Return/Repo Thread

DartHerald wrote:
We shouldn't forget, too, that the Western governments are holding around 600 billion in frozen Russian deposits in their banks - presumably the lease companies could claim against those assets eventually.


It's more like 300bil. I would say much of that will be earmarked for Ukraine.

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by N328KF
Mon Mar 14, 2022 3:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

Schroinx wrote:
To make something quick and dirty, could they take the best systems from the NH90 and 101 and scale them up to CN-53 size, add bigger engines and so on to reduce the development cost and time?


Do you think it wise to combine two problematic projects? You may wind up with three problematic projects.

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by N328KF
Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5559
Views: 358261

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Any thoughts as to why troublemakers from other parts of Russia (ie. Chechnya) are not taking advantage of this situation?

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by N328KF
Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

What about "no real choice" . Airbus and/or Leonardo can do but will take 10-12 yrs The CH54K is 2x as expensive, heavy and low rate production. Despite not being from Europe, being a 60 yr old design, the Chinook does the job, is fast, spacey, robust and has great cog flexibility. There'...

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by N328KF
Tue Mar 08, 2022 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Western Outsize Cargo Transporter Needed?
Replies: 49
Views: 5252

Re: New Western Outsize Cargo Transporter Needed?

The answer here (once the war is over) might be to have a US company (presumably Boeing or Lockheed) team up with Antonov to produce a C-5/An-124 successor.

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by N328KF
Fri Mar 04, 2022 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 99930

Re: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread

This project seems much more likely now, doesn't it?

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by N328KF
Thu Mar 03, 2022 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian planes stuck outside Russia
Replies: 98
Views: 36774

Re: Russian planes stuck outside Russia

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/id/ ... e-0776%3a0


I don't understand how that is legal.
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c933103 wrote:
Kalilingrad airport is now effectively useless?

Edit: oh they did a big detour https://flightaware.com/live/flight/id/ ... e-0776%3a0


I don't understand how that is legal.

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by N328KF
Wed Mar 02, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian planes stuck outside Russia
Replies: 98
Views: 36774

Re: Russian planes stuck outside Russia

https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1 ... 0172128263

It arrived from China via Anchorage on the 27th.


It's not a 1 for 1 trade, but give it to Antonov.
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ThePointblank wrote:
A Volga-Dnepr An-124 is stuck indefinitely at Toronto Pearson Airport, parked at Taxiway N due to the air space ban:

https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1 ... 0172128263

It arrived from China via Anchorage on the 27th.


It's not a 1 for 1 trade, but give it to Antonov.

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by N328KF
Tue Mar 01, 2022 3:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://twitter.com/rzeczpospolita/stat ... 0622043141
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Polish news confirms their 28: https://twitter.com/rzeczpospolita/stat ... 0622043141

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5559
Views: 358261

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - News and Discussion Thread

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 5:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Expel Russia from FIFA
Replies: 31
Views: 3372

Re: Expel Russia from FIFA

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/spor ... a-ban.html
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They're out.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/spor ... a-ban.html

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031
Replies: 60
Views: 5361

Re: NASA plans to de-orbit ISS in 2031

NASA, ESA, and JAXA have a couple years to develop something to do reboosts if needed. Lost of Progress for that is not some instant deathknell. It'll hurt and divert resources that could have gone elsewhere. But that's the cost of it. As mxaxai's said the ESA's ATV isn't being built anymore, but I...

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian planes stuck outside Russia
Replies: 98
Views: 36774

Re: Russian planes stuck outside Russia

INFINITI329 wrote:
Can lessors just take aircraft back and break their contract?


Already happening with several airliners having been repossessed.

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

I would like to ask some questions regarding the Potential use of atomic weapons by Russia. 1. How good is our intelligence (CIA, NATO, BND, etc.) in order to find out the real treat? Do they know it, before „the Button is Finally pushed?“ 2. What kind of countermeasures do we have in Europe in Ord...

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian planes stuck outside Russia
Replies: 98
Views: 36774

Re: Russian planes stuck outside Russia

Can we have a similar thread for non-Russian aircraft stuck inside Russia? How will these planes be extracted? Feb 28 (Reuters) - Asian aircraft lessor BOC Aviation said on Monday that EU sanctions requiring the termination of leases to Russian airlines by March 28 would affect most of its aircraft ...

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5559
Views: 358261

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - News and Discussion Thread

alberchico wrote:
https://mobile.twitter.com/anneapplebaum/status/1498029130222293003

I wonder if this is the grand plan for Russia, to incorporate these 2 countries into Russia.


Not anymore.

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by N328KF
Mon Feb 28, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Does anyone know the status of the two Turkish A400Ms that were, I believe, at the same airfield as the An-225?

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Suspends All Flights to Europe due to EU ban
Replies: 12
Views: 5058

Re: Aeroflot Suspends All Flights to Europe

JohanTally wrote:
The title doesn't really reflect the article. All Russian flights have been banned from all EU and UK airspace therefore naturally Aeroflot and any other Russian aircraft private and commercial won't be operating.


"We didn't want to be your friend anyway!"

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 939
Views: 123280

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://twitter.com/AlexandreKrausz/sta ... 8785531919
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According to the EU, the MiGs supplied by EU/NATO will be flying for Ukraine within the hour.

https://twitter.com/AlexandreKrausz/sta ... 8785531919

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Airbus and Boeing aircraft and sanctions
Replies: 105
Views: 27279

Re: Russian Airbus and Boeing aircraft and sanctions

Agree. Ok, IT guy but not in the aviation sectot. To what extend can any OEM remotely monitor state of an aircraft nowadays? What I mean is that in case a signal/warning would appear and that goes away after the ac being on the ground for a while, would that not give implications. No idea if airlin...

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 3:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 1980s NATO-Warsaw Pact hot war?
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Re: 1980s NATO-Warsaw Pact hot war?

DarkSnowyNight wrote:
Red Army by Ralph Peters.

It is fictional and written entirely from the Soviet side, but it covers the hows, whys, and what-would-it-look-likes pretty well.


I've read it. It was also written in the moment, and not based upon what we now know.

P.S. I enjoyed Peters' books, but he is a nut.

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 120
Views: 14580

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

It would be cool to see ESA use Falcon 9 for the Galileo sats however. They'd probably save money too... Money that would not go to Arianespace ... From a European politics perspective, launching with SpaceX would be bad PR. It would signal "we're dependent on other superpowers to provide basi...

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 6:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 120
Views: 14580

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

ESA has several Galileo launches coming up that no longer have rides. Could this easily be done by SpaceX, or would the EU not even consider it? (ExoMars is now an even bigger problem.)

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by N328KF
Sun Feb 27, 2022 3:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 1980s NATO-Warsaw Pact hot war?
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

1980s NATO-Warsaw Pact hot war?

Because this is a hypothetical thought exercise and doesn't just involve aviation, I thought I'd ask here. Forget about the current state of the Russian military- irrelevant for this question. Based upon what we now know about actual NATO and Warsaw Pact combat capabilities, what do you all think th...

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