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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 20, 2022 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Estate Planning in the Online Bureaucratic Era
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Estate Planning in the Online Bureaucratic Era

I agree entirely - planning in advance makes the loss of a relative so much easier to deal with for those left behind I'm currently helping to manage two probate processes in the UK, for my family and for my partners. One had well set out finances and was easy to complete, the other was a minefield ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Nov 12, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airshow
Replies: 208
Views: 41121

Re: Mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airshow

Oh Christ, that is really really awful This has unnerved me a bit - I really wanted to fly the B17 this year, having just visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum where I flew the Catalina, I figured I had time for a quick last minute trip to Dallas. I already had time booked off for a 2 week t...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338?
Replies: 184
Views: 38060

Re: Future of the A338?

I'm sure I read a post on here recently, claiming that Delta were being offered a shorter range and lower MTOW A338 as a 767 replacement. Not sure if this is a thing, or just a rumor?

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria
Replies: 50
Views: 17466

Re: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria

Hoping that casualties are few - doesn't look to have broken up

By coincidence we were supposed to be flying from Arusha to Zanzibar with Precision Air on the AT4, can't fully recall if it was late last night or this afternoon. Ended up having to push the trip back due to family commitments.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1260
Views: 498976

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Except its a larger problem than you think - you mention only 3 - that's only with large commercial aicraft in countries that actually have a public media outlet. Lets not forget smaller planes, military, and under-developed nations. Didn't some kid try to commit suicide in Tampa 10 years ago and r...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Oct 27, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are you dressing up as this Halloween?
Replies: 26
Views: 1743

Re: What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

I found an old USSR sailor's hat the other day, so I was thinking about doing a take on the Moskva.

But then I remembered I don't smoke

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 24, 2022 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you a railfan?
Replies: 29
Views: 2445

Re: Are you a railfan?

I'm a rail fan and model railway fan. I largely have my cousin to thank for this - he was a lifelong rail fan and mainline steam driver right up until he hit retirement. I also used to travel a lot by rail here in the UK, probably 40-50,000 miles a year between work and leisure, and most of this on ...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Oct 24, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work
Replies: 29
Views: 4738

Re: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work

Something else to consider: Now baggage is no longer 'free' on the majority of flights, how many people actually travel with a checked bag? I've travelled through JFK/LGA a few dozen times, but I can count the number of times I've had checked luggage on one hand. Most of the time I have a backpack a...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 19, 2022 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues at London Stansted This Evening (Oct 19)
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Re: London Stanstead This Evenig

Apparently someone on an easyJet flight airdropped a note to all devices saying there was a bomb onboard. The aircraft was removed to a remote stand, per the security protocol.

That someone is now hopefully facing some very tough questions

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Oct 19, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs
Replies: 26
Views: 1369

Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs

It's been a tough few years for live music and venues, but gigs made a comeback in 2022. With so many tours pushed back multiple times, I've ended up with a deluge of gigs and live events, not that I'm complaining! :D In the past we've had a thread for your upcoming gigs and tours - so I thought it ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 30, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Condor Airlines and the new paint scheme
Replies: 16
Views: 2207

Re: Condor Airlines and the new paint scheme

I hated it at first glance but I changed my mind after learning that it was supposed to resemble a beach towel. As a leisure destination airline, I think they hit the nail on the head. I still wouldn't call it beautiful but I always appreciate creativeness. I really like it, and it's the first thin...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 16, 2022 7:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 132
Views: 26614

Re: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights

09.11.2022 ... ARK-ZAN ... Precision Air ... ATR 13.11.2022 ... ZAN-DAR ... Air Tanzania ... Q400 Dan :) Because of schedules or prices constraints ? There are a few other exotic options on that profitable short hop ! ZAN-DAR with Air Tanzania is part of the QR ticket, we were going to fly out of D...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 132
Views: 26614

Re: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights

Compared with previous years, it's been quite good so far with some more fun to come: Flown 01.04.2022 ... LGW-MAH ... easyJet ... A320-200 03.04.2022 ... MAH-LGW ... easyJet ... A320-200 29.04.2022 ... LGW-MAH ... easyJet ... A320-200 02.05.2022 ... MAH-LGW ... easyJet ... A319-100 06.05.2022 ... L...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 132
Views: 26614

Re: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights

classicjets wrote:
Airports without a code represented by symbols:
### = Tianzihu General Aviation Airport in Anji County, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
@@@ = A grass field north of Huzhou, Zhejiang, China


Sometimes, amazing things happen in grass fields!

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 12, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana IL96 landing
Replies: 21
Views: 5513

Re: Cubana IL96 landing

I paid whole runway, I use whole runway...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 751
Views: 182673

Re: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread

So we're a week away from the first LGW-JFK service, and according to Norse's website, flights are still 'Subject to Government Approval'. Which government are we talking about here - is it a route authority from the US side, or have the CAA not signed off yet in the UK? I'm looking at booking a si...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 751
Views: 182673

Re: Norse Atlantic Airways News and Discussion Thread

So we're a week away from the first LGW-JFK service, and according to Norse's website, flights are still 'Subject to Government Approval'. Which government are we talking about here - is it a route authority from the US side, or have the CAA not signed off yet in the UK? I'm looking at booking a sin...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)
Replies: 35
Views: 3232

Re: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)

It's got to be LCY for me - 5 minutes from touchdown to being on the train into the city. Such convenience.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest Discontinued flights
Replies: 52
Views: 3774

Re: Your longest Discontinued flights

A few long ones for me

LGW-HKG with Oasis Hong Kong Airlines on the 744, was flown up until Covid by CX with the 359
NRT-FCO with Alitalia on the 772, no longer flown at all
DUB-YYT with WestJet on the 73G
KBP-PEK with AeroSvit on the 763

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A 'Flights That You Never Made It Onto' Thread?
Replies: 12
Views: 1583

Re: A 'Flights That You Never Made It Onto' Thread?

Way too many, unfortunately. I've missed / aborted 157 flights according to my log - some intentional (booking several options as standby, knowing I'd only take one), but most through being ill, missed connections or of course the dreaded Covid 19. One of the more memorable ones was what would have ...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 2509
Views: 642957

Re: United Acquiring Used A319's from EasyJet?

I'm not entirely sure the deal was going all that smoothly, even pre-Covid?

I flew on several easyJet A319s back in 2019 that were noted online as being transferred within weeks, or which should already have been transferred. None of the ones I flew on were to my knowledge.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger dies after leaving easyJet flight at LGW
Replies: 30
Views: 6710

Re: Passenger dies after leaving easyJet flight at LGW

Thought this was worthy of its own thread, BBC are reporting that a passenger with reduced mobility has died after deboarding. It’s been claimed that this was not due to staff shortages but it’s come to light that the gentleman decided not to wait any longer for ground staff. https://www.bbc.co.uk/...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 05, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite artists/singers in other languages
Replies: 18
Views: 1327

Re: Favorite artists/singers in other languages

My native language is English, but I like a whole range of groups who sing in other languages Eluvetie - Celtic folk metal group from Switzerland, performing in a mixture of English and the extinct Gaulish language Blutengel - Dark electropop from Germany, in German / English Rammstein - Metal band ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed May 25, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sign stunt on approach to LGW.
Replies: 9
Views: 5182

Re: Sign stunt on approach to LGW.

Very amusing - I use that company to supply our aggregates. I wonder if they are connected, or if it was just a good site for the prank.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat May 21, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebody Flights ??
Replies: 34
Views: 6968

Re: European Widebody Flights ??

Unfortunately a lot of the TUI 767/787 flights are Charters, which aren't always bookable

On a related note, does anyone happen to know if Condor are flying the 767-300 on European routes this summer? Many of the usual routes are now operated by the A330s.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 06, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting from a premium product to economy
Replies: 15
Views: 1791

Re: Connecting from a premium product to economy

Flew into London from Singapore in Business Class, then took a National Express coach the five hours back home. That sucked.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri May 06, 2022 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the same exact aircraft on the same exact route before?
Replies: 42
Views: 3324

Re: Have you flown the same exact aircraft on the same exact route before?

Numerous times with Air Southwest - they only had 5 aircraft after all and I flew with them hundreds of times

Similarly I have flown some Air Nostrum CRJs several times on the same MAH-PMI and v.v routes, and there are a few easyJet duplications on LGW-MAH and v.v too.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Apr 26, 2022 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What selling platforms do you use?
Replies: 18
Views: 1500

Re: What selling platforms do you use?

The other half has recently discovered Vinted, which is great because I can't build wardrobes fast enough to contain the new clothes she buys :D I used Vinted a long time ago, but I left due to lack of users and recognition in the United States, so I think five platforms are enough. Men's clothing ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What selling platforms do you use?
Replies: 18
Views: 1500

Re: What selling platforms do you use?

eBay, Amazon FBA, Amazon Vendor and Facebook MarketPlace.

The other half has recently discovered Vinted, which is great because I can't build wardrobes fast enough to contain the new clothes she buys :D

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Apr 22, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?
Replies: 60
Views: 6214

Re: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?

Not too many, if I would like to fly a particular airline, I tend to try and visit the country of origin in the process

Cathay Pacific - SIN-CMB
Druk Air - DEL-KTM
Garuda Indonesia - AMS-LGW
Hainan Airlines - DUB-EDI
KLM - KUL-CGK
LAN Chile - MAD-FRA-MAD
LATAM - AKL-SYD
Varig - AMS-CDG-AMS


Dan :)

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 21, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB Express at LGW
Replies: 8
Views: 2928

Re: IB Express at LGW

Well that would explain why I saw an Iberia Express A320 operating LGW-MLQ-LGW today.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports you have flown through exactly once
Replies: 53
Views: 4989

Re: Airports you have flown through exactly once

I class a take off as one movement and landing as another, so connecting in an airport would count as two 'flights' for me. I have a fair number of those, but I have a few less airports where I have only made a single movement: AGT (flew out of IGU) ARW (overland to TSR by train) BHE (overland inbou...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Apr 20, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once
Replies: 108
Views: 13034

Re: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once

Whoops, data I filtered only ran up to mid 2019. There are some others: Air Florida Orlando-Orlando Air Force Fun Orlando-Orlando Air Nelson AKL-TRG Avanti Air ORD-LDE Barrier Air AKL-GBZ Buzz KRK-LWO Eagle Air Transport Sebastian-Sebastian Envoy Air ORF-LGA EuroAtlantic Airways AGP-OSL Flamingo Air...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Apr 20, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once
Replies: 108
Views: 13034

Re: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once

I can't filter by mainline, but these are the carriers (defined by unique AOC / name) I have flown once. I tend to go out of my way to fly new carriers, so the list is reasonably long! Aer Arann DUB-CWL Aer Lingus Regional Aeroflot Don SIP-SVO Aerolineas Argentinas ROS-AEP Air Asia KUL-PEN Air Asia ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Apr 09, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Behold the spokeswoman for the RU Ministry of Foreign Affairs giving her briefing today while swaying drunk: https://twitter.com/kmartynov/status/1512320051575205888?s=21&t=kesApY3pyczbjgAV__iqMg I’ll take ‘jobs nobody wants’ for $500 Alex! A long way up this thread, I made the comparison that ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 30, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I don't think that Russia will have the capabilities to pay reparations to Ukraine if it remains heavily sanctioned. A crippled economy cannot generate wealth. Sanctions could be lifted relatively quickly if all troops get the hell out of the country and Putin is removed from power and put on trial...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 30, 2022 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The question would e, who would get Kaliningrad? Germany? The majority of people who live there are russian. How about sending all the german "Reichsbürger" there [emoji38] The question of Kaliningrad is an interesting one. Being in close proximity to neighboring EU countries, Russia stru...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Mar 26, 2022 9:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The single fleet type that stayed with the same airline for the longest time
Replies: 23
Views: 2292

Re: The single fleet type that stayed with the same airline for the longest time

B777LRF wrote:
May we consider the result to be in?

Lufthansa and the 747. 52nd anniversary this month.


Not quite - as noted, LoganAir would appear to have 3 more years of operating the BN2, for a total of 55. Air Koryo, another two years of operating the Il-18, for a total of 57.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 25, 2022 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

BBC reporting that Russia's 'first phase of the operations is over' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60882156 As the commentary states, this seems to be a clear admission that Russia's invasion is not going to plan. If they are going to concentrate on the South and the Donbass, I wonder if we...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 25, 2022 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1260
Views: 498976

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

I've always been taught that there is no such thing as coincidence. If the aircraft was near or at the top of descent, I have to wonder if the transition triggered some form of event, or chain of events. I have to wonder if the piece of debris located some distance from the main crash site is part o...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Mar 24, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Satire: IL-86 to be back in the air
Replies: 21
Views: 6252

Re: Satire: IL-86 to be back in the air

This particular example is clearly parody, but some of the last Tu-134 and Tu-154 aircraft were retired relatively recently, and the facilities to maintain them remain active for the Rossiya fleet. It would not surprise me if some of these recently withdrawn machines end up being reactivated

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Mar 24, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The single fleet type that stayed with the same airline for the longest time
Replies: 23
Views: 2292

Re: The single fleet type that stayed with the same airline for the longest time

Air Koryo (and it's predecessor) has flown the Il-18 for 57 years. In particular, one of those aircraft has been active with the airline for 53 years. LoganAir first operated the BN Islander in 1967 - I think they've operated it continuously since, so that's 55 years. Air Arann Islands have also ope...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 23, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can an airline survive with a small fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1556

Re: Can an airline survive with a small fleet?

Yes, comfortably, it all depends on the specific market and economics In fact, I would say the majority of the world's airlines are reasonably niche operators and have less than a dozen operational aircraft and a small portfolio of routes - especially remote or island nations. Of course they make up...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Various news sources are reporting that Komsomolskaya Pravda accidentally just posted the Russian Ministry of Defence's 'real' Russian casualty figures - 9,861 dead and 16,153 injured. The article was apparently rapidly pulled and replaced by a version not containing any figures. Link in the Indepen...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Mar 17, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

NSFW Just another day for Russian armour. Frankly, I’m surprised anyone managed to get out of this alive. The ‘debris’ hitting the road at the end is what’s left of an occupant of another tank that was also destroyed further up the road! https://youtu.be/fngPVC4V4Gk Footage like this is utterly tra...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Should we treat this as a sign of what is to come? Putin says Russia to use Middle East volunteer fighters Source: Reuters I think this will turn out to be a Turkey-shoot, and I can see it majorly backfiring. The Syrian desert might get very cold in winter, but the temperature extremes and mud of U...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

They did manage to extricate themselves from it, but not after loosing a number of vehicles, and being forced to abandon a lot of hardware; I think I saw someone say several Russian tanks were captured in this engagement, and driven away by the Ukrainians. At this point, I think the Ukrainian Farme...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Mar 09, 2022 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?
Replies: 142
Views: 14718

Re: Possibility of coup in Moscow to oust Putin?

Bear in mind, this is a country that went back to autocracy after trying our way out for a minute. The closest thing I can compare it to would be if the entire US were trumpers, and even that is not as extreme WRT strongman loyalty and willingness to purchase bullshit. As a leadership, without doub...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 08, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10434
Views: 777007

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

A quick update from Poland. We've taken in about 1.4 million refugees at this time, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia about 300k, and the majority of them are being housed in peoples private homes, the rest in hotels, hostels, guest houses.. I don't know a single person that hasn't taken a fam...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Mar 08, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest mainline flight and longest regional flight
Replies: 87
Views: 11382

Re: Your shortest mainline flight and longest regional flight

Shortest Mainline: 86 miles FRA-CGN, Lufthansa, B737-500

and, exactly 1000 miles longer...

Longest: 1,086 miles MSP-YEG, Endeavour Air, CRJ 900

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