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by ThePointblank
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnstone
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SuperiorPilotMe wrote:
CC-295 Searchy McFlyFace

Also WTH is a Turnstone

A type of small, migratory, Arctic bird:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnstone

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by ThePointblank
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update

http://rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/cc-295- ... 8CuvY3kBSo

Choices are:
CC-295 Canso II
CC-295 Guardian
CC-295 Iris
CC-295 Kingfisher
CC-295 Turnstone
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Time to pick a name:

http://rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/cc-295- ... 8CuvY3kBSo

Choices are:
CC-295 Canso II
CC-295 Guardian
CC-295 Iris
CC-295 Kingfisher
CC-295 Turnstone

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by ThePointblank
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace launches
Replies: 34
Views: 5576

Re: Arianespace launches

An Arianespace Vega launcher had a launch failure midway through flight, with the loss of the payload: https://spacenews.com/arianespace-vega-launch-fails-emirati-satellite-lost/ WASHINGTON — The fifteenth launch of a European Vega rocket ended in failure July 10, resulting in the loss of an imaging...

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by ThePointblank
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update

From what I understand, being able to efficiency move things around in the cargo hold is something that's always done, whenever the aircraft was the CC-115 Buffalo, or the C-130 Hercules. For example, sometimes, the drop order of equipment needs to change because the situation at the rescue site ha...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 107
Views: 23584

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

I’m not overly surprised at this. I’m not even sure you can blame the Canadians. If Canada are planning to acquire a fighter aircraft to last for the next 40 years, until nearly 2070, then they obviously are going to set the requirements pretty high. Given Airbus is already starting work on a fight...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update

I do not see anybody ducking. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_En-sxfOkXP8/TPrW1bztNdI/AAAAAAAAHk8/Fz-sgd_unZ0/w1200-h630-p-nu/C295%2BPortugal_MP.jpg Yeah, standing around, with nothing on their backs is a good indication of a potential problem with height in the cargo bay area... A typical SARtech is car...

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by ThePointblank
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: C-295 Canada FWSAR Update

And FWIW I understand very much the concern emitted by user ThePointblank in the old thread in relation to the height of the cargo bay now I've experimented it myself. However, even if I don't know how SAR operation are conducted I'm not sure what would be the need to move around so much during a f...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 4152

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 ThePointblank
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1114
Views: 120581

Re: F-35 news thread

Your right guys, not sure where I got that info from. I believe as lightning suggests the initial tanks didn't exhibit good separation from the aircraft, hence were delayed until after SDD. An article from AviationWeek on the drop tanks. Lockheed Martin Proposes 40% Fuel Capacity Upgrade for F-35A ...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 78
Views: 12404

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

Also, I've heard via rumours that at the time when Canada was considering the Kuwaiti air frames, but were discouraged from it because the Kuwaiti examples were in far worst shape than their low hours and age suggested. That's shocking to hear, considering Kuwait has some of the most modern facilit...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 43
Views: 7221

Re: Swiss Restart Fighter Competition

The operating cost will likely initially favor the Gripen but I also expect, like the F-16, the size of the global F-35 fleet and their ability to buy in bulk will significantly reduce long term sustainment costs. The plan is to be below 4th gen aircraft sustainment costs by 2025. Wow, I would have...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 78
Views: 12404

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

Looks like any of the companies hoping for a Malaysian order for new fighters jets is going to have to wait at least another ten years... Malaysia to buy used Kuwaiti fighter jets to expand fleet The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) plans to acquire used Kuwaiti fighter jets while waiting to purcha...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happened to the Textron Scorpion ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1697

Re: What happened to the Textron Scorpion ?

If a General is not in charge of the program and can retire into a job with the company than the program isn't going anywhere. The same thing happened to the F-20. The F-20 was designed and built because the government at the time didn't want to export the F-16 to other non-major American allies (o...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System
Replies: 101
Views: 5883

Re: Tucker Carlson Bogeyman du Jour: the Metric System

Well, you have to admit that the metric system is annoying. Especially when people attempt to claim it is superior to the imperial system. (Actually is the people not the measurement system). Tugg But, it is superior to the imperial system. :D Yeah that's the claim. But it's not. It's not any bette...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13998

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

MartijnNL wrote:
ltbewr wrote:
If a deal sounds too good to be true, then it is.

True. But 5,800 USD for three flights doesn't sound too good to be true. Especially not for a student.

It is if they are business-class seats.

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 382614

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Emirates CEO Tim Clark is saying that he would be extremely surprised if the grounding is lifted before Christmas: https://airlinerwatch.com/emirates-boss-tim-clark-thinks-boeing-737-maxs-wont-be-back-before-christmas/ Emirates president believes the 737 MAX's worldwide grounding will last longer th...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13998

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

Student searches the web for cheap flights and ends up paying 5,800 USD for just three flights. That doesn't look like a real bargain to me. At least a few of those segments were on business class. That definitely sounds like a bargain. A round trick business class ticket on July 8th, returning Jul...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13998

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

They apparently had no clue that it’s a Customs’ law in probably every country that you have to pick up your bag when you first enter the country and clear Customs with it. Not necessarily true. I've connected in NRT multiple times and unless anything has changed since 2006, I've never had to do th...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13998

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

Where did they get the $18k from? Was that the cost of all tickets or does that include damages? Probably cost of tickets, plus interest. Some of the flights were noted to be business class seats, so that could be easily thousands of dollars just for one ticket, depending on destination (Shanghai o...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 13998

Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/air-canada-imposes-no-fly-ban-demands-18k-from-woman-after-ticket-scam-1.5158335 The basics as follows: - Chinese international student goes to WeChat to find cheap tickets so she could fly to Vancouver and Shanghai from Toronto - She finds a supposed ...

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by ThePointblank
Fri May 24, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Antonov AN-132 transport unveiled (photos)
Replies: 33
Views: 11141

Re: New Antonov AN-132 transport unveiled (photos)

c933103 wrote:
PW150? Is there not any more developed turboprop engine?

Not at that power rating; the only other alternative is the Rolls Royce AE 2100, and that version already has been developed as the An-32B-300, with no takers.

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by ThePointblank
Fri May 24, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 108
Views: 10460

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

^^ I do believe the Turks may end up being very disappointed if they believe they won't be denied their F 35's. Agree 100%. For all their bluster as the article says all they have paid is just over a billion, compared to the 50 odd billion the US has paid and that is before they factor in acquisiti...

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by ThePointblank
Wed May 22, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska-based Taquan Air Suspends Operations
Replies: 9
Views: 1729

Alaska-based Taquan Air Suspends Operations

Alaskan-based Taquan Air has voluntarily suspended operations following a pair of crashes with their floatplanes in a week: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/alaska-plane-crash-1.5143672 U.S. officials say an Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has vo...

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by ThePointblank
Mon May 20, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 120
Views: 21491

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

To expand on what Dutchy said, there is an engineering saying that (to paraphrase) is: it takes 50% of your time, money and resources to develop a project from 0 to 90% completion, and another 50% of time, money and resources to go the extra 10%. Its why a Corvette is $100,000 and a Ferarri is $1,0...

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by ThePointblank
Wed May 15, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19780

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

oflanigan wrote:
Didn’t foreign ownership rules just change? Everyone is making money now before they sell it off later.

The Onex Corporation is a Canadian private equity firm headquartered in Toronto.

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by ThePointblank
Tue May 14, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19780

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

Westjet Encore is likely safe. If provides feeder traffic to mainline. Until we hear more, I bet they will get rid of Swoop and focus on their mainline product (business class). Maybe this will steer WS away from the Euro business class plan and create something more substantial to compete with AC....

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by ThePointblank
Sun May 12, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 107
Views: 23584

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

A bit of a monkey wrench in the works; American officials will need to sign off and certify the fighter jet Canada buys to ensure the fighter jet meets American intelligence sharing requirements: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-new-canadian-fighter-jets-will-need-us-certification-dnd-...

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by ThePointblank
Sat May 11, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2338

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

Now if the ME countries would only learn how to really use all their fancy, expensive toys so that they could defend their own interests... The Saudi did just that and ended up in a quagmire. But I guess, you can't not learn from your mistakes if you don't try bt The quality of the 'training' many ...

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by ThePointblank
Sun May 05, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1485

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

I think it was 20 years ago, I spent a week in Vancouver. I rode a trolley bus from PNE through Chinatown. It was very very old and smelled like a garage. I also remember in the late 1990s when RVTD in Medford, Oregon tried using CNG buses and they were constantly breaking down. They had 1970s GM d...

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by ThePointblank
Sat May 04, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137523

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

It is not national interest, it is a commercial question. If Dassault is not free to export the plane without German interference, the concept is not financially viable, because the business case depends on them selling the plane to nations that the US might not sell their fighters and/or have bad ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat May 04, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226001

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Good launch, insertion and deployment into orbit, and recovery of the first stage of the SpaceX CRS-17 mission after a one day hold due to issues with the droneship that caused the previous attempt to be aborted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFhX5TvP0M Also, cool infra-red shot of the first stag...

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by ThePointblank
Sat May 04, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1485

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

Should be noted that Vancouver's trolley network has been shrinking over the years; for example, when they tore apart one of the roads to dig and build the Canada Line rapid transit line, they also took down the trolley wires along that route, and never replaced them. Also, a number of trolley route...

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by ThePointblank
Wed May 01, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1114
Views: 120581

Re: F-35 news thread

First USAF air strike conducted by the F-35A: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/04/30/us-air-force-conducts-airstrikes-with-f-35-for-first-time-ever/ WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has finally flown its variant of the F-35 in combat, using two of the aircraft to take out an ISIS tunnel network a...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Android OS History?
Replies: 10
Views: 2507

Re: Android OS History?

Updates to Android OS are provided by the devices' manufacturers. I have two Android smartphones with different brands. The older one has the newer version of Android Apple controls everything in their phones (they design their own System on Chips or SoC's, which are effectively the processor, grap...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Regarding sharing of assets across borders, there exists an agreement regarding the logistics support ship HNLMS Karel Doorman, the largest ship in the Dutch navy. I suggest that this might be a prototype on a future asset sharing agreement in europe. https://navaltoday.com/2016/02/05/germany-and-t...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 108
Views: 10460

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

I don’t think that is much of an issue, they are pretty consistent of their position on the S-400. Russia did sell the S-300 (at least an export version of sorts) to Greece and South Korea so they aren’t opposed to selling to NATO or strong US allies, noting the timing of those sales was before rel...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canada Requests Help Securing Its Southern Border
Replies: 34
Views: 2104

Re: Canada Requests Help Securing Its Southern Border

Donald Trump is significantly more popular in the U.S. than Trudeau is in Canada. Yes, you read that correctly: Donald Trump is noticeably more popular than Justin Trudeau. He may not even make it to the next election. So tell us... exactly how would he be ousted without an election? Are you propos...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Julian Assange Arrested by UK Police
Replies: 67
Views: 4668

Re: Julian Assange Arrested by UK Police

I feel sure that the Ecuadorian government has gotten something out of this that we might find out later, trade deal or the like, don't see them giving up Sovereignty for 10 minutes without a return. I doubt it. Their president would be a very good liar if all he said in the video statement was not...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43104

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

The DND is indicating that 7 of the planned Hornet's to be bought from the RAAF as spares may not be needed in the end: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/rcaf-may-not-need-7-of-the-25-used-australian-f-18s-says-defence-procurement-chief Canada is buying 25 used F-18s from Austral...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43104

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

This sure does have the stench, regardless of any political perspectives, of a miserable attempt to expensively kick the can down the road. I can't remember another 1st world air force ever purchasing used tac aircraft and trying to outfit them for substantially front line service before. Sure, may...

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by ThePointblank
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 45930

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

Every delay on the CH-53K gives the CH-47 a greater chance of winning this contract. No insight into the specific issues they are facing but it is pretty clear that issues have slipped later into the dev program than should have. This is becoming such LockMart MO it needs to seriously become the ti...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 710
Views: 67681

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

It appears the USAF does not want the F-15X, and thus never had it in its initial budget proposal: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/air-warfare-symposium/2019/02/28/the-air-force-doesnt-want-f-15x-but-it-needs-more-fighter-jets/ ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force wants more fighters....

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by ThePointblank
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43104

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

It appears the government may have underestimated the cost of the interim Hornet purchase by $200 million: https://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/Interim_F_18_aircraft This report provides an independent estimate of the impact of the costs of Canada’s procurement of 18 Australian F/A-18 aircraft on ...

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by ThePointblank
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 43104

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

First two ex-RAAF Hornets have arrived in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2019/02/first-interim-fighter-jets-arrive-in-cold-lake.html http://www.combatcamera.ca/coldlakeimagery/CK06-2019-0141-003.jpg http://www.combatcamera.ca/coldlakeimagery/CK03-2018-0141-002.JPG ...

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by ThePointblank
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 4633

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

Initial dates have now been announced: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/red-arrows-north-american-display-list-revealed They are expected to arrive in Canada in August 8th, and the confirmed show schedule so far is as below: Ottawa – Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow Chicago – Air and Water Show Atlantic Ci...

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by ThePointblank
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richest Person in the world Divorcing
Replies: 71
Views: 3747

Re: Richest Person in the world Divorcing

Things just got interesting, as Jeff Bezos has published this letter, accusing The National Enquirer, and David Pecker of blackmail and extortion: https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f The New York Times article describing the circumstances in which this story is unfo...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?
Replies: 56
Views: 7220

Re: Can aircraft carriers survive anymore ?

Many people just don't understand the amount of investment and effort the US has placed into sound dampening technology, and the resulting technological lead the US has over every other country. The increased size of nuclear submarines also means there's more room to quiet the submarine with more i...

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by ThePointblank
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226001

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The video shows a very short test. Is it possible it was shut down early because of the green color in the exhaust, indicating that some copper was burning in the engine that isn't supposed to be burning? The green could also be from a hypergolic igniter. More likely it was just a short test as thi...

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