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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1033
Views: 142026

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

No new wing, no new cross section. That means a new aircraft, billions, time to market, risk. Just new engines, the KC46 system upgrades, upgraded glass cockpit, maybe MAX style wing tips. To make any new 767 MAX cost competitive, Boeing would need to re-do the structural engineering to adopt the n...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

You just explained it: different intended missions. Then you should have stated so in the first place. All in all the F-15EX is far and away the most capable F-15 variant ever developed and wis more capable than the F-15SA/QA in any mission set the three variants were expected to undertake. And don...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

https://aviationweek.com/defense/f-35-w ... pable-goal


Supply chain problems can be solved. It would just takes more money . . . :dopey: :dollarsign: :dollarsign: :dollarsign:

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mmo wrote:
Spar. so much for your theories on the F-35 and how it will replace everything.

https://aviationweek.com/defense/f-35-w ... pable-goal


Supply chain problems can be solved. It would just takes more money . . . :dopey: :dollarsign: :dollarsign: :dollarsign:

bt

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If the EX design is based in the QA or SA configuration, saying it's a down grade requires explanation. Sure, the three configuration are meant for different missions, and would have different capabilities, but calling the EX as a down grade would require details on what is the ranking parameters. bt

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1033
Views: 142026

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

Boeing has been looking at 7 abreast oval fuselage for 20 years. Ah but this is but a stepping stone. "Twin aisle narrow body", or "narrow body" anything will give way (eventually) to BWB. With the BWB you will need to start with twin aisles and perhaps up to 9 abreast. Sure, th...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Spar wrote:
EX would be a downgrade for them.


Flame bait warning :flamed: :rotfl:

bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1033
Views: 142026

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

while avoiding twin aisle weight, drag and consequential cost inefficiencies. As engineers, we all go for efficiencies. But how efficient are bigger windows? Increase cabin air pressures? There are some design consideration that are adopted for other reasons. Not so say that twin aisles will be the...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

You'll have to come up with a link to a news story or something. I know you don't trust The Drive, but this is something that do not get bantered out haphazardly. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26305/f-15x-will-come-in-two-variants-and-no-it-wont-cost-100m-per-copy In addition, the F-15X was...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France To Aquire CH-47's?
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: France To Aquire CH-47's?

Then they are looking for an aircraft for special operation insertion and extraction and not just a heavy lift helcopter as with Germany. Then then only vision that comes to my mind is a rubber boat sliding of the back ramp of a Chinook;)

bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Just as there is no guarantee that Boeing would deliver the EX product for the price they are bidding. But I thought that this would be a fixed price contract?. Development risk is being addressed by the non-recurring funds that have already been approved by the Houses. And if Boeing mess up, they ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France To Aquire CH-47's?
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: France To Aquire CH-47's?

I think the CH-47 or the CH-53 would be a great fit for French Air Force. The article specifically state: France's special forces command says: "The air force is actively studying the acquisition of [CH-47s] for the French special forces. They would complete the current range of helicopters.&q...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Care to share your evidence... not your opinion but some reasoned analysis or news article. Actually, it is O.K. for Spar to share his opinion. It is O.K. for him (I assumed that he is a he and not a she) to be passionate about his opinion. It is also O.K. if he is not passionate about his opinion ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 116
Views: 11271

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

What I am interested in is what is the Israelis' position with respect to the SAM or the '35s. If Israel feels Turkey having both systems is not in their interest, then I'm sure the US Congress can stop the sale. BTW, has Congress approved the sale previously? Even if they did, they can always hold ...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Those embedded numbers makes it difficult to read. Ozair do you interpret the wording as they have the go ahead for the 2 prototype? But funding for the rest will depend on the required follow up report?

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 116
Views: 11271

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

Turkey also has the dream to make fighters and weapons, Russia appears to be willing to share their tech, which the West hasn't been willing to do. This may have more to do with Turkey's current political stance than anything else. Just look at what is India is doing. They've had enough of building...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

bikerthai : I said on the water, boats that could have recovered the debris. And probably come in direct contact with iranian boats... Gotcha :fight: I just spent some time with some Navy guys that used to fly border surveillance back in the day and they were laughing and going on about how they fl...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

Did the US have assets on the water near the crash site ? Most likely yes, the Iranians mentioned that they could have targeted a P-8A in the area. It was the P-8A aircraft that took picture of the Iranian removing a mine from a tanker. And yes, the P-8A does have countermeasures, so shooting one d...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

It was not word games in 79. And there were fatalities, maybe not of embassy staff, but of the soldiers in their failed attempt to rescue the staff. bt You can’t blame the Iranians because the US mission was an utter failure. Nah, I did not blame the Iranians, I was just stating that the revolution...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

Actually the US invaded Iran in 1953 and lost power in 1979. Yes, but it was overshadowed by another US invasion elsewhere in the world :bigthumbsup: Speaking of which . . . Do you need to see a list of these failures? One significant success was on the Korean peninsula from which we now have a str...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

It was not word games in 79. And there were fatalities, maybe not of embassy staff, but of the soldiers in their failed attempt to rescue the staff. bt Sure kid. In your mind Iran invaded the United States in 1979. Yea, right! Thanks for the complement, but flattery does me no good :bigmouth: I was...

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by bikerthai
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

It was not word games in 79. And there were fatalities, maybe not of embassy staff, but of the soldiers in their failed attempt to rescue the staff.

bt

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

They are 8,000 miles away and haven't invaded anyone for the last couple hundred years anyway. Technically you are correct. As a country they did not invade the US. However as the Revolutionary Guard, one of the current entity in power, they did invade "US soil" in 1979. They also support...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

The extra space was why the Navy selected the 737 over the P-3 for the MMA refresh. It allow for growth of additional capabilities that they have not thought of yet.

bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Drone Shot Down
Replies: 43
Views: 4664

Re: US Drone Shot Down

Sorry to be off-topic a bit, but with all the equipment inside a P-8, I find it very difficult to understand how 35 (or 38) passengers can fit, unless they’re all standing. The crew is usually the flight crew (2) and the mission crew, which can be up to 7. The max number of people that the P-8 can ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

You may chose to portray the above as semantics, but it appears to me that that some here are determined to leave a false impression about where the request for these aircraft came from. I'm just correcting the record and this is a thread about the F-15EX after all. For the record . . . when I said...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

:yes:

Ozair wrote:
Anything beyond that is just petty arguments over semantics.


What he said . . . :yes:

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by bikerthai
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Spar wrote:
Anything to obfuscate the issue?


Yup, just like Alice. Don't go down that rabnit hole if you don't like where it leads. Or don't peer through the looking glass if you don't like what you see. :biggrin:

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by bikerthai
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

LOL, if that's the case, then the '35 belongs to the DOD as well. And those C-17 that was foisted upon the Air Force a while back belonged to Congress as the Air Force never asked for them. But you have something there. All these planes do not belong to the Air Force or DOD. They belong to the tax p...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 498
Views: 137507

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

A380 and even 747 have enough space to get 2 generations of ultra high bypass engines which will significantly improve efficiency at over 20% that 2 engines can't get. If you are worried about ground clearance, why not go to a BWB? The you can push the PTP and frequency models to the point where ev...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

US Senate passes its defense policy bill 86-8, setting up fight with House More like a haggle :chat: The Air Force will get their 15'. It's just a question of how many. Let's be fair BT, they also requested additional F-35s... An once the Air Force contract is signed, the Israeli will follow. They ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The Senate just passed the defense bill. Not much mentioning of any difference with the House bill with respect to the F-15X. So, it looks like unless the additional evaluation requested by the House goes south . . . we will wait for the contract signing. Coincidently ? ? ? The Israeli just submitte...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33816

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

The irony for this conversation about the A350 is that the 787 has two in two completely different places. The Carolina plant was more political than efficiency. It was a response to the adversarial Union in the Seattle area. Now with some hind sight it is some what a blessing for Boeing as current...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 116
Views: 11271

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

reproaching the US they will never burn their bridge with Russia. Maybe you mean approach and not reproach. The F-35 is just the tip of the iceberg. The economic diverngence will hurt Turkey more in the long run. As for India, they seem to like US hardware. After topping up with the 4 P8I options, ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33816

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

WayexTDI wrote:
Lastly, the rudder and tail did not explode as they didn't take a direct hit


If you look at the photos, you can see it did get some secondary hits as there were significant gouges through the leading edge. Must have cut through some light stations or something.

bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33816

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

Composite usually are very good performers overall, but are less tolerant to impact damage; which did not happen here. True, but the G force cause by the impact that broke the tail section was experienced by the empennage. So that tail saw similar to (maybe slightly lower) G crash load that broke t...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33816

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

I'm also far from convinced there isn't degredation in CFRP parts. If degradation occurs CFRP parts don't show it, while alu does, leading to spontaneous failures. I hope I'm wrong because this could become really ugly. We are at a point where your fear will be alleviated. The CFRP for the 787 uses...

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by bikerthai
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 498
Views: 137507

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

suspect that it is currently seen as too big for the market. This is what really did for the A380 and the 747-8 Or those two aircrafts suffer from having 4 engines. Many here propose that if the A380 can operate with 2 engines, it would not have died. A successful 777X program would reinforce that ...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 214
Views: 37807

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

After looking at your pictures more closely I’m surprised at how large the fairing with the cameras for the remote boomer is Interesting. I suppose by the time the air flow gets back there, the boundary layer is such that the impact of that pillbox is not as bad as one would think. Otherwise they w...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 45945

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

P-8 has in common with the 737-100 are things like metal panels, ribs, etc. Everything else is different. Even those metal panels and ribs are different. As the design evolve (increased weight) and improvement in alloy and manufacturing, these parts would be the first to take advantage of the chang...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Well, Shanahan is out. We will see if the F-15EX buy have any legs.

bt

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by bikerthai
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 45945

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

:rotfl: I am waiting for them to trot out "Three engine is better than two" mantra. But I guess they may be too smart for that. "you should buy a helicopter that is a 40-year-old design? Would you buy a long range reconnaissance aircraft that is 50+ old design? The US Navy may be doin...

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by bikerthai
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 498
Views: 137507

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

That's gotta be some special rubber band. No ordinary rubber band would be able to maintain that loop at the top. Looks more like a zip tie - and yes there is a Boeing Specification for zip tie. My guess is it is being used as a locking feature to prevent unintentional deployment. What is that top l...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 45945

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

The fuselage skeleton is covered with load­ bearing Kevlar and Nomex honeycomb skin and crown panels that eliminate corrosion and reduce air­ frame empty weight by approximately 25 percent. Wow, I wonder why they chose Kevlar as opposed to Graphite? Better ballistic protection? Well, the manufactur...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Aircraft go through development and integration programs all the time. Why would the F-15 or F-35 having these missiles integrated by any different or more dangerous to any other airframe? Development and Integration occupies different part of the timeline. Launching from a B-52 and an F-15 would a...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

It should be obvious that when Shanahan was hired in early 2017 (long before the F-15EX proposal) Shanahan was to be the technical expert in aviation matters. Believe me, becoming a VP manager of an Aerospace Corporation, does not make you an expert in aviation. By the time you get to be VP, the re...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Mattis is the one who hired Shanahan as Deputy Secretary of Defense. I highly doubt that. Hiring a person with non-military/non-government experience sounds more like a Trump thing. From the latest readings, it seems that Shanahan was selected because of Bolton. And Trump is having second thought a...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

This makes little sense. No one in their right mind is flying an F-15 of any variety to Mach 3... This thought came to my mind as well. First, let's kill this "inside its weapons bay" canard, the F-35 is perfectly capable of hanging things off of it's wings just like an F-15 and it will c...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 730
Views: 68757

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

While not having much in terms of details, this article lay out the straight from the Air Force story on the F-15X, not some lobbyist think tank. http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2019/April%202019/F-15EX-Careful-What-You-Dont-Ask-For.aspx At the rollout of the 2020 defense budget req...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 116
Views: 11271

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

I am actually a little surprised that Russia allows the sale of this system to a Nato country... even the S500 is discussed... :stirthepot: Imagine if Turkey finally tip over to the Russian side, what will happen to the 737 Peace Eagle. That plane probably have more advance technology than the F-35...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42809

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

You are talking about lessons learned due to the 787 on programs that are still preparing for first flight or that hasn't been launched yet. There are lessons learned thru mistakes. No one here is talking about lessons learned of the success. The 787 composite wing development flowed directly into ...

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