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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

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

The F-15EX carries up to 22 AAMs The EX is new and may not be exportable. The QA is almost as good, can be upgraded to similar capacity, and should be more easily exportable. Curious though. In term of air defense. would it be more cost effective to order more Patriots as any full scale conflict wi...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Unexplained Russian Explosion
Replies: 64
Views: 3388

Re: Unexplained Russian Explosion

And in 1956 they were invaded by Hungary, in 1968 by the CSSR and in 1979 by Afghanistan. Oh no, wait, I am probably mixing up something here? These incident would be similar to the 1919 incident with the American incursion. They are related to an internal civil conflict where the external forces w...

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by bikerthai
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

ThePointblank wrote:
The F-16 at the time was a more capable aircraft in the air to air role, and in the air to ground role, and could be easily be upgraded.


Wasn't the 16 one of the first production fighter that was inherently aerodynamically unstable, thus allowing it to be much more maneuverable than the 20?

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by bikerthai
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166214

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

DocLightning wrote:
I thought that in a high-speed taxi test, the NLG lifted off the ground.


Definitely not the max weight rejected take off version where you have smoking brakes and fire trucks. That will probably be later.

bt

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by bikerthai
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 95
Views: 24924

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

Boeing will eventually exit the commercial airplane business. Too many strategic missteps and poor management decisions are catching up to them. Boeing will exit when they find interplanetary vehicles are more profitable than intercontinental vehicles. Missteps were made, but tell me of all the cur...

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by bikerthai
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

We are spending our defense dollars very foolishly. Here's a historical perspective that may or may not parallel the current argument. At the entry of WWII the US Army had two main battle tank design concepts, the Sherman and the Pershing. While the Pershing was a leap in design and would rival the...

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by bikerthai
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 95
Views: 24924

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

Bringing that management style to India isn't going to do them any favors. If they invested the same amount of money it would cost to do the same work in the USA and allowed some time to develop employees in India, they'd be better off. But that won't help today's bottom-line. You are probably corr...

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by bikerthai
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 95
Views: 24924

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

a duopoly it is and we gave little to no choice And why is that? It's come down to the complexity of the product and the nature of an organization that can put it all together at a reasonable price. Why haven't the Japanese been able to put something together to compete? Why are we not seeing Russi...

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by bikerthai
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 255
Views: 43840

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

with Boeing still working on a software synthesis approach while the USAF seems dubious about that approach. Boeing received the $55.5 million contract on Aug. 2 to complete the critical design review of system-level hardware and software for the telescope actuator redesign. When we talk about &quo...

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by bikerthai
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166214

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Of course they do but I cannot recall production versions off the line before a first flight of the variant has happened. First flight and production output is really not dependent on each other. The reason why they need to keep pumping out planes during testing and certification is they can not af...

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by bikerthai
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166214

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

By all appearances it has more in common with the 787 wing than the 777 Classic/LR wing. The thing most in common with the 787 would be how it was constructed (skin, stringer, frame configuration). The new wing necessitate a different airfoil profile than the original wing because of how the wing f...

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by bikerthai
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166214

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

This site documents occasions when US Navy aircraft took to the air with their wings "folded" https://theaviationist.com/2014/02/19/us-navy-fighters-folded-wings/ It would be funny if flight experience shows that the 777X wing tips are more effective in the "up" position than &q...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166214

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

There seem to be a lot of people who don't understand that the wing tips are using very tried and true mechanisms such as those seen on navy fighters, so there was a lot of initial fear about various failure modes and their impacts, both of which were overstated. Have there ever been a document eve...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missile launcher found in baggage at BWI
Replies: 44
Views: 6930

Re: Missile launcher found in baggage at BWI

My question is . . . if he wanted to bring the part home, would he had better luck sending it via FED-EX or DHL?

bt

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 255
Views: 43840

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

The FOD issue is workmanship related. We have seen this before from Boeing when they push the work force to meet schedule. The boom issue seems to me like someone was trying to tweak the design to prove efficiency and messed up some calculation along the way. Can't really say the camera issue could ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

mmo,

Thanks for the clarification on ANG pilots. That help explained why in the long run getting the 35 to guard units wouldn't be an issue as 35 pilots move from active duties. But in the short run, there would be a pilot crunch, specially for that ANG.

bt

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

whether Boeing can really produce a "market disruptor" unfold. Some would suggests you use the word "another" in front of "market disruptor". From a historic sense, would you say the 777 and 787 were market disruptors in their own time? 777 opened up transpacific to tw...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft

Actually the US is exersizing right of passage which is different than supporting a claimant.

This is extra sensitive through the straight of Hormuz as well.

bt

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft

I find this whole incident potentially worrying, this is a joint Russian-Chinese flight and the Russian formation flew over the disputed island that triggered the South Korean response. Technically the island is in dispute so jurisdiction of its air space is in dispute, yet the Korean response is s...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Don't you hate it when the quote function does not work right? Even I, as a F-15 supporter believe that the Air Force does want all the F-35 they can get their hands on. Unfortunately with the current fleet requirement and the inability to train enough pilots in time to support the F-15 C/D early re...

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by bikerthai
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

That appears to be just some more welfare for Boeing stockholders. :rotfl: Ah but I can see LM standing in the same welfare line. Heck LM is more dependent on government spending than Boeing. But lets not get a good talking point get in the way of actual physical data. Fatigue is a big issue with t...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The 20,000 hour lifetime is great news because it offers the opportunity to lighten it up some, as the 20,000 hour lifetime isn't needed. This is a curious. As far as I can tell, they have to stay with metal as going to composite would cost a bundle and the current high temperature composite won't ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France To Aquire CH-47's?
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Re: France To Aquire CH-47's?

So it seams that this may be where it began . . . https://www.defensedaily.com/french-armed-forces-herald-uk-chinooks-participation-mali-operations/international/ “These heavy transport helicopters have very high carrying capacity with the possibility of carrying more than four tons of freight and a...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

Amiga500 wrote:
the concept of a tight, light, 7AB ovoid is fraught with difficulties.


But a challenge that must be conquered if they are to transition to a BWB.

bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

would almost certainly be expected before the USAF goes much further with the design. Actually my reading is that Boeing would have the go-a-head with detail designing of the aircraft once the contract is released for the two test planes. The basic statement of work and drawing release schedule wou...

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 816
Views: 75279

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Hmm? Now unless something comes up, we can freeze this discussion until first flight.
;-)
bt

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by bikerthai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

I can see large parts of the work going to Brazil on the 797 Agreed. The pool of engineers can help with large SOW, then they can take the SOW back to Brasil for build. However large components will be difficult to ship if production rate gets up there. I can see hardware gets shipped by sea to the...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

And if you look at the KC-767 line of Charleston, Am I missing something? KC-767 in Charleston? while ignoring that the entire 777x wing The 777x wing is a composite wing. Boeing has stated that wing design (and now manufacturing of composite wing) is core competency and is a natural to keep in hou...

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by bikerthai
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

A factor with CFRP barrel manufacturing, the mandrel that goes into the layup machine is a simple unit. This is actually not correct. The 787 barrel mandrel is complex. The external (aero) surface mandrel is simple, but the internal IML is complex because of the integrated stringers embedded in the...

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by bikerthai
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

Boeing knows how to build an efficient wing and has never needed to rely on winglets for cleansheet aircraft design. Can we expect both the NMA and NSA to feature raked wingtips instead of winglets? And possibly folding wingtips so that they can make the wing as big as needed without having to worr...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

So let's avoid incorporate manufacturing technique being applied to the T-X at all costs :spin: Uh oh. It would become circular logic. If there is significant demands, Boeing would surely optimize their manufacturing process to reduce cost, which require significant up front effort. Heck, once they...

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by bikerthai
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

The 767-400ER got an updated cockpit, redesigned landing gear, and 777-style Signature Interior in the late nineties, CAD has been there since the late eighties. The design would not necessary change. But to incorporate the advance manufacturing technique being applied to the T-X would require conv...

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by bikerthai
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1256
Views: 170727

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: 816
Views: 75279

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:

bt
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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: 816
Views: 75279

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: 1256
Views: 170727

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: 1256
Views: 170727

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: 7
Views: 1303

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: 7
Views: 1303

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 124
Views: 13336

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: 816
Views: 75279

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: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 124
Views: 13336

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: 4866

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: 4866

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: 4866

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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