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by steman
Mon Aug 09, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF launching PTP-YUL/JFK
Replies: 60
Views: 9778

Re: AF launching PTP-YUL/JFK

Very bizarre... Maybe via SDQ ? Will AF have enough planes to operate the service, or would a third A320 be transferred from CDG to PTP for the winter? There are 2 A320 in Antilles. Probably one doing MIA-PAP-PTP-FDF-CAY routing (and v/v) and the other one PTP-YUL/JFK 3x weekly for both. How are te...

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by steman
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 477
Views: 114226

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

That EW Discover A330 has racoon windows. Is that a NEO or did they just paint one of their CEOs like that and created a "fake NEO" ? Not sure why you would consider it "fake NEO", as it is just a bit of livery. Look at Air Canada - they have even painted 787s with a racoon mask...

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by steman
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military AW609
Replies: 11
Views: 1753

Re: Military AW609

I might be wrong but I seem to recall that the agreement between the then AgustaWestland and Bell when the forme took over the BA609 program (then renamed AW609) was that AW would not develop and offer military variants of it.

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by steman
Sat May 08, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 14306

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

I got my first shot this week (AstraZeneca). The day after I had some light fever and a general feeling of exhaustion and of course the arm was soar. Two days after it was all gone but for the pain in the arm, which is not too bad. Next shot in 12 weeks.

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by steman
Thu May 06, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you have a tablet?
Replies: 22
Views: 2751

Re: Do you have a tablet?

I have a January 2012 vintage iPad2 which amazingly still works, even though I have to strip it down and remove almost all apps. I just use it for Facetime with a couple of friends and watch Netflix in bed. I never felt the need to get a more modern iPad or an Android Tablet because for internet bro...

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by steman
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2: Why CF-6?
Replies: 7
Views: 1380

Re: Kawasaki C-2: Why CF-6?

I am sure those are newer versions of the CF6, not the -6 or -50 that were used in the early 70s on DC10s/747s and A300s.
The CF6-80 series is still in production or has ended production very recently.
I doubt the PW4000 is any newer.

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by steman
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1020
Views: 169877

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

90% BS and 10% substance. Typical intelligence insulting MAX-era Boeing hyperbole. F-15For maybe F-15G. It bothers me they didn´t go for F-15F. I understand when it´s about models sold to foreign air arms, like the F-15K, SG, SA, QA. That is basically a commercial name applied by the manufacturer. ...

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by steman
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737, shrinked 707?
Replies: 32
Views: 7337

Re: 737, shrinked 707?

I don´t think it´s accurate to call the 737 a shrink of the 707. Only the fuselage diameter and the nose are the same. Everything else is different. It´s also incorrect to call the 727 a shrink of the 707 or the 737 a shrink of the 727. The fuselage is probably the easiest part of a plane to design....

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by steman
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1688
Views: 252483

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Small hijack: who else than Germany still flies tornadoes regularly? I'm certain I saw one at decently low altitude where I live (South of France, near Canjuers) between fall and the start of winter. It was too fast and a bit too far away to see the emblems though. The Italian Air Force still has s...

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by steman
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 13057

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/03/05/ripping-f-35-costs-house-armed-services-chairman-looking-to-cut-our-losses/ I’m glad Germany made the right decision to not buy it but I feel sorry for the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway etc. who gave in to US pressure. I wonder why, if the F-3...

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by steman
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa livery concept?
Replies: 38
Views: 6425

Re: lufthansa livery concept?

It is however a matter of taste. I find the new livery quite elegant and modern and, in my opinion, it makes the old livery look, well, old. It´s not an exciting livery for sure but it will remain modern for a long time, whereas the more intricate design tend to age quickly. Sure, LH could have done...

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by steman
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE
Replies: 20
Views: 4011

Re: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE

After weeks of grey skies we´re finally having a sunny day in Berlin. And as I was looking up at that blue sky (trust me, it´s not a common sight in Berlin in winter) I noticed a plane flying high. Of course I immediately checked on FR24 and I was very suprised to find out that it´s an Aerolineas A...

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by steman
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE
Replies: 20
Views: 4011

Re: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE

Armadillo1 wrote:
vaccine transporting?


Oh, that´s a great guess.
I think you might be right.
We´re seeing very unusual things these days

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by steman
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE
Replies: 20
Views: 4011

Aerolineas Argentinas SVO-EZE

After weeks of grey skies we´re finally having a sunny day in Berlin. And as I was looking up at that blue sky (trust me, it´s not a common sight in Berlin in winter) I noticed a plane flying high. Of course I immediately checked on FR24 and I was very suprised to find out that it´s an Aerolineas Ar...

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by steman
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Charles de Gaulle: Plans for huge new airport terminal in Paris scrapped
Replies: 37
Views: 6068

Re: Charles de Gaulle: Plans for huge new airport terminal in Paris scrapped

Frankfurt could use another terminal. Frankfurt is already getting another Terminal, T3 is already under construction and will probably be finished right when traffic bumps back to 2019 levels As for CDG T4, was it supposed to be where right now is the low cost terminal, which I think it´s called T...

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by steman
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1020
Views: 169877

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Hello everyone, I would like to ask a question regarding the naming of the F-15EX. I am sorry if it has been written before but I can´t get through all the posts and the search function is lacklustre at best Will the USAF call the new variant F-15EX? Or is this just Boeing´s commercial name like F-1...

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by steman
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norway is looking for replacement for their Bell 412SP
Replies: 5
Views: 1479

Re: Norway is looking for replacement for their Bell 412SP

The Leonardo AW149 seems to be the best match to replace the Bell 412SP. The AW149 is a militarized version of the AW139 but it´s also bigger than this. It has then been offered in a civil version, the AW189, which is currently the biggest of Leonardo´s own Helicopter portfolio. I am not familiar wi...

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by steman
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How useful are light fighters?
Replies: 79
Views: 7236

Re: How useful are light fighters?

I also believe their usefullness is very limited. I guess they are also not that cheap compared to used F-16s or MiG29 though probably cheaper to operate and maintain. I think there will be a very limited market for these light weight fighters, mostly from small Air Forces in Africa. But probably fo...

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by steman
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Italy LGBT Boycott
Replies: 112
Views: 6811

Re: Italy LGBT Boycott

Well, considering one of Orban's party founders just quit because he was caught on a gay sex orgy even the far-right rhetorists may eventually come to terms with gay rights. Jozsef Szajer: Hungary MEP quits after allegedly fleeing gay orgy https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55145989 From your li...

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by steman
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Italy LGBT Boycott
Replies: 112
Views: 6811

Re: Italy LGBT Boycott

If you are a member of the LGBT community and are thinking about travelling to Italy if/when this pandemic gets to a reasonable level of control, consider the following: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/26/italy-lgbt-new-law-debate Advice: if you are a foreigner fall ...

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by steman
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 6658

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

The C27 is a usefull tactical platform. If it would meet the requirements od WestEuropean airforces really depends on those requirement. https://i.imgur.com/9yc0C.jpg https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/defense_philippines/paf-medium-lift-fixed-wing-aircraft-acquisition-pr-t6111-s50.html The aircraft h...

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by steman
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 6658

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

The Italian Air Force might be interested in such a project. And neglect the C-27J Spartan as a result? The C-27J is much smaller than the C-130J. The ItAF has been operating both platforms for many years. I don´t think their commitment to the C-27J has finished. Leonardo has just introduced an upd...

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by steman
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Italy LGBT Boycott
Replies: 112
Views: 6811

Re: Italy LGBT Boycott

If you are a member of the LGBT community and are thinking about travelling to Italy if/when this pandemic gets to a reasonable level of control, consider the following: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/26/italy-lgbt-new-law-debate Advice: if you are a foreigner fall ...

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by steman
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 6658

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

The Italian Air Force might be interested in such a project. The Italian Ministry of Defence has recently released a Document in which it outlines the planned investment for all branches of the Armed Forces in the near future and for the Air Force one interesting paragraph is the need for a C-130J r...

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by steman
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y
Replies: 82
Views: 6171

Re: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y

Brought to you by the Company that claims to be a 5 Star Airline (5starhansa anyone?) Honestly, not a big deal in my opinion. Flying Y in Europe has been already for years the same as flying LCC. At least now there will be the chance to have actual food onboard. I have seen a pic of one of the propo...

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by steman
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 113452

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread - 2020

The whole LH Group has been treating Berlin just like a spoke for their hubs. They have never really been interested in developing their presence in the capital, being it at TXL or BER. Let´s see once the crisis is over and traffic grows back to pre pandemic levels. LH will still be serving only FR...

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by steman
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 113452

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread - 2020

I dont understand why EW never succeeded in Berlin like it did in HAM,CGN,DUS,STR...Now with LCCs downsizing, is there any chance they can capture a bigger share of the BER market? And with AB gone couldnt they offer a longhaul LCC product out of Berlin to New York, MIA etc? One would think that TX...

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by steman
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TXL closed - last flight today [08 NOV 2020]
Replies: 47
Views: 67623

Re: TXL closed - last flight today [08 NOV 2020]

When I was there in 2016, Museum fur Verkehr und Technik had B717-458 4X-ATB marked as Lufthansa D-ABOC. Is it still there?. Yes, it´s still there. A former EL AL B707 who was also involved in some hijack episode. Boeing wanted to give LH a present for the delivery of LH´s 200th Boeing airplane. Si...

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by steman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 113452

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread - 2020

In videos and pictures, the airport looks indeed boring and banal. It reminds me of some of those old-fashioned main train stations in Germany with low-ceilings in the shop areas, like Köln or Düsseldorf. Berlin HbF seems much fancier and lighter than the new BER. I am not surprised of people in Be...

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by steman
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Majority of LH Shareholders are Voting for Rescue Package
Replies: 625
Views: 73807

Re: Updated: Majority of LH Shareholders are Voting for Rescue Package

One would question the viability of MUC as intercontinental hub. Although the city is host to many blue chips company and the inhabitants are wealthy, it shows that when things go bad in the whole airline industry, MUC loses more long haul connections than FRA. In my opinion this shows that MUC was ...

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by steman
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 113452

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

I went to TXL yesterday, to the visitor terrace on top of Terminal 1 (the original hexagonal one). It was a bitter sweet experience. There´s this atmosphere of end of an era, of "will the last one please turn the light off" feeling. Very little traffic, the highlight was QR 787 taking off....

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by steman
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1688
Views: 252483

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

This is why I don´t understand how the acquisition of, say, 60 F-35A to replace the Tornado IDS in the strike role, would undermine the development of the FCAS with France. If anything that would give the Luftwaffe and the German industry an insight in LO platform and systems. The fear is that the ...

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by steman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1688
Views: 252483

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

LOL, they’re targeting flying a demonstrator in 2026, and a 2040 EIS. Realistically, IOC for a squadron in Germany could happen around 2050, so any solution bought today is probably going to be close to worn out by the time that happens. This is why I don´t understand how the acquisition of, say, 6...

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by steman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best BVR Fighter in 1970
Replies: 50
Views: 4579

Re: Best BVR Fighter in 1970

How would the F-106 have fared in 1970? Apparently it could fly higher and faster than the Phantom, which, among it's short-comings for the Vietnam conflict, was one reason why the USAF kept the units stationed with the US. Apparently it was the premier interceptor, and while being designed in the ...

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by steman
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 4214

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

The Topic Author hasn´t replied yet since he opened the thread but I think he was not referring to the original choice of legacy Hornet F/A-18A but to the platform to replace the F-111, which ended up being the F/A-18F. The discussione veered onto why the legacy hornet was chosen over F-15A, F-16 o...

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by steman
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 4214

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

The Topic Author hasn´t replied yet since he opened the thread but I think he was not referring to the original choice of legacy Hornet F/A-18A but to the platform to replace the F-111, which ended up being the F/A-18F. The discussione veered onto why the legacy hornet was chosen over F-15A, F-16 or...

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by steman
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 4214

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

You mean why Super Hornets F/A-18F instead of Strike Eagles F-15E? I guess the fact that the RAAF had already been operating legacy Hornets for decades contributed to the choice. Moreover the Super Hornet comes also as Growler, which the RAAF also acquired. Acquisition and operating costs are also p...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 56702

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I don´t know if it has been reported before, this thread being extremely interesting and rich of information but also very long, but as the Meteor been integrated on the F-35 or are there plans to? Integration on F-35? Has started.. https://www.mbda-systems.com/2019/03/18/work-starts-integrating-ne...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 56702

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I don´t know if it has been reported before, this thread being extremely interesting and rich of information but also very long, but as the Meteor been integrated on the F-35 or are there plans to?

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The F16 and Mach 2
Replies: 19
Views: 2765

Re: The F16 and Mach 2

In the final weeks of it's operation, we had a visitor to BA Concorde Engineering, an American guy who I showed around. He had grabbed one of the few remaining pax tickets and was flying back on it. In the cockpit, he had an amazing ability, with two arms, to take pics with a camera, record with th...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The F16 and Mach 2
Replies: 19
Views: 2765

Re: The F16 and Mach 2

But can the F-16 actually reach Mach 2 operationally or just on test flights in clean configuration and with tanks half full? I´ve always read Mach 2,0 reported as max speed for the F-16 but that probably means theoretical in clean configuration, right? I know the ability to reach Mach 2 is not real...

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by steman
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 22365

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

I remember seeing QF 747s at FCO when I was young. They looked so exotic, coming from so far away. And later, when I moved to Germany and I used to fly in and out of FRA, I recall seeing the QF 744s sitting all day at the remote parking stands, where now Terminal 3 is being built. They would arrive ...

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by steman
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 147
Views: 89652

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

What I haven´t understood about this new FS is if there are differences between the PC and the Xbox version. A good Gaming PC or Laptop cost well above a 1000 Euros, more in the 1200/1300 euros range for Laptops, whereas a Xbox can be bought for less than 300 euros. Will the two versions be equally ...

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by steman
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 211
Views: 72811

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I wonder what is the political aspect of this selection. Finland is not part of NATO and it shares a long border with Russia. During Cold War Finland was neutral and used both soviet and swedish equipment (not sure if they ever had American or British combat assets before 1991). The F-18 were acquir...

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by steman
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 242
Views: 29158

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Germany surprised a few when they bought the Super Hornet. In that procurement there were a few outliers that really pointed to the Super Bug winning at least a portion of the order. Hard to see them going with the P-8. I can't imagine what the unions would do. Best option overall and gives you int...

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by steman
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 242
Views: 29158

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Everyone seems to forget my favourite underdog, the P-1. Loaded with all the disadvantages that have been discussed threadbare here and in other threads, but it's just so damn cool. The P-1 performed a flying display at the last ILA Air Show in Berlin, two years ago. It´s quite a nice compact machi...

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by steman
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 242
Views: 29158

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Would an ATR P-72 be a good choice?
The Italian Air Force chose it to replace the Atlantics. As far as I know it has good ASuW/ASW (albeit light) capabilities and it´s designed for littoral/EEZ patrol, which should be good enough for German Baltic ops.

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 6107

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

Not forgetting that they ordered five 747-443s, they were picked up by Virgin Atlantic. They get no prizes for fleet planning! Yeah that was a weird one too. They were actually intended as part of the alliance with KLM, which already had a substantial Boeing 747-400 fleet. Then the alliance broke u...

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 6107

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

At the same time that they were getting rid of the DC10s and 727s they were introducing used A300Bs from Easter Airlines, not even of the same subtype they got new from Airbus and I recall the ex EA machines being hangar queens and having different configurations even among them. The used A300s arr...

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 6107

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

The DC10s weren´t the only models Alitalia got rid of in a short time. The 727s had the same fate. 18 Series -243Adv were introduced from 1976 onward only to be retired in the early 80s when the MD-80s entered service. At the same time that they were getting rid of the DC10s and 727s they were intro...

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