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by virage
Mon May 11, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1338
Views: 252761

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Forgive me if I have this wrong - but aren't the dynamic loads lower at higher altitude due to the thinner air? Isn't that why the Tornado is so beefy so it can fly at really high speeds low to the ground? Yes, absolutely. There is also a documented story of Tupolev's Tu-16 "Badger" first...

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by virage
Wed May 06, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Screener appreciation
Replies: 0
Views: 1023

Screener appreciation

As someone who has published a couple of hundred photos on Airliners, I was pleased to receive today a refreshingly new screener rejection: "Please stop uploading this photo. It will not be accepted here. Very poor quality. Rejected now five times. Understand?" I would like to express my a...

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by virage
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147387

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

Because the Chinese government is addicted to corporate espionage Embraer will also get the "benefit" of competing with their own technology and maybe even a complete knock-off of their aircraft when the Chinese tire of the JV. If China is the only hope for Embraer, they are better off sh...

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by virage
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 225
Views: 23652

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

"The Pentagon will have to live with limits on F-35’s supersonic flights. WASHINGTON — An issue that risks damage to the F-35’s tail section if the aircraft needs to maintain supersonic speeds is not worth fixing and will instead be addressed by changing the operating parameters, the F-35 Joint...

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by virage
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162137

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

You cannot shut down the world every time a virus comes out. Protect the most vulnerable and let the rest maintain the global economy. Many people are afraid to say this, because they are afraid of looking not compassionate with those who are vulnerable. Others prefer to keep everything closed beca...

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by virage
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162137

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

The other day I watched this guy who analyzed the reasons behind the media coronavirus panic. Somewhat lengthy, but we've got time, being stuck at home:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khtCTJhXlsg

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by virage
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges
Replies: 70
Views: 10250

Re: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges

Its one thing to blame your predecessor when you are an outsider, but to do so when you were part of the same leadership shows that nothing will change. Boeings culture is rotten and has been for a long time. It did not start with Mullinberg. They really needed fresh blood if there was to be any ch...

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by virage
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Replies: 13
Views: 6583

Re: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Nikon's 200-500mm f/5.6 is a great solution for a Nikon aviation photographer.
Neither Canon nor Sony have an affordable 500mm f/5.6 zoom, while Sigma and Tamron superzooms are non-native and go down to f/6.3 at around 300mm.

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by virage
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New observation deck opens at SFO
Replies: 12
Views: 3108

Re: New observation deck opens at SFO

Can be overcome by covering the area between the lens and glass. How, if one can't press the front of the lens against glass? There are products like the Ultimate Lens Hood or Lens Skirt that are designed to do this. Interesting. The next question is whether those are long enough to cover the dista...

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by virage
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Replies: 13
Views: 6583

Re: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Bumping old thread. I am interested in acquiring this lens eventually, and was wondering if anyone has it and what their thoughts are on it? I am looking at pairing it with a D750 for now. Thanks! Dylan As a Nikon user you have the option of the excellent Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens: https://www.bhp...

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by virage
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New observation deck opens at SFO
Replies: 12
Views: 3108

Re: New observation deck opens at SFO

airkas1 wrote:

dutchspotter1 wrote:
Has any of you noticed the height of the glass...?

Can be overcome by covering the area between the lens and glass.


How, if one can't press the front of the lens against glass?

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by virage
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Worth it being a pilot?
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Worth it being a pilot?

If you really love aviation, then I recommend the military route, for the following reasons: 1) Your employment with the military will be more assured in case of a medical mishap. 2) Flying military missions is a much more diverse and involving experience than flying a bus or a cargo truck. 3) Civil...

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by virage
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange probes on the A350
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Strange probes on the A350

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Hainan- ... 43/1332359


Thanks! It's an unusual location for RAT. They're typically located in the tail or under the wing, as in your A330 example.
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unimproved wrote:
That's a deployed RAT. The A330 has it under the wing.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Hainan- ... 43/1332359


Thanks! It's an unusual location for RAT. They're typically located in the tail or under the wing, as in your A330 example.

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by virage
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange probes on the A350
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Strange probes on the A350

What are the probes or antennae behind the main gear as seen on the following photo?
They don't appear on any of the A350's I've seen before.

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by virage
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 225
Views: 23652

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Poland officially signs a $4.6 billion contract to buy 32 F-35's:

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/01/31/poland-inks-46-billion-contract-for-f-35-fighter-jets/

This is significantly less than the expected $6.5 billion.

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by virage
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 190090

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

Chemist wrote:
This is going to make a hell of a Harvard Business Review Case Study series one day.


Yes, but it won't make an iota of difference so long as the Market rewards quarterly performance.

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by virage
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 190090

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding News and Reference Thread 2020

Do you think there is a risk Boeing may cancel the 737Max program or is it science fiction? We are not dealing with unknown physics here, so it's quite simple: 1. Returning the 737 MAX to service is a matter of time and money. 2. Not returning the 737 MAX to service is a matter of time and money. 3...

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by virage
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 190090

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

strfyr51 wrote:
I would like to see them work with Lockheed- Martin or Northrop- Grumman maybe on future projects.

You mean the same Lockheed-Martin which has milked (and continues to milk) US taxpayers for the most expensive defense contract in human history, while delivering an average product in return?

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by virage
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 7177

Re: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread

SilverwingSpttr wrote:
How about N32MJ, Magic Johnson's jet? I saw her at LAX in May 2018.


I saw her last month at VNY:

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by virage
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 7177

Re: 2019-2020 Active Gulfstream G-II and G-III (G-1159) Tracking Thread

Here's a GIII (N32MJ, MSN 460) I saw last month at VNY:

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by virage
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot's New Business Class For Its A350 Features Doors
Replies: 27
Views: 7804

Re: Aeroflot's New Business Class For Its A350 Features Doors

Ishrion wrote:
B747forever wrote:
Looks great! It is a huge upgrade from their current hard product. What routes will see the A350?


It'll inaugurate with Moscow to JFK on March 29, 2020.

Beijing, Seoul, and Miami will switch to the A350 in the following months.


Any plans to switch SVO-LAX to the A350?

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by virage
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 48878

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Not sure if Boeing's safety culture is suffering, but its safety philosophy is second to none. In particular, natural-feeling controls are a big safety factor, frequently overlooked in this day and age. From that perspective Boeing is far ahead of competition. Just ask any pilot to compare the ease ...

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by virage
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

This Forbes article confirms that the 757 is the kind of plane that Boeing needs in its line up: https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardaboulafia/2019/12/06/united-airbus-boeing-a321xlr-nma/#72911d0f39e8 . But that doesn't mean that it will happen. The Airbus 300 and 310 would fit in between the 320 a...

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by virage
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

This Forbes article confirms that the 757 is the kind of plane that Boeing needs in its line up:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardaboulafia/2019/12/06/united-airbus-boeing-a321xlr-nma/#72911d0f39e8.

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by virage
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 151505

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

Why is this a surprise? Boeing has been trying to push the NMA for years. Years! And no one bought it. Now we're supposed to find this to be newsworthy? Many on A.net miss the B757 and even now advocate for a B757 MAX kind of plane. Obviously this is impossible since the tooling is gone and a lot h...

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by virage
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

How come people find the idea of a modernized 757 absurd, while being perfectly fine with the modernized 737? Why is it that the 757 is "obsolete" and the 737 not? The 757 is much more future-proof with respect to passenger capacities and engine technologies. This is like finding a middle...

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by virage
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Here we go again. Unfortunately, the 757 seems to be immortal with some people here. Thankfully, it’s a tiny group who easily get drowned out by the reality effectively dished out here. How come people find the idea of a modernized 757 absurd, while being perfectly fine with the modernized 737? Why...

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by virage
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Assuming you're not just trolling (70/30 you are), your consistent problem is that you seem to think an out of the box 757NEO would be competitive with the 321N. You keep ignoring that the big issue with the 757 was the weight, which is driven by the wings. Yes, they give great performance in terms...

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by virage
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

So, whether its old blueprints or old engineers or even pulling in an existing aircraft and reverse-engineering it... it would have to be easier than starting from scratch, right? Reverse engineering is usually much more work than from scratch. But of course it could be done and has been done at le...

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by virage
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Here's my armchair CEO offer for Boeing product line up: - 757 next-gen (will easily accommodate LEAP and future engines) - 767 next-gen (love how light that frame is) - 787 - 777X Simple and relatively inexpensive. Comments? Love.. just did a tour 2 months ago at Boeing. 757 tooling is still avail...

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by virage
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Thanks for the feedback on my idea. I still maintain that the proposed line up is optimal for serving the current and upcoming passenger capacities while not costing an arm and a leg to develop. You want to replace thousands of 737 flying millions of flights a year all over the planet, by a 757 tha...

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by virage
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Thanks for the feedback on my idea.
I still maintain that the proposed line up is optimal for serving the current and upcoming passenger capacities while not costing an arm and a leg to develop.

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by virage
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Re: Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Please stop with the 757. The program was shut down and it would be far from simple or relatively inexpensive to produce it again. It would also be too heavy. Why 'too heavy'? The 757's fuselage is the same as the 737. Converting the 737 line in Renton to 757, and stuffing 737 electronics into the ...

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by virage
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not this for Boeing's line up?
Replies: 100
Views: 16036

Why not this for Boeing's line up?

Here's my armchair CEO offer for Boeing product line up:

- 757 next-gen (will easily accommodate LEAP and future engines)
- 767 next-gen (love how light that frame is)
- 787
- 777X

Simple and relatively inexpensive. Comments?

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by virage
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737753

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

To me, the Forkner - Gustavsson exchange seems to be about the MCAS simulation rather than the actual system installed on the plane. If so, the question is whether the described MCAS simulation behavior was correct w.r.t. the actual MCAS. Yes, this is what Forkner's lawyer asserted, Forkner was jus...

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by virage
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737753

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

To me, the Forkner - Gustavsson exchange seems to be about the MCAS simulation rather than the actual system installed on the plane.

If so, the question is whether the described MCAS simulation behavior was correct w.r.t. the actual MCAS.

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by virage
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?
Replies: 144
Views: 27964

Re: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?

SFO is simply a badly placed and badly designed airport:

- Traffic over the bay is a bad idea, affecting SJC and OAK.
- The crossing runway layout is another bad idea.

San Francisco needs a new airport similar to LAX: ocean facing with a parallel runway pair layout.

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by virage
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

duplicate.

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by virage
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

Virage, you seem sure of yourself so maybe you can explain why Russia is spending scarce resources on developing their own 5 th generation capabilities. Yes, I happen to know a bit about that. This started two decades ago as a part of Russia's government support for the aviation industry. It was bo...

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by virage
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

This is a naive argument if offered sincerely, and a misleading one otherwise. Corruption and fleecing don't have to be implemented through artificially high profit margins. An overinflated base program cost is far more lucrative in the final account. I'll take 7% of $2 trln over 20% of $200b any d...

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by virage
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

Again, the LM's game here is sheer volume, not the margins... So what difference does sheer volume make? One of the defence contractors was going to win the award. All of them vied for it in the late 90s, LM won and yet now you claim they are rorting the US Government because the contract value is ...

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by virage
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

Ozair, let me start by saying that despite disagreeing with most of its points, I do appreciate your thoughtful and detailed response. Thank you. Now to some of the points. I am sorry I can't - for a variety of reasons - address all of them. My point is that you erroneously attempt to use LM's F-35 ...

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by virage
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

the F-35 LM has produced a grossly overpriced When the cost of its nearest competitor, the super hornet is at 70 million, the 85 million price tag of the F-22 seems reasonable. For 15 million you get more range, stealth and the advanced systems integration among other things. https://en.wikipedia.o...

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by virage
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

This is a naive argument if offered sincerely, and a misleading one otherwise. Corruption and fleecing don't have to be implemented through artificially high profit margins. An overinflated base program cost is far more lucrative in the final account. I'll take 7% of $2 trln over 20% of $200b any d...

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by virage
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

Specifically, the F-35 is a tremendously expensive joke, with LM management and shareholders laughing all the way to the bank. Do you happen to know what the government mandated profit is that LM gets from the F-35? It is 7%. It is a fixed profit margin and is significantly less than LM gets from p...

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by virage
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22s in Syria
Replies: 57
Views: 5900

Re: F-22s in Syria

In the age of modern radar and non-radar sensor technologies only Northrop's stealth know-how retains some residual value. Lockheed Martin's stealth philosophy has been rendered obsolete and LM and USAF know that. That's why no worries exposing these platforms. Specifically, the F-35 is a tremendous...

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by virage
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?
Replies: 24
Views: 15147

Re: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?

The Dutch would be wise canceling the F-35 in favor of the latest Gripen variant.

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by virage
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion finalizes AS2 design
Replies: 58
Views: 8938

Re: Aerion finalizes AS2 design

Teaming up with Boeing or Northrop would have been a great move for Aerion. But LM? Hell no. The main thing LM excels at these days is siphoning enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars, and giving very little value in return. In monetary terms, the F-35 is the largest scam in the entire world history.

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by virage
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: PAK-FA - RCS / stealth design shortcomings? Esp. at rear?
Replies: 46
Views: 7510

Re: PAK-FA - RCS / stealth design shortcomings? Esp. at rear?

I HATE to do this, but I'm just fuming over these pro-Russian aviation kids on Instagram posting pictures of the T-50, and touting ridiculous misguided assumptions about the incredible superiority of all-things Russian and T-50. Haven't we had enough Russia-bashing during the Obama/Hillary tenure? ...

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by virage
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Airliners.net Site Upgrade Announcement & Discussion
Replies: 2547
Views: 282150

Re: Airliners.net Site Upgrade Announcement & Discussion

https://www.airliners.net/myphotos/processstats.main ).
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Not liking the new site look and functionality. It's become hard to use, hard to search, hard to read.
Many features are no longer available. For example, where is the photo upload queue? (on the old site it was under https://www.airliners.net/myphotos/processstats.main ).

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