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by flyingturtle
Fri May 27, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Two Rafales collide during airshow
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Two Rafales collide during airshow

The video doesn't seem to show the collision. Maybe it happened at 4:10... it's not clear...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 24, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 22
Views: 1420

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

Actually Starliner is built to be launcher-agnostic, it can fly on F9 just as easily as Atlas or Vulcan. Whereas Crew Dragon is vertically integrated and can only fly on F9. That said, it's unlikely there would be a need for either to fly on the other's launcher, unless there is a grounding issue. ...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 24, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.
Replies: 22
Views: 1420

Re: What happens to ISS if Russia backs out.

I’ve asked this before but how hard would it be to integrate the Starliner on an F9, if Blue Origin continues to just deliver vapor-ware engines? It can (and will) be done if somebody provides the necessary truckload of money. But: Is it worth the effort? What do we gain from the Starliner on F9? T...

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 23, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

ehbowen wrote:
chooo-chooo


That was an amazing text, on so many levels. Thank you, ehbowen!

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 23, 2022 9:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

And even on the trains which are supposedly all-reserved, the policy is that the train must be prepared to stop at any station on the schedule just in case a prospective passenger was accidentally left off due to a computer glitch or similar. Enroute stops are, for the most part, "git 'er done...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 22, 2022 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 8877

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

What is the cost per launch comparison? What is NASA, ESA or private companies paying for a seat / launch? I mean SpaceX Crew Dragon vs Boeing Starliner. A Falcon 9 launch alone can be ordered for 65 million $, but add to that the capsule maintenance, refurbishment, the crucial keep-those-humans-al...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 19, 2022 5:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greek composer Vangelis dies.
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Greek composer Vangelis dies.

I've never seen 1492, but the music stays with me - and us.

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 18, 2022 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 431023

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Time to develop a full proof system where the cockpit door cant be locked when there is only one pilot on deck. The prevailing thought is that the single pilot in the cockpit must be able to lock the door - and he also must be able to override the lock when the correct code is entered. Likewise, a ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 18, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

AFAIK, for business travellers there are even special tickets that allow them to take any flight back, provided it is on the same airline. It can be useful when a meeting has taken a much longer (or a much shorter) time. Only after checking in, the airline knows anything about his changed travel pl...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 17, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Jalap wrote:
Can we even find any dictator that got overthrown because of a failed military operation?


Leopoldo Galtieri springs to mind.

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 17, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

AFAIK, for business travellers there are even special tickets that allow them to take any flight back, provided it is on the same airline. It can be useful when a meeting has taken a much longer (or a much shorter) time. Only after checking in, the airline knows anything about his changed travel pla...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 17, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What law is that about invading The Hague? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Service-Members%27_Protection_Act#:~:text=The%20American%20Service%2DMembers'%20Protection,elected%20and%20appointed%20officials%20of H.R. 4775, 116 Stat. 820, enacted August 2, 2002), known informally as The Hague In...

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 16, 2022 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Just something about the make-up of the Russian army: Russia has conscription. But those people who are better connected and life in St. Petersburg or Moscow, they can elect to serve their two years of service in the FSB interior secret service. They can also join the paramilitary (Rosgvardia). Ther...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 15, 2022 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

I would be okay with you being free that time that you would otherwise spend tutoring me, but I would not be okay with you tutoring another student in my place during that time and charge him/her as well as me. That means you can sell the same time twice, once to me and once to the other student. I...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 15, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

If you don't check in by the cut off time, they cancel your reserved seat and possibly assign it to someone else. But should they have that right? After all you paid for that seat, regardless if you use it or not. If you don't use it, you paid for that seat to be empty. Not for it to be reassigned....

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 15, 2022 12:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 5444

Re: Why do we "check in?"

In some cases, airlines have to do the job of immigration authorities. If a passenger is not allowed to enter the destination country ("inadmissible persons"), the airline has to bring him back... and that will cost the airline. A better question would be why everything in an airport is so...

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by flyingturtle
Sat May 14, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It's due to their offering asylum to people Turkey calls terrorists. Can we boot out Turkey? Probably a move to negotiate concessions. You would think NATO would be more willing to trade Sweden and Finland for Turkey even of it means losing control of the Bosporus Straight. And Turkey knows it. bt ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 13, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Putin reacts in a quite disheveled way after Finland and Sweden expressed their wish to join NATO. If these two countries joining NATO is soooo terrible for Russia... ...I propose a deal: "Dear Vladimir: We peace-loving Scandinavians will not join NATO if you'll withdraw all your troops from Uk...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 12, 2022 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA
Replies: 254
Views: 32184

Re: Boeing moving HQ to DC

They should be moving back to Everett but seemingly the only thing Boeing learnd from the max fiasco was that that they need to do more lobbying. That's my thought, too. Also: Why are the company execs moving closer to the DC area? If you're building airplanes for a living, your company should be p...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 12, 2022 11:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5297

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Well, that and the Soviets deliberately chose artillery dimensions that are 1 or 2 mm different because they felt the same way. Are artillery shells actually interchangeable between the guns, if the diameter of the round is the same? Would it just require some experimental research (e.g. different ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 11, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Seems like a good place for it: Russia/ROC earns the world record record at turret-tossing. https://en.defence-ua.com/news/russias_t_72b3_turret_toss_world_record_100m_up_in_the_sky_video-2885.html Congrats to the Russian Olympic Committee! And here's another incredible thing. A freedom-loving dron...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 11, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favorite Military Blogs
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Favorite Military Blogs

Not aviation-related, but I like the answers given by Roland Bartetzko on Quora. German paratrooper, attended both German and French commando courses, and then fought in ex-Yugoslavia. Really insightful when it comes to infantry, their training and tactics. Nowadays he's managing things in Ukraine, ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 09, 2022 11:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Uh-oh. You remember the footage of rescued Russian sailors from the Moskva, standing in ranks and files? Apparently, a sailor's family sent Radio Free Europe a photo which was taken long before the Moskva sinking. And it appears to be a still frame from the very same video. The family reports that h...

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by flyingturtle
Sun May 08, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5297

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Only in hindsight we know the B-2 was not needed. But at that time, it was the correct decision. Then, we didn't know that the Soviet Union would eventually collapse. It was just good luck that historical events made the B-2 jobless, while many older aircraft soldier on. The military does not think ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 06, 2022 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 8877

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

texl1649 wrote:
That’s still the most Boeing ‘action scene’ I have seen this year.


And yet that action had to be signed off by several engineers... :old:

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by flyingturtle
Fri May 06, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

TheSonntag wrote:
some Italien Tornados were flying sorties in Germany, but were crossin Switzerland on the way. I do not know whether this is SOP or something special.


Just some diplomatic clearance is needed. Switzerland allows foreign military aircraft as long as they are not involved in a war.

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 05, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

This is wrong on several levels. I simply wrote what happened and you use tons of "if"s and "would"s to fabricate a history that supports your strange narrative. Using the same number of ifs and woulds I could create a scenario, in which the pope would have become king of Switze...

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by flyingturtle
Thu May 05, 2022 9:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

"Hated" is too strong. More realistic would be diplomatic tensions. But the mood already changed in 1946 by this event and later by this event. Toni Spinas (one of the Swiss mountaineers, who was brought to the crash site to retrieve the deads) personally sat on my grand parents kitchen t...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 04, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 38346

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

OK. But that seems bad. I *want* the government to consider price .. and in many cases price seems very important. Lower taxes, more money for poor people or extra tanks, etc. But if the contractor almost always underbids, and the government has to pay the excess .. that *ought* to go to supplier r...

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by flyingturtle
Wed May 04, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 38346

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Also the problem is the absolute crap under estimates that every defense contractor always provides. They give an estimated price, and almost always it’s an under bid. If the problem was uncertainty, then some estimate would be too high and other estimate would be too low. But that’s not what happe...

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by flyingturtle
Tue May 03, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus model designator font
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Re: Airbus model designator font

You can isolate the text, and use https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ - but maybe that Airbus font was really, really, really, really custom-designed, and not intended for any widespread use. With the blue-ish "AIRBUS" you get two fonts, Avalors Regular (especially the R and the B), and A...

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by flyingturtle
Mon May 02, 2022 11:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 28
Views: 6635

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nODVPGHQcc

Elon Musk is gonna need a bigger chopper... :old:
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Rocket Lab has successfully retrieved the booster!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nODVPGHQcc

Elon Musk is gonna need a bigger chopper... :old:

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by flyingturtle
Fri Apr 29, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Junkers JU-52 NG planned
Replies: 53
Views: 9240

Re: Junkers JU-52 NG planned

Hello. This reminds me of the Hayden Bushmaster. In 1953 Bill Stout announced that a new company would build an updated version of the 1920s Ford Tri-Motor. Early the following year Stout secured exclusive rights to the original Ford Tri-Motor blueprints, flight test, stress and basic load data. In...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Apr 29, 2022 8:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. I'd make the argument that the potential value of a true neutral state is more valuable to terminating conflicts in the future than the potential war making potential of a small European state. At some point, this war a...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Apr 28, 2022 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Yes. Our neutrality means that in a conflict, Swiss companies have to offer armament to all conflict parties - or to none of them. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This could sum up our shitty stance in many conflicts. We even tried to stay as "ne...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Apr 27, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Rather a lot of people when considering Swiss 'neutrality' also think 'stashed looted Nazi gold'. A terrible conflict, they did well out of. Not cooperative either for a long time when sources for the loot were found, another aspect of 'neutrality'? The Swiss neutrality didn't prevent them from pro...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 12356

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

I'm between worried and clueless about the whole project. Twitter has always struggled to turn in a profit. The interest payments Musk has to dole out are higher than Twitter's revenue. And a "free speech" platform? Welp. Wake me up when Twitter allows: - nudity - pornography - speech supp...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Apr 27, 2022 11:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Even our so-called neutral neighbors refuse to supply ammunition for the "cheetah" is more than disappointing. Giving dictators the opportunity to invest their blood-smeared money in Switzerland without hesitation sucks. What a shame !!! I can assure you it is not that bad. Switzerland is...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Apr 27, 2022 10:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 122
Views: 15450

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

How did I miss the Crew-4 launch... :ghost:

April 29th will see a new record: Booster 1062 will fly after a 21-day refurbishment. It will be her sixth lunch.

On May 8th, two Starlink launches from the east coast!

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by flyingturtle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 12356

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

Buying Twitter is an idiotic move if Elon doesn't re-name it to...

MySpaceX.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

An additional factor is that Switzerland really, really needs the EU's goodwill because there are important Swiss-EU negotiations in the coming years. And after the Brexit fiasco, Brussels does not have time for half-hearted proposals. The previous treaties have made Switzerland a de facto EU member...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

With the confirmation that in addition to MANPADS and triple launcher Starstreaks, the UK is now sending the 8 round launcher on the Stormer armoured vehicle, the Ukrainians will have an under armour short ranged AD system with great mobility. Meanwhile, maybe Germany pull some Leo 2 MBT's out of s...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

You heard about the German Marder infantry fighting vehicles not being given to Ukraine because its 20 mm gun uses Swiss ammo that the Swiss government can block from sales to third countries, innit? Apparently, that was a misunderstanding. Now... the Swiss gubbermint is blocking the German anti-air...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

After yesterday's (Monday) attack on the state security ministry in Tiraspol, explosions hit the radio tower in Russia-backed Transnistria today https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/ukraine-invasion-russia-backed-transnistria-moldova-explosions-2648006 Maybe it's time for Moldavia to drive the Rus...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Well, real or not, this made me laugh! From the linked article: "We remind you that fragments of the sunken flagship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation gained the status of the object of the underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine and was registered under number 2064." OMG! ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ermvs6aQiaU

A few more scenes, from Switzerland's 20 Minuten: https://www.20min.ch/video/putin-video- ... 6424084150
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Putin didn't look terribly healthy and focused when he attended Easter Mass in Москвa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ermvs6aQiaU

A few more scenes, from Switzerland's 20 Minuten: https://www.20min.ch/video/putin-video- ... 6424084150

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by flyingturtle
Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You would have thought in this modern day of mass media, brainwashing would be harder. Turns out it is just as easy today as it was in the 1930's. bt I'm not sure if it's about brainwashing, in Russia. A large majority of the > 40 year old people inform themselves by TV. And guess how many independ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Apr 24, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Please remember to provide a link to your source when stating facts. Did you delete the factual statements about the Swiss veto on German ammunition exports? Please, here's the source and restore whatever you've deleted. https://www.srf.ch/news/international/krieg-in-der-ukraine-schweiz-verhindert-...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5743
Views: 378617

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Since I do not know how to access independent reporting from Russia, I had a look at Tass today. I wonder about the meaning of this on the Tass website... The United States is preparing provocations to accuse the Russian side of using chemical, biological, or tactical nuclear weapons, Chief of Russ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Apr 22, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 126106

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Well... regarding the Russian warship: The Kremlin now reports one dead and 27 missing. :crazy:

I hope the mothers back in Russia will be happy to hear that...

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