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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

FGITD wrote:

Either way it’s odd, make a huge spectacle of the fact that it’s the first all civilian mission, fundraiser etc etc and then once it’s up…total blackout


Yes. I've googled for news, but nothing. The silence is in a way... shocking.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://www.spacex.com/launches/
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In about five hours, a Crew Dragon lifts off for a sightseeing flight. The crew has been advised against trying to dock with the ISS.

The stream will be alive in forty minutes: https://www.spacex.com/launches/

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any recommended Air Crash investigation shows to watch??
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Any recommended Air Crash investigation shows to watch??

Seconds from Disaster is another investigative show. That show covers disasters in all situations and industries and is not relegated to just plane crashes. They really did a good job with the UA 232 and AA 191 episodes, better IMO than the Mayday/Air Crash Investigation versions. Yep, it's great. ...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Any recommended Air Crash investigation shows to watch??
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Any recommended Air Crash investigation shows to watch??

When watching a bunch of Mayday/Air Crash Investigation episodes, I made a comprehensive list... topic, quality of presentation, my rating... Here the list of those I found best. Season Episode Title Year of accident Description 7 2 Lockerbie Disaster 1988 Libyan terrorists... etc... 5 9 Fatal Distr...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 317
Views: 13748

Re: Texas abortion law

Another law to subjugate women - and especially the less well-off women. With enough money, any woman can travel to a place where a safe and medically supervised abortion is legal. If the wife of a Republican lawmaker needs an abortion, she will prolly seek one and medical privacy will take care of ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Has the Swiss government gone ahead in confirming on this basis: Seller: "We guarantee xyz." Buyer: "just what we wanted. We'll buy it on that basis." Seller: "Brilliant but just remember we don't guarantee to honour the guarantee." Remember that the Swiss Federal Coun...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

The Federal Council has one or two communication problems... They said they could get a fixed price for the F-35 from the US government, and that operating costs would be guaranteed during the first ten years of operations. This Germish article https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/beschaffung-neuer-kampf...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Plane spotting locations and tips?
Replies: 3
Views: 1218

Re: Plane spotting locations and tips?

You could always get a bus day pass for the area, some good snacks, shoes and comfortable clothing. Check out Flightradar24 and Google Maps to find out what could be a good spotting area, depending on the approach/departure paths and the accessibility (footpaths, bus stops...). Zurich Airport even h...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: The most 747s in a single photo
Replies: 23
Views: 5918

Re: The most 747s in a single photo

You mean, flying?

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US tanker refueling an Iranian tanker

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 28, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Astra tests, launches and developments

Astra is a newcomer to the business, and whatever is needed to launch the rocket - and the rocket itself - fits into a small number of shipping containers. In today's test of "Rocket 3" (naming their products is not their forte), the thing seemed to fall over... hovered a bit... and then a...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 28, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3379

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

Aesma wrote:
I'm sure who is not leaving Blue Origin's payroll are the lawyers...


Shhhh, just don't tell them that gravity has no legal basis... with that natural "law" overturned, Bezos might put something into orbit.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33887

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

The big problem is the same as their airliner development and production problems. Figuring out how such bonehead issues happen in the first place. And that seems to be beyond them. Interestingly, if you talk with people inside the organization, they can give you the hair, teeth and eyeballs of the...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 26, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33887

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Nomadd wrote:
It's one numbnuts emailing a Machinists union rep. I wouldn't take it too seriously.


The "numbnut" belongs to the ULA top ranks. And no matter the addressee, it's telling regarding the mindset of the sender.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33887

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/in-leaked-email-ula-official-calls-nasa-leadership-incompetent/ Excerpts: In leaked email, ULA official calls NASA leadership “incompetent” "Large NASA taxpayer investments are being thrown away due to the cozy relationship established by Trump political ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

And unfortunately they have to be strict. Imagine you have empty space so you let a few hundred refugees on, and then last minute a bus load of your original manifested pax show up. Do you want to be the one to go back there and tell 50 of the refugees to get off? Think that’ll go down well and not...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

And before that, people died clambering to a C-17. I hope their souls will torment the German armed forces. Care to share your intelligence? I mean, with words like those you must have a pretty solid picture of the situation at the airport when the German plane was there. It's confirmed that the Ge...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

And the German Luftwaffle flew out seven civilians with an A400. Has that been officially confirmed? Yes. "German authorities have confirmed that a first Bundeswehr evacuation flight carried just seven people. But the Foreign Ministry said there were good reasons for that." https://www.dw...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

And the German Luftwaffle flew out seven civilians with an A400. Seven. At first, the military transport circled the airport for five hours. It was on the ground for 40 minutes. And because most of the 57 embassy employees and 88 German nationals were not present at the airport, it took off again......

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Now it has come to light that Switzerland has used an new kind of evaluation process, which could be attacked legally. Usually, a government issues specifications, and then gives grades (A, B, C, ..., F) to each criterion of each offer. But now, they used the "Analytic Hierarchy Process", ...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

More bluntly, they didn't have the heart and guts to fight for their own country and have allowed their country to be dragged backwards yet again. The National Army was never able to shed the stigma of just being the junior partner of the NATO troops. They were never accepted and respected by the r...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Does anyone else think that the withdraw[a]l could have been planned a bit better? I think pretty much the whole world agrees on that. As a requirement, the US should have stayed in Afghanistan longer - and with force - to properly hand the country over. And, actually testing, in maneuvers or actua...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10570

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

People reported falling from the sky while departing . Media report people was hanging outside the C-17 on takeoff. Oh my god. Indeed. Oh my God. C-17 rolling, with people on the landing gear fairing: https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1427204278695997442 Blurry video of two people falling from a ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 15, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 170
Views: 14918

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

Josh from Building Integrity posted a new, and quite long video. He presents evidence that some columns were only able to carry the dead load - but not any live loads (like cars, and removable objects like planters). Only safety margins prevented an earlier collapse. Between the original draft (1979...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Brilliant videos. What worries me, Elon comes across as being extremely tired. I talked with him till 1AM once. Remembering to sleep isn't one of his strong points when he has something to do or say. Yeah. There is still something to do... no matter the time. In all the videos, Musk comes across as...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Aug 11, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Part 2 of Everyday Astronauts interview with Musk. https://youtu.be/SA8ZBJWo73E Wow, brilliant, thank you so much for sharing. Just watched part 1 and 2 in one go, so informative! Part 3 is also out by now. It mainly shows how Elon is interacting with SpaceX employees. There seems to be a lot of tr...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 08, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bell reveals high speed tilt rotor concept
Replies: 12
Views: 1948

Re: Bell reveals high speed tilt rotor concept

Reminds me a bit of the Dornier 31.

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 07, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Part 2 of Everyday Astronauts interview with Musk. https://youtu.be/SA8ZBJWo73E He's a nerd. A total nerd. I believe Elon can walk up to any SpaceX employee, and knows what the employee is doing, and why he's doing it. Managerial, financial, marketing and PR stuff can always be outsourced to other ...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Favorite Song about aviation?
Replies: 53
Views: 2148

Re: Favorite Song about aviation?

Blood on the risers...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”


Great video. Elon Musk looks and acts like a genuine nerd.
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zanl188 wrote:
If you’ve got an hour, part 1 of Everyday Astronauts tour of Starbase with Musk is worth a listen….

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”


Great video. Elon Musk looks and acts like a genuine nerd.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5439

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

..and the nose is lowered a few seconds before elevator authority is lost?

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3379

Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

(Move to proper thread if there is one) Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin has released an open letter, saying that they want to forfeit 2 billion in NASA payments for getting the lunar lander contract. https://www.engadget.com/jeff-bezos-nasa-open-letter-181522642.html Jesus effing... I thought that laws prev...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6311

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Mr. Bezos not getting the Commercial Astronaut Wings - and Branson, too: But altitude aside, the agency says would-be astronauts must have also "demonstrated activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety". What exactly counts as ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11944

Re: First Repsonders Shot In Tucson

We shouldn't have ANY gun laws. The country and the people will only be safe and sound once every man, woman and child is locked and loaded at all times. We can already see the evidence over the past two years as guns have flooded the nation at record pace. Guns are a warm blanket proven to bring p...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6311

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Congrats to the first crewed flight! Well, I know that Jeff Bezos isn't in the space business. He's in the suborbital space tourism business. Yet the live commentary was obnoxious. "Unbelievable! Unbelievable!" Their speakers would die of violent orgasms if they were able to witness a Crew...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: VIDEO: Absolutely AMAZING 150kg model Concorde takeoff!
Replies: 2
Views: 1309

Re: VIDEO: Absolutely AMAZING 150kg model Concorde takeoff!

Woooow!

I would shit in my pants trying to land that...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

I'm eager for the 33-engine static fire.

I wonder how the test stand is holding up...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 170
Views: 14918

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

https://youtu.be/ZUrHdwdZyWc This structural engineer knows what he's talking about, and it is fascinating. A channel called Building Integrity on YT. I've watched every single one of his Surfside videos. Especially since the latest video, I cannot walk by a concrete structure without checking for ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3132

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

The Drive had this looong article from a couple of years ago on the S-3 in the late cold war period. Guy seems a bit of a character! https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30525/confessions-of-a-submarine-hunting-s-3-viking-crewman-during-the-twilight-of-the-cold-war First of all, best screen name I...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 866
Views: 256188

Re: Sriwijaya Air 737-500 (SJ182 CGK-PNK) crashes shortly after takeoff

Is the audio of the CVR recoverable? Has it been downloaded? or what is the delay in finding out what was said in the cockpit? It can easily take months until all sounds on the CVR are analyzed. For example, the boffins can analyze the noise of pressing buttons. Usually, they only release the CVR t...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 3132

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

I always found it a very cute aircraft. Bye, S-3!

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33887

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

I think Elon could sell a few engines. At ULA prices, of course. Thrust-wise, the engines are quite comparable, 2.4 vs. 2.2 meganewtons of sea level thrust. Oh, I didn't realize it was as easy as a simple swap-in replacement. :roll: In the real world, rockets are designed around their engines and u...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!
Replies: 9
Views: 1473

Re: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!

Wonderful :-D

I wonder... if that happened to a certain Resident of the United States.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33887

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Eric Berger over at Ars Technica is reporting an increasingly strained relationship between ULA and Blue Origin over Blue Origin's delays in delivering an engine: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/increasingly-the-ula-blue-origin-marriage-is-an-unhappy-one I think Elon could sell a few engine...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 431
Views: 57012

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://twitter.com/daily_hopper

They're SpaceX-centered, ya know...



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Awwwww, I'm in love with these comics: https://twitter.com/daily_hopper

They're SpaceX-centered, ya know...



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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I guess there is a convention within Swiss politics that if a referendum looks like a possibility, further action by the government (in this case signing contracts) is suspended until the referendum process is concluded. A month or so to gather 50,000 calls for a referendum? Another month to organi...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

When could any referendum start being organised and how long would it take? I guess there would be enough people (a) opposed to buying any replacement fighter (b) opposed to buying the chosen fighter for a referendum to take place. I presume that there is a time limit for a government decision to b...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Jul 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Further up the thread, you mentioned that the Mirage III became a cost and procurement nightmare due to the Swiss AF wanting attack capabilities, wasn't the real issue the shoehorning in of the Hughes radar, fire control and Falcon AAM's, unique to the Mirage and for air defence? I thought I was ma...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 52135

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

They had to memorize every corner of every mountain so they could "fly around blindly". The idea was, in case of an enemy infiltration by air, to use the mountains as a hide and seek tool to win any dogfight. I absolutely believe that. Also, using ridges and valleys in order to sneak up o...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 170
Views: 14918

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

Ugh. Reminds me of the old adage "There are no bad people - only bad incentives." I'd create a solution where condo owners could not sell their condo, but exchange their condo for a share (and vice versa). Only after a grace period, the share can be sold. "Uh, the building just collap...

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