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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India
Replies: 58
Views: 8524

Re: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India

The data points that exist dont support this view. Since Tata takeover, AI has been improving its reliability, on time performance etc. The interiors will get refurbished. The network is expanding from its Delhi Centricity with new flights to USA from BOM and BLR. I'm pretty certain that in due cou...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers

Ok. Next question. What’s the oldest JET in regularly scheduled airline service. Probably a 737-200. Still quite a bit out there. By some half-assed research of mine, there's a good amount in the Canadian Arctic, at least 1 in the Congo, and still going pretty strong in Venezuela. I'm positive ther...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India
Replies: 58
Views: 8524

Re: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India

Question: There have been, for a literal generation, many many plans to make Air India a better, more profitable airline. They were done by smart, well-intentioned people (and some with approriate experience). They have *all* failed. Why do you think Tata/Singapore will do better? What's the differ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers

Ok. Next question. What’s the oldest JET in regularly scheduled airline service.

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers

The DC3 will get you pretty up there in terms of age. You won't see it flying out of LHR JFK or PVG but still there in niche flying. And I would include the Basler conversion in that since the airframe is still vintage. Other than that, I'd say some Venezuelan DC9 or a 732 in the Canadian Arctic wo...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers

The DC3 will get you pretty up there in terms of age. You won't see it flying out of LHR JFK or PVG but still there in niche flying. And I would include the Basler conversion in that since the airframe is still vintage. Other than that, I'd say some Venezuelan DC9 or a 732 in the Canadian Arctic wo...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India
Replies: 58
Views: 8524

Re: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India

The data points that exist dont support this view. Since Tata takeover, AI has been improving its reliability, on time performance etc. The interiors will get refurbished. The network is expanding from its Delhi Centricity with new flights to USA from BOM and BLR. I'm pretty certain that in due cou...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Oldest airliner that can legally fly paying passengers

What is the
(1) plane built longest ago
(2) that can legally fly
(3) multiple paying passengers in scheduled service.

It has to meet all legal standards including noise standards. But to the extent the rules have grandfather clauses, they can be used.

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

KCM came into being because they tried to force a pilot into a body scanner or pat down and wouldn't let him through. He and the union, rightfully, raised a stink and KCM came into being. This was before Pre Check existed. Even before 9/11 had a Captain scheduled to work SJCNRT and he alarmed going...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

Wrong, TSA is not trained to screen for narcotics. If they come upon one, a LEO can be contacted, but they are not trained for that specific issue… https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/medical-marijuana If they find them they do detain the passenger till DPS arrives and...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

Personally, I hope whatever new program they put in place simply results in a dedicated airline employee lane at the checkpoint. Realistically, it doesn't take a big difference in time comparing KCM to putting your bags on the belt with only fellow employees in front/behind you. It is waiting for I...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

I'm curious what the argument is that flight attendents should get faster screening than other people flying for business purposes? (Yes, I realize that the plane cannot fly without either crew or passengers.) The plane cannot fly with missing crew members. It can fly perfectly well with missing pa...

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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

The article mentions a case where a FA brought meth through KCM as one of the reasons KCM is being retired in favor of a TSA-run program. I'm not condoning the FA's behavior (and I believe they should be prosecuted in accordance with the law) but what business is it to TSA if someone is bringing il...

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Cargo and Medium-haul Order
Replies: 38
Views: 5507

Re: CX Cargo and Medium-haul Order

StTim wrote:
FluidFlow wrote:
Hmm third runway equals more slots equals more 321Ns and to keep the fleet simple 10-15 350s in regional configuration. Freighter should be 777Fs.

They would need to be 778F's due to the global restrictions on emissions.


Can you explain this please?

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

Personally, I hope whatever new program they put in place simply results in a dedicated airline employee lane at the checkpoint. Realistically, it doesn't take a big difference in time comparing KCM to putting your bags on the belt with only fellow employees in front/behind you. It is waiting for I...

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 30, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

The article mentions a case where a FA brought meth through KCM as one of the reasons KCM is being retired in favor of a TSA-run program. I'm not condoning the FA's behavior (and I believe they should be prosecuted in accordance with the law) but what business is it to TSA if someone is bringing il...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 28, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 6889

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

Every Super Hornet would definitely be launching with 10 AMRAAMa, pair of sidewinders and centreline tank. Starting 700nm apart they would be meeting half way so there is no need for wing tanks. The Super Hornets would target multiple F-14, rapidly fire all 10 AMRAAM and then return straight back t...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 6889

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

Super hypothetical question: 3 Nimitz's with the 1993 air wing go up against 1 Nimitz with the 2020 air wing. Both start 700 nm apart in the open ocean, with known positions. Who wins? Lucky the Super Hornets can carry 10 AMRAAM each. There will be 100 Tomcats in the ocean in the first hour. I'd ex...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 27, 2022 7:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 6889

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

Super hypothetical question: 3 Nimitz's with the 1993 air wing go up against 1 Nimitz with the 2020 air wing. Both start 700 nm apart in the open ocean, with known positions. Who wins? (Yes, I know both sides would have escorts, and time travel is difficult and .... etc. Now answer the question in t...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 25, 2022 7:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57667

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Francoflier wrote:
I suppose it all comes down to whether engineers are better at engineering or at underpromising... ;)


I see the smiley face, but underpromising is actually bad. It means you have unused payload capabiity.

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-32 Replacement?
Replies: 6
Views: 2846

Re: Boeing C-32 Replacement?

These planes get alot fewer hours/year than the ones in commercial service. It therefore makes more economic sense to keep using the paid-for hardware longer. Economically, these should be some of the last 757s replaced with newer hardware. As of 2020 over 60% of the 757s ever built were still flyin...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57667

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

The mission seems to be doing better than estimates for fuel consuption (like 1%??). I'm curious why that is? Better than expected ISP from the engines, loaded more fuel than expected, etc.

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57667

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Avatar2go wrote:


Avartar2go .. these updates you post are awesome. Best thread on the site. Much thanks!

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Also depends on flight time coding. In the US MIL, each flight has a code for the mission—initial training, continuation training, operational support, combat, combat support, etc. It’s a long list and it, in the end, relates to which bucket of money the funding comes from. I take 3 pilots out on a...

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Smallest Mach 2 fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 2521

Re: Smallet Mach 2 fighter

kitplane01 wrote:
What is the smallest Mach 2 fighter?

Ranked by empty weight
Has to go Mach 2 in level flight
Has to have a weapon


One suggestion: A Mirage III weighs only 15,500 lbs empty!

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Smallest Mach 2 fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 2521

Smallest Mach 2 fighter

What is the smallest Mach 2 fighter?

Ranked by empty weight
Has to go Mach 2 in level flight
Has to have a weapon

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Do you think the average number of flight hours equals the flight hours per pilot? The pilot pool for one type per aircraft could be bigger than the other. I've never seen that data. If there are more A-10 pilots per plane than AV8s, that would be interesting. I don't know where to find such data. ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 15, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Questions: What is it about the B-2 that requires so much more training hours than the B-1 or B-52? F-15E/Fs fly more than any other fighter. Can their training requirements really be so high? Shouldn't their mission require about the same training hours as an A-10? What are they doing that A-10 ai...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Common phrase, Hope is not a Strategy. The line items are Operations & Maintenance; pretty loose after that in breaking it down by MAJCOM or service. My wing got about 4100 flight hours for 56 UE pilots. 1100 had to be “[email protected] by flying ASIF (TWCF) live missions- scheduled channel, SAAM, conti...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Another thing to consider that all "training" flights aren't actually training. That's just the phrase that they use in peacetime. C17s flying deploying units around the world is included. So are P8s tracking Russian or Chinese subs. So are Alaskan Air Command fighters that patrol the bor...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

You’re making a huge assumption, incorrectly in my opinion, that training is the driver of flight hours. It isn’t, it’s budgets. Training is the base argument driven by experience levels, aircraft mission, training areas, exercise deployments, etc. Then it all goes into budget line items and “meat”...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

It was an improvement on what started as an experimental aircraft, which became a specialized attack type for the RAF in NW Europe from 1969, procured with maritime mods and simplified avionics for the USMC in 1972. A maritime multi role version with the RN effectively won a war 8000 miles from hom...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

You’re making a huge assumption, incorrectly in my opinion, that training is the driver of flight hours. It isn’t, it’s budgets. Training is the base argument driven by experience levels, aircraft mission, training areas, exercise deployments, etc. Then it all goes into budget line items and “meat”...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Are you really comparing a VSTOL, often deployed from small assault carriers, type which is now ageing, with a widely used though also mature but built in much larger numbers conventional fighter and a converted airliner? What ‘leaps out’ is a lack of context. If I'm the Marine Corps, I might have ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Are you really comparing a VSTOL, often deployed from small assault carriers, type which is now ageing, with a widely used though also mature but built in much larger numbers conventional fighter and a converted airliner? What ‘leaps out’ is a lack of context. If I'm the Marine Corps, I might have ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... 3-106217-1

An AH-64 costs about 1/3X per flight hour as an A-10 or F-16.
I don't know how it compares to your favorite drone.
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According to https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... 3-106217-1

An AH-64 costs about 1/3X per flight hour as an A-10 or F-16.
I don't know how it compares to your favorite drone.

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1993

Flying hours per Aircraft

Questions: What is it about the B-2 that requires so much more training hours than the B-1 or B-52? F-15E/Fs fly more than any other fighter. Can their training requirements really be so high? Shouldn't their mission require about the same training hours as an A-10? What are they doing that A-10 air...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Wikipedia says the missile detection systems were installed on Mi-24s during the Afghanistn wars in the 1980s, in reaction to the US supplied Stinger missiles. Both Wikipedia, and airforce-technology.com say it has flares. You can find a picture of the flare dispenser for the Mi-24 at https://commo...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

I find this very hard to believe. An F-15E has about 3x as much structure (empty weight). An AC-130 has about 7x as much structure (but it's OK if you didn't consider that oddball aircraft). Even an Mi-24 is a bigger helicopter, with armor. Can you offer a citation please? (Yes, I know structural w...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

3) They have no missile detection systems. 4) They deploy no countermeasures. Wikipedia says the missile detection systems were installed on Mi-24s during the Afghanistn wars in the 1980s, in reaction to the US supplied Stinger missiles. Both Wikipedia, and airforce-technology.com say it has flares...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The Apache is not fragile it could take more bullets than any fixed wing aircraft besides an A-10. So out of the thousands of flying things in the world the Apache is number 2 least fragile. I find this very hard to believe. An F-15E has about 3x as much structure (empty weight). An AC-130 has abou...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 01, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 6889

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

In short, though there are less aircraft, they can generate more sorties per day because they have more room on the carrier to efficiently handle aircraft on the deck. On top of that, Hornets require less maintenance time than the old F-14 and Intruders, so their readiness is higher. Range is a bit...

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by kitplane01
Mon Oct 31, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 6889

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

In short, though there are less aircraft, they can generate more sorties per day because they have more room on the carrier to efficiently handle aircraft on the deck. On top of that, Hornets require less maintenance time than the old F-14 and Intruders, so their readiness is higher. Range is a bit...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 28, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Their air forces--yes. Their navies--maybe. Their armies--probably not. The Ukrainian army can fight the Russian army to a standstill. I would expect our army has more capabilities than the Ukrainian one. Did you miss the part "without the US"? Durp. Yes. I still think European NATO has a...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 28, 2022 1:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

johns624 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Even NATO without the US could handle Russia now.


Maybe…
Their air forces--yes. Their navies--maybe. Their armies--probably not.


The Ukrainian army can fight the Russian army to a standstill. I would expect our army has more capabilities than the Ukrainian one.

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The British Empire put its money into the Royal Navy. True, but even at Trafalger it was at a pretty serious numerical disadvantage. My argument is the entire “peer” or “non-peer” idea is false because a lot more dictates combat outcomes than counting technology. And all of it is very hard to asses...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Manpads are clearly shooting down Russian helicopters. Several examples are available on Youtube. Peer advisory: Has equipment at about the same technology level, and a force of about the same size. Not every enemy is a peer. The Vietnamese military was not a peer to the US military because they di...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Meanwhile, in the real world: Russia has lost 52 of its own, higher-flying helicopters. (…) the gunship crews face extreme risk … and a shockingly short life expectancy. I remember the Russian combat losses being posted by Ukraine in the first 2 weeks of the war. The person fabricating the numbers ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

More survivable than the tank? A tank with active armor? Definitely more survivable than a tank. A pair of F-35 with small diameter bomb and you have a whole tank.comvoy missing their turrets. A pair of F-35s easily kills tanks. It also easily kills helicopters. And it detects helicopters in the ai...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6547

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Every enemy is a peer, if they want to be. Peer advisory: Has equipment at about the same technology level, and a force of about the same size. Technology or access to it doesn’t alone describe peers. That is a armchair view, not reality. I think the definition of "near peer" in military ...

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