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by kitplane01
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmative Action in Airlines
Replies: 44
Views: 3393

Re: Affirmative Action in Airlines

seb146 wrote:
kitplane01 wrote:
People. Please stop debating affermative action.! That’s NOT what was asked!


In the United States it is almost impossible to discuss Affirmative Action without being political.


That's false. "What programs exist" is not political. (I'm so exasperated!)

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmative Action in Airlines
Replies: 44
Views: 3393

Re: Affirmative Action in Airlines

People. Please stop debating affermative action.! That’s NOT what was asked!

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmative Action in Airlines
Replies: 44
Views: 3393

Re: Affirmative Action in Airlines

The first reply tells me these programs are often not public. The second one tells me to check web sites. Arg!

Does the hiring of pilots or other employees typically use a points system? And if so, are there points for being members of various groups? Yeah

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmative Action in Airlines
Replies: 44
Views: 3393

Affirmative Action in Airlines

Where I work (and where my children work), there are programs to recruit and help people of underrepresented races/genders/etc. How common is this among airlines? People: Last time this was posted, the thread was correctly banned because (1) people did politics and (2) people got very insulting. Ple...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I think you had better check your sources. The F-15EX comes in a two-seater only. There are no plans because of the engineering required to develop a single-seat F-15X. The USAF has taken the position the EX as it stands right now is fine. Clearly, the current configuration would allow another &quo...

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by kitplane01
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I'm still waiting for a common mission where the F-15X is the best platform. So far I've read about dropping 5000lbs bobs (only three used in the last 30 years), hypersonic missiles (not yet around), and very long range strike (not a common mission, probably better done by the F-35 if you need to p...

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by kitplane01
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Loyal Wingman for fighters
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Loyal Wingman for fighters

I don't think the forum has ever had a thread on loyal wingmen. There are very few web resources offering a detailed operation view. So ... What does a loyal wingmen do? Is it literally just "fly ahead, send your radar image back to the mother ship, and ram the first incoming missile"? Who...

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by kitplane01
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color
Replies: 48
Views: 5974

Re: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color

Question: Where I work and where my children work, all have programs to help hire underrepresented racial groups and gender groups. Do airlines not have these policies? I thought this was very common.

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by kitplane01
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color
Replies: 48
Views: 5974

Re: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color

They can hire anyone they want training will wash out those who are not qualified. Unless they decide to not wash them out in the name of diversity. This is the great problem with these diversity initiatives. They sound great on paper until the rubber literally meets the road. Wash these candidates...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color
Replies: 48
Views: 5974

Re: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color

The question was ... do other American airlines do this?

Also, please remember that politics gets threads banned. Discussions of historic practices, possible effects, and problems/successes are probably in bound (but I am not a mod).

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color
Replies: 48
Views: 5974

United Airlines .. 2,500 new pilot slots reserved for women or people of color

United Airlines says it will train 5,000 pilots this decade, including taking on applicants with no flying experience, and plans for half of them to be women or people of colour. -- https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/6/united-airlines-plans-to-diversify-its-pool-of-pilots Do other airlines do ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I did know that. No, you don't. If you did, you wouldn't have made this thread. I wonder if I misunderstand ... Just to be clear ... if I knew that the Lockheed was trying to make the F-16 in a single configuration I would not have posted a thread about the F-15X? Also, if you think I'm a liar, ple...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Huh, F-15 and T-7 are the only production 2-seaters (not counting F-18 and others not in USAF inventory). I didn't know. Does make you wonder about jack-of-all-trades missions. Got money? Lockheed will make you a new build F-16D with any options/radars you want. Again, you might want to do some che...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF converting KC-135s into A-135s!
Replies: 3
Views: 867

USAF converting KC-135s into A-135s!

The USAF has begun converting used KC-135s into a new tactical attack airframe. Basically, a replacement for the A-10. "We have so many spare KC-135s, we wanted to find a use for all these old airframes. And 42 years of flying the tanker role have convinced us the wings can do 6G", said ai...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

ssteve wrote:
Huh, F-15 and T-7 are the only production 2-seaters (not counting F-18 and others not in USAF inventory). I didn't know. Does make you wonder about jack-of-all-trades missions.


Got money? Lockheed will make you a new build F-16D with any options/radars you want.

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada To Allow KC-46 Into Tanker Competition
Replies: 9
Views: 1195

Re: Canada To Allow KC-46 Into Tanker Competition

I think it's all pretty incredible. After a closer look, I feel like the 'spirit of cooperation' is the most surprising aspect of it all. Who would've thought that this is still possible in this day and age. Does "spirit of cooperation" mean they forgive Boeing? I might be less forgiving....

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 225
Views: 58177

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

https://www.aereo.jor.br/2021/04/01/embraer-conclui-com-sucesso-qualificacao-de-reabastecimento-em-voo-entre-duas-aeronaves-kc-390-millennium/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNGTSFaTGoA São José dos Campos - SP, April 1, 2021 - Embraer has reached yet another important milestone in the development...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Summary of the arguments for the F-15EX... 1) It is a jack-of-all-trades. Even if you think it's not the best any any one mission, it can perform many missions well. 2) It's a truck. It can carry a loyal-wingman, hypersonic missile, or anti-sat missile better or cheaper than other aircraft. 3) The U...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Especially since the goal is to replace the F-15C, and not the F-15E. You have to look farther into the future. They buy the two seat configuration. In the short term, they can remove the back seat and fly it as a C replacement. (Save weight). If and when they develope a new interceptor to phase ou...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The F-15X comes in one-seat and two-seat varieties. The single seat is better for air-air, and the two seater for complex strike missions. Anyone wanna speculate on how many of which the air force will order. If this is an F-15C replacement, then the single seater should be preferred. I think you h...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The F-15X comes in one-seat and two-seat varieties. The single seat is better for air-air, and the two seater for complex strike missions. Anyone wanna speculate on how many of which the air force will order. If this is an F-15C replacement, then the single seater should be preferred.

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I think you're saying that the F-15X is needed because there is some secret missile program somewhere such that the F-15X is the best platform to carry the missile. I gotta say that seems like an argument without evidence. Such arguments can justify anything, since they need no evidence. The eviden...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Here are a few quotes from Wiki. At the time, the Crusader was the best dogfighter the United States had against the nimble North Vietnamese MiGs. As aerial combat ensued over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1968, it became apparent that the dogfight was not over and the F-8 Crusader and a community tra...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

We don't have an anti-satellite missile. Nor are we expected to ever have very many of them. This is not an argument to buy a fleet of fighters, waiting for a hypothetical missile to be developed. We didn't have stealth aircraft until they appeared fully operational in Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

At what mission was the F4 Phantom best at? None of them but it could do all of them well. That's what the F15X can do. Is that true? What fighter available to the US was better than the F-4? Especially (but not only) naval fighter?? The F105 was a better bomb hauler. The F8 was a better carrier fi...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The thing that would change my mind on the F-15X is for someone to name a mission where the F-15X is the best option. At what mission was the F4 Phantom best at? None of them but it could do all of them well. That's what the F15X can do. Is that true? What fighter available to the US was better tha...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Finally, "best most economical" reminds me of the M-4 Sherman tank. At the begining of WWII, the US had two tank design in the pipeline. They put the emphasis on the Sherman because it was best most economical to built and this was true for a war of attrition. But boy, if they had more of...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Is this the A.net equivalent of that "Change My Mind" meme? Yep! Worse are people who will never change their mind. That would be you. You start all these threads acting like you can be swayed but no matter how many highly knowledgeable people tell you that you're wrong or misinformed, yo...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Does the aforementioned reasons for the F15X all make sense but just not satisfy your opinion that it's not the best at any of them? Kitplane01 - Consider ... Did the U2 exist and fly missions before it's existence was officially announced? The SR71? The F117? Any number of black programs that prod...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

cjg225 wrote:
Is this the A.net equivalent of that "Change My Mind" meme?


Yep! Worse are people who will never change their mind.

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I'm still waiting for a common mission where the F-15X is the best platform. So far I've read about dropping 5000lbs bobs (only three used in the last 30 years), hypersonic missiles (not yet around), and very long range strike (not a common mission, probably better done by the F-35 if you need to pe...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

This is not an argument to buy a fleet of fighters, waiting for a hypothetical missile to be developed. History has clearly shown that if you wait for something to get developed first before you develope something that can use it, then nothing will get developed. The hypothetical missile is not the...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Dear people who want to produce the F-15 for "jobs" or "to keep the production line open": How come we no longer build F-4s? Those people had jobs, and there was a production line open! I always assumed the reason we stopped building F-4s was that better designed were invented, a...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

2) The F-15X can potentially carry a larger anti satellite missile than any western fighter. Wthout conformals it has the highest top speed and thrust to weight ratio of any western fighter including the F-22. It should be able to hit higher satellites and get into position to hit a satellite much ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The oldest F15's are falling apart and the 750B budget has to be spend. Lots of jobs on the line. It's the only pick-up truck around because no affordable replacements arpund soon. Range & 2 man crew are important here. I thought it was a military program. If this is about unemployment insuranc...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

RJMAZ wrote:

3) It keeps the F-15 production line open and gives Boeing money.


Tone is hard on the internet. Sarcasm or an actual argument? But if it is an actual argument, spend the money on other Boeing products like the Apache or KC-46 or P-8 or MQ-25 or F/A-18Gs or Chinooks or T-7As or ....

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Seriously, why would you give any credence to a business publication on military matter? They were reporting on a DoD report. I looked up the original. https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/documents/rates/fy2019/2019_b_c.pdf F-15 $22,000/hour, F-16 $8,000/hour If you take the F-22 out of the ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Seriously, for which mission is the F-15X a better, more economical solution than the same money spent on a different platform? you want to drop a GBU-28. best regards Thomas "Only two of the weapons were dropped in Desert Storm, both by F-111Fs. One GBU-28 was dropped during Operation Iraqi F...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sourcing old electronics for new planes
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Sourcing old electronics for new planes

How do airframe/engine manufacturers source very old electronics for new-build and repaired aircraft? Example: The 777 had a first flight in 1994, and presumably had it's electronics designed before first flight. How do they get the CPUs and other chips needed to build a 777 today (and how will they...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 25243

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Why did SN9's body (1/4 up from base) and nose cone appear to be frosted during the flight? Was there a leak somewhere causing the steel to freeze? That is the frozen fuel condensation freezing on the outside. You can see it on the pad as well. There isn't much insulation on starship right now. htt...

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by kitplane01
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5693

F-15X has no mission!

The F-15X has no mission where it is the preferred and most economical platform! ⋅  Beyond Visual range air-air against a peer If the mission is beyond visual range air-air combat with a new airframe (J-20/Su-35/etc) then the F-15X is not as good as an F-35. The F-35's stealth will allow i...

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by kitplane01
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Defence Command Paper: RAF to Axe C-130 Fleet by 2023
Replies: 39
Views: 2714

Re: UK Defence Command Paper: RAF to Axe C-130 Fleet by 2023

The British are doing what they do best, slashing their own military forces. Along with retiring the C-130J/J-30s, they also cut the E-7A Wedgetail from 5 aircraft to just 3, the E-3Ds will be all gone by the end of this year. Just 60 years ago the UK had a very powerful military. Then they slashed...

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by kitplane01
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

But the Indian government is actually paying $6.5B for 85 planes, and that's $76M each. Come on man. Contract value is not the same as URF. URF cost before taxes is ~42M URF after (domestic) tax is ~50M Since export customers do not pay domestic taxes, the export price is the base URF. The rest of ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Tejas economics question: Wikipedia says (and has lots of citations) ₹162 crore (equivalent to ₹208 crore or US$29 million in 2019) for IOC Mk. 1 (2014) ₹299.45 crore (equivalent to ₹541 crore or US$76 million in 2019) for FOC Mk. 1 (2010) ₹303 crore (US$42 million) for Mk. 1A and ₹309 crore (US$43...

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by kitplane01
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The most advanced private space company of the present time
Replies: 18
Views: 1634

Re: The most advanced private space company of the present time

Ariane Space would be my vote. They are at least trying to make a rocket that might compete (with subsidies) against SpaceX on price for commercial launches. Lockheed isn't even trying. It's not really "can you get a booster into space". That's no longer as interesting as it used to be. It...

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by kitplane01
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Tejas economics question: Wikipedia says (and has lots of citations) ₹162 crore (equivalent to ₹208 crore or US$29 million in 2019) for IOC Mk. 1 (2014) ₹299.45 crore (equivalent to ₹541 crore or US$76 million in 2019) for FOC Mk. 1 (2010) ₹303 crore (US$42 million) for Mk. 1A and ₹309 crore (US$43 ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

If what you wrote above makes sense to you then maybe we should just stop talking. Agreed. If you're going to tell *me* what the IAF is thinking, and quote Franz-Stefan Gady, who in all likelihood has never interacted with an IAF officer outside of an embassy party, then this discussion is indeed q...

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by kitplane01
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

But saying Tejas should have been executed better is a far cry from calling Tejas a failure, which is what you've argued. And my point is, it's premature to say that. There has been real, tangible progress. ... But there are hints that it might be a success too. It's just too early to say yet). Dev...

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by kitplane01
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 7012

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Development was started in 1985 (36 years ago). First flight was in 2001 (20 years ago). They have delivered zero planes the military actually wants. I think that's long enough. More than long enough. Way too long. You can choose between 1987 (project definition) and 1993 (first actual development ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The most advanced spacecraft in recent times
Replies: 20
Views: 1814

Re: The most advanced spacecraft of the resent time

mxaxai wrote:


The sample-return mission of Hayabusa 2 has been pretty astonishing as well. It's amazing what modern solar cells and electrical thrusters enable.



Second vote for Hayabusa 2 (After Falcon of course).

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