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by kitplane01
Wed Feb 08, 2023 4:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy - F18 vs Rafele Competition
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Indian Navy - F18 vs Rafele Competition

The Naval Tejas might not be so abandoned as you were led to believe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTEaLDL6pgk https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1622525835415814146?s=20&t=zKGbLVkE0LSubbvYTQExMg It's for PR feelgood purposes for internal consumption. Something to celebrate - an Indian-desi...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 Retirement
Replies: 51
Views: 5311

Why retire KC-10 and not KC-135

I understand the KC-46 is replacing first the KC-10s and not the KC-135, even though the KC-135s are much older.

Why?

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 28, 2023 1:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1200
Views: 207993

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Oops bad delete

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by kitplane01
Mon Jan 23, 2023 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35
Replies: 20
Views: 3762

Re: Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35

JetBuddy wrote:
Good for Iran! They certainly need them.


Also, Iran has an evil government. So maybe bad for Iran.

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35
Replies: 20
Views: 3762

Re: Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35

Anyone surprised Russia is yielding warplanes while at war? Makes you think they have no shortage of warplanes.

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 17, 2023 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35
Replies: 20
Views: 3762

Iran Buys 24 Sukhoi Su-35

Iran Confirms Acquiring 24 Sukhoi Su-35 Fighters From Russia Arrival THIS YEAR! The commander of the Iranian Air Force also said that the previously planned purchase of Russian Su-30 fighters had been replaced with plans to acquire Su-35S planes. In December 2022, Western intelligence agencies revea...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 15, 2023 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

After rereading the thread, a sonobuoy is not the same thing as a dipping sonar. And it appears you’re using the terms interchangeably. But are asking whether a quadcopter can carry a dipping sonar at less cost than a helo. Sonobuoys are expendable, one time use items, that contain their own batter...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 15, 2023 1:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

would you be talking about a shallow LOFAR bouy a DIFAR bouy or a deep DIFAR bouy? many times a helicopter is used to localize a contact already known in the area.by other means like the SOSUS arrays when I was in the navy we would get assigned to harass a Russian BOOMER in an area 200 miles west o...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

https://umsskeldar.aero/
Is developed close to where I live and I almost applied for a job once there...


Fits in 1m x 1m x 4m box. Has a five hour endurance. Runs on jet fuel. Already in production.

Yep, that works.
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rheinwaldner wrote:
I think this is the drone you are looking for:
https://umsskeldar.aero/
Is developed close to where I live and I almost applied for a job once there...


Fits in 1m x 1m x 4m box. Has a five hour endurance. Runs on jet fuel. Already in production.

Yep, that works.

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by kitplane01
Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

Drone submarines (ROV's) that can cruise underwater ahead of the Carrier Group, probably 5 in a V 50 miles in front to 10 miles off to each side with a duration at cruise speed for a week. The tender for these would have an arrangement similar to what is on the USS Carter for its ROV's to enter via...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 08, 2023 6:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

What kind of winds and wave heighrs would these quadcopters be able to operate in? As calling off a sub hunt with a quadcopter because it can't fly in a (say) 10 knot wind would be a no-go! I'm thinking of this as an addition to the toolbox. I'm not saying we should remove any asw-helicopters. So i...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 08, 2023 6:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

, whereas a large quad copter might cost $50,000 to purchase. $50,000 won't get you the electronic box that drives the dipping sonar let alone the dipping sonar itself. Then you have to start thinking about the power generation the the sonar and the deployment mechanism for the dipping sonar requir...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 07, 2023 6:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

How will the surface ship communicate with the subsurface drone? Antenatal mast? Or trailing antena cable? It's being testing out. https://www.militaryaerospace.com/unmanned/article/14285455/unmanned-underwater-longendurance This model is designed for long endurance and is slow. But you can envisio...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jan 07, 2023 6:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

I’m no sub driver, or sub finder , but I have read enough to have some idea about why this isn’t a good idea. When you’re prosecuting a contact, you don’t need one or two buoys, you might go through a dozen, possibly of mixed types. You need them quickly, so if you have to go back and get a new one...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jan 06, 2023 8:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

When you understand how sonobuoys work~ well....... :scratchchin: :shhh: StudeDave USN (retired) I'm listening. It's OK if this is a dumb idea, but it might be helpful if you explain how. I’m no sub driver, or sub finder , but I have read enough to have some idea about why this isn’t a good idea. W...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jan 06, 2023 8:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

Maybe we are thinking this wrong. If you have a ship, using quadcooter drone to extend your sonar search may not be the optimal solution. The quadcopter has speed but limited payload. A few subsurface drones with onboard sonar passive/active capability with peristant remote operation capability may...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jan 04, 2023 5:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

studedave wrote:
When you understand how sonobuoys work~ well.......
:scratchchin: :shhh:



StudeDave
USN (retired)


I'm listening. It's OK if this is a dumb idea, but it might be helpful if you explain how.

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 03, 2023 3:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Sonar Bouy on a quad-copter

One can buy at commercial prices a drone that can lift 55 lbs and fly for 12 hours. (see https://www.jouav.com/products/cw-100.html and others). Could not one attach a sonobouy to this on a line, and fly it around under the direction of the asw commander? I understand that it has no weapons, and cou...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jan 03, 2023 3:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bell V-280 Valor FLRAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 34802

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

Second, this seems like an excellent way to maximize money spent. Not at all. Tilt rotors are a game changer. UH-72 Lakota is extremely cheap and it can do many simple jobs that a Blackhawk performs. Even if you needed 3 UH-72 to do the job of 2 Blackhawks there is still a big cost saving. The smal...

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by kitplane01
Sun Jan 01, 2023 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bell V-280 Valor FLRAA News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 34802

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

Sikorsky/Lockheed are protesting the preliminary FLRAA award. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/sikorsky-formally-protesting-armys-black-hawk-replacement-choice This is not what I expected. In my opinion Lockheed/Sikorsky has the clear winner for the smaller FARA helicopter. I would only expect...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 28, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend
Replies: 97
Views: 19156

Re: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend

Is South Africa and Dubai a party to the sanctions? Does supplying airliners to Iran violate local laws?

Also, why is this airline going to fly these planes to? They need to carry a bunch of people a long way to be economical.

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 28, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend
Replies: 97
Views: 19156

Re: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend

Time to get rid of sanctions and supply the Iranians with some new fuel efficient equipment for once and for all. There *ought* to be penalties for nations that arm terrorists and build nuclear weapons. (I already know this sanction doesn't solve the problem itself .. but anything that raises the c...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 20, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Davis-Monthan AFB F-16 stores
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

Re: Davis-Monthan AFB F-16 stores

As far as I know, it's possible to get every part for every variant of the F-16. I don't think LM has declared end-of-supported-life for any F-16 model used by any air force. So yes, it's possible. That said, it's probably cheaper and faster to buy a used F-16 from the market. Norway just sold 32 F-...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 20, 2022 3:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 50
Views: 10191

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

It also should be noted that while 30 knots isn’t that fast compared to airborne assets, it is still quite quick, and while carrier are big, the ocean is much bigger. Let’s say a Satellite spots a carrier. How long will it be before any ordinance can actually make it to the target? 30 minutes? A ho...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 20, 2022 3:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hypersonic Missiles DON'T Make Sense
Replies: 2
Views: 1913

Re: Why Hypersonic Missiles DON'T Make Sense

A hypersonic missile might be a very good missile to attack a well defended, fixed static target. Assuming it can be made hard to hit (and otherwise, what's the point).

A hypersonic missile will always have more terminal energy to evasive maneuver than a merely supersonic missile.

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 147
Views: 25683

Re: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)

My argument isn't that FAs or pilots or gate agents or anyone else should get "faster" screening. Rather, if you separate airline employees into a separate lane, it ensures everything runs smoothly and now crew members aren't backing up pre-check (which people pay for). In my (PreCheck pa...

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye KCM (known crew member)
Replies: 147
Views: 25683

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
Fri Dec 02, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ to acquire 25% stake in Air India
Replies: 58
Views: 9593

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: 16
Views: 1653

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: 9593

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: 16
Views: 1653

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: 16
Views: 1653

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: 16
Views: 1653

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: 9593

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: 16
Views: 1653

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 5941

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 147
Views: 25683

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: 7827

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: 7827

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: 7827

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: 540
Views: 66140

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: 3527

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: 540
Views: 66140

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: 540
Views: 66140

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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