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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo
Replies: 2
Views: 594

Re: Final Operational Flight of The CC-115 Buffalo

I remember seeing these display at Farborough in the 80's (I was not there on the day of that notorious 'very hard landing' however). A shame that Viking Aerospace could not/did not update the Buffalo as they have types like the Twin Otter, could that have been a better solution? Quite apart from Ca...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

[p that is if you are not a superpower with by comparison almost unlimited money and size of inventory to throw at any problems. Think how many spares spending that 2% on defense could buy? It has nothing to do with being a superpower. Maybe less on new, shiny equipment and more on maintaining what...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 272
Views: 10110

Re: Australian Open 2022

Novak is being a good ambassador to Serbia, as we can see with the country's president remarks... [irony]Yes, this Djokovic affair has done a power of good for the image of Serbia, hasn't it?[/irony] "Humiliated are those people who organised this kind of witch hunt." - president of Serbi...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Re: Thai government okays buying 4 new fighters

Relating this to the thread about French air force readiness rates ... Try and imagine the readiness rate Thailand will achieve with exactly f-o-u-r fighters. Why are they buying f-o-u-r fighters? They already have 14 Gripens and 51 F-16As. Buy something you already operate! As mentioned in the Fre...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

I just realized that the Mirage 2000C/D are missing from this presentation while about 100 of them are still in service (as many as the Rafale C per Wikipedia). This is a significant omission. Perhaps for the same reason I mentioned above with older choppers, so well established it was never includ...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

I just realized that the Mirage 2000C/D are missing from this presentation while about 100 of them are still in service (as many as the Rafale C per Wikipedia). This is a significant omission. Perhaps for the same reason I mentioned above with older choppers, so well established it was never includ...

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by GDB
Sat Jan 15, 2022 8:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 5695

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

:rotfl: What's also hilarious is that he's reportedly selling property to foot legal bills. All that says is Mummie Dearest has closed the spigot. Had she, that is the taxpayer, paid for Andrew's legal bills in this sordid case, that would have been unacceptable. Brenda hasn't navigated nearly 70 y...

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by GDB
Sat Jan 15, 2022 8:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

[photoid][/photoid] I'd like to see comparable German figures. I'd like to compare this with anything at all, in fact. It's very abstract out of context. Exactly! Looking again, what happened in Australia with Tiger, (poor customer support on top of an even worse contract) IMHO, do those who always ...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

Interesting that the Marine Rafales had a greater improvement than their AF counterparts.

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by GDB
Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 5695

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

How will these organizations get by? :rotfl: What's also hilarious is that he's reportedly selling property to foot legal bills. All that says is Mummie Dearest has closed the spigot. Had she, that is the taxpayer, paid for Andrew's legal bills in this sordid case, that would have been unacceptable...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian sub hits towed array sonar
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Russian sub hits towed array sonar

Might just be payback, after all the RN did it to them many years ago https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a28794/1982-uk-sub-stole-soviet-sonar-device/ In the aftermath of the sinking of the General Belgrano, much was made, for years afterwards, with some to this day perhaps, of th...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. - attributed to Josef Goebbels Seems to have worked on many of those who wanted a different result from the 2020 US presidential election. Getting boring isn’t it? Most of those on here, like in the US ge...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 4
Views: 897

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFBeuSAvhUQ
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Agreed on today's launch, great views (and sound) with the RTLS for this booster, 10 flights since it's first, Crew Demo 2;

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

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by GDB
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

USW is a team endeavor. A MH-60R is a sensor platform which is an extension of the ship. The helo can do limited USW independently but the ship provides most of the processing capability. The USW team on the ship is doing the USW plot and uses the helo as an organic sensor in concert with the ships...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 12, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

Yes the actions of a few that day represent the whole party just like the actions of a few represent the whole Democratic Party. Politicians and media want this narrative to continue, I would hope that majority of people see through this, but apparently not evident here. They see through it IMO, it...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did BA consider a blue belly for Negus/Landor liveries on Concorde?
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Did BA consider a blue belly for Negus/Landor liveries on Concorde?

http://www.concordesst.com/performance.html

In 1996, AF allowed Pepsi to use one of theirs for marketing, the livery restricted that aircraft to Mach 1.7, with also time limits at supersonic speeds.
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As stated, had to be white, here's the heating for a typical supersonic cycle;
http://www.concordesst.com/performance.html

In 1996, AF allowed Pepsi to use one of theirs for marketing, the livery restricted that aircraft to Mach 1.7, with also time limits at supersonic speeds.

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by GDB
Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/19/977879589/yes-capitol-rioters-were-armed-here-are-the-weapons-prosecutors-say-they-used?t=1641914040147 A few had guns, the ones they caught, many ran away and were arrested later, plenty had offensive weapons that could injure or kill, one Capitol Officer described i...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/19/977879589/yes-capitol-rioters-were-armed-here-are-the-weapons-prosecutors-say-they-used?t=1641914040147 A few had guns, the ones they caught, many ran away and were arrested later, plenty had offensive weapons that could injure or kill, one Capitol Officer described it...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

Nothing so new under the sun; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/11/trump-fdr-roosevelt-coup-attempt-1930s A Republic of Oligarchs or Democracy? In the minds of many, including some on here, the former, not the latter, if that is their side does not win and the demographic trend is n...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 272
Views: 10110

Re: Australian Open 2022

Can someone explain to me how he managed to turn this into "an attack on Serbia" (his words, not mine) and how so many Serbians seem to have taken it as such? Can't imagine Federer or Nadal turning a visa issue into a rallying cry for Swiss or Spanish nationalism? Also it is Serbian requi...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best ASW Helicopter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Best ASW Helicopter?

Helicopters like the SH-60R or the Wildcat Lynx are much more tethered to their ships; they rely on the ship to process sensor data, ... I really thought a SH-60R and a Lynx could both read and process anything coming from a connected sonobouy. Is this false? The MH-60R offloads data from its senso...

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by GDB
Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: boeing 2707 100 first flight, certification and delivery to the airlines schedule?
Replies: 3
Views: 843

Re: boeing 2707 100 first flight, certification and delivery to the airlines schedule?

Well it was cancelled after Congress pulled funding in 1971, at the time the first prototype was in the early stages of construction. Given the challenges of proving and certifying a SST, probably the late 70’s, if there had not been the 1973 oil crisis, nor the mounting objections to environmental ...

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by GDB
Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 193
Views: 7675

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

bad actors within the groups. Don't forget the "outside agitators" :sarcastic: Trump called for the attack on the Capitol, and did so with a lie. No he didn't, Rudy was the only one that said anything inciteful. Trump will not be charged as this is all a dog and pony show to take the elec...

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by GDB
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian sub hits towed array sonar
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Russian sub hits towed array sonar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvuBpH9YEOk
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Trailer for EP.2 with the incident, outlining the reason for the Frigate going after the sub;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvuBpH9YEOk

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6278

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

I couldn't edit my last post, so here's some clarification (I hope)... I think, and I think it's widespread, that it's more important for small/midsize NATO nations to have a good range of tactical assets, with the strategic assets supplied by the larger countries. For instance, in air force terms,...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sidney Poitier has died at 94.
Replies: 9
Views: 515

Re: Sidney Poitier has died at 94.

Good age though, I saw ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ not long ago on the I-player, will watch another of his, ‘The Bedford Incident’ later.

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green
Replies: 213
Views: 5482

Re: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green

Are the Chinese marketing those reactors to other nations? Would you like to have one built near you anytime soon? Wouldn’t be particularly enthused about a Chinese one, but one of American or European design? Absolutely wouldn’t have an issue having one built near me given their outstanding reliab...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green
Replies: 213
Views: 5482

Re: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green

I guess I’m not clear what you mean exactly because it in fact has been demonstrated. Right now. Large scale nuclear power has been operating continually in a number of countries safely for many decades, with far less environmental and human toll than fossil fuel generated power. The numbers are in...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian sub hits towed array sonar
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Russian sub hits towed array sonar

Well, this has been disclosed as at the time a Channel 5 documentary team were on board, for the latest in their 'Warship, Life At Sea' series. A previous one on a Type 45 captured Russian aircraft trying to drive the ship from international waters a few years back. The first episode aired last week...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6278

Re: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Since things turned nasty to put it mildly, between Russia and Ukraine, there have been (renewed) efforts to westernise the AN-124, most recently with GE engines and Western Avionics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-124_Ruslan Which reminds me of a poster our RR rep had in his office around...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green
Replies: 213
Views: 5482

Re: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green

Two questions - 1) we've had nuclear waste in large amounts since the early 1940s. Nobody has figured away to safely store it permanently or render it harmless including the guy with unlimited pockets - the US. Why does anyone think the solution is just around the corner? 2) Private insurers (at le...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100062

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

On a related "patrolling the Arctic" note, there is some concern that the new Harry Dewolf-class icebreakers are relatively unarmed and cost too much. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_DeWolf-class_offshore_patrol_vessel#Criticism The new Russian icebreakers who will patrol in the same ...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 06, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel's buy of CH-53K
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: Israel's buy of CH-53K

Israel is to buy 12 CH-53Ks. How does that work? 1) The Marines will give Israel some slots they had on the production line, delaying the Marine Corps own purchases? 2) LM will have a temporary rate increase to build these extra machines? Do they have the tooling/space/labor to have a temporary inc...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 05, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 428
Views: 100062

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

100% agree with you on size versus capability. This speaks to the mammoth inefficiency of our equipment acquisition programs and top heavy bureaucracy (versus the sharp part of the stick). The "small country myth" is one that has entered political debate in Canada over the last forty year...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 04, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Betty White passes away at age 99
Replies: 20
Views: 1207

Re: Betty White passes away at age 99

Not being a viewer generally of the (vast) amounts of work White did, there was one role, something of an unusual one for her, in the sort of one in a decade horror-comedies, with a good cast playing it for fun, in 1990 there was Tremors, in 1999 a real favourite of mine 'Lake Placid', where White s...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes
Replies: 26
Views: 1472

Re: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, her Father was an Eron VP, (y'know, the 'respectable, non silicon Valley, more deeply politically embedded mass scammers). And the legal narco cartels are still operating right? I agree that she should have been found guilty on all counts, consider the above...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall
Replies: 120
Views: 4647

Re: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall

How many countries still have unarmed cops? I've seen armed cops in the CBD of Sydney. I've see many (not all) in London and other parts of the UK. I've seen armed police in Denmark, Italy, France and other EU countries. All police that I've seen in Canada are armed. To add some context to the figu...

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by GDB
Sun Jan 02, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: wich airlines did BAC/aerospatiale thought would order concorde to get to the 250 orders by 1980 goal?
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: wich airlines did BAC/aerospatiale thought would order concorde to get to the 250 orders by 1980 goal?

In truth, they would court any Western aligned major / national airlines that were prepared to fly it and could afford it. In particular, Iran Air was a major hope for the Concorde program, right up until the revolution when they were the last airline to formally cancel their orders. It is likely t...

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by GDB
Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 377
Views: 29572

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Came across two good articles about the sub options. https://www.navylookout.com/royal-navy-nuclear-submarine-technology-to-be-shared-with-australia/ https://www.navylookout.com/nuclear-submarines-for-australia-what-are-the-options/ I still think the Virginia is the best option as it is still in cu...

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by GDB
Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

What does a drone cost? What does an A2A missile cost? Sending drones in is a good way to drain your adversary's budget. Isn't there a more cost effective way of downing drones? An anti-drone drone comes to mind for short range defence against drones. These weapons all have a shelve life. If they d...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

The then US Secretary Of The Navy thought the RN would lose, as did the USSR. Wot? Even I did not believe the Argentinian had a chance. The only question I had was the casualty rate. bt Aside from the large advantage in aircraft numbers, they had weeks to prepare, the UK forces supply line was long...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 28, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

Weren't the French and British running out of some ordnance back when they intervened in Libya? It might not be the cost but the number in inventory that's important. No, some smaller NATO AF’s ran low on certain munitions, not the RAF or the French, either AF or navy, though some older ones like t...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

Weren't the French and British running out of some ordnance back when they intervened in Libya? It might not be the cost but the number in inventory that's important. No, some smaller NATO AF’s ran low on certain munitions, not the RAF or the French, either AF or navy, though some older ones like t...

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by GDB
Sat Dec 25, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 8649

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

A fantastic launch, much to do until JWST is deployed and operational, nonetheless a real feather in the cap for ESA today.
Being the most expensive, scientifically important arguably and certainly most high profile payload they've ever done.

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by GDB
Tue Dec 21, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 482
Views: 67950

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://www.spacex.com/launches/
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Three launches in less than a week, 100th successful booster landing, quite a year when you include the crewed flights too.
And many in the media still lump Space X in with Blue Origin and even Virgin.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/

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by GDB
Sun Dec 19, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 70
Views: 8649

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

In hindsight…. Given SpaceX’s, and NASA’s, emerging capabilities will it prove to be an error that JWST is not inflight serviceable? Or not equipped with berthing capability for a propulsion module? There is a docking port, for what kind of spacecraft I don't know, in extreme situations an Orion wi...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 19, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

It's actually good to know a fighter jet can track such a small drone and that an asraam is able to engage it. But it only takes a few more drones to exhaust the asraam loadout of a pair of Typhoons or even their entire missiles compliment. They do have cannon, many think otherwise as for a time in...

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by GDB
Fri Dec 17, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone
Replies: 33
Views: 3562

Re: RAF Typhoon Shoots Down Drone

https://www.stripes.com/theaters/middle ... 03412.html
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More on the apparent intended target, which backs bikerthai's point it seems;
https://www.stripes.com/theaters/middle ... 03412.html

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by GDB
Fri Dec 17, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?
Replies: 49
Views: 4778

Re: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?

NASA are pissed off with Boeing, who has been sending it’s crews from US soil for the past 18 months? Not a Boeing spacecraft, still delayed. Space X ,who are also increasingly sending other payloads up for them and of course they are embracing the Starship concept. Who would have thought that just...

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