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by GDB
Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Every country does what's in their best interests. What's the old saying? There are no friends, just shared interests. Sorta like when France was going to sell amphibious assault ships to Russia. So you're saying France should look after the US's interest, for what in return, an occasional trade wa...

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by GDB
Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1631

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

I'm not sure what other Americans think, but SF teams doing good work is highly preferable to our record with the drones. SF teams are unlikely to generate scores of future terrorists. It sounds like a good idea, but it only seems feasible when you're already an occupying force and have huge resour...

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by GDB
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue
Replies: 21
Views: 767

Re: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue

Drug dealers who have negligently killed the most people, far outnumbering street dealers who get long prison sentences, happily escape. The American Way. Yeah. The REAL Cartel which the DEA (how many different law enforcement agencies does the 'land of the free' need?) will never touch. Not that t...

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by GDB
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

We are currently observing more and more airborne military tasks being allocated to relatively inexpensive drones that remove their valuable operators from the risk of being killed on service. Is not a parallel situation not going to happen in submarine warfare in the next 20 years rendering those ...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1631

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

These mistakes have been consistently reported for years. The armed drone program as we know it, was always coming, it was however speeded up when in the 1999/2000 period, when Bin Laden was already wanted for helping to inspire and fund attacks such as the US embassies in Africa and the USS Cole. ...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Just to be clear, it was Gen Jackson who complained about token deployments not being useful. Yes indeed, as the then head of the British Army he was speaking truth to power, he did not want too many deployments spread too thinly, not for instance getting into Afghanistan in areas left for several ...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 42
Views: 1411

Re: Best multi-national program

If you mean "at least one Member is non-European", there's the T-7A with the US as lead but significant contribution from Sweden. The AV-8B is based on a UK design but the extensive upgrade from the original Harrier was mostly done by the US. The RAF Harrier second generation, in their in...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

My post got deleted so it doesn't make any difference, but I found the British general who alluded to token deployments--General Sir Mike Jackson. Who also refused that clown Wesley Clark's instructions at Pristina airfield in 1999, Madonna's future idea of a Presidential candidate wanted Jackson's...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

It's true that a modern SSK with propulsion shut down is very quiet, that's it's advantage, however modern nuclear boats are also very quiet and their advantages are the ones that Australia now thinks it needs, range, endurance (the latter only limited by the crew and their provisions), more power f...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1631

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

I'm surprized the truth even made it into mainstream news. Usually if no one wants to know, stay quiet. These mistakes have been consistently reported for years. The armed drone program as we know it, was always coming, it was however speeded up when in the 1999/2000 period, when Bin Laden was alre...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Super Étendards et Exocet Huh? You mean the ones Argentina had? That further deliveries of were embargoed by France without the UK having to ask immediately after the invasion. French technicians there were sent home. French AF Mirage III aircraft also provided the Sea Harriers with air combat trai...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

SF Ops and the Astute; https://www.navylookout.com/in-focus-royal-navy-submarine-special-forces-delivery-systems/ With what seems to be a change in Australian defence thinking, considering a SSN now more suitable, because of the rapid Chinese military build up and their behavior in the region, given...

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 42
Views: 1411

Re: Best multi-national program

No mention of the A400M and Tiger, too troubled ? C-160 Transall ? ATR ? From the UK standpoint, the A400M has been less troubled, certainly the RAF like their Atlas aircraft. C-160, never going to beat the C-130, yet it provided a good machine for the customers, the NG for France being a good upda...

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

How many were "token" deployments? None There is no such thing as token deployments. War is a serious thing. If so, you can argue that the US deployment in Afghanistan was the biggest token deployment of them all, as the US government seems to never have intended to make any real changes ...

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

johns624 wrote:
How many were "token" deployments?


And my point about the sneering proved.
The European NATO personnel who were killed and injured in the deployments mentioned deserve the same respect as the US ones, not that we are unfamiliar with this attitude.

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 42
Views: 1411

Re: Best multi-national program

[threeid][/threeid] The Concorde. Financially, it was terribly inefficient. It was a costly prestige project of two governments. But organizing the project and the multinational collaboration among the engineers and manufacturers was a masterpiece. It also led to a lot of useful know-how. Wasn’t exp...

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...). Too many Europeans just worry about what's happening next door. The growth of China should concern everyone, as it affects everyone. The UK doesn't have any colonies like France does, but they understand the geopolitic...

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by GDB
Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

A there is a big gap between the last Astute and first Dreadnought Class SSBN, the last time this happened was between the last Trident boat and first Astute, creating all sorts of problems, delays, cost overruns and skills lost. And the costly challenge in running the Trident boats on longer than ...

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by GDB
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All-electric aircraft from Rolls-Royce completes maiden flight in Britain
Replies: 11
Views: 2837

Re: All-electric aircraft from Rolls-Royce completes maiden flight in Britain

What would this be good for in real life? Some fast military drone? Same as any technology demonstrator, in this case for electric power, with a record in it’s sights, like many other demonstrators in aviation history. With a view to develop it further, again the history of aviation history has num...

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by GDB
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 130
Views: 6078

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

The only trustworthy nukes are ones that aren't built and can't be used. While in someways you are right, it only leads to greater likelyhood of nuclear war and mass death and destruction. Tugg I think it's a wash. I think everyone that could have nukes having them would make it less likely there w...

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by GDB
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/contrac ... submarine/

The first Astute would need to be replaced by the mid/late 2030's.
Could Australia be a partner?
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To answer kiwirob's question on UK sub program;
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/contrac ... submarine/

The first Astute would need to be replaced by the mid/late 2030's.
Could Australia be a partner?

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by GDB
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 69
Views: 3712

Re: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing

It's official: Lockheed Martin is partnering with Airbus to offer the A330 MRTT as the Lockheed LMXT tanker: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/afa-air-space/2021/09/17/lockheed-reveals-new-lmxt-refueling-tanker-firing-the-opening-salvo-in-us-air-force-competition/ WASHINGTON — Lockhe...

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by GDB
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Well the first spacex webcast had the bad luck of the Earth being in darkness when they went to the big window but Hayley with all her acrobatics seems not to be bothered by space adaptation syndrome, nor do the rest of the crew it seems, albeit in a fairly short segment.

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by GDB
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

OK, we have some pictures finally: https://twitter.com/inspiration4x/status/1438716982564696065 Tugg Great pics, enough to make me jealous! Every time I see a Crew Dragon mission I think ‘at last, a 21st century spacecraft’. Being reused, not just the booster. Nice to see a positive message from Be...

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by GDB
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Another thing to consider, Astute production is running down, (I think the RN need 8 or 9 not 7 but hey), thanks to the massively botched 2010 defence review, the replacement for the Trident boats being effectively frozen for 5 years, the program having begun in 2006, when the 'coalition' took offic...

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by GDB
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I am curious to see how the France ruckus will pan out. I suspect there was more to it than just what is being presented. Ultimately of course this was Australia's choice and decision. Tugg Another nail in NATO's coffin is my prediction. Well France would know a lot more about that, loved to have b...

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by GDB
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Sleep period but yes maybe space adaptation syndrome too. By chance the other day reading ‘Skylab. America’s First Space Station’ by David J Shayler, when SL4 Commander Bill Pouge suffered it early on, badly too, way worse than Borman on Apollo 8. Though Pouge was a rookie commander he was also not...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUKUS

Astute makes a lot os sense, if they can use the PWR3 (developed for the dreadnaught class) , its supposed to be based on a US design using UK reactor technology. However suspect they will use the US fire control System (BYG-1) selected for the Attack Class. This has apparently been under discussio...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Interestingly for a mission that was intended to be publicity/fundraising, there has been no updates on the mission for almost 16 hours. Plenty of rumors, crew had some space sickness, Netflix exclusivity, etc. And allegedly it might just come down to the crew wants their privacy. Either way it’s o...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?
Replies: 23
Views: 856

Re: What is your favorite widebody aircraft?

I guess it should be a case of first love and all that, which for me would mean B747-136, since my first ever flight was on a full Certificate of Airworthiness Test on G-AWNE, back as a just 17 year old in 1983. Half a dozen on board, no luggage, baggage, the tests included several stalls over the E...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I'm expecting a shortened Virginia class submarine. The Virginia is skinnier than the Astute class so it will result in a lower overall size. The Block V Virginia class subs have been significantly extended in length as they have the additional VPM module which contains four large diameter tubes wh...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 193
Views: 8137

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

A surprise to be sure though it always seemed odd to covert a French SSN design to a large SSK. Many thought the Aus government were being reamed by this deal. Not that I can see 12 of these proposed SSN's, you won't need that many for a start, endurance and all that. The number being mooted being 8...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The State of Global Terror 20 Years After 9/11
Replies: 23
Views: 1252

Re: The State of Global Terror 20 Years After 9/11

Don't want to rile anyone up here, but I think security-wise, US aviation has somewhat lost its glamour from the post-911 security improvements. Take a look at all the bad behavior we get around us all the time. I seriously hope that someone (not specifically saying who or what) doesn't use that as...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

15 mins in, so far all good. Spectacular really!

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by GDB
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

In about five hours, a Crew Dragon lifts off for a sightseeing flight. The crew has been advised against trying to dock with the ISS. The stream will be alive in forty minutes: https://www.spacex.com/launches/ Would be difficult considering it’s orbit will be higher, 575km IIRC, plus no docking equ...

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by GDB
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57590

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

And those laser-equipped sats just made it to orbit, pushed by good ol' B1049 which successfully landed on good ol' OCISLY. That makes it join the exclusive 10 spaceflights hardware club, the second F9 booster to do so after its brother B1051. The Inspiration 4 mission is next, in a couple of days,...

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by GDB
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 66
Views: 9922

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

The Curiosity rover had managed to collect 32 Martian rock samples by using a drill attached to robotic arm. Perseverance rovere mission still keeps searching for signs of past life on the red planet by analyzing the chemical, mineral, physical and organic characteristics of the rocks. The best par...

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by GDB
Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4642

Re: Universal Healthcare

I am a big supporter of Medicare for all. As much as many on the right would like you to think it takes away freedom I believe just the opposite. Being tied to employer based healthcare has actually taken away some of my freedom, because the insurance companies are telling me who I can and can't se...

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by GDB
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9/11 Families: Biden Should Not Attend Commemoration Without Releasing Documents
Replies: 27
Views: 2375

Re: 9/11 Families: Biden Should Not Attend Commemoration Without Releasing Documents

The WH has ordered a declassification review to be completed by 9/11 and it seems the families are saying Biden will be welcome at ceremonies. It will be interesting to see what the FBI has hung onto all this time. https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/world/2021/9/3/1_5573118.html I think most likely f...

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by GDB
Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42402

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... addleboard
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A biting, satirical yet also depressingly accurate look at Minister responsible for the UK part of the endgame;
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... addleboard

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by GDB
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Firefly Alpha

Ah well, they will know that Space X's first three Falcon 1's failed.
Keep on keeping on.
Best of luck to them.

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by GDB
Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42402

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Kabul fell just like Paris did in 1940. Once you think you've lost and your leaders think so too, then it's over. The Russians and German's didn't follow this philosophy. Even the South Vietnamese Army fought like hell until the end. Around 60,000 French soldiers were killed between May and June. T...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?
Replies: 18
Views: 1899

Re: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?

Correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't the VC-10 designed to operate from hot and high airports for BOAC to destinations in Africa / Asia? Yes, in particular the original 'Standard' model. One of which later used by the Omani government routinely used an airfield in country where the largest aircraft prio...

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by GDB
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2140

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

I were a teen in that era, I watched them live and played in a Nirvana cover band. I have worked in the record business with succesful artists and with major labels too. I am credited on more than 250 albums. I know a thing or two about that business from the inside, and how you build a succesful p...

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by GDB
Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 6923

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

I've been in this region for many decades in both an active duty capacity, Government Schedules capacity, and then as a straight civilian, but still working with a few governments as a civilian. There was a time I was absolutely sure that Aaron747 's opinion that the mainland Chinese were too inten...

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by GDB
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42402

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

At some point, western military forces will go into another country, we need to identify why this disaster happened, or we will repeat it. There are many reasons, but a big part of it was refusing to ackowledge what was actually happening on the ground. I liked this piece very much, it's a longish ...

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by GDB
Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

Scott Manley video regarding this launch…. https://youtu.be/x2jU5W4ehPE Beat me to it! Like those watching I though it's going to topple, then it......emerged, rose but as Scott said, no way it's getting to orbit now, moot point as it proved. Brush themselves off, learn, fix, go again. Good luck to...

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by GDB
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206378

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I don't think it was 90% but MS has lost over 2000 nurses since January. Lots of stress in a low vaccination state watching people die that could have been saved by a simple vaccine. https://www.insider.com/2000-mississippi-nurses-resign-straining-hospitals-amid-covid-surge-2021-8 Except that the v...

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