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by GDB
Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 33
Views: 1288

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

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

17 aircraft back then, not prevented NATO ships exercising legal right of passage has it?
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A similar RN vessel in the same region in 2018, including highlighting a potential if invisible threat to the Russian aircrew;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkKgVdAVgJs

17 aircraft back then, not prevented NATO ships exercising legal right of passage has it?

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by GDB
Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 33
Views: 1288

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

What a boring story. Russia behaving like a huffy seven year old burning a bit of jet fuel on some old Su24 and a discomposed coast guard crew wasting some time on radio frequency just to achieve, well, nothing. Good for the Royal Navy crew though. Most probably the most exciting hours on board the...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

ESA generally speaking, acts with pragmatism rather than pure politics, despite France pushing hard for that Hermes Spaceplane in the 80's and ........................ Russia does have much to offer, experience, similar designs, I don't mean straight copies but heavily influenced, so easier to inte...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 33
Views: 1288

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Hope someone will end up posting some video's or at least photos of the event. Took a couple days for them to come out when Ukraine tried provoking Russian Coast Guard which led to their asses getting rammed and some meme videos of the event getting posted. Hoping for the same here. Especially if s...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 33
Views: 1288

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Bring back the Iowa-class ships, or better yet, a modern Montana-class. Yes, some long obsolete warships will really do it? USN needs to concentrate on getting those new Frigates, much more suited for this and modern naval operations in general. That passage with all the others, also has the role o...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 33
Views: 1288

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Full report; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLPYAKL-f2M Not so new, there is a doc on Channel with another Type-45 in the same area a few years ago, getting buzzed by half a dozen Russian aircraft. Internationally recognized waterways are what they say, not what a regime decides, in this case due t...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euros 2020 thread
Replies: 96
Views: 4898

Re: Euros 2020 thread

By virtue their win today England secured the top spot in the group and will also play their first knockout game in London, but now they're going to be matched up against the runner-up from Group F, likely to be France/Germany/Portugal. Personally I haven't found their performances too inspiring th...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 47
Views: 2105

Re: Stealth is very important

I doubt the USAF, USMC RAF and USN are running with full stealth capability in Syria. The F-22, as far as I know, used their Luneberg lenses in Syria and I can't see the F-35 not using them. All this talk about the SAM environment and stealth in Syria is irrelevant. The US would not take the risk o...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

ESA is already doing joint stuff with China on space. It wouldn't be much of a step for them to send people to a Chinese station once it's properly operational. True, although ESA is very much at the mercy of its member states. If one of them wakes up one day and decides that the friendship with Ch...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 47
Views: 2105

Re: Stealth is very important

I’m trying to think of a nation that has a significant Air Force but doesn’t care about great power conflict. Maybe France or Israel? Maybe look at today's shoulder-nudging nations. Greece vs Turkey. India vs Pakistan. Recently it was Ethiopia vs Eritrea. In all of those cases, stealth has not been...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

They aren’t looking for a partner, they’re looking for someone with the knowledge and experience to learn from….that they can promptly abandon when the time is right. Amusing. Initially coop with Soviets/Russia was imho linked to their more expansive experience with ops and resulting contingencies ...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 63
Views: 20794

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

armadillomaster wrote:
No one else has said it yet...

It'll buff out


'Reckon it'll pass the M.E.L.?

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by GDB
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

The same thought went through my head, ESA could make them pay through the nose! Not sure what the US would make of it, with their ban on China with the ISS, not so much with ESA but if two ISS veteran Cosmonauts for instance went there, though Roscosmos could provide ISS information to China as pa...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 10009

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Not a news thing as such, thought you all might enjoy this, it's RAF Northolt in the West London suburbs, a few miles to the north of me, hence the Transport For London bus with presumably some surprised passengers! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqZ0NIN7K26K18WFnLqtFQ/community?lb=UgyxNhBrLbPqOy...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

The first three astronauts have arrived https://spacenews.com/shenzhou-12-docks-with-tianhe-space-station-module/ If they stay for as long as planned, quite the extension in experience for them. Including the first Chinese EVA. Scott Manley mentioned that there is a conference in Russia going on, b...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military AW609
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: Military AW609

Was just looking at the dimensions of this ‘indefinitely gestating’ tilt rotor and it appears it has the same width (rotors included) as the CH47 Interesting, I had thought this aircraft wouldn’t be seriously considered by, for example the USN or RN because the wings don’t fold and it would be too ...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 33
Views: 3643

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

The first three astronauts have arrived https://spacenews.com/shenzhou-12-docks-with-tianhe-space-station-module/ If they stay for as long as planned, quite the extension in experience for them. Including the first Chinese EVA. Scott Manley mentioned that there is a conference in Russia going on, b...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 357
Views: 40535

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Naturally, the Chinese have plans for a copy cat as well, with plausible military implications. I would really hope, that at least in one of the best & civil threads we would spare ourselves such politics. There aren't a dozen different ways of building rockets and other highly on basic physics...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14
Replies: 16
Views: 2175

Re: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14

Just like the F-111, you are carrying extra weight of the swing wing mechanism just to attain the supersonic efficiency that you rarely need. All the extra weight would better go into more fuel and payload. bt Which is why a swing wing makes more sense for an aircraft that will be spending a larger...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 234
Views: 26784

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wSE7tE0u5A
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Not directly VC-25B related, however as it's Presidential transports, the following formation just flew over me near LHR, for Biden's trip to see Brenda at Windsor Castle, here they are practicing at RAF Northolt, also not far from me, the previous day;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wSE7tE0u5A

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by GDB
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 216
Views: 65890

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

I think Leovinus is correct that is is hard to see Tempest, at least in it's currently projected form, being a replacement for the Gripen. However, Tempest is part of a system which will likely involve 'Loyal Wingman' unmanned element, I would suspect that Swedish involvement could well focus there,...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 216
Views: 65890

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/06/10/top-nato-general-urges-alignment-between-us-and-european-sixth-gen-fighter-plans/ Sensible advice, isn't it? It is, and I agree with the sentiment. Though it's all quite sensitive at this stage, so far as I can tell. Especially politically. It's ...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

Continued (due to the very limited editing time if you have any computer issues) So, 20 years in Concorde could do this; https://simpleflying.com/concorde-fastest-transatlantic-crossing/ Same with BGI, initially a route with a stop at usually the Azores or Lisbon, our technical and flight crews took...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

Really, the TU-144 in it's various forms was sort of the N1 rocket compared to the Saturn V. How about the NK-321 engine? What were it's advantages and drawbacks compared to the Olympus? Interesting question, the fact this engine was for the TU-160 Bomber already makes it a much newer engine, if yo...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

To the 2707, it was cancelled in 1971 after several attempts by Nixon to save it. What did for it was not an enhanced business nous, it was that wildly over ambitious spec they drew up, Mach 3, later 2.7, meaning you could not use alloys like Aluminium, it would have to be expensive, hard to work a...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Buses To Venus
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Buses To Venus

There is a saying in Britain, (as recounted by the BBC correspondent below), 'you wait ages for a bus and three come along at once', so it is with our nearest planet, Venus. As Scott Manley details, after a long break NASA are sending two probes to Venus, the first dedicated ones since 1989; https:/...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 65
Views: 10366

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Nice find 777, I also noticed this in the sidebar; https://theaviationist.com/2021/06/10/itaf-raf-f35b-pantelleria/ Here in the UK, any article about the F-35 is still, three years after they started doing it, full of below the line comments about the RN carriers with no aircraft. 747SPX, while the ...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

I was just reading up on the history of SSTs and I was intrigued about the testbed NASA used based on a re-engined Tu-144. They used Russian NK-321 engines that appear to have better performance specs (thrust and fuel consumption) than the Olympus engine that was powering Concorde. No way Boom uses...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

Quite a take down by WW: @IATA chief Willie Walsh on Boom Supersonic: No, I wouldn’t be buying one. I have the nice position of seeing what the profitability of Concorde was. If it had still been flying when I became BA CEO, [grounding it] would have been my first decision Ref: https://twitter.com/...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

I don't think a single one of these will end up in United. If any of them are certified. The contract is full of requirements and loopholes, very easy for United to get out of. The timeline is way too aggressive. 2025 for rollout, 2026 for first flight and 2029 for carrying passengers. EXACTLY this...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 34
Views: 1980

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

So if something goes wrong, we get a twofer? Bit hard on the brother! Of course not so long ago maybe his wife would have been there! (Unless She was never on board for being well, on board). Having watched some of these tests of the system, it does seem a robust a way of doing this, safer in fact ...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 12328

Re: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread

With QE deployed on NATO exercises and then on to it's worldwide deployment, it's sister ship Prince Of Wales has been conducting trials off the UK, first with WAH-64D Apaches and now the first F-35 has arrived; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJjsGtOv0Nc Asked this before and I got a negative answ...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger converted bomber aircraft in civilian service - Stories, facts, interiors?
Replies: 92
Views: 13443

Re: Passenger converted bomber aircraft in civilian service - Stories, facts, interiors?

BOAC actually used Mosquitoes during WW2 to carry I think just one VIP who sat in the bomb bay breathing oxygen, these flights were made to neutral countries in Europe Indeed, as recounted here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B09xMixpPFM To the questions around the TU-144 and it's development and ...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 12328

Re: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJjsGtOv0Nc
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With QE deployed on NATO exercises and then on to it's worldwide deployment, it's sister ship Prince Of Wales has been conducting trials off the UK, first with WAH-64D Apaches and now the first F-35 has arrived;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJjsGtOv0Nc

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

Answering a question with a question is not an answer. What is your suggestion... To answer your question, I don’t know when it became mandatory. But it became the custom and expectation after pro tennis and amateur tennis merged in the late 1960s. Tennis boomed shortly thereafter. As before, it's ...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Operation Trojan Shield
Replies: 15
Views: 1348

Re: Operation Trojan Shield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEpb4xsNAn0
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Report here, apparently six law enforcement officials included in the arrests, did not specify where though the reporter who mentioned it was in the US.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEpb4xsNAn0

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

They usually refer to Big Sport as in the large sums of monetary valuation circulating in that particular sport. While tennis isn't as big as football. Many rich people actually enjoys playing them, similar to Golf. It's a high value sport with limited quantity. That's how I would define it. As to ...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 34
Views: 1980

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

A difference is that Jeff hates paying taxes. There are shells around shells that were created to ensure exactly that. Or, when margins started to climb, he would call Jassy and tell him to cut pricing so that they didn't profit from AWS. Any time they had profit was money the government would tax,...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 34
Views: 1980

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

SpaceX basically gives billions to the US government... ...by not demanding the ULA fantasy prices. Amazon, on the other hand, heavily uses government-paid infrastructure for free, namely roads. And I've not yet heard about a single SpaceX employee who has to live on food stamps. Yep, it's about re...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 34
Views: 1980

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Like don't you even land in the same state? Yeah, basically it just goes straight up and comes back straight down, nothing really exciting there and not even remotely close to what SpaceX is going to do/offer with Starship. Also makes we wonder why Bezos complained about NASA awarding their contrac...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

I would question if tennis is "Big Sport". It's an individual sport so billionaires can't own a team, for starters. The richest individuals involved are players themselves. They usually refer to Big Sport as in the large sums of monetary valuation circulating in that particular sport. Whi...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

To answer posts 420 and 429; We never got to see how the GE4 would have performed in flight, however it had a shock cone design for the intake control, similar to the SR-71. Though the eventual Mach 3 FAA requirement for a US SST was dropped to Mach 2.7, might have influenced that design decision. H...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

Concorde piggy-backed off military technology , Boom's main and perhaps only hope is the US DoD becoming interested in helping them develop their project and thus their engine. It's pretty clear that by the time any Boom could be in service the next generation of subsonic jet engines should be read...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

At take off and during subsonic flight, 82% of the thrust is developed by the engine alone with 6% from the nozzles and 21% from the intake I used those very figures in a lecture, until a student noticed that they do not add up to 100%. The website creator got his figures from Concorde Technical Ma...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

What legal grounds would they have to do so...It also goes to show you're conflating a response from tournament directors to tour managers. It was the tournament directors imposing fines on Osaka, not the tour. Never mind that the men and women have separate tours... Yes, I DID know believe it or n...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

Since you claim not to follow the game, you should read up on how the tennis world responded to Djokovic’s idiotic Adriatic dalliance and the schadenfreude that followed after he contracted COVID-19. Aside from that, please show us how he was not obliging any contractual duties. As for Zverev, the ...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 102
Views: 4650

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

A much needed counter to all the usual, from the usual. The writer has for years gone after the bloated and often corrupt sports organisations, or the Sporting/Corporate Industrial Complex, such as the FA, UEFA, IOC. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/01/sport-athletes-mental-health...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 455
Views: 60065

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

When Concorde was first in the market the citizenry of the world had to work to get their government’s to pay attention to their environmental concerns. In this decade environmental concerns are at the forefront of governments and a lot of consumers. I just can’t see a lot of jurisdictions saying ‘...

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