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by GDB
Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Planespotter Alerts Base To F-15 Problem @ Lakenheath
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: Planespotter Alerts Base To F-15 Problem @ Lakenheath

Thought this might be of interest; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-57927801 Pint for that guy at the Half Moon! A long way from me here at LHR but I know from airshows at RAF Mildenhall in the 80's and going to others like Lakenheath outside of airshows, there was/is a community of re...

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by GDB
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Past five years on this website
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: Past five years on this website

[url][/url] Is it better? No, to be blunt it sucks compared to when it was a paid membership site. Case in point the non-aviation section. You'll have someone sign up, post hundreds of things related to one subject, drumpf, then disappear. Those of us with half a brain realize it's the same person. ...

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by GDB
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Raffensperger demands firing of election officials
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: Raffensperger demands firing of election officials

Well you know it was supposed to be the most secure election in history NOT. https://www.yahoo.com/news/brad-raffensperger-demands-firing-fulton-175200198.html What does security have to do with an honest mistake. Where is your proof of fraud? Just a hit and run outrage post that the mods have to d...

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by GDB
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 - 2021 Season
Replies: 287
Views: 20865

Re: F1 - 2021 Season

Just as well I didn't then I guess :) My comment was generic. If you felt the cloth fit, of course ...... It was “generic” to the VER fans, and I’m indeed a VER fan. And it’s also well known your view is somehow blurred and your tone get’s just some “sharp edges” when someone is criticizing somethi...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 64
Views: 4037

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

This however, for me is Wally Funk's day, if it is the case that Bezos is stepping back from Amazon to devote more time to Blue Origin, this flight will likely make him even more focused. Not to give Bezos much credit, but the Wally Funk point and the “crew” selection by BO was definitely a much be...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 64
Views: 4037

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. Musk is heavily su...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 64
Views: 4037

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

Im not a Bezos fan in the least bit, but what he's done with Blue Origin is amazing. Congrats on their successful flight, I woke up early on the west coast to watch it and I'm glad I did. Having Funk on board made it even better. Same here, it is a different ball game to Virgin with Blue Origin, al...

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by GDB
Sun Jul 18, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: YouGov Poll Finds 66% Of Southern Republicans In Favor Of Seceding From USA
Replies: 65
Views: 3012

Re: YouGov Poll Finds 66% Of Southern Republicans In Favor Of Seceding From USA

Let me clarify, Once the big GDP state leaves the union, will no longer will access to other states' taxes, its economy will be right sized. It is the concentrated spending of union's collective economic power made their GDP bigger, no on their own. Doesn't Texas take more in federal money than it ...

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by GDB
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tennessee abandons vaccine outreach to minors — not just for COVID-19
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Tennessee abandons vaccine outreach to minors — not just for COVID-19

Easily fixed, they have made their state a clear and present danger to the rest of the US, not just with COVID, so logically to protect the nation from this hick biological warfare, the Federal Government first tells them to cease and desist, if not all Federal funds to the state stop at once, all d...

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by GDB
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chaos In South Africa Following Zuma's Incarceration
Replies: 35
Views: 1565

Re: Chaos In South Africa Following Zuma's Incarceration

Surely the lack of competent, educated black people is the legacy of Apartheid. Keeping the majority population uneducated was hardly accidental. Also looking at the experience of Venezuela quoted by parl13del, people supporting a liberator is largely an indictment of the previous regime. Exactly! ...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 13, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 23
Views: 2340

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

Though not entirely surprising the S-3 was taken off ASW after the Cold War, though more recent developments in the sub fleet and weapons that China has it could be argued shown the need again. But ASW choppers and escorts and a new MPA fleet have not stood still in terms of ASW, to me though it sur...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euros 2020 thread
Replies: 420
Views: 17117

Re: Euros 2020 thread

And neither do you. You started abusing the term, not us. We just went along. But now I understand why you seem a little “off” Are you being obtuse for the hell of it or just really don't get it? To be so obsessed with some 25 year old song. Which was written for Euro 96, which happened to be the f...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euros 2020 thread
Replies: 420
Views: 17117

Re: Euros 2020 thread

because you expected it to come home :-D ...and you STILL don't get it. Head, meet wall. And neither do you. You started abusing the term, not us. We just went along. But now I understand why you seem a little “off” Are you being obtuse for the hell of it or just really don't get it? To be so obses...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 17928

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Really? Half of the Western North America is currently baking in unbelievable heat, already cooked (as in dead mussels in Vancouver harbor) or on fire. And a billionaire goes up on a joy ride? Wonder if he flew commercial to Utah for his flight...... I don't disagree, it's not only the lack of havi...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 17928

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Ridiculous undertaking for a ridiculous price but that's what our world has come to. Meanwhile the forests are burning and polar ice caps are melting but no let's go to "space" for 30 seconds because we can. I agree - how is pumping that much exhaust into the upper atmosphere a good idea....

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by GDB
Sat Jul 10, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euros 2020 thread
Replies: 420
Views: 17117

Re: Euros 2020 thread

A lot of bitterness and plain sore loserdom on this thread but why? For Denmark to do as well as they did, from such a near tragic start, speaks volumes about them as a team. Unfair? Those more knowledgeable about the game have given instances where England suffered from plain as day infractions tha...

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by GDB
Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!
Replies: 9
Views: 1222

Re: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMMYPmg0fZI
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Meanwhile at a southern NATO QRA, a pilot comments that QRA's can happen at any time, it would be unlikely for Russia to have a schedule.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMMYPmg0fZI

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by GDB
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!
Replies: 9
Views: 1222

Re: Press conference in front of a QRA hangar? Not a good idea!

I wonder if it was staged? Maybe to show "someone" that they were prepared at a moment's notice. Quite difficult to imagine, especially if you consider how intense the air patrolling has been in the area (i.e. the Italian F-35s were pretty busy chasing various Russian planes over the last...

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by GDB
Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-439.pdf Seems like the GAO isn’t quite as optimistic about promised future cost reductions for the F-35 program as the Swiss government. But for comparison's sake let's take an interdiction mission similar to where Israel attacked the Iraq nuclear reaction which wa...

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by GDB
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How far will the US go to defend Taiwan from Mainland China ?
Replies: 69
Views: 3253

Re: How far will the US go to defend Taiwan from Mainland China ?

Most likely sequence of events? A further deterioration of US-China relations and more virulent political attacks on Taiwan, to create an 'issue', followed by extensive exercises for an amphibious assault. This of course will be detected by the US and it will then they decide in the light of all int...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Maybe those Patriot SAM’s part of the package not only helped to swing it for the F-35 as a complete system but also allowed the Swiss to hedge their bets living as they do in a nation where if that poll is correct, nearly half of the electorate don’t want ANY fighters? Being British, I would have l...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1512
Views: 93895

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

"The judge ordered delivery of 80.2 million doses by 27 September 2021. To date, the Company has supplied more than 70 million doses to the European Union and will substantially exceed 80.2 million doses by the end of June 2021." :lol: https://www.astrazeneca.com/content/astraz/media-cent...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry

Diplomatic immunity often extends to family members part of a diplomat's immediate household. Hence my question if even the husband had it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Harry_Dunn From that source, the advisors quoted are well known experts in this area; The collision became the subject o...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

When this scenario has been played out so many times all over the world, European air forces included it is only a reasonable concern to have. It's also been 'played out' plenty of times in the other direction too. Each AF that for instance orders, outside of the nations that designed and built the...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry

This woman has diplomatic immunity, she's not a civilian citizen. Did she though? Her husband maybe. But he wasn't the one who caused death by dangerous driving. Diplomatic immunity often extends to family members part of a diplomat's immediate household. Hence my question if even the husband had i...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I think the idea that Biden pressured the Swiss to go for the F-35 risible and comes from kneejerk anti US sentiment. When this scenario has been played out so many times all over the world, European air forces included it is only a reasonable concern to have. It's also been 'played out' plenty of ...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry

The US has been whisking there diplomats and service people away from local justice since WW2. They’re not about to stop now. Sure, but those are government employees. The US doesn’t rescue its civilian citizens charged with crimes from other countries. This woman has diplomatic immunity, she's not...

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by GDB
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I think the idea that Biden pressured the Swiss to go for the F-35 risible and comes from kneejerk anti US sentiment. LOL Such naivety is so cute. What do you call not having a clue about something and only able to see anything through the distorted lens of your hatreds? Not 'cute' just smug ignora...

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by GDB
Sun Jul 04, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 325
Views: 43910

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

They had to memorize every corner of every mountain so they could "fly around blindly". The idea was, in case of an enemy infiltration by air, to use the mountains as a hide and seek tool to win any dogfight. I absolutely believe that. Also, using ridges and valleys in order to sneak up o...

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by GDB
Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Dunn family hopeful of some level of justice for the death of Harry

After the expected contempt from the previous US Admin, though cross admin institutions do the same, the same from that thick UK Foreign Secretary Raab, this is their last hope.
Misuse of diplomatic immunity, sort of thing you are meant to associate with rogue states.

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by GDB
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 244
Views: 70399

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

You are talking out of your rear end. Sweden is not developing a fighter with Turkey, there were talks that SAAB would help the turks about 10 years ago but in the end BAE was choosen and then nothing hapened. Sweden wont develop a new fighter alone. We couldnt even afford to develop Gripen E alone...

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by GDB
Thu Jul 01, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters
Replies: 57
Views: 6123

Re: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters

However, the Universe is unfathomably huge, possibly eternal, the timeline for life so impossibly short, that the chances of one intelligent planetary species meeting another is unfathomably small, yet still possible. That an advanced alien life form with the capability of being able to travel to o...

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by GDB
Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters
Replies: 57
Views: 6123

Re: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters

While I get the idea that just because we did not know about various things in the past (look how our understanding of just our Solar System has transformed in my lifetime), I would argue that our greater perspective of the universe and more recently, the formation of our system, makes the chances o...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bill Cosby to be released from prison. Conviction overturned
Replies: 27
Views: 1805

Re: Bill Cosby to be released from prison. Conviction overturned

Got to love it. Oh well everybody loves the guy so I guess he will be welcomed back into society with open arms. That nasty little tirade says a lot more about you, than the subject, as ever it makes no sense and seems to be an attempt to make this a race thing? Or an 'elites' is it? No, it's about...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters
Replies: 57
Views: 6123

Re: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters

So the conclusion, logically, is that while such civilizations have had plenty of time to develop, many times over, the lack of any evidence both material or a signal, points to a conclusion, that they don't last, don't get to build those machines, or send out massively more powerful signals than w...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 30, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 69
Views: 4176

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Why poke the bear? The UK quite clearly sailed to the Black Sea and close to Russia to stir the pot. Childish imo. The UK sailed a vessel through an international shipping channel, as is the international community's right to do so. The international community will continue exercise their rights. R...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1512
Views: 93895

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

This is the latest version of the same tripe the British press has been peddling for months when those foreigners just don't get it and mess with "our vaccine". This time with Russians in it. Russians, big Pharma, the FDA, EU Commission are all the big bad villains that won't let the worl...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1512
Views: 93895

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

A proper in depth look at AZ, the vaccine development, the politics and maybe some on here who have been crapping all over it, might reflect that there was, of course, the usual mischief making from the usual suspects and I don't mean in the EU, rather two nations who seek to undermine it; https://...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 69
Views: 4176

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Maybe France and the UK should've done the same thing when the Kuznetsov went up the English Channel. I guess they decided to save their munitions because they knew the Kuznetsov would sink on its own some day... :lol: PS-- I bet the Brit Capt was thinking "I wish I had the loadout of a Burke ...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters
Replies: 57
Views: 6123

Re: Upcoming Pentagon Report to Congress on US Military UFO/UAP Encounters

I don't buy into this idea that anything, in particular airborne, that cannot be quickly explained just for many people has to be 'aliens'. Recently, Professor Brian Cox has been reviewing the programmes on astronomy, physics, science in general, for the BBC in the past decade, (including biology an...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 58
Views: 7341

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57628653
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Recently released images of the Chinese rover landing and initial surface movements;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57628653

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by GDB
Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1512
Views: 93895

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

A proper in depth look at AZ, the vaccine development, the politics and maybe some on here who have been crapping all over it, might reflect that there was, of course, the usual mischief making from the usual suspects and I don't mean in the EU, rather two nations who seek to undermine it; https://w...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 23009

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

I’m glad that’s drawn to a close. He got a decent sentence… and will probably get killed or at least seriously harmed inside. Now we can draw a line and move on to the real problem (at least in UK where many are sick of hearing about BLM news imported from a very different policing system on the ot...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.
Replies: 69
Views: 4176

Re: UK warship attracts Russian attention off Crimea coast.

Why poke the bear? The UK quite clearly sailed to the Black Sea and close to Russia to stir the pot. Childish imo. Nonsense. I even linked a similar incident from 2018, as stated NATO ships have a right under international law to use those waters, a similar thing happened with another RN Type 45 in...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Giant aircraft That Failed
Replies: 59
Views: 18650

Re: The Giants That Failed

This is a great thread, thank you for putting it together. I may be an outlier, but I think it would be fun if you could somehow furnish an A380 with amenities like a cruise ship And hop to different destinations. I know it would be prohibitively expensive, especially as the fleet gets drawn down b...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Giant aircraft That Failed
Replies: 59
Views: 18650

Re: The Giant aircraft That Failed

Turboprops (with the obvious exception of Tu-114/Tu-95 family) have a lower speed than jets. It's kind of a "Captain Obvious" statement, and yes, passengers like to reach their destinations faster. But there's also a CAPEX issue. If you try to do long haul in head-to-head competition of s...

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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: 69
Views: 4176

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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