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by GDB
Sat Jan 29, 2022 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.
Replies: 27
Views: 6436

Re: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.

This is clearly click bait - he would not have survived take off let alone the flight at FL34. Survivors hid somewhere pressurized and warm, no way they survived -50/ -60 degrees for 11 hours, oxygen starvation and no pressurization. This is clearly click bait - he would not have survived take off ...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.

Now Downing Street and the throughly discredited Met Commander are digging an even deeper hole for each other. If you want an image that probably created the most anger across party, social class, even with those opposed to the institution, the image of a masked Queen very distanced mourning Prince ...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the USA)
Replies: 33
Views: 1493

Re: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the U

It is unfortunate that NATO so explicitly expanded into eastern Europe. Since we are getting into revisionist history... it was even more unfortunate that Roosevelt let Stalin play him like a violin at Yalta. :thumbsdown: Too bad he could not have put top notch negotiators to come up with some face...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.

Thread title reads like nobody else is making fun of the idiot. The sooner he’s history the better. As long as his female equivalent, Liz Truss, doesn’t take over. Given that he has surrounded himself with equally clownish or just plain compromised people, little choice, plus the Tory grassroots me...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 28, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.

Thread title reads like nobody else is making fun of the idiot. The sooner he’s history the better. As long as his female equivalent, Liz Truss, doesn’t take over. Given that he has surrounded himself with equally clownish or just plain compromised people, little choice, plus the Tory grassroots me...

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by GDB
Fri Jan 28, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Guardian poking fun at Boris Johnson.

John Crace is usually one of the pool of reporters covering parliament, a sketch writer meaning covering proceedings in a loosely humorous way, though Crace is genuinely funny, unlike one you often see on early morning TV news, Quentin Letts, another spluttering overgrown public schoolboy like Johns...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the USA)
Replies: 33
Views: 1493

Re: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the U

In all discussions about this, and wether there are real power behind Putin’s words, I believe it is important to remember that the Russian millitary budget is miniscule compared to Nato’s. The US is up in Stratosphere, of course, spending more than 10 times the amount of Russia all by itself, but ...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 27, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the USA)
Replies: 33
Views: 1493

Re: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the U

Based on all that's happened so far, do people here think some kind of shooting war will really occur ? I honestly just don't see it. I think by this time in February we'll be having a chuckle at how hysterical everybody became over this. I'll say it again, Russia has completely lost the element of...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine

We are covering the civil flights in the Air Cargo thread. National is running B744Fs from Dover full of munitions (Javelin, SMAW, small arms ammo).It appears a Western Global MD-11 positioned to DOV yesterday so we'll see where that one gets to. I saw in a news report with what looked like a 744F....

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by GDB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Miltrans and cargo flights to Ukraine

In terms of the UK, C-17's, the route around Germany story was spun as avoiding political problems, however a former RAF C-17 pilot confirmed that seemingly indirect routings are not unusual, for reasons of, certainly in this case, avoiding the denser air traffic routes, as well as weather and opera...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 9
Views: 1557

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Some scientists are actually interested at the prospect of observing the ejecta. Hopefully we get some pictures or even footage of it. I'm not sure what's out there that could observe it however. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still active. Yes, some scientists are excited about the potenti...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 68
Views: 2549

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

87GROUNDED provides a more 'normal' if you like reading of this and likely the sort of thing it was intended for in the first place. Still, the abiding image of it is old footage of mob bosses being questioned, better yet, the real person that DeNiro played in 'Casino' even invoked the 5th when he w...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 6068

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Speaking as a European... there is ample opportunity for countries in Europe to spend 2% of GDP on defence.. and not play accounting games about how one classifies pensions of former soldiers Maybe it would still need the USA occasionally to back up the odd threat... but it would be a strong start ...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 68
Views: 2549

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

In the United Kingdom the Miranda rights go: “ You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence” Does the same apply in the USA? I know the Miranda text is di...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 25, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 6068

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The US of course wants European NATO forces to play their part in deterring Putin from a course like that, they have been, for years. Has it been considered why Putin is doing this now? Is it economic problems/instability at home and seeking a distraction, an older man in a hurry to realize his amb...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 25, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 6068

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Why should the west stick our necks out for Ukraine ? They make an excellent proxy country to do the fighting on behalf of NATO against Russia. A bit like the way the USA got the UK to do the fighting for them against Germany in the first couple of years of WW2 while lending the UK the money and as...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.
Replies: 27
Views: 6436

Re: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.

This is clearly click bait - he would not have survived take off let alone the flight at FL34. And yet there are well documented cases of a few doing that, unless as I mentioned above it's all some huge conspiracy of some kind? Check also the list above, survived or not (most of course didn't) some...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.
Replies: 27
Views: 6436

Re: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.

Seriously doubt he did it in the nose wheel well. Doubt many of the stories of wheel well stowaways. Usually their frozen bodies fall out when the gear is extended. E & E or cargo compartment stowaway more likely. The temperature up there is approximately -76 °Fahrenheit / -60 °Celsius for one ...

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by GDB
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: inside color of the concorde prototype engine cowling?
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: inside color of the concorde prototype engine cowling?

Having been involved with the aircraft at BA from 1997-2003, I should be very familiar with them, however as you probably know, the prototype aircraft were very different, to the point I would call the 'Prototypes' more Technology Demonstrators, the the two pre production airframes the prototypes, j...

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by GDB
Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 6068

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Death by a thousand cuts... Nope. Specific policy decisions by a number of Euro governments, and the Obama and Biden Administrations, resulting in entirely predictable results. Had we continued making Russian oil and gas a loss maker for Russia as we did during the Trump Administration, Putin would...

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by GDB
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 3089

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

[ I would be interested to see how other AF’s types fared on availability when even a small force is deployed, that is if you are not a superpower with by comparison almost unlimited money and size of inventory to throw at any problems. I know that when a chunk of the well established and large RAF...

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by GDB
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10398

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ And being thankful for supporting unification of Germany is a classic example of the Stockholm syndrome, considering that Russia was the reason why Germany was partitioned in the first place. I agree. Here is a link to news about the British supply planes having to detour around German airspace. ...

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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: 3
Views: 1055

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: 38
Views: 3089

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: 306
Views: 12808

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: 18
Views: 2408

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: 38
Views: 3089

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: 38
Views: 3089

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: 6165

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: 38
Views: 3089

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: 38
Views: 3089

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: 6165

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: 1250

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 9
Views: 1557

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: 2186

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 597

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 306
Views: 12808

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: 2186

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: 1001

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: 199
Views: 9155

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: 1250

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: 6953

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: 591

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: 214
Views: 6012

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: 214
Views: 6012

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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