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by GDB
Fri Nov 26, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 464
Views: 63062

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

For me, Starship is best used as that holy grail, a fully reuseable heavy lift launch vehicle, as stated there are major issues with a lack of an abort option so in terms of carrying people from LEO to the Moon will require, if not R/V with an Orion in Lunar orbit then R/V in LEO from a vehicle such...

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by GDB
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 464
Views: 63062

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Who enjoyed the launch of NASA's DART mission? 26th F9 launch of 2021, third launch for this one, which is a vote of further confidence in used boosters to add to their use for Crew Dragon too, first interplanetary mission for a Space X customer. (Not to mention the views of Earth from the 2nd stage...

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by GDB
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF F-35 crash
Replies: 17
Views: 3975

Re: RAF F-35 crash

Ah, so it has to be an "expensive" failure for it to be worthy? Edit: My snark is aimed at the author of that Daily Mail article. "Cheap rain cover"? Aside from the incorrect terminology, would they prefer it if they engineered a "rain" cover that cost $25 million? Or ...

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by GDB
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 15023

Re: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread

After the loss of the 617 Sqn F-35B last week, with thankfully the pilot recovered, flying operations resumed shortly afterwards; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF9OXtYBli4 Today two Italian F-35B's landed onboard, leaving afterwards; https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/italian-jets-land-on-british-air...

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by GDB
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde droop nose design question
Replies: 14
Views: 2214

Re: Concorde droop nose design question

Ah. What an amazing technical design. I was not expecting an articulated visor configuration. Never had the chance to see a Concorde up close in action. Thanks! I wonder if any modern civilian SST designs will adopt this system. With today's camera and screen technology, I think it would be far eas...

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by GDB
Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles
Replies: 52
Views: 3181

Re: Cruise Missiles

Two speed boats with loud exhausts have no doubt crashed into eachother at some point. All this means is no one was paying attention. Why would the sonar operator be listening 24 hours a day during a peacetime transit? Because for SSBN crews, there is no such thing as a "peacetime transit.&quo...

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by GDB
Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston
Replies: 42
Views: 2246

Re: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston

The crowd didn’t care about anyone except themselves. The self-adulation and narcissism was beyond anything seen before. The so-called "music" of our times seems to reflect the current state of society. Not real music but noise filled with expletives and hate for women and cops. Horrible....

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by GDB
Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 345
Views: 22876

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The Virginia class is in ongoing production while the Astute I believe has completed its class of boats. Certainly it can be restarted but easier to just join in, AKA like the P-8 is doing now. The Virginia reactor only recently transitioned from one mid-life refueling to a single fueling for the l...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??
Replies: 31
Views: 2196

Re: Can somebody tell me why sewage is being dumped in UK rivers ??

We often like to say how the UK punches above it's weight in some things, art and culture being one of them that has more validity than others, so think of this sewage pouring into rivers as a giant art installation, illustrating the thought processes of Johnson and his cabal, the greed, mendacity a...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AW101 as TTH
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: AW101 as TTH

The AW101 is in a fairly awkward position as it is a fairly big helicopter for a medium lift helicopter. It's size falls between the much larger CH-47 Chinook, which is a true heavy lift helicopter, and the smaller Puma/Caracal, NH90 and S-70. It's also a fairly expensive helicopter to buy and oper...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AW101 as TTH
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: AW101 as TTH

That's part of the thing. Why did that RAF get rid of them and keep the Pumas they were supposed to replace? Money. The RN needs to replace it's Commando Sea King HC.4's, the RAF probably wanted to keep their Merlins but can save on types operated, so they did a life extension, with engine/avionic ...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 284
Views: 12968

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Your pompous little left wing hero is actually a monster. But anyone with half a brain knew that decades ago. He's a left-wing hero? News to me. Of course he is! He was on Saturday Night Live many times "mocking" and "making fun" of the twice impeached, one term president! That ...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 351
Views: 23475

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

scbriml wrote:
GDB wrote:
Had the booster yesterday, Pfizer, as before no ill effects, nor from my annual flu vaccine last week.


I had my flu jab last week, but haven’t been called for my Covid booster yet.


Likely due to me listed as taking immune suppressants, same reason with the flu one since 2000.

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by GDB
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 351
Views: 23475

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Had the booster yesterday, Pfizer, as before no ill effects, nor from my annual flu vaccine last week.

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by GDB
Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

We have seen this before, in Holland. Film director van Gogh was also killed by an extremist. Yes, he was, unfortunately, but I fail to see the relevance for this case. Neither do I, Jo Cox was killed by a neo Nazi however much some might want to ignore that as it spoils the story so to speak. It i...

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by GDB
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China successful test of orbital hypersonic weapon
Replies: 53
Views: 4216

Re: China successful test of orbital hypersonic weapon

In my mind the mistake was made decades ago in Nixon's time to not recognize Taiwan's independence and now any such independence is doomed without he utter collapse of the current Chinese government. The problem was that in the 70's, Taiwan had an authoritarian government and was not a democracy. A...

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

I disagree. Islam is THE problem. It allows people to do these acts and the silent majority to stand by as they happen. And many on here and across the “western” world encourage it by preaching tolerance and comparing how bad their terrorists are instead of looking at the problem. I get where you’r...

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lucy on its way to the Trojans
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Re: Lucy on its way to the Trojans

Also LUCY uses images adapted from previous programs to Pluto and others, it was put together in 14 months during a pandemic, this is why I bristle when space exploration missions, particularly in this class, are called profligate, inefficient. To go and explore 8 bodies over a dozen years, bodies i...

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

...never acknowledging that it is Islam that is the problem. Islam IS a problem. It sanctions subjugating or killing non-believers. But so do extremists generally, whatever political or religious creed they claim to represent. You may recall the mob in the US Capitol in January who brought a noose ...

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

Isolated incident no.546.528 Your point? Got one you want to share? Already demonstrated how thankfully rare this is, one PM murdered in 1812, most MPs post war by a terror group. The last MP was killed by a neo Nazi, if you are alluding to an ethnic minority. On another thread I linked nations by ...

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 37
Views: 6504

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

Interesting they are allowing more outside media access, well even at the height of the Moon race, well before Apollo-Soyuz was mooted, the Astronauts and Cosmonauts had informal contacts. The final comments above China now providing an incentive for the West I agree with.

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by GDB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

Isolated incident no.546.528 Your point? Got one you want to share? Already demonstrated how thankfully rare this is, one PM murdered in 1812, most MPs post war by a terror group. The last MP was killed by a neo Nazi, if you are alluding to an ethnic minority. On another thread I linked nations by ...

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by GDB
Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: British MP Killed

Terrible shock, while I did not agree with many of his political positions to add to the summary below, I recall a few years ago on the BBC Newsnight program in his capacity on the Commons Fire Safety Committee, he displayed a passionate anger at the disgraceful series of events, in disregard of fir...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: Boeing Starliner ... gets its own thread

Given how controversial the whole COTS program was, especially in Congress, one of the ‘big beasts’ with all their lobbyists had to be included for the whole program to stand a chance. Nevermind the booster is non resueable so more expensive to launch, though using a well proven one was seen to redu...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lockheed L-1011 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 39
Views: 1813

Re: Lockheed L-1011 - Whose have you flown?

BA and Cathy, the latter with the added treat of coming into Kai Tak.
Plus plenty of time (BA) in the hangar, first engine run included.

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by GDB
Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Turkey seeks 40 new F-16s; upgrade 80 older ones
Replies: 23
Views: 2924

Re: Turkey seeks 40 new F-16s; upgrade 80 older ones

Also, better for us to have the Turkish $$$ than Russia. Better for Turkey to ask us for spare parts the Russia. The question is "does Turkey get aircraft" but "when Turkey gets the aircraft, who are they paying". Disagree; the question is "does supplying Turkey with weapon...

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by GDB
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1045
Views: 175522

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

It's taking forever for China and Russia to get their next generation fighters up and running. I'm sure of the US had built 2,500 F22's, tbey would have responded sooner. Mho Or not, considering the initial Cold War ATF project that became the F-22 was for some 750 aircraft. This is where the big t...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 2751

Re: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion

So as a lifelong die hard 007ite... I will say besides the fact i predicted the ending 30 seconds in thanks to the bars of We Have All the Time in the World... It was ok... i give it a 5/10... to compare to other Bonds: 10/10: From Russia With Love, Thunderball 9/10: Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Se...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 2751

Re: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion

So, I watched the movie last night and ended up coming home and punching a wall. I hated it. It was insanely woke. As a person who has read Ian Fleming's books and been a hardcore fan since I was a kid, PCness and a post #me2 environment ruined it. Despite the fact that Die another day was the wors...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines
Replies: 50
Views: 2538

Re: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines

So in addition to the crazy and immature behavior at school board meetings, hospitals etc. we now have family homicides inspired by mis/disinformation in collision with the mentally ill. https://www.wbaltv.com/article/jeffrey-burnham-covid-19-vaccine-allegations/37886250# It’s hard to make this stu...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What is your favourite military aircraft of the world war 2 era ?
Replies: 21
Views: 2100

Re: What is your favourite military aircraft of the world war 2 era ?

A multi role, fast, easy to make with non strategic materials and dispersed production, fast as in comparable to contemporary piston engine fighters but a bomb load of a B-17, adapted from original fast bomber and reconnaissance, to pathfinder, radar equipped night fighter, fast specialized transpor...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 14
Views: 3215

Re: What's this contraption?

zeke wrote:
DC-9-41 ?


Yep, MDD often made versions for as it turned out, one or two customers (and I don’t mean US majors), of the DC-9 with various fuselage lengths and very short production runs.

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by GDB
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines
Replies: 50
Views: 2538

Re: Mental Illness in America Part Deux: WV Man Kills Pharmacist Brother Over Vaccines

As an American ex-colleague of mine used to say " Only in America! " Don't get too much on your high horse. .Plenty of sociopaths in your country too only they use a knife By pretty much every available murder metric, the UK is ahead of the US despite this constant claim that knives are a...

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by GDB
Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies
Replies: 16
Views: 2528

Re: 'The Globe and Mail' on C Series subsidies

I partially blame the Avro Arrow for the C Series. FlapOperator's Law of any discussion of Canadian aviation. If the discussion lasts long enough, the probability of the Arrow being mentioned and the US being blamed approaches 1. God yes, the Canadian version of endless ahistorical, woe is us, all ...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale for Greece
Replies: 10
Views: 1914

Re: Rafale for Greece

I think that its great for France to get some export wins, and of course, the recent issues France has had with Turkey make arming the Greeks a no-brainer. Agreed, though I should have wanted the Arrowhead 140 competitor to win, I did not like the 'sweetner' of two RN Type 23's. What is wrong with ...

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by GDB
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 14827

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

They are increasing cooperation with their former enemy because some other nation decided to become the new Empire of Japan. kind of ironic isn't it? Japan has been a formal US ally for 70 years. Japan's post WW2 Constitution (drawn up by the Allies, principally the US who occupied it after the sur...

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by GDB
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 14827

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Overdue an update; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYPG1Q0XrPE Do say (if you are a JMSDF officer) 'An important day for not only the Self Defence Force but also a commitment to our force modernization against emerging threats along with our closest allies, today represented by the US Marine Corps'....

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by GDB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14826

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

I agree with most of what you said, but disagree to this passage, Worth remembering that Dominion nations, including NZ, would not and could not be ordered by London to join the war, along with South Africa, Canada and Australia. Although the constitution gave a degree of self-autonomy in relation ...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country
Replies: 30
Views: 2921

Re: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country

On the subject of Taiwan and China, with all the tensions and third parties/allies, a former US Army Lt Col has a view I expect will not go down well with many; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/05/the-us-must-avoid-war-with-china-over-taiwan-at-all-costs I note that more recently, ...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14826

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

For all the attempts to match oppressive regimes like China with the west, you cannot get around the major difference, for all their flaws democracies have the ability to change, the US disengaged from Vietnam due to loss of support at home, the end of Empire was carried out by democracies, indeed i...

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by GDB
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14826

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

By the time something is a "direct threat", it's sometimes too late. While I make no excuses for Iraq, Afghanistan started out as a just war. ISIS was spawned, but AQ was extinguished. Calling things that don't directly threaten you a "just war" is very judgmental. Just an attem...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8049

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

As I understand it, the NBC capability is not the reason for the KC-46 delays and cost overruns, so that's moot surely? The KC-46 cannot do - in *any* environment - what the KC767 and MRTT can today. NBC isn't the reason - you're right, there. I was just elucidating that the USAF has capability req...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?
Replies: 58
Views: 2372

Re: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?

nope. Although our finance minister is in there with a small investment, which he had sold one week before he became a minister. He might have to resign over this. Being in the papers while tax avoidance is something he (and his department) should be trying to combat is not something that goes well...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14826

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 Oct 04, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14826

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

Can't pretend to be an "informed" person in that respect - I do know what I don't know :) Having read the thread, just a couple of opinions, and nothing more... I'd suggest forgetting past classes such as Trafalgar or Los Angeles (despite Trafalgars being the best SSN ever created (IMO :)...

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by GDB
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 345
Views: 22876

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I don't believe the British have the capacity to build 30+ T26s, especially with the varied weapons and sensors. You've got that right, though if they had a brain cell of strategic thinking encouraging development of and in some cases re generating yards elsewhere in the UK, would be to use against...

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by GDB
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale for Greece
Replies: 10
Views: 1914

Re: Rafale for Greece

FlapOperator wrote:
I think that its great for France to get some export wins, and of course, the recent issues France has had with Turkey make arming the Greeks a no-brainer.


Agreed, though I should have wanted the Arrowhead 140 competitor to win, I did not like the 'sweetner' of two RN Type 23's.

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by GDB
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Aerospace ATP
Replies: 32
Views: 5438

Re: British Aerospace ATP

If I recall BA got aircraft intended for another customer, yes as stated we were not involved, or ‘in the loop’, the same applied to the helicopter division, you did not hear of issues until something like the 1980’s BV234 crash, put it like that. One of the main advantages BAe pushed for the ATP w...

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by GDB
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 345
Views: 22876

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The Aussies aren't alone here, the Canuks are wasting billions building T26s themselves and already projected to go billions over budget before the first keel is even laid. Skippy and the land of maple syrup are long past ship building, why bother trying to restart a 19th century industry in the 21...

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