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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma
Replies: 10
Views: 1522

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Hmmmmm… Anyone else notice that most of the props were close-to/fully feathered with no apparent [or very minor] rotation damage?

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by WKTaylor
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling
Replies: 18
Views: 2264

Re: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling

As I understand it, the bow-wake from the wide body aircraft [C-5, C-17, KC-10, etc] moving into position behind the tanker has a noticeable stability effect on the tanker when the flying-boom and probe system is coming in/out of contact. To a degree, this is why hose/drogue/prove system is popular ...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Questions about the C-5 Galaxy
Replies: 16
Views: 3127

Re: Questions about the C-5 Galaxy

NOTES. All original production C-5As are retired due to age/time. Most second production run C-5Bs [upgraded to E's?] are current active fleet. I heard that a CMsgt was killed when he stood at the crew entry door and opened the door before FULL depressurization. There was only a ~1/10th-PSI [or so] ...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: DC-130H Information Needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: DC-130H Information Needed

what is a DC-130H?

Flight manuals for military Acft in active inventory are usually 'restricted access'.

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by WKTaylor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test
Replies: 30
Views: 2229

Re: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test

My 2cents... The long-duration dinitrogen tetroxide propellant 'plume' from the crashed service module was very unnerving. Assuming this was not a wholesale pad abort... and that booster failure occurred later-in-flight, at higher altitude over water, this should not be a problem/issue... Oddly.. th...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 12024

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

A few articles from relatively creditable news and Defense sources are now emerging on this subject.. Did U.S. Missile Defenses Fail During Saudi Oil Attack? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/did-us-missile-defenses-fail-during-saudi-oil-attack-81171 How drone attacks reveal fixable flaws with ...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 12024

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

What is astonishing and maddening is that Saudi surveillance and air defenses appear to have been 'asleep at the wheel'. I cannot understand why such a high value facility was not protected from 'drone strikes'. The Saudi Air Force and Army, with super-sophisticated surveillance radars/sensors and a...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Unexplained Russian Explosion
Replies: 75
Views: 9141

Re: Unexplained Russian Explosion

7000-mph at any altitude, with exception of very short duration, within the atmosphere will result in catastrophic aero-friction heating. Nike Sprint ABM Missile accelerated at ~100G and attained such a high velocity [less than 7000-mph] at low altitude that the intercept vehicle became 'white-hot' ...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hawk 102 undercarriage extension delay during flight
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Re: Hawk 102 undercarriage extension delay during flight

Care to elaborate?
Phase of flight?
Video?

You deserve to get what You ask for... if You don't ask for very much, don't expect to get much. ASK CAEFULLY [in detail].

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tugger... IF inspecting and/or recycling, then let the 1st stage parachute into the ocean and pop-open flotation bags for water-recovery. Speculation... Adding light-weight grid-fins [and/or] controllable speed-brakes [petals] [and/or] hypersonic 'ballute(s)' to the upper end of the stage would prov...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden says he's coming for assault weapons
Replies: 99
Views: 7362

Re: Biden says he's coming for assault weapons

A few quotes/thoughts on this subject... In a 'fair fight' the odds suck...never fight fair. Semi/full-auto weapons with high capacity magazines, change the odds in-in-fight overwhelmingly in-favor-of the aggressor. See quote 1. 'Bad guys' always have the advantage of time-place-surprise-weaponry-ta...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 39
Views: 10858

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

https://www.airforce-technology.com/pro ... h-fighter/
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Turkish Aerospace Industries is starting development on an indigenously designed/manufactured stealth fighter... I guess this will light-the-fire' under development to 'git-er-done'.

https://www.airforce-technology.com/pro ... h-fighter/

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 151
Views: 7659

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

One element of climate change not well understood is the changes in relative humidity [RH]. In the US western tiers of states, lower year-round rainfall is desiccating vegetation that becomes 'tinder' for wild-fires. Not to mention that many places will be far-less habitable with lower rainfall/humi...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 29316

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Saudi Crown Prince, Pompeo Send a Message to Iran: End Hostility or Pay the Price.. https://inhomelandsecurity.com/saudi-crown-prince-pompeo-send-a-message-to-iran-end-hostility-or-pay-the-price/?utm_source=IHS&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=https:inhomelandsecurity.comsaudi-crown-prince-...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 4209

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

NOTE. Afterburner is an 'old fashioned' term for a single-stage [off-on-off], short-term, engine thrust augmentation. New engines have multistage thrust augmentation... allowing a range of thrust increase for 'the most efficient use of fuel-flow'. The F100-100 [Typical of F-15C/D models] has a 5 aug...

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by WKTaylor
Thu May 23, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3860

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjPyBD7BXmc
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Reminds me of the decapitation arrow-head...
Proper Tuning Steps for GIANT DECAPITATING TURKEY BROADHEADS| Bowmar Bowhunting | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjPyBD7BXmc

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane
Replies: 66
Views: 9191

Re: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane

OH yeah... but there was a 'sorta famous' ghost story about Anderson AFB on Guam. During the Vietnam war, a fully loaded B-52 crashed on takeoff killing all aboard. It was said that the 'parking pad' occupied by that particular jet just prior to the crash was haunted by the crew. Any unoccupied jets...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane
Replies: 66
Views: 9191

Re: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane

I was stationed at Kadena AB in the 1990s. Due to the horrific invasion casualties ghost stories abounded. The building I worked in/from was partially above/below ground. During working hours there was never any issue. After Hours, [night weekends] the building and my office corridor made many odd a...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Combat/Tactical Landings Training
Replies: 3
Views: 1651

Re: Combat/Tactical Landings Training

There are usually designated off-air base runways [prepared or unprepared surface] dedicated to this specialized training. Routine air traffic and non-routine tactical landings and take-offs are deliberately 'non-standard' to ensure aircraft are hard to target/hit.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

Tinker AFB is located within S.E. OKC city limits... and there is LOT of local commercial, GA and helo traffic crossing everywhere.

A fast-mover jet [NOT climbing to altitude] that is very low visibility, scooting around airspace like OKC would be a pretty sketchy proposition.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bereshit space ship crashed during landing
Replies: 12
Views: 3003

Re: Bereshit space ship crashed during landing

SpaceIL... a group who had never built even a flight-test spacecraft... the results were remarkable I suspect that IF they had built a test vehicle and subjected it for an extensive orbital duration in the Van Allen radiation belt.. and done propulsion and command systems reliability testing in spac...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

Your description has a couple of faults/omissions.

300-MPH is way-to fast for low-altitude operations in [what amounts to] commercial airspace.
Also, 'how big' do you estimate the aircraft was?

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by WKTaylor
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: First Black Hole Images Result from International Effort
Replies: 34
Views: 2693

Re: First Black Hole Images Result from International Effort

https://xkcd.com/2135/
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How big is this 'shadow of the black hole'??? Here is an XKCD cartoon that gives perspective based on NSF consult...

https://xkcd.com/2135/

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by WKTaylor
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian accidental ejection from Rafale B
Replies: 5
Views: 2920

Re: Civilian accidental ejection from Rafale B

As a USAF civilian aero-engineer I was allowed to Fly in an OV-10A in the early 1980s to diagnose a left landing gear retraction-extension issue that ONLY occurred in-flight. This issue was CND during every imaginable ground-check. Prior to my first flight [in the rear ejection seat], the pilot brie...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sikorsky, Boeing provide first look at SB>1 Defiant
Replies: 23
Views: 5039

Re: Sikorsky, Boeing provide first look at SB>1 Defiant

I am concerned with the pusher-prop configuration, for a few 'real-world/practical' reasons. The prop-arc is technically protected by the inverted vertical stabilizer with 'tail wheel'... but on 'improvised LZs', with debris is everywhere, and/or on sloping/uneven terrain... this seem like a FOD/str...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 46814

Re: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread

SWAG on my part... The white-ish zone between lobes may turn-out to be mineral-laden-ice. The heat of a very SLOW [walking-speed] collision between similar bodies may have caused the ice to melt on each impact face... allowing the two bodies to fuse solidly together as the water-ice re-solidified in...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?
Replies: 22
Views: 3586

Re: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?

prebennorholm... DANG... Good history lesson!

The 'JT3' led me assume fan engine... Never realized JT3C was a TJE that evolved to the JT3D TFE.

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?
Replies: 22
Views: 3586

Re: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?

Heritage/configuration-wise the KC-135 [717] and the B720 are as close as they come. Primary difference is obvious interior configuration, mission and engines [-135 started life with J-57s turbojet engines and the 720 went straight to the early JT3D fan engine]. NOTE. The 767 tanker adopted by early...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6098

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

One thing I have noted about the Chinese space program is that it releases enough 'press' that it's scientific activities are publicized and found notable/laudable... but the 'hard science data' [especially raw data] and 'technology data/specifications' are rarely if-ever release in public/world for...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6098

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

With the 'value added' from a long-list of unmanned/manned lunar landers and orbiters... and assuming the lunar activities of other nations will continue expanding knowledge of the moon...the USA has opted to expanded the knowledge of the solar system and universe by expending funds/energy/ambition ...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6098

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

georgiabill... RE USA Lunar exploration... 'been-there, done-that'.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cessna 172 Wings
Replies: 33
Views: 7099

Re: Cessna 172 Wings

This is a 'no Sh*t' factory experience. I was a liaison engineer for a 6-place [small] cabin class aircraft [won't mention the company]. The ground crew and the test pilots swore something was 'off' with the aircraft... seemed to be twisted in one direction making the same 'wing-low' both on the gro...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130J at London City
Replies: 15
Views: 6459

Re: C-130J at London City

When I mentioned this 'down-town fly-by' to an Aussie friend, her quick reply was 'special' ...

"Well Wil, that's pretty darned impressive.
Bet it brightened the lives of those unaware it was going to happen.
Love, L"

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by WKTaylor
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130J at London City
Replies: 15
Views: 6459

Re: C-130J at London City

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABuUGQW9Uk

Not exactly Kosher flying for a ~$200M transport acft...
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RAAF C-17A Globemaster fly-past at eye-level in Brisbane Sept 29 2018... real world 'down town' training... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABuUGQW9Uk

Not exactly Kosher flying for a ~$200M transport acft...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi out on one engine?
Replies: 65
Views: 7114

Re: Taxi out on one engine?

FYI... 'off-to-the-side' contribution to single engine OPs in a twin-Jet... SOP for A-37Bs during combat patrols/over-watch [Vietnam war] was to climb to between 18K to 22K altitude... then shut down one of the J-85 engines to conserve fuel while loiter-orbiting for a 'strike call'. Usually added up...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 7854

Re: Explosive decompression question

No much 'out-there', RE sudden aircraft decompression: design philosophy/info/etc.

Interesting engineering perspective in 'SAE AIR5661 Compartment Decompression Analysis'

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by WKTaylor
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia SecState Files Complaint Against Dems 2 Days Before Election
Replies: 15
Views: 1588

Re: Georgia SecState Files Complaint Against Dems 2 Days Before Election

Something to think about RE elections, democracy and our democratic-republic form of government... 'There’s more to an election than mere votin’, my boy', for as an eminent American once said: ‘I care not who casts the votes of a nation if they’ll let me make the count.‘” —from Uncle Henry, a novel ...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort
Replies: 36
Views: 5914

Re: Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

On-the-Soyuz video of the failed booster separation [looking down the core vehicle]. The core vehicle tumbled very violently after the tank rupture. GREAT multi-mode escape system design. Soyuz launch fail video Russian commission: Soyuz MS-10 Soyuz Rocket Launch failure Original footage https://www...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor
Replies: 99
Views: 5312

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor

https://cdn.ricochet.com/wp-content/upl ... tFirst.jpg
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This Larson Far Side cartoon has always been funny to me... but, in this/similar contexts it is not-at-all-amusing... but somehow seems appropriate for the 'keystone cops' DPD handling of the matter, so far.

https://cdn.ricochet.com/wp-content/upl ... tFirst.jpg

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by WKTaylor
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flu Vaccine or No?
Replies: 73
Views: 4280

Re: Flu Vaccine or No?

DaveFly, all... I too lived thru the 1950s when my folks had real fear of the diseases You listed. Reliable vaccines have changed the vaccinated world'... but brought complacency and illiteracy regarding the diseases listed. This is especially true since... as someone pointedly mentioned there is NO...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing

This is Kelly Field [was Kelly AFB]. There is a C-5 Reserve unit at Kelly.

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Baby Trump will float above London!
Replies: 116
Views: 4320

Re: Baby Trump will float above London!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” –Mark Twain [Samuel Clemmons] Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” –George Washington, US president Patriotism is love of country. But you can't love your country without loving your count...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft types without any preserved examples
Replies: 45
Views: 3272

Re: Aircraft types without any preserved examples

AVRO Arrow

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 3170

Re: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/jwst_delays.png
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Here's what XKCD has to say about this... tongue-in-cheek... https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/jwst_delays.png

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 107
Views: 19312

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

Here is the actual loss report for the SEA conflict. AFFDL-TR-77-115 [declass] A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF USAF FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT LOSSES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA COMBAT The A-37B had the best combat hit-to-loss ratio of ~+12-hit to 1-loss The old 100-series jets had the poorest hit-to-loss ratio of ~3-to-4...

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