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by LightningZ71
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cargo to use Drones
Replies: 13
Views: 2007

Re: Air Canada Cargo to use Drones

Also, when looking at this, it seems obvious that this is also a "proof of concept" setup in near ideal safety conditions. Almost all of the delivery routes that would connect the major distribution points available in Canada to the smaller towns and villages throughout the great white nor...

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by LightningZ71
Thu May 23, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 160
Views: 21740

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Hmm, US Navy... I can only imagine someone, somewhere thinking "Hmm, maybe THIS will make a better COBD aircraft than the V-22...

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by LightningZ71
Tue May 14, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Having recently been in all three concourses of the new terminal, I can safely say that it is quite spacious. There's a bit more crammed down the center of B and C than I might have liked, but, it's no worse than any other modern concourse that I've flown through. A is plenty wide for it's function....

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by LightningZ71
Thu May 02, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F35A ifr question
Replies: 7
Views: 1300

Re: F35A ifr question

Essentially, that design was chosen for it because the USAF wanted to retain an "internal" gun, where the USN and the USMC didn't deem it needed. Since the name of the game for the F-35 is commonality between the variants, the designers chose the fairing approach as the best balance of cos...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 263
Views: 74983

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

So, quick question, and I thought here would be the best place to ask it, so please forgive me if I'm wrong... With the 737-max grounded, and Boeing still rather obligated to keep producing them, is it possible for Boeing to shift the production schedule to produce max 7s and bring forward those sch...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Wait, I thought the whole point of this was to allow the limited fleet of F-22 aircraft that are currently having their hours of flying time wasted on CONUS defense patrols be instead deployed forward as needed in high threat environments where they can better use their expensive attributes? Why wou...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Do we have any solid figures on the ASAT missile that the DOD is planning to deploy on the F-15EX/F-35? The ASM-135 was 18 feet long, which is a bit long to fit in the F-35's internal bay.Lopping 1/3 the length off of that missile (to roughly the NSM/JSM length of 12 feet, which seems to be the long...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Or, more specifically, can the F-35 cleanly separate a large missile from its weapons bay at supersonic speeds? The F-35 does fine going supersonic while clean, but, start making it dirty with under-wing stores and it starts to shed the advantages it has over older frames with respect to speed at cr...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program
Replies: 112
Views: 20315

Re: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program

The 404 is also about 200 lbs lighter and roughly 25% less expensive per unit to purchase. Do we know which variant of the 404 was chosen for the T-X? The IN version was a 19K lb capable unit that retained a lot of the desirable bits of the original while improving in some key areas.

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by LightningZ71
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1077
Views: 115180

Re: F-35 news thread

What will be quite interesting will be how much the B gains from the AETP. While the engine itself will generate more thrust, the lift fan would need a bit of work to take advantage of that extra shaft power to generate more lift thrust. However, even if it doesn't generate a single pound of extra l...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

While the new terminal does only have 6 belts, those belts are both longer, and better designed than the current ones. The back side of those belts is also setup a bit better than the existing setups. While that won't make a drastic difference, it shouldn't be any worse than it currently is. It shou...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10466

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

The DOD still needs something that can conduct CAS for less money per flight hour than what they are currently using. They have effectively shit canned the current project. The only place to go from here is a MINOR revision of the T-X that adds the ability to mount the external cannon of the F-35 B/...

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by LightningZ71
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

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by LightningZ71
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 270
Views: 64757

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

The TriStar won't be flying for a whole lot longer. That airframe has a lot of age and parts for that frame are getting hard to come by. I suspect that this can find some business covering for that platform. I still think that they need to make a large cargo pod for it so that it can be used for mov...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100
Replies: 24
Views: 4043

Re: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100

The choice of the DC-7C here is interesting as it was essentially the tail end of the development of piston engined long haulers. It employed the Wright R-3350-988TC18EA1-2 engines, which were the absolute bleeding edge for power and fuel economy for piston aviation engines. The TC stood for Turbo-C...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

They're pretty hell bent on opening in May. From what I saw... that date is perhaps a bit optimistic for 100% completion, but, it should be "functional" by then at least.

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA screeners calling in sick
Replies: 55
Views: 8726

Re: TSA screeners calling in sick

Not only are they not currently getting paid for their services (though, will be made whole once there is a budget), they also can not secure new outside work during the furlough. Unless they have already processed the paperwork for secondary, outside employment, they are specifically barred from se...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

One of the main selling points of the F-15 SA/QA was the switch to digital FBW controls from the older hydraulic ones. They were able to add redundancy while also REDUCING total empty airframe weight by a non-trivial amount. With the new, non-derated engines, the X will have the highest thrust to we...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Over the holidays, I made an equipment delivery to the new terminal. I was able to go into the main terminal and I have to say, it's massive on the inside. Like, bigger than I was expecting big. It looks like there are still many months of interior work remaining. Very impressive to say the least. I...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 76113

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

With the renaming of this thread, does this mean that we'll also be discussing one of the coolest art deco terminals in the country at KNEW as well?

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by LightningZ71
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I still view this as a way to plug a capability gap that is predicted to come up without causing a significant expenditure for logistical support. The existing F-15s that these will be replacing were themselves due for an expensive modernization and life extension project, without gaining some of th...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK announces MSY-DEN/PHL
Replies: 19
Views: 2641

Re: NK announces MSY-DEN/PHL

MSY may have drastically under estimated the traffic growth when designing their new terminal. I mean, they've already admitted that growth over the last 8 years had significantly exceeded every three year projection window that they've used. But, with NK essentially setting up their traffic flow to...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 91940

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

The upgrade project for I-10 from Loyola to the Veterans Blvd. overpass has been on the schedule for over a decade now. They ran out of money for it years and years ago and barely got the most recent phase (Clearview to Veterans Blvd) completed with what little was left. At the very least, they need...

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by LightningZ71
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8486

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Why not consider the 777-F or look at the -F version of the 777-8? It's got nearly the payload capacity of the 747-200bcf, while having substantially better economics for it. It does lack a nose loading option, but then, so does the C-46/767-2C. I think that, if the USAF needs more strategic airlift...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 592656

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

So, perhaps, there was a combination of two factors: Incorrect airspeed and altitude readings and a loss of situational awareness. If they were getting an indication that their airspeed was deteriorating, is it possible that they introduced a nose down attitude to recover airspeed and, due to the lo...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Philippine Air Force might go for JAS gripen
Replies: 16
Views: 5051

Re: Philippine Air Force might go for JAS gripen

Could this be part of a financing deal that allows Sweden to sell off some of it's C/D Gripens to enable them to afford newer E models?

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by LightningZ71
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 91940

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

The NO AV board is well aware of several things: Passenger and flight operation growth has significantly outpaced their most optimistic projections for most of the last decade. The NT is not large enough to comfortably handle even modest growth projections going forward. They already wish that they ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1077
Views: 115180

Re: F-35 news thread

A lot of people have been remarking over the years how the F-35 will have a big impact on USN/USMC operations as it allows much better force projection from the gator navy flat tops. Yes, it's not a Nimitz class carrier with its crazy high sortie rate, but for so much of what what the USN does, an a...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production
Replies: 24
Views: 2538

Re: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production

Would it not make sense, for a beast like is being proposed here, that the engine be designed with the constraints that it could be used in the F-35 and in pairs in this japan spec F-22 derived design? We know that there exists a program for a next generation engine for the F-35s that is a "hy...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production
Replies: 24
Views: 2538

Re: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production

Would it not make sense, for a beast like is being proposed here, that the engine be designed with the constraints that it could be used in the F-35 and in pairs in this japan spec F-22 derived design? We know that there exists a program for a next generation engine for the F-35s that is a "hyb...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel Air Force One
Replies: 66
Views: 26179

Re: Israel Air Force One

Israel does a lot of their contingency planning assuming that they will be denied access to the airspace of all of their neighboring countries. As a result, they plan to have a lot of extra provisions on their executive transports and and in air travel range to help deal with long, circuitous flight...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 91940

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

Past the exit from the Customs area, there is a re-check room where you can take your bags to be rechecked for your connecting flight.

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by LightningZ71
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days
Replies: 14
Views: 2656

Re: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days

Believe it or not, solar panels can actually convert moonlight to a "non-trivial" amount of power. By "Non-trivial" I mean it's about 1/350th of what the panels would normally produce. While it certainly won't keep this thing aloft on its own, it will reduce the load on the batte...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 3853

Re: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type

The 767-2C seems like it would manage to fill all of the roles, as well as give lots of commonality to the KC-46. The additional power requirements, should they be needed in a more modern aircraft with more efficient electronics, can be derived from larger spec generators on the engines, and/or an a...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 270
Views: 64757

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I'm beginning to think that the business case for this aircraft is fast evaporating as other small and mid-sized launch solutions are being marketed for competing costs. The one thing that this vehicle offers is launch flexibility, but with so many other solutions out there, that may not be as big o...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing
Replies: 14
Views: 2379

Re: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing

You'd think that, by this time, with the long history of nose gear problems that the C-5 has, that they would have developed a sturdy, conformal skid that could be modestly extended to help reduce the damage to the airframe that a nose wheel up landing causes. Yes, it's a W&B issue, yes it would...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 119
Views: 20759

Re: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo

So, have we reached a point where we think that an A330Neo-1000 stretch would be a cost effective regional/medium range hauler for Asian markets? Since it seems that all the interest is going towards the -900, perhaps it means that customers are craving larger frames with regional and extra-regional...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

People forget that part of the production costs of making an aircraft includes amortization of fixed assets, such as the production plant itself and the baseline resources it consumes to operate each day. If the airforce was to make such an order, and the timeframe allowed Boeing to increase unit pr...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Checksixx, flying combat missions over hostile airspace with a real SAM threat is FAR AND AWAY different from the air sovereignty missions being flown from Alaska and Hawaii that continue to consume flight hours on a limited number of available frames. I'm glad that the F-22 was available for Syria,...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F117A, the plane that refuses to die
Replies: 12
Views: 2996

Re: F117A, the plane that refuses to die

The serbs used a combination of intelligence (watching the US planes come and go from their base), planning to US operational planning deficiencies (the US pilots flew in and out through VERY predictable routes), and luck that that particular mission had the plane in a less than fully stealthy confi...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 270
Views: 64757

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I wonder if they have to account for rocket ignition while still on the launch pylon? That exhaust plume would be rather violent I would guess.

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 21437

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

Hmm, cf-34-10 or Passport. The CF-34-10 is a few inches larger in outside diameter, so it'll need more extensive mods to the nacell, though will have a significant down-rate to extend life. The Passport may be slightly smaller, so it may fit better, and will also have significantly better SFC than t...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 661
Views: 62844

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

This is a supplement to the F-22's mission set and nothing more. The F-22 is being wasted on missions where it's stealth isn't needed. That's putting hours on the frame that don't need to be there, and wasting it's expensive logistics costs. It is also a replacement for the C/D models that are going...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The grandeur of the Space Shuttle launch
Replies: 9
Views: 2099

Re: The grandeur of the Space Shuttle launch

Up until the video of the Falcon heavy launching that concludes with the return of the two boosters, these were some of my favorite space program videos. I'm STILL blown away by that Falcon heavy launch.

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29664

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

I think that improving the environmental impact of aviation emissions for airlines is as simple as implementing a simple carbon tax per seat mile flown, modified based on the model of plane based on its individual efficiency, would achieve the desired results. Maintenance swaps, deliveries, etc are ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon
Replies: 109
Views: 14686

Re: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon

These stealth programs are so prohibitively expensive these days that I'd argue that they'll never see the light of day. Look at what's actually making headway: The US has the F-22 that's out of production and was essentially the product of unlimited cold war budgets. The US and their partners have ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 21437

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

I'm beginning to think that this will be perpetually kicked down the road until there is so little life left in the B-52 that any reengining project will not fly long enough to recoup it's costs. At this point, RR has introduced the Pearl (a BR700 development) that seems an even better fit than the ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29664

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

As has been exhaustively discussed, the growing capabilities of the Heavy twins and the long range narrow bodies has enabled more point to point flying to economically be done. Those point to point routes are able to reduce the load on hub cities with respect to connecting flights. Something else th...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Slovakia to purchase Block 70 F-16s
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Slovakia to purchase Block 70 F-16s

When will the myth of the F16 die? With any sort of usable mission payload, the F-35 out handles the F-16 in almost every area of the flight envelope. To have comparable range, the F-16 needs CFTs and external tanks. To have a reasonable bomb load, the F-16 will have multiple external stores station...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 103
Views: 16226

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

No matter which way they go, there's a price to pay. If they choose an upgraded 4th gen design, they will suffer the reduction in capabilities that presents with respect to sensor fusion and RCS. If they go with an all new design, there will be considerable development costs and time involved. If th...

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