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by Slug71
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5575

Re: F-15X has no mission!

I'm still waiting for a common mission where the F-15X is the best platform. So far I've read about dropping 5000lbs bobs (only three used in the last 30 years), hypersonic missiles (not yet around), and very long range strike (not a common mission, probably better done by the F-35 if you need to p...

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by Slug71
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5575

Re: F-15X has no mission!

The EX is going to Guard units. There are Guard units that already have F-35s and more that will be converting to F-35s too. So the EXs will primarily be used in domestic airspace. If we have J-20s/31s, Su-57s etc coming into domestic airspace, then we have bigger issues than the EX. But we still ha...

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by Slug71
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 25048

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Armodeen wrote:
Anyone know what the objectives are for SN9? Are they pushing for orbit?!


Highly unlikely since it has no heat tiles. It'll probably be similar to SN8, possibly a bit higher.

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by Slug71
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap
Replies: 11
Views: 1755

Re: UK Sentinel R1s Offered For Scrap

So which picks up the the role of the R1? The P-8, E-7, both?

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by Slug71
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program
Replies: 9
Views: 1105

Re: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program

AI A321s are 11-13 years old with 25k-30k cycles and 30k-40k hours under the belt. They are probably worth a million or two and probably need $5M-$10M heavy maintenance and engine overhauls. With $250 Million/copy buying brand new A321NEOLR/XLR makes more sense. BTW, someone woke up one morning and...

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by Slug71
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program
Replies: 9
Views: 1105

Re: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program

Surely going with the A320M3 would be a much better choice. The NEOs better performance is a no brainer, and those old A320s would need a lot of rework (with limited life remaining) which would already be worked into the M3. I'm sure they could get a good deal as a launch customer too. Maybe even a ...

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by Slug71
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20401

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

They should be fine on numbers. There was only 8 Wasp Class ships. 11 are planned for the America Class, and 2 are currently active. So even with this loss, it shouldn't impact capability much.

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by Slug71
Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 5538

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

I don't get the fascination here of a giant quad tilt-rotor. Can someone please highlight which official studies this shows up in? Or this just an a.net wish? For the vertical lift capability, we have the helicopter - a well known piece of machinery that operationally has topped out at the Chinook ...

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by Slug71
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Navy NH90 order approved
Replies: 86
Views: 4540

Re: Germany Navy NH90 order approved

Please please please -- can you please keep Trump out of this? On this side of the pond the elections are barely over (or not, according to some) and we come from months and months of yelling and screaming. How about discussing the technical merits of the decision? I tend to follow the helicopter p...

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by Slug71
Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 5538

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

They should have developed this from the beginning. Could they build some lightweight cousin as a ATR follow on? Or some A200M "Atlantique"? We should stop with the idea of the design having a passenger variant sharing a cross section. Someone suggested the A220 cross section earlier in t...

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by Slug71
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Air Force A350 non-stop to Australia
Replies: 31
Views: 3963

Re: German Air Force A350 non-stop to Australia

Speaking of Air Force One, is it likely that the new aircraft will revert to the original livery? Trump unveiled a new livery last year which many identified as being very close to the livery of Trump's private jet. Now he is leaving the building, I wonder if this decision will be overturned. That ...

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by Slug71
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?
Replies: 91
Views: 5538

Re: FCTM: A CN-235 & C-130H successor to be designed by Airbus?

Pretty sure I suggested something like this a little while back. I would see this as more of a CN-235 and C-295 replacement though. Maybe encroaching on C-130 territory, but that's quite a stretch covering 235 to 130. I could definitely see a place for it though, and is obviously meant to pair nicel...

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by Slug71
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chose your equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 1371

Re: Chose your equipment

A340-500 for VIP/Presidential transport
A330-MRTT
A320-M3 MPA/AEW&C/SIGINT
A400M
C-295W Transport/MPA/AEW&C
NH-90
EC-145
FC-31
Gripen
Rafale
PC-21
T-50 / BAE Hawk

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by Slug71
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus Proposes AFJT for Spain
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Re: Airbus Proposes AFJT for Spain

I think Airbus's best bet would be if they can work with BAE on replacement for the Hawk. The Trainer market is pretty saturated and I expect the T-50 and T-7A will be tough competition. This is probably geared as an Alpha Jet replacement, but it's a tough market.

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by Slug71
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-32A ("Air Force Two") replacement?
Replies: 24
Views: 2848

Re: Boeing C-32A ("Air Force Two") replacement?

This has been discussed over several thread already, but my money would be on the 767.

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by Slug71
Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF E-3G Replacement (and E-8)
Replies: 31
Views: 3411

Re: USAF E-3G Replacement (and E-8)

I think the E-7 is the most likely choice. The E-767 has not been built in years, whereas the E-7 is basically an off the shelf solution. From a cost a perspective, the E-7 will have a huge advantage. The shear numbers of 737 vs 767, will also make parts far more accessible and cheaper. The mission ...

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by Slug71
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the RR 787 engine problem fixed yet?
Replies: 64
Views: 12523

Re: Is the RR 787 engine problem fixed yet?

https://youtu.be/2LZwkdGU0-g
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According to this, a fix has been made.

https://youtu.be/2LZwkdGU0-g

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by Slug71
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 236
Views: 28434

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Stitch wrote:
Still say it will eventually be based on the 767-2C / KC-46 platform.


Agreed.

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by Slug71
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Tornado Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1687
Views: 244322

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I’m not schooled up on the legal issues being discussed but the recent recognitions of Israel by Gulf States would not have been possible w/o the action CONGRESS has taken against Iran. I agree that CONGRESS precipitated this action as through his actions in Syria, these states no longer can depend...

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by Slug71
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3810

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

angad84 wrote:
Slug71 wrote:
Yet they just bought more?

No they didn't?


Back in June or July they did. Mig 29s and SU 30s.

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by Slug71
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3810

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Interesting, they can probably make it work but I have to wonder how limited their weapons load will be using a ski jump I don’t think it comes close to what is possible with a catapult launch Agree, though I understand the Indians are really not happy with the performance of the Russian jets, so I...

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by Slug71
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1013
Views: 157952

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Slug71 wrote:
I hope we get these at the 173FW.


Apparently I was a little behind, but we are indeed getting the F-15EX at the 173rd in 2022.

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by Slug71
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Greece Getting 18 Rafales
Replies: 39
Views: 7503

Re: Greece Getting 18 Rafales

I wonder why they wouldn't go for the F4 at this point.

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by Slug71
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030
Replies: 147
Views: 14896

Re: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030

Slug71, RJMAZ, I think Airbus (and its political friends) have already been pushing for an A320 derivative. Interest groups, lobbyists try to influence the requirements towards their preferred solution, as we often have seen. I think an A321XLR derivative would offer range, but like the P8, it woul...

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by Slug71
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20401

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

zanl188 wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
It just has a lower melting temperature compared to steel.


Which would appear to have negative consequences in regards to combat survivability.


Even steel would probably have warped really bad under those temps, and seriously compromised the structure.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

The thing people can't seem to explain is why most 777X customers already were A350 customers yet ordered 777X. Because the 779 is a larger aircraft. It is so obvious. 779 and A35K are not really competitors. They differ in size just like the 787 to the A350. While there is some overlap, both aircr...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777x All Composite Fuselage Possibility?
Replies: 11
Views: 3075

Re: 777x All Composite Fuselage Possibility?

The cost to gains margin simply wouldn't be there, not a worthwhile tradeoff. The A380 and 747 replacements will be the 359/A35K and 789/78J. The trend for the foreseeable future is smaller aircraft. The A321NEO and A320 P2F will do even better over the next few years. Boeing should shift focus to a...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

When? What does your crystal ball say? The A359 and the 787 are already more efficient than the 777X. Maybe they will spend money on the A35K re-engine too...I mean it hasn’t really sold but maybe that’s their plan who knows. The A359 sure. Seeing as the 787 launched earlier than the 359 I expect t...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

Not for a long time. The trend is moving to smaller aircraft and higher frequency. This was even prior to COVID. There will be more cancellations or conversions, before there are sales. This is sounding a lot like the A380: "It's the aircraft of the future for high-demand routes" "Or...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

Da*mit. I was so hoping that the reported interest from the cargo operators would result in a few more 748 orders. I've never flown on the Queen, and I now most certainly never will. I'm crying inside. There are still a number in service. And will be for sometime with the 747-8i. They're not being ...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

With what money?. Boeing still has a pretty good defense business and some other lines than commercial. They can always sell stock and reverse the stupid buybacks which urinated away many billions at a high stock price. I always used to tease our friend mjoelnir about shorting Boeing stock, albeit ...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 177
Views: 29732

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

LY777 wrote:
Guys, you know, the market will end recovering and airlines will need aircraft like the 779X


Not for a long time. The trend is moving to smaller aircraft and higher frequency. This was even prior to COVID.
There will be more cancellations or conversions, before there are sales.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 195
Views: 54746

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

If indeed only UPS orders are legit, there are only 12 747-8f left to be delivered to customers. Boeing’s order page shows 747 backlog as 12 (including ASC 606 deductions). http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries Gross orders, prior to adjustments, are still at 15: http://active.boeing...

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: China Launches Mars Orbiter And Rover

Quite the fascination with Mars lately.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1013
Views: 157952

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

I hope we get these at the 173FW.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 236
Views: 28434

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The USAF doesn’t seem particularly serious about replacing the E-3/E-8, etc. https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/is-the-air-force-serious-about-intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance/ “ The so-called iron triad of big-wing, manned ISR platforms (E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint Stars, and various OC/RC/WC...

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by Slug71
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10838

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

Hopefully they'll paint a A400M the same as a supporting aircraft. :duck:

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by Slug71
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

Nice beach landing.

https://youtu.be/b67HqIycySc

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by Slug71
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg IIRC, then later changed to 37,000 kg. If that is true then that reduction was made way back essentially when the program launched. For example this FlightGlobal article from August 2004 a year after the launch. The A400M, with its 37t p...

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by Slug71
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

What was the reason for the payload drop? I'm guessing either the airframe just came in over weight, mods for paratrooping, or engine parts revision maybe? Or combination of all? I also wonder if this has had any impact on export sales? What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg ...

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by Slug71
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

What was the reason for the payload drop? I'm guessing either the airframe just came in over weight, mods for paratrooping, or engine parts revision maybe? Or combination of all?

I also wonder if this has had any impact on export sales?

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by Slug71
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

There is more than likely contractual obligations for continued support. I still think the is a possibility for a *M2*. Sorry, what do you mean by *M2* ? I assume Slug is referring to an upgraded model but given there so are many A400Ms in service and so many left to come with the primary operators...

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by Slug71
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

texl1649 wrote:
Not sure how attractive an end-of-the-line A400M at any price really would be. Those engines will cost a fortune to maintain if operated for 30 years.


There is more than likely contractual obligations for continued support.

I still think the is a possibility for a *M2*.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 297
Views: 55618

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Saw a KC-46 fly out of LMT a couple of days ago.

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by Slug71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 93
Views: 17810

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

The Australian Government have released their 2020 Strategic and Force Structure plans. Was looking through and found the following interesting below quote regarding the C-130J fleet. The RAAF C-130Js are some of the oldest around having received their first aircraft in 1999. The current plan is fo...

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by Slug71
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 11597

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

So I don't think you can say that a bizjet is generally more comfortable. The people I’ve spoken that have flown in the back of the Hercules told me it is loud as F*** in the cargo-hold, too hot in the front end and freezing towards the rear. Not great for concentrating on a screen for hours on end...

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by Slug71
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10838

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

It looks very much like Mr Trump's plan to abandon the iconic Air Force One livery. Always good to see the Union Jack proudly displayed. Greetings, Absolutely, a First Class livery. "Fly the Flag" springs to mind. This makes a great statement about the countries modern, forward thinking a...

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by Slug71
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 11597

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

An A320 derivative/version has several significant disadvantages; (a) it would be delivered in around 15 years minimum (realistically; 8 years for development, 7 years to negotiate between the various countries/legislatures/commit to numbers), (b) it would cost at least around double the P-8 per fr...

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