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by Raptormodeller
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 543
Views: 93095

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

The front fell off. Was it towed outside the environment.?

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2649

Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

https://youtu.be/Yi-fBKK7nME
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"Cosmic Girl helps Virgin get to orbit" Can't help but smile. Congrats to the whole team. Looks awesome
https://youtu.be/Yi-fBKK7nME

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Military Procurement post 1950
Replies: 32
Views: 3886

Re: Best Military Procurement post 1950

SU-27, MiG-21, Mirage is stand out for me. Underrated? Sea Stallion, it works.

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9871

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Nobody's talking about the BAC TSR2 or basically anything British. Makes the Pentagon look like amateurs with more money. The AW-101 marine one helicopter that cost many $$$ is up there. The trophy HAS to go to the KH-11 surveillance sat replacement. These things cost as much or more than Nimitz cla...

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PVD523 wrote:
Was indeed PVD. Routing PVD-ORD-HNL-AKL.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/ADB ... /KPVD/KORD


thanks

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-124 in Rhode Island
Replies: 7
Views: 963

An-124 in Rhode Island

An AN-124 was seen in rhode island earlier today being loaded with American Magic's boat two for the America's Cup. While the destination is obviously Auckland, New Zealand. I know nothing about airports in the NE of America. Which airport is it, and more importantly how would one go about tracking ...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potentially groundbreaking Celera 500L bizaircraft prototype unveiled
Replies: 72
Views: 9288

Re: Potentially groundbreaking Celera 500L bizjet prototype unveiled

Pretending to be a west german F104 isn't a good idea. Hope it doesn't actually break the ground.

Cool plane though.

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030
Replies: 137
Views: 13924

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

I doubt we'll see a clean sheet design, but who knows. Would be nice.
As a sidenote, do we know how the late MRA4 would have fared/compared to MPA's currently in service?

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR
Replies: 233
Views: 40311

Re: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR

Forgive me for being ignorant, but does the XLR have a new wing?

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: The C141 Starlifter

Yeah they looked (and still do) really good.

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 183
Views: 23924

Re: Revisiting MH370

I came across this today from Discovery Channel. A group of searchers have been analyzing data from an underwater microphone system and even thought is some missing data, there is noise detected about the time it would have gone down. https://youtu.be/Qzvr2w2IVug Hydrophones at diego garcia are lik...

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 183
Views: 23924

Re: Revisiting MH370

Aliens. Aliens did it.

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10769

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

Which begs the question , even though the 146's have evolved from the above livery, will they and/or any other RAF aircraft performing government and VIP roles also receive this look as 'uniform' ? And do the ex TNT cargo, NATO grey 146's ever get configured for VIP work ? Heaven forbid :!: Imagine...

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020
Replies: 194
Views: 63976

Re: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020

Shame the a346's are leaving even though it's perfectly understandable. My favourite plane for sure. Its proportions are just perfect.

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10769

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

For all those complaining about the price. ZZ336 was going in for a C or D check which is going to be pretty expensive and lengthy anyway and our Favourite blonde etonian used it as an opportunity. The labour costs ALONE when repainting a 747 in ba colours is about 170K, the paint ‘only’ 30K. This i...

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA fleet parking thread
Replies: 523
Views: 123830

Re: Five BA 747s to Teruel today

LCDFlight wrote:
I would be pleasantly surprised if basically any 744s or most A380s fly again in passenger service.

I'm certain the A380's will fly again, I also think that a few, but not many 744's will continue to fly for another couple of years but, yes a majority of them will be retired.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?
Replies: 32
Views: 2818

Re: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?

ME-264, barely known, barely flew. One heck of a looker though.

Image

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing is sued for $336 million over canceled 737 MAX order
Replies: 57
Views: 10042

Re: Boeing is sued for $336 million over canceled 737 MAX order

Boeing really can't catch a break with the MAX can it....

Play stupid games; win stupid prizes.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design
Replies: 113
Views: 17524

Re: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design

I'm willing to bet money that this will be on time for 2024. As a sidenote, I think it will be the first SST to be economically successful being squarely aimed at the business jet market where the explicit goal is to make travel faster (and to avoid those awful peasants who can only afford first cla...

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919
Replies: 88
Views: 17599

Re: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919

As dumb as it sounds, I agree with this. China has a VERY big precedent of doing this sort of thing. Look at France, n1 in nuclear energy. Sold some top of the line EPR reactors to them in the early 2000's with - of course - a bit of technological transfer, no other way to get the contract. China la...

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 185362

Re: Lufthansa to park all A380 fleet

Luckily if this happens this should only be temporary until corona goes away. Which is in 2034 according to my crystal ball. Nah seriously this i going to be all airlines no matter how big or small, lets hope that they can brave the storm.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 857
Views: 131620

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

So what's going to happen with Air France codeshare flights? Will those operated by flybe aircraft now be operated by the AF fleet or what? They will be rebooked on AF/KL/VS/DL flights to their final destination, possibly from a different UK airport, like MAN, LBA or HUY instead of DSA, for example...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 857
Views: 131620

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

So what's going to happen with Air France codeshare flights? Will those operated by flybe aircraft now be operated by the AF fleet or what?

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37831

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Dying from the lack of oxygen is actually pretty painless as far as deaths go, with the added benefit of not having to stare at the ground rapidly approaching knowing you are about to die. If you want to kill a plane load of innocent passengers it is probably the most humane way. I hope you're righ...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37831

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Personally, I think the black boxes of MH370 will be found in our lifetime. The fact that they found AF447 and the stardust plane crash (by accident) is enough evidence for me. If we can go to the moon, land on Titan and find the Higgs I'm pretty sure someone or something will eventually find the b...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2668

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

Well, sort of, but not really. The B-1A was designed for high altitude flying/missions, not nap of the earth low level penetrations as the B-1B wound up being adapted for (under Reagan). The evolution to low altitude missions only is interesting (discussion at second link). The Tomahawks ultimately...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37831

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Personally, I think the black boxes of MH370 will be found in our lifetime. The fact that they found AF447 and the stardust plane crash (by accident) is enough evidence for me. If we can go to the moon, land on Titan and find the Higgs I'm pretty sure someone or something will eventually find the bl...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will revolution require?
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: What will revolution require?

Probably a new airplane manufacturer that's not in on it already. That's pretty much the only way I see planes departing from tubes and wing to blended wing bodies. 'Neo' versions of the a350 and 787 will probably be the last true tube and wing airliners along with nsa.

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2668

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

This is just an executive/DoD plan, not what Congress is going to actually pass/do. The replacement of global hawks by E-11’s is interesting, I wouldn’t have guessed that. The B-1 fleet just needs to...retire. Is the B1 that bad? The B-1's have been abused pretty heavily in the past decade, because...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2668

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

texl1649 wrote:
This is just an executive/DoD plan, not what Congress is going to actually pass/do. The replacement of global hawks by E-11’s is interesting, I wouldn’t have guessed that. The B-1 fleet just needs to...retire.

Is the B1 that bad?

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record
Replies: 100
Views: 20008

Re: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record

Since we're talking about the SR-71 right now. Remember that any record set before 1968 by the Blackbird is more likely to held by the less known A-12 Cygnus/Oxcart. The Blackbird and/or YF-12 were simply used as a cover story due to their cosmetic similarities. Although don't get me wrong there are...

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a 787NG
Replies: 87
Views: 16458

Re: Time for a 787NG

I think you've jumped the gun by about 10 years.

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81973

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Truly a disappointing livery. What once was cutting edge is now tired. An omen for the X itself? Mr. Bitter...your table for one is now ready. Boeing has a handful of problems - big problems - but are you going to crap all over the 777x for the livery? The Boeing livery needs an update. I totally a...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 236
Views: 27403

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

E4B takes what? 100 people, they'll probably go for commonality with 747-8, probably the freighter or a ULR 777 or A350. A350 is unlikely because it's not American. So maybe the choice is 747-8 freighter, 777-8 or maybe a 787 on steroids. I don't see the 767 happening. Sure most of the computing po...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 55760

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

1000nm range? supersonic? That doesn't bode well for the UK. https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/tsr2/images/dsj_tsr2_02.jpg Although, IF TSR2 was delivered on time, on budget and on target for its weight and no more engine explosions then it would have been a BEAST of a plane. Not that that was g...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 236
Views: 27403

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

E4B takes what? 100 people, they'll probably go for commonality with 747-8, probably the freighter or a ULR 777 or A350. A350 is unlikely because it's not American. So maybe the choice is 747-8 freighter, 777-8 or maybe a 787 on steroids. I don't see the 767 happening. Sure most of the computing pow...

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RQ-180 questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

RQ-180 questions

Probably one of the most mysterious planes and probably one of my favourite jets along with the A12.... Is there anything within aviation circles or of people 'in the know' a-la Formula one on the RQ-180? As an analogy, there were quite a few people/magazines in the aviation community that were in t...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic news?
Replies: 2
Views: 1911

Boom Supersonic news?

They seem to have gone VERY quiet. What's the latest on the rebirth of SST? Engine selected, and what about these orders, do we know who they are?

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 96
Views: 15808

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Gotta keep the links with the colonies strong...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vox: The real reason Boeing's new plane crashed twice
Replies: 17
Views: 5819

Vox: The real reason Boeing's new plane crashed twice

Title says it all. https://youtu.be/H2tuKiiznsY Pretty stupid explanation from Vox, with even worse graphs. Although knowing them this should be expected. But yes, Boeing should face legal action for cocking up MCAS. That’s a given. But Airbus would’ve done the same in Boeing’s case to fix the stabi...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 121
Views: 20672

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

https://youtu.be/0kGBQSXX_GU
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This is stupid. The world has gone crazy. Wish more people watched this video: https://youtu.be/0kGBQSXX_GU

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 117
Views: 25709

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

Close enough. The passengers all got a good story to say at the pub in the future.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Attracting New Customers?
Replies: 34
Views: 4325

Re: Boom Attracting New Customers?

I can see lufthansa jumping in and getting a few of these

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 985
Views: 151938

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

RJMAZ wrote:
seahawk wrote:

The F-35 is the first fighter aircraft to have significant body lift.


-F14
-F15

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup
Replies: 131
Views: 31324

Re: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup

Personally I have more faith in the French than the other parties who have already tried, having more experience with AF447 for example. Secondly, along with having 4 frenchmen on board, the flaperon was found on a French island. They are also much more rigorous in accident investigations than other...

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about inflight death of pax
Replies: 18
Views: 4086

Re: Questions about inflight death of pax

Well... this happened to a friend of mine... don't exactly know what happened but they diverted the plane to Kuala Lumpur to deplane her body.... instead of going all the way to Perth. I once read that singapore airlines have a special locker for this sort of situation and that BA once covered the b...

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast US Heat Wave & Effects on ULH Flights
Replies: 18
Views: 4663

Re: Northeast US Heat Wave & Effects on ULH Flights

catiii wrote:
voxkel wrote:
In fact, there is no better high and hot aircraft than the 757.


Pretty sure the VC-10 would still hold that honour 40/50 years on.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 7877

Re: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

Of course this ignores the fact the North Koreans would see them coming and the plethora of AAA present would make short work of low slow firing A-10s. Low and slow, it's a tried and tested technique, mainly by the RAF, i recall that it worked quite well for them and their antiquated banana bombers...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 7089

Re: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017

Not at all surprised, we all know how the ME3 gets their money to avoid losses. Only now they're no longer pitching in to avoid the losses. XD

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by Raptormodeller
Tue May 29, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28714

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Here's my useless opinion on the T50/SU57. Is it as good as or better than the F22 or F35, who knows. Is it no more than a box of bolts made to look good? Again who knows. Why? Maskirovka. Anyone talking and claiming facts about this aircraft or any other russian aircraft/russian military 'thing' wi...

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