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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 1391

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

SpaceX is bombing the Moon: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/an-old-falcon-9-rocket-may-strike-the-moon-within-weeks/ (my clickbait game is on point :biggrin: ) The Falcon 9 second stage was used to push the DSCOVR observatory onto a heliocentric orbit back in 2015. The spent stage did not ha...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 26, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1844

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

Okay, let me rephrase....never talk to the investigator. If you're guilty, then yes, it's probably best. Not that it will help you much, it just makes the investigator's job a bit harder. It still has consequences in the sense that it certainly doesn't help make you innocent in the eyes of a judge/...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 26, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 39
Views: 4521

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

For clarity, they will create a new subsidiary airline, with its own AOC, to operate them: In the near future, once Airbus has commissioned all six new BelugaXLs, the fully-released BelugaST fleet will be handed over to a newly-created, subsidiary airline with its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC) ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 25, 2022 3:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1844

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

Maybe Eric is afraid he'll be made to take the heat for the rest of the family... After all, Trump allegedly instructed Cohen to make sure Don Jr. would go to jail instead of Ivanka if it came to that. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/cohen-donald-trump-jail-ivanka-b1998...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 206
Views: 4797

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Oh yay, another EV thread :sarcastic: Does an EV offer me a minimum of 800km range and can be recharged in the same time it takes to fuel an ICE car with gasoline with zero long term effects on battery performance? Nope. Pass. Pune and M564038 can go on all day about how that doesn't fit into "...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 206
Views: 4797

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Just another CEO of a massive corporation whining about things not going their way because they'd rather keep doing things the way they have done them forever than spend money to adapt to a changing World. Electrification is not the ultimate solution for everyone's needs, nor will it happen without ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 22, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5862

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Had we continued making Russian oil and gas a loss maker for Russia as we did during the Trump Administration, Putin would be forced to act with a dwindling bank account, and prioritize his aggression or his military adventurism. How did we do that again? Is that why Putin was always so openly supp...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 21, 2022 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74
Replies: 25
Views: 1258

Re: Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74

TMZ is reporting that he apparently died of Covid. It is unknown if he was vaccinated but it is doubtful since he seemed to have been an antivaxxer... https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/21/meat-loaf-dead-dies-singer/ Our sources say Meat Loaf has been outspoken about COVID, railing with folks in Australia ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 21, 2022 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale for Greece
Replies: 15
Views: 2728

Re: Rafale for Greece

you can say about the Rafale what you want, but esthetically it is the most beautiful fighter currently in service. Mostly agree apart from that refuelling probe... retract that and it wins hands down. anybody know why they didn't make it retractable? Weight / space constraints I believe. Dassault ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 21, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55860

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

hope Boeing takes full advantage of this with their 737 asking price when QR comes knocking. If QR becomes an all Boeing fleet, what makes anyone think the relationship wont be different then Southwest or Alaska? Those two airlines seemed to have figured how to deal with just one maker. br The diff...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55860

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

It feels like Airbus is finally walking away from an abusive relationship.

I hope Boeing takes full advantage of this with their 737 asking price when QR comes knocking.

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 37
Views: 1999

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

He's certainly giving politicians an argument for imposing speed limits where there are none and ruining it for everyone else.

Hasn't he heard that all the cool billionaires go to space these days?

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 20, 2022 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-300 first revenue flight, 28 years ago today.
Replies: 63
Views: 9075

Re: A330-300 first revenue flight, 28 years ago today.

Apologies if this is a bit off topic, but why was the freighter version of the A330 that Airbus offered such a massive flop while the 767-300F still has takers after all these years ? Was the price of a new airframe too high for cargo operators or was it simply too much airplane ? This was touched ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40452

Re: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

There's growing doubts over the effectiveness of boosting repeatedly and in short intervals: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-do-multiple-boosters-exhaust-our-immune-response/a-60447735 There are some really interesting takes in this DW article. From the fact that there's no data on what good repeated do...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:26 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Airliners or military
Replies: 15
Views: 465

Re: What has happened to AIRLINERS.net?

I did notice the proliferation of military aircraft pictures on the front page's 'Top 5', which is what I presume the OP is referring to. There has always been a few military aircraft popping up on there but never as much as lately. Today for instance is showing 4 fighters out of the 5 pictures. I'm...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

I would like to champion the spread of omicron. I hope that all human beings are infected with this variant of COVID-19. I see the emergence of this variant as providing a window of opportunity, the opportunity for all people to catch it and thereby imbue everyone with a level of protection against...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics
Replies: 14
Views: 1523

Re: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics

A BBC article on the subject: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-60034013 On top of the privacy and security issues surrounding the user's data, there seems to be a censorship component to the official Beijing games app. Users also have to download the app and log their 'Covid status' daily a...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 3042

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

I'd like to see comparable German figures. I'd like to compare this with anything at all, in fact. It's very abstract out of context. Here is one source for USAF Fighters: https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-fighter-mission-capable-rates-fiscal-2020/ Fighters 2019 Mission Capable Rate 2020 Mission Cap...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2
Replies: 76
Views: 22040

Re: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2

BA38 captain is said to leave the company under peer pressure, although eventually returned (I wonder if that was under PR pressure). Don't believe everything you read in the UK media. Captain Burkhill took voluntary redundancy thinking (wrongly) that he would walk in to a job with another major ca...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?
Replies: 16
Views: 1496

Re: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?

It's not just the 737, it can happen to any airplane in the world... it just so happens that the problem became apparent after 3 737's crashed in similar incidents. but an Airbus can crash due to rudder hardover as a 737. That's a disingenuous way to put it. Whereas all airplanes with hydraulic fli...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation
Replies: 52
Views: 2068

Re: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation

What would that achieve other than make him a hero and a martyr to those who support his cause? That being said, I suspect it will become public soon anyway. It already has actually as which is why the FBI and MSM should follow suit. He has been dead for hours already and ID is simple at this point...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 16, 2022 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation
Replies: 52
Views: 2068

Re: Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage situation

NIKV69 wrote:
I do not know why they won't release his name. Terrorism can't be tolerated.


What would that achieve other than make him a hero and a martyr to those who support his cause?
That being said, I suspect it will become public soon anyway.

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Large Volcanic eruption near Tonga
Replies: 61
Views: 6367

Re: Large Volcanic eruption near Tonga

https://apnews.com/article/media-environment-and-nature-new-zealand-tonga-d434936e25079859df8261780976def8 Tonga Bat Volcano https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51822516746_95b0ab94c6_o.jpg Scott Manley's got a video out showing sat pictures before and afer a previous, smaller eruption that happene...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates
Replies: 38
Views: 3042

Re: French air force increases aircraft readiness rates

johns624 wrote:
I'd like to see comparable German figures.


I'd like to compare this with anything at all, in fact. It's very abstract out of context.

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

I think it is clear that vaccines will not get us out of the pandemic. I can imagine that only around 85% of the public will get two doses, but it will fall to around 60% for three doses, and fall further for future does. The emphasis must be on expanding healthcare capacity and developing treatmen...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321LR flight level?
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

Re: A321LR flight level?

Not unusual for stretched and increased gross weight aircraft to lose performance. I remember when the 757-300 came out and we flew west coast Hawaii it was hard to make FL280 for the tracks to HI . This. The 77W usually stays around FL300 after take off when heavy. The airplane grows, but the wing...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

All hospitals are reporting between 2/3 and 90%+ of their ICU patients being non-vaccinated.

The solution seems clear to me... The data is there and people have made their choice.
When hospital beds are in short supply, the unvaxxed should be kept at the door to wait for their turn.

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1471

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

Why would such government planning be needed for further success when the industralized world weren't developed into today's siccess through government planning? Large infrastructure projects, those necessary for the development of industry and services within a nation, are almost always orchestrat...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1471

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

The shortfalls of unchecked capitalism... No large scale strategies, no coordination. Any political planning at the national scale is promptly shot down by the industry's powerful leverage on politicians. It's all about next year's financial performance, and not much else. Some larger companies may ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DW's Dieselgate Documentary
Replies: 15
Views: 796

Re: DW's Dieselgate Documentary

It sounds like the familiar story of the salesmen making lofty promises that they trust the engineers will deliver. As the goal becomes unreachable and the pressure mounts, the corners start to inevitably get cut and whatever-it-takes-itis sets in. No one wants to be responsible for the company not ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 09, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Is UK planning to mistakenly concede or is UK being realistic? It's realism on the basis that endemicity renders widescale testing irrelevant, other than to fuel an endless stream of alarmist headlines. Monitoring the prevalence of Covid among the population and the advent of new variants can be do...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40452

Re: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Natural immunity isn't working out. Natural immunity on its own may not be working, but vaccine + exposure may actually offer a fairly strong immunity. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/11/vaccine-plus-previous-infection-may-offer-enhanced-covid-19-protection At least before Omicron.

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 08, 2022 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviastar TU204 freighter catches fire in Hangzhou
Replies: 55
Views: 10910

Re: Aviastar TU204 freighter catches fire in Hangzhou

There's already a picture on the database... that was fast:

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 08, 2022 4:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian "Peacekeepers" flying to Kazakhstan?
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Re: Russian

I have a feeling that within 20 years, other than the Baltic states, the USSR will be mainly reconstituted. Perspective. It took how many years for Latin America countries to move from dictatorship to democracies? While I can't say that these former USSR states will move to the same time line, I wo...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 06, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

lightsaber wrote:

We need to add vaccination status to triage.


I can't believe this is not being done yet. The unvaccinated are literally robbing large quantities of beds away from people who deserve them more.
It's time they assumed the consequences of their choice.

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes
Replies: 26
Views: 1526

Re: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes

luckyone wrote:
The world is full of fools who breed more fools.


And now it seems all these fools are all buying NFTs...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

I think you will find that Covid was and still is the most preventable cause of death that we can control in that list. Preventable? Do you mean from vaccination? Apart from vaccines, no one has found an acceptable way to prevent spread on the long term, only ways to slow it down, at great cost to ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

I think you will find that Covid was and still is the most preventable cause of death that we can control in that list. Preventable? Do you mean from vaccination? Apart from vaccines, no one has found an acceptable way to prevent spread on the long term, only ways to slow it down, at great cost to ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes
Replies: 26
Views: 1526

Re: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes

How she fooled anyone is a mystery to me. What's amazing is that people keep falling for much more obvious scams than this. Theranos happened right around that time when it seemed people couldn't invest enough of their money into Silicon Valley tech ventures. It was like a massive casino where no o...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 03, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: EU SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo
Replies: 88
Views: 6906

Re: SATOC - Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo

Wouldn't the most sensible and cheapest solution be to pool a fleet of 748F that would be used to haul the heavy stuff between large bases? They could contract a local carrier to take care of the operation. The A400M could then carry the stuff closer to the action. Whereas they'd still be relying on...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63581

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

1. Aviation is logistics. It is the same line of work as Door Dash, Uber Eats, shipping, bus transport, cruise ship, rail..........just in the air with more expensive equipment. If the Uber Eats guy does not pay attention with his bicycle, he eats pavement or loses his life in an accident. If a rai...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 02, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63581

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

People are fired in all lines of work when they make stupid errors. Come on now. These pilots were not paying attention to their V1 or Vr. Could have easily crashed this plane into buildings. So what is wrong with them being dismissed? This was a silly mistake. Aviation is not any 'line of of work'...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63581

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

Different cultures evolve differently, and different companies behave differently. People need to stop behaving like there is only one way of doing things and getting the desired results. Not when it comes to aviation safety. There is only one way to approach aviation safety, which has been learned...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022
Replies: 327
Views: 15590

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

https://www.newsweek.com/fauci-children-hospital-covid-omicron-1664676 Fauci dismiss children hospitalization concern, claim some of them are found to have COVID when admitted for reasons like broken legs, instead of admitted because of COVID. I think they need to get a PR department to better deli...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 01, 2022 5:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are WN pilots stomping harder on the brakes than anybody else?
Replies: 22
Views: 2233

Re: Is it just me?

I don't know about the landing, but I see them taxying around like their hair's on fire.
Bonuses for on-time performance?

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 482
Views: 68450

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

There was a little hiccup with the recovery of B1069, a rookie booster which lobbed a cargo Dragon to the ISS last week. It aced the landing but apparently things got a bit rocky out at sea and it almost got thrown overboard... It was eventually secured and recovered but with damage to its legs and ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales
Replies: 34
Views: 5572

Re: Indonesia contracts 36 Dassault Rafales

After years of negotiations and the signing for 11 Su-35 Flanker E in 2016, Indonesia has given up the acquisition of Russian aircraft in favor of a final competition between the Boeing F-15 EX and the Rafale by Dassault Aviation. Despite the signing of a military cooperation agreement between the ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Record Warm Temperatures in Alaska
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Record Warm Temperatures in Alaska

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
I’ve seen it warmer in ANC than in BOS in winter, more snow in BOS, too. Extremes are…well, extreme.


These extreme extremes are also becoming increasingly extreme and increasingly frequent...

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by Francoflier
Mon Dec 27, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40452

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I would have no problem with the unvaccinated if they were made to pay fully out of pocket for their Covid care and were given lower priority for hospital admission. For the first part of your proposal, I'm afraid I have to disagree. You're dealing with a group of people who believe that it won't h...

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