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by Noray
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Unexplained Russian Explosion
Replies: 75
Views: 6130

Re: Unexplained Russian Explosion

Anyone know where to find the "offshore platform" on Google Maps (or any other)? I have been looking around the town mentioned in the articles but they all say it is "offshore in the Barents Sea" and that is a big area. Tugg How about 64°38'52.50"N 39°14'37.42"E In Goo...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Meanwhile, the A400M will become a mature platform. Sure, it is going to meaningfully increase in payload range though? It won’t get a different engine likely ever. It is designed for a specific payload and strengthening the airframe to handle a greater payload is going to come at the expense of ra...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Noray the recommendations by MITRE are very clear. The USAF, as the study clearly states, is after a C-17/C-5 replacement capability, which currently isn't in production with a vendor the USAF could acquire from. Not a transport that flies half the load half the distance. It's very clear that you'r...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Noray the recommendations by MITRE are very clear. The USAF, as the study clearly states, is after a C-17/C-5 replacement capability, which currently isn't in production with a vendor the USAF could acquire from. Not a transport that flies half the load half the distance. It's very clear that you'r...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

From an absolute amateur perspective: [...] I would consider the A400 instead of developing a new airlifter, in order to free up some C-17's or have them work less hard so a life extension program could be postponed or avoided altogether. Blasphemy! He's said it again! Didn't we read in this forum ...

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by Noray
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

A German A400M has completed an experimental two week deployment to Jordania in the air tanker role. During 12 flights that lasted 44 hours altogether, 62 aircraft received almost 128 tons of fuel. https://twitter.com/Team_Luftwaffe/status/1153595545476374528 Also during this deployment, for the fri...

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by Noray
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

The only piece of information I take from this article is that Germany isn't the only A400M user that has suffered from temporarily poor availability rates. Meanwhile in June 2019, 19 different A400Ms of the Luftwaffe have actually flown within one month. 19 aircraft flying once or more in one mont...

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by Noray
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

All this is great news for the A400M program. The thing I find lacking in the links is some independent analysis. This is confidential negotiations combined with a press mostly incompetent in defence issues. Any independent analysis would require a leak. Much of the European press is interested onl...

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by Noray
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

They are not in the air transport business, their current fleet provides them with the lift they need and is inconsequential to the sea based assets they operate. If they wanted something bigger or longer ranged they could have ordered the C-17 when it was available. Further, you still haven't prov...

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by Noray
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 57
Views: 6195

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

FCAS is not just a new stealth fighter, but a combat system. I guess that the program will provide funds for the development of technologies that will also be useful in new versions of the Rafale and Eurofighter, long before the new fighter gets airborn, and even if it shouldn't materialize at all. ...

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by Noray
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

It's kind of like going to see a fantasy film in a theater, where willingful suspension of belief is required for one to enjoy the film. Fantasy stories like "the US Navy is not in the transport business" (while it actually operates an air transport fleet), or "the A400M was a conten...

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by Noray
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Sales of the A-400 have been so brisk that there is a decade long backlog, how could any be available for the USN. << Hasn't actual orders been stuck at 174 since 2005? Since 2013 it appears that 79 are delivered. That is nearly 1 per month. >>> Thanks to Spanish overordering, new customers have a ...

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by Noray
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Aren't you letting your imagination run a bit wild based on a un-corroborated one liner from the board's most well known Airbus partisan? El confidencial is a member of this board? Great, you hang your hat on one foreign language report posted by this board's most well known Airbus partisan convinc...

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by Noray
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

What's your point? This isn't about the USMC, but the USN, which recently decided to evaluate new aircraft. Obviously their current abilities aren't sufficient. Aren't you letting your imagination run a bit wild based on a un-corroborated one liner from the board's most well known Airbus partisan? ...

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by Noray
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

What purpose would the USN have in building up a transport fleet? They haven't operated those types of aircraft in numbers since the Second World War, why would they suddenly decide to do so today? As stated before, the USN does operate an air transport fleet; many smaller countries would be proud ...

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by Noray
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

What purpose would the USN have in building up a transport fleet? They haven't operated those types of aircraft in numbers since the Second World War, why would they suddenly decide to do so today? As stated before, the USN does operate an air transport fleet; many smaller countries would be proud ...

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by Noray
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Thing is, USN is not an independent force, it's a part of the DoD, and DoD doesn't even control its own purse strings, that is done by Congress. The odds of this Congress and this Administration deciding to buy A400Ms is tiny, IMHO. I was trying to empathize with those in the USN who ordered the ev...

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by Noray
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

If we think of the US Navy as an independent force, it's the ideal customer for an allrounder like the A400M. According to Wikipedia, the USN hasn't got more than 17 C-130s, and no larger transport aircraft at all. So an A400M aquisition probably wouldn't comprise a huge number of aircraft either an...

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by Noray
Sat May 25, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

German and British AF trained together as part of the handover of the Baltic Air Policing. The training included re-fueling of British Eurofighters using a German A400M: https://abload.de/img/screenshot_2019-05-02dzkfa.png As far as I've read, the British Eurofighters took part in the training, but...

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by Noray
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Grizzly410 wrote:
get rid of many OCCAR stuff and get close to the Malaysian standard

Can you elaborate on the difference between these two standards? Does that mean that a less heavy and less expensive export version already exists?

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by Noray
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

The A400M is not a product of market research, but was tailored to the needs of those who've actually ordered it. Also, that's an unfair equation since the A380 had been a complete product for many years before it was cancelled, while some of the A400M's features are still under development. And in...

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by Noray
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

I’m sorry, this may be a great plane but so was the 380......if it iso great why can’t they find enough customers to generate a return? Seems like another market research failure. The A400M is not a product of market research, but was tailored to the needs of those who've actually ordered it. Also,...

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by Noray
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

As part of earlier renegotiations, the program partners have lended Airbus money that they will only get back in case of exports. So, yes, they will be happy if Airbus exports more A400Ms. BTW, it's always strange to see how everybody's worried about the financial well-being of Airbus, even the most...

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Revelation wrote:
Airbus has lost $billions, continues to do so, and is asking for another round of give backs by the customers.

They're not asking for another round. The negotiations are complete, the result is awaiting parliamentary approval.

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

There is hope that, eventually, those nations may want a replacement, and that that replacement is not by default the C-130J (which isn't selling like hot cakes either). Define "Like hotcakes" because according to the VP here we have over 80 on the books. There still are 100 A400Ms on the...

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Had the A400 used Pratt Canada's engine, they would have probably landed 20 orders from there and missed many years of costly delay. The program would be a lot healthier today too. Which engine? There didn't exist any off-the-shelf engine for the A400M. That's why EPI boast that the TP400 is the mo...

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by Noray
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Was the A400 a program launched by Airbus without any specific government putting out a design requirement? No, it was designed to meet a catalogue of 1000+ requirements assembled by the militaries of several European nations in the mid-1990s under the designation "Future Large Aircraft"....

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by Noray
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 138498

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

With the economy falling to pieces, nothing will be bought. A few a weeks ago we learned from the internet that Germany is such a rich country that neglects its security since it only spends 1.2% of the GNP on defence. Now, according to the internet, the economy is falling into pieces. This will as...

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by Noray
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hungarian Air Force Spending Spree
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

Re: Hungarian Air Force Spending Spree

bunumuring wrote:
Maybe the 'cargo aircraft' could be C-130Js or are they too big?

Another factor is that the Germans are probably trying to integrate Hungary into the new multinational A400M unit in Lechfeld.

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by Noray
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

It hasn't been announced yet what will be the other nations besides Germany. According to the first reports, there will be 10 German A400Ms in Lechfeld, which, given that Germany has ordered 53, would leave 2 or 3 aircraft for other partners (one could be used for tests). One source said that the L...

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by Noray
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 189
Views: 27651

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

It's official now that, in addition to the 40 aircraft in Wunstorf, there will be a second A400M base in Germany. In 2025, a "multinational unit" will be based in Lechfeld near Augsburg, Bavaria. It hasn't been announced yet what will be the other nations besides Germany. According to the...

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by Noray
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

MSN56 to Airbus Flight Test (EC-400). What is that going to be used for? Any idea? ( list of prototypes and test specimen: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A400M#Liste_der_Prototypen ) Lots of things changed since the prototypes and it would require an awful lot of changes to bring them at the ...

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by Noray
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

I think you need to think again http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/airforce-news/afn148.pdf Someone might want to update the Wikipedia page for Bamyam airport as it says asphalt. Direction 07/25 Length 2,200m Surface Asphalt Google Earth has satellite imagery from 2004 and shows a dirt strip....

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by Noray
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 8787

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

They will make sure an option of 200 intermediate, affordable low risk ships doing what C17/C130 can't do, starting deliveries in 4-5 years will be on the table. Dream on. It's already a non-starter. It's a clear example of the "vulnerability of existing aircraft to detection and interception&...

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by Noray
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8904

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

In other words: the two biggest A400M customers should have bought not one, but two aircraft types unsuitable to their tactical demands? The recent puchase of C-130J's is proof that the A400M is too big for the low end of the tactical role. The limited number they purchased is proof that the low en...

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by Noray
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

I'm not sure if the article is correct though on its claims of the price, that the Spanish will sell the jets at 15% of the per unit price. :shock: Clearly the cost price isn't 27 million so there must be some error in the numbers. The original source is an article in The Korea Times , which says: ...

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by Noray
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

It's interesting to note that at one point 75 aircraft were planned yet now we read that supporting 53 will require additional spend of EUR 500M because the existing infrastructure only supports 40. If they are unneeded, it would be cheaper to just park them in the Pyranees alongside the SQ A380s a...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

I don't think this is too difficult: 1 The German airforce needed 40 A400s 2 The German Government ordered 60 for political reasons (more workshare for German manufacturers) 3 The German government opportunistically converted 7 of the surplus 20 into options, leaving 13 surplus deliveries to their ...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

I think the new versus used thing is an exercise in pedantry. No, as it implies that Germany are trying to sell aircraft which they currently operate. And somebody on this forum, on Twitter or elsewhere will certainly spin that into: "The A400M is such an awful machine that the Luftwaffe wants...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

So that's about the opposite of what you were trying to make us believe. Less than fair arguing technique. ( and nobody else than you stated anything about used frames. Nobody except : The A400M's best chance for NZ is likely used German airframes at a heavily discounted price BTW.: For those inter...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers You don't think they wouldn't sell those aircraft if the opportunity arose. Germany have already indicated they have more than they need and are clearly looking for ways to either offload or share the operating costs. Airbus is o...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

What makes you think that there are any used German A400Ms for sale? German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers Germany initially planned to buy 60 A400M aircraft, but later lowered the number to 53. Parliament then approved a plan in 2011 under which 13 of those aircraft...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

Am I missing something, the last order I found was Malaysia back in 2005 for 4, all delivered. There are 174 orders currently with many countries appearing to have deferred. On paper it may be a great plane, but where are the orders. If there is a prospect with the USAF, wouldn't LM be on point get...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

The A400M's best chance for NZ is likely used German airframes at a heavily discounted price but we know there are sensitivities around the sale of those frames while Airbus continues to market new builds. What makes you think that there are any used German A400Ms for sale? With these positive deve...

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by Noray
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

On October 9, a Malaysian A400M flew a 22 ton excavator to the damaged airport of Palu, Sulawesi. According to the Malaysian Air Force (TUDM), it was the heaviest piece of equipment that has been transported in an A400M until now. (Not sure if this refers to the global A400M fleet or just to the A40...

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by Noray
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 141105

Re: A400M Update

In July, a Malaysian A400M accompanied several F-18s and refueled them in midair on their way from Malaysia to exercise Pitch Black 2018 in Darwin, Australia. https://twitter.com/ADFinMalaysia/status/1022288134384451584 https://twitter.com/airforcenextgen/status/1021592524232617984 Currently, A400Ms...

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by Noray
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 138
Views: 46210

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

It's a short term budgeting issue. The German government is struggling on that front. It's interesting then that they fast-tracked the purchase of the six C130Js and prioritized this over starting a buy of heavy lift helos, given they have the all singing and all dancing A400Ms inbound. Think of ho...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 37828

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

This still leaves us with the high angle of attack. So a very slow flight attitude next to stall speed, no margin. Looks like one would have had to dive towards terrain to bring the nose back down to regain speed and maybe come back from behind the power curve. The image doesn't tell a lot about th...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 37828

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

Here's the Ju52 from the photograph added to the same position of the generated panorama:

The "smoke" is a slope.

Image

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 37828

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

If we look at the picture, I think the lighter-coloured area behind the plane extends between two different peaks on a mountain. It is unlikely a mountain feature, because it is hard to imagine it would continue between those two parts of the mountain. So I think it is something in the air -- could...

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