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by bmartino99
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Birtherism is back!
Replies: 89
Views: 5004

Re: Birtherism is back!

I'm disappointed to see us going back down this path, but it isn't only a recent discussion. This argument has been happening since the formation of the United States. If Congress could get along they could simply legally define 'natural born citizen', seeing as that's the term that even legal schol...

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by bmartino99
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Explosion In Beirut
Replies: 72
Views: 6829

Re: Huge Explosion In Beirut

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Texas City Diaster of 1947. Basically the same event as some 2300 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a ship's cargo hold. The main difference being Beirut is heavily populated compared to 1947 Texas City. The pictures coming out are unbelievable. https://en.m...

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by bmartino99
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thoughts on Gun Control
Replies: 120
Views: 5004

Re: Thoughts on Gun Control

Guns need to be registered and permitted, and all private sales registered. Far too many idiots are buying them these days. Bump stocks and large magazine sales need to be restricted. All the Gun Manufacturer's are benefiting from and enabling the misinformation feeding into the misinformed folks p...

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by bmartino99
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?
Replies: 47
Views: 2114

Re: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?

I've been wearing my Black Series Darth Vader helmet when going to bars and such. It has gotten a lot of laughs, but I've also had some establishments tell me I couldn't wear it inside.

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by bmartino99
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned
Replies: 36
Views: 1578

Re: Trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned

As a former Alaskan resident, why not just let Alaskans decide the appropriate methods for hunting in their state? The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does exceptionally well managing the wildlife of the state. Alaska is not the Lower 48, fresh meat at the grocery store is 5-10X more expensive, i...

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by bmartino99
Fri May 29, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 35335

Re: Another day another police killing

As a CHL holder and person that regularly carries, drawing a firearm on a police officer committing unlawful act like this would be a long bridge to cross mentally. In this case with 3 other officers present, you would instantly have 3 guns pointed at you so you better be really confident in your a...

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by bmartino99
Fri May 29, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 35335

Re: Another day another police killing

What terrifies me is that I can see some day in the future, a so-called "good guy with a gun" walk into a seemingly similar situation where the detainee complains he is being asphyxiated or otherwise in lethal danger, the police officer does not appear to respond, and the good guy draws h...

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by bmartino99
Tue May 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crowded Pool Party in the Ozarks
Replies: 60
Views: 2944

Re: Crowded Pool Party in the Ozarks

The problem with these fuckheads is that on their drive back from the lake to where ever they came from, they will undoubtedly stop at all of our restaurants in STL and spread the virus to all the workers (most of whom are minorities and they have a higher death rate). And then when I (and everyone...

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by bmartino99
Sat May 09, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have your summer vacation flights been cancelled?
Replies: 13
Views: 1442

Re: Have your summer vacation flights been cancelled?

I currently have flights booked to PPT with United and they haven't been cancelled yet. It looks like Air Tahiti has cancelled our local flights to neighboring islands though. So we fully expect not to go.

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by bmartino99
Fri May 08, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25444

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

This notion that airports are somehow protected like a Bond villian's underground lair is preposterous. That this kind of thing doesn't happen more is a factor of people just dont hop the fence very often vs. them being caught by a crack defensive team. Mostly, these are low-bidder contractors arme...

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by bmartino99
Fri May 08, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25444

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

This notion that airports are somehow protected like a Bond villian's underground lair is preposterous. That this kind of thing doesn't happen more is a factor of people just dont hop the fence very often vs. them being caught by a crack defensive team. Mostly, these are low-bidder contractors arme...

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by bmartino99
Fri May 08, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work
Replies: 173
Views: 10243

Re: How the Economy Recovers and We Get Back to Work

It would seem to me that this may trend down during the summer as Employers work to open the economy, and then others close as the patrons will not return due to the transmission issues of Covid. I don't see where you are seeing this. In Houston, we've went out to eat 3 times this week and every re...

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by bmartino99
Thu May 07, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

I would expect the Constitution loving portion of his base that would be essentially zero people the only thing Trump voters love is white supremacy You aren't so different than them. You are painting with a very wide brush. If Trump only had the white supremacy vote in 2016 he would have lost in a...

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by bmartino99
Wed May 06, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

She will still be speaker. History could repeat itself if Biden was to miraculously beat Trump and the Dems don't have the courage to tell Nancy her far left doctrine is done and remove her as speaker you could have a repeat.. I mean you had Obama win in 2008 and Reid and Pelosi basically hijacked ...

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by bmartino99
Wed May 06, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Public Education go the way of Remote learning and replace the practice of a teacher standing in front of a class
Replies: 36
Views: 1848

Re: Should Public Education go the way of Remote learning and replace the practice of a teacher standing in front of a c

I'll preface by saying I don't have kids, but I would guess the majority of children in public schools come from families that both parents work. I don't see how full time schooling from home works for ages 5-14ish, without a corresponding move to make working from home a permanent thing.

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by bmartino99
Tue May 05, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

I live in Oregon. We only vote by mail. We just got our ballots for the primary. Two registered voters at this address, two ballots. One with my name, one with the brosband's name. That's it. Both must be signed by the person named on the ballot. How does the Secretary Of State know this? Because e...

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by bmartino99
Tue May 05, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

It varies by state - there is no national standard. Where I live (Washington) we are 100% vote by mail, have been for several election cycles. It couldn't be easier - the pamphlet with all the candidates' statements along with arguments for and against any ballot initiatives comes about a month out...

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by bmartino99
Tue May 05, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

I would expect the Constitution loving portion of his base to be ready for open revolt if Trump even tried something like canceling the election. Your faith in the adherence to democratic norms of Trump supporters greatly exceeds my own. Perhaps my faith is misplaced. We have seen populations throu...

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by bmartino99
Tue May 05, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3704

Re: Should November election be canceled?

This has to be a troll job. As a republican that held my nose last election and voted for Trump and if Biden is the nominee I'll have to do it again, there's no way I would support even the suggestion of postponing a presidential election. I would expect the Constitution loving portion of his base t...

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by bmartino99
Fri May 01, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil and the Economy
Replies: 32
Views: 1511

Re: Oil and the Economy

last I heard fracking needed the price of oil at something to the tune of $70 per barrel to be profitable You must have heard that a long time ago - now it's profitable at $35 - the fracking technology has greatly improved over the last 5-10 years - the biggest problem in west Texas has been the la...

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by bmartino99
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil and the Economy
Replies: 32
Views: 1511

Re: Oil and the Economy

That would certainly be news to me given what I've previously read , but if true that would obviously change my take completely. When is this quote from? I've spent years in the upstream side of the business before switching over to the terminal business. The technology is changing rapidly. I'll st...

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by bmartino99
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil and the Economy
Replies: 32
Views: 1511

Re: Oil and the Economy

That would certainly be news to me given what I've previously read , but if true that would obviously change my take completely. Some shale oil wells may have a break-even point of $40 a barrel over their production life despite the higher drilling and fracking costs. However, many sources put the ...

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption
Replies: 31
Views: 1728

Re: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption

Just off population alone, the US being ~328 million and Germany being ~83 million, I'd say more people in the US than in Germany have multiple beers a day. Now, whether the percentage of the population having multiple beers a day is higher in the US than Germany, I have no idea.

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United blocking middle seats on reservations?
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: United blocking middle seats on reservations?

I’d be shocked to see UA fly to PPT for the foreseeable future, June will only have NRT and SYD for SFO so I’d expect to see things like FRA and LHR come back first. They could maybe find a way to tag onto a another flight I guess. We aren't really expecting to go at this point, but I already have ...

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United blocking middle seats on reservations?
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: United blocking middle seats on reservations?

Yes , I think every one of the US majors have. However ... there is a misconception that you will have no one sitting next to you. United and others just block them during the reservation process but are happy to fill the middle seats with unassigned passengers and others before the flight pushes b...

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United blocking middle seats on reservations?
Replies: 4
Views: 446

United blocking middle seats on reservations?

I was just checking our upcoming reservations for July with United from IAH to SFO to PPT and it appears they have blocked out all middle seats for booking. It looks to be that way going and returning. Did they make an official announcement about this?

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by bmartino99
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3906

Re: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.

Well luckily for me and most other Western nations bar one, I don't need a gun, this was a pistol not a shotgun or .22 bolt action farmers/those in rural areas can have a need for. Since gun crime is low, most of it is criminals vs other criminals and the standard criminal weapon in the UK is an il...

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by bmartino99
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Angels NYC Flyover 4/22/2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1988

Re: Blue Angels NYC Flyover 4/22/2020

http://www.northescambia.com/2020/04/2photos-blue-angels-and-thunderbirds-fly-over-escambia-county It certainly looks like they are practicing together, regardless of what the Blue Angels say. I wonder if they want to avoid publishing any kind of schedule to avoid people gathering in crowds?

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP Choice for the democratic party.
Replies: 86
Views: 3357

Re: VP Choice for the democratic party.

How can Abrams flip a red state for the Democrats when she didn't even win it? She can't. Her name is constantly rammed down our throats because a bunch of people think she was robbed in her election (pure nonsense) and now they want her on a national level. She is too divisive and the black caucus...

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by bmartino99
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll Americans turning against trump
Replies: 55
Views: 2382

Re: Poll Americans turning against trump

I think Trump knew exactly what he was doing with his COVID-19 response. He was definitely in one of those "between a rock and a hard place" situations. Had he taken steps to lock down the country back in January or February he would have undoubtedly alienated his base that got him elected...

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by bmartino99
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MLB planning to start season in Arizona
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: MLB planning to start season in Arizona

They are basically taking what the Korean Baseball League is doing and bringing it over to the US. The plan seems reasonable enough, though they need to work out the details of what happens if a player tests positive before that actually happens.

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by bmartino99
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Cargo Plane Headed for the USA
Replies: 5
Views: 2265

Re: Russian Military Cargo Plane Headed for the USA

Flightradar now shows JFK as the destination.

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by bmartino99
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Private vs public transportation in a time of required isolation.
Replies: 20
Views: 1210

Re: Private vs public transportation in a time of required isolation.

So how do people that rely on public transportation manage during this extreme moment? And going into the future does something like this need to be planned into expanding public transportation desires? Tugg According to friends and video I’ve seen from Japan - they are coping. People wear masks on...

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by bmartino99
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?
Replies: 93
Views: 4386

Re: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?

Houston, Texas here. Besides working from home I've been taking the Vette out when it isn't raining. Its so rare to have so little traffic around Houston and its been a driving pleasure.

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by bmartino99
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)
Replies: 45
Views: 1714

Re: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)

From my time as a 14 year old McDonalds employee, I can tell you that Big Mac patties are 10-1 (10 patties to 1 lbs precooked weight) and Quarter Pounders are 4-1. So meat wise, a double Big Mac is less than the double Quarter Pounder.

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by bmartino99
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bucket Lists
Replies: 35
Views: 1602

Re: Bucket Lists

Two biggest things currently on my bucket list: The Collings Foundation out of Houston offers flight experiences in A-4's and F-4's. I would love to do the ride in the F-4, though its about a 45 minute experience and it'll set you back about $13,000. My bonus comes out every January and I've gotten ...

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by bmartino99
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daytona 500 Crash
Replies: 22
Views: 1117

Re: Daytona 500 Crash

Yes and if you cause a crash you're penalized, including at the next race if necessary. You can even be banned from a future race, or out of the sport. It's not just "I can't be bothered to slow down, oh well I'll just bump the car in front". In Nascar there is already not much driving in...

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by bmartino99
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daytona 500 Crash
Replies: 22
Views: 1117

Re: Daytona 500 Crash

Can you win like that, just pushing the front runner in the wall ? All the guys who drive for Roger Penske are very good at that. In this style of super speedway racing, there isn't much they can do. When cars behind the leader stack up and get a run they are going faster than the leader. The leade...

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by bmartino99
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daytona 500 Crash
Replies: 22
Views: 1117

Re: Daytona 500 Crash

I only saw a few laps Monday at the end when a previous crash prevented the finish of the race, leading to the restart that injured Newman. Ironically, it was 19 years ago today (Tuesday, 2/18) of the death of Dale Earhnardt in the final lap of the Daytona 500. Since than there have been huge advan...

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by bmartino99
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daytona 500 Crash
Replies: 22
Views: 1117

Daytona 500 Crash

Brutal crash tonight on the final lap of the Daytona 500 with Ryan Newman flipping over and taking a direct hit on the driver's side A-Pillar area. Statement from NASCAR is that he is in serious condition, with non-life threatening injuries. Pretty amazing just how far the safety of these cars has c...

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by bmartino99
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bye bye Yang Gang
Replies: 34
Views: 1466

Re: Bye bye Yang Gang

Sigh...Yang is definitely the only likable candidate in the Dems. Oh well, not sure who I should root for now. Warren perhaps (but she will probably be done after Super Tuesday). I just don't like Bernie, but the "moderate" Dems are also very meh... IMHO Yang is just so far ahead in time ...

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by bmartino99
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL159 to ICN Diverted to FAI
Replies: 39
Views: 8891

Re: DL159 to ICN Diverted to FAI

As someone who lived in Fairbanks for 5 years, not a great time of the year to divert there from a passenger standpoint. Its going to be cold.

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by bmartino99
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Green energy investments US at record high
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Green energy investments US at record high

I don't think Trump is totally against new forms of energy, be it green or not. His stated goal is to make "America to achieve energy independence from OPEC and all nations hostile to the interests of the United States to ensure national security, and insulate it from any supply disruptions and...

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by bmartino99
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yang Supporters are the new Sanders supporters
Replies: 33
Views: 1373

Re: Yang Supporters are the new Sanders supporters

NIKV69 wrote:
He never even wore a tie!

Yea it's laughable but predictable that once the fringe started to fail this would happen.



Wearing a tie or not wearing one seems like an important indicator if a candidate is good or not.

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by bmartino99
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A DL 772, Flying LAX-PVG, Makes Emergency Landing And Dumps Fuel On School
Replies: 565
Views: 57040

Re: A DL 772, Flying LAX-PVG, Makes Emergency Landing And Dumps Fuel On School

While definitely a sticky situation, you do what you gotta do when there is an emergency situation. I’m assuming they are not hospitalized for real injuries, just a precaution in case gasoline was ingested somehow? Sidenote: Must’ve been really darn low for the gasoline to not evaporate before hitt...

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by bmartino99
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297598

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

So now Ukrainians are looking for possible bomb explosion from inside the plane. They say Ukrain wasn't happy with the one hour delay and are investigating why some luggages were removed. This is a little weird given the fact that they previously said the got very solid evidence from US. https://ed...

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by bmartino99
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297598

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Seeing as the US and Canada both have intelligence pointing to a missile, I'd imagine Russia and China potentially have similar information. Iran would have little choice but to acknowledge the accidental downing of the plane if one of Russia or China release intelligence indicating missile use. An...

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by bmartino99
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297598

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Seeing as the US and Canada both have intelligence pointing to a missile, I'd imagine Russia and China potentially have similar information. Iran would have little choice but to acknowledge the accidental downing of the plane if one of Russia or China release intelligence indicating missile use. Any...

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by bmartino99
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297598

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Sounds very logical. Thanks for the explanation. Dara, I know you're Iranian and I'm American, so what I say probably means very little to you. But please do not interpret anything posted in this thread or the press as a dog-pile on you or the Iranian people. Even the gross majority of the Iranian ...

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by bmartino99
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297598

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Terrorist on board has weapons to take out pilots and bomb(s)/ suicide vest to detonate etc Would explain fireball and no communication from pilots Or bomb explodes and takes pilots out at same time as starting fire in plane No. Bomb that kills pilots is too far away to puncture the tanks. The bomb...

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