Search found 201 matches

by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 130621

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Going back to my previous post, actually I'm disappointed that they have to tack on an IRST sensor onto a pod onto a hardpoint instead of incorporating it into the airframe, especially since that's a hardpoint for a weapon or another pod.. Japan's F-15Js already do this.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 19077

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

I wouldn't be surprised if the 108 number was a result of political pressure from SAAB and the Swedish government. 36 fighters is a very small number to justify a production run of, especially when almost half of that number won't even be assembled in your country.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 130621

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Sometimes aircraft get ‘uglier’ as they age with more protrusions etc., but I have to say the latest Eagles are the prettiest, imho. That's an unavoidable consequence of trying to maximize airframe growth potential. It's impressive the protrusions were kept to a minimum on the teen series since tho...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28391

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

I am not going to lower myself to respond to your remarks and will deal with only the FACTS. Ok then. First of all, your justifications are all wrong. Look down shoot-down is a very difficult task when you try it on a Buff. Having flown several Red-Flags I can tell you from personal experience it i...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28391

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Really? Because you seem to be the one quite mistaken. First of all the threats from likely OPFOR nations are in turn likely to be S2A as that type of defense is more in practice with the affordability and doctrine of those nations, except for the PRC which is still going to possess a significant S2...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 27
Views: 2060

Re: A321XLR MRTT

I disagree on the lack of market of used 767 and especially A330 frames, especially since unlike Boeing Airbus is actively marketing a used boom 330 conversion program, but Ozair brings up a good point about KC-130s and other trash-to-gas haulers. Many of these air forces already operate these types...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28391

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

You are correct to a point. There is a good possibility low-level could return in cases where there is little air threat. Sure but why? The whole point of low level is to evade high-intensity threats. If only low intensity threats exist the altitude profile will be whatever is best conductive to fu...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 27
Views: 2060

Re: A321XLR MRTT

I know IAI had been floating around a "regional tanker" with a graphic sometimes represented by a Gulfstream which might be on the extreme end of "smaller is better," but the idea is to provide as the name implies a tanker that provides regional support. It wouldn't be able to do...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Former F-117 pilot admits plane had secondary A2A role on podcast
Replies: 7
Views: 2300

Former F-117 pilot admits plane had secondary A2A role on podcast

https://theaviationist.com/2020/06/03/f-117s-had-an-air-to-air-capability-with-secondary-mission-to-shoot-down-soviet-awacs-former-stealth-pilot-says/ “yes his primary role was attack but having said that, it could actually carry every munition in the inventory at the time of its insertion, with the...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AW 609 Military applications ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Re: AW 609 Military applications ?

texl1649 wrote:
A civil application of the V280 is about the only thing I can think of (which is likely toward 2030 if it wins).


And I wouldn't be surprised if it takes that long for a single AW609 to be delivered, if at all.

There's a reason why tiltrotors in civilian service aren't a thing yet.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Not looking too good at the moment, is it? Would reported American pressure on non-Turkish companies involved ease if Biden replaced Trump in January? Gee, I wonder if such issues with a despotic, cash-troubled regime like this were predictable to the point where South Korea has to be questioned on...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

art wrote:

I can think of two benefits: a bit of money, a larger production run.


That's true, but like all other forms of short-term-only thinking, it starts to yield neither, and eventually, only problems.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

mmo wrote:
The only other weapon is a BDU-33 which is a practice bomb. That is it for weapons.


And that's exactly what I'm talking about. That's my whole point. There is nothing in the design requirement saying that the T-7 has to carry more than that.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

I'm also inclined to believe that the aircraft may have simply not been in a salvagable state to begin with. It may have simply been thoroughly wrecked. It's virtually impossible to tell without some timely pictures made available.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

I can see it as a very light fighter at ANG bases, where it would be a trainer for most hours. ...yes, no, maybe? I feel very divided and conflicted on this in terms of opinion. On the one hand, I feel that your suggestion is one of those "stupidly brilliant" ideas that I'm honestly surpr...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

and you're going to end up with a smaller and less capable frame than a Gripen Do you have a problem with Boeing itself? Actually yes but only insofar as I do with any multi-billion/trillion-dollar global corporation, not to mention this is a non-related and bizarre accusation to make given the con...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun May 31, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is American really done with the 757?
Replies: 54
Views: 10128

Re: Is American really done with the 757?

NYCAAer wrote:
To be honest, I won’t miss them! Horrible on transatlantic.


And there's your answer for why they did it. If flight attendants don't like them, it overwhelmingly usually is indicative of other serious operational shortcomings.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun May 31, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

blah blah blah I can't see what you actually wrote because I have you blocked, but I'm sure whatever it was, it was profoundly stupid, the reason why I have you blocked in the first place. ....loitering.... as a matter of fact the Russian 9M730 Burevestnik being developed is intended specifically t...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun May 31, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AW 609 Military applications ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Re: AW 609 Military applications ?

Whatever military applications can be applied to an AW109, can probably be applied to an AW609, and the AW109 is very popular for some military applications. However , this assumes the AW609 even enters production and the entire program isn't written off as a complete failure. I've yet to even hear ...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun May 31, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

That's making a fatal and frankly stupid mistake of assuming adding AESA radar to the T-7 is somehow free. The radar unit itself is costly; I think you misread my post. I said the T-7 structural airframe will be half the price. Not the complete flyable aircraft. The AESA radar would be the same cos...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 30, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4142

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

really? what standard runway is going to duplicate traps on a rolling deck in a seagoing condition? All of this Automatic approach equipment they want to develop? Isn't worth a hill of beans if a Pilot can't hitvthe deck at night or in Bad weather. Landing ON a Carrier is what sets Navy pilots apar...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 29, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

UAVs are planned, hopefully, to return to base and be used again. They carry a weapon/ munition that is to be dropped/ launched at a target. They are actively piloted, though do have autopilot capabilities in some models. Even FMC type routing for the autopilot. Missiles, to date, are launch and fo...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 29, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

If we assume this F-7 fighter would have equal radar to the Gripen E then in any competition the F-7 would win against the Gripen. That's making a fatal and frankly stupid mistake of assuming adding AESA radar to the T-7 is somehow free. The radar unit itself is costly; otherwise every air force wo...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

(hey, this is a.net) You certainly got that right. Is loitering allowed before a strike is ordered? The technology to allow that to happen is still relatively extremely new and on top of that based very much on operational context. It's not a limitation of propulsion but a limitation of software an...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 29, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18432

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

LOL, I am pretty sure no T-38 has ever flown above 60K feet. Strictly speaking not likely true since NASA does use them for research, including programs that likely require exceeding this altitude. How many years until they make a single seat version with AESA and AMRAAM capability? ...many? If at ...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 29, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24716

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

maint123 wrote:
So each plane coming in at 60 m usd. Pretty expensive for a home designed and home assembled plane.


Not really, comparable to a Blk 60 F-16.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 28, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

art wrote:
I can think of two benefits: a bit of money, a larger production run.


Or, I'll take two things Indonesia will never have in a million years, Alex!

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed May 27, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Can Indonesia afford to stay in the programme? The bigger question is, why do the Koreans insist on tying their defense programs to the Indonesians in the first place? In my mind, it's akin to Israel having no problem being associated with Apartheid South Africa (then again Israel happily engages i...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed May 27, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4142

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

You're going to end up with what amounts to dead space anyway. Why not design it to act as storage or as space for future upgrades? I once read that the F-22 was intentionally designed with enough dead space to physically cram the hardware of a CRAY supercomputer into, but of course I defer to peopl...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sun May 24, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Frecce Tricolori to perform a series of flyovers in Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Frecce Tricolori to perform a series of flyovers in Italy

Got up on the wrong side of the bed, huh? Not my point. My point being is that it's a pittance of a consolation prize for tens of thousands of dying due to the genocidal selfishness of a minority of the voting population and the equally genocidal selfishness of the "president" they instal...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2593

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

It adds base drag and makes the aircraft look ugly, the ugly part is not trivial when you are talking about an aircraft costing many tens of millions. It should look halfway presentable. With that logic, why even paint the aircraft? How about removing skin panels covering flight control actuators a...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 23, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4142

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

I don't understand the Navy's thinking in regard to non-carrier capable aircraft. To me this makes no sense. to me. It will be cheaper to practice carrier landings in trainer aircraft than would be in a strike fighter. But it's even cheaper to practice landings in trainer aircraft on shore-based ba...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 23, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

I've deleted the original content as seeing that for some reason I cannot delete the post itself. Hopefully this will make the moderators happy.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 23, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7904

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

There are several AF out there that need the boom for the larger planes. The UK and RAAF will have the P-8's along with the C-17's. Both of those countries have the A330. India, who also have both P-8A and C-17 will also want a larger tanker as well. There will be a few P-8 operators coming on line...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Sat May 23, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Frecce Tricolori to perform a series of flyovers in Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Frecce Tricolori to perform a series of flyovers in Italy

If your country is having a military flyover, it's probably a sign your country's leadership has doomed you. So here's a military flyover as a consolation prize for either being too stuck inside to see it or too busy dying to see it. Every government needs a complete changeover when this is done, bu...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 22, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

And the concern for China isn't something necessarily driven by the media, especially here in the United States. China's been a problem for as long as they've been envious of becoming the dominant power of the world, which started decades ago. If it wasn't for their rapid military modernization sin...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Fri May 22, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7904

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

Just to clarify, I believe Boeing only blocked the 767 tanker mod only for the Isaelis. The Israilies are free fo mod the 767 for tanker duties for other airforces. I should've clarified (since this is what I was thinking and intended) that I was referring specifically to hose-drogue 767 mods. Othe...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 21, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2593

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

DigitalSea wrote:
Just givin' ya a little run there mate!


Clearly, instead of telling you to stop drinking the OAN Kool-Aid I should've told you to stop drinking Foster's excessively.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 21, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

China wants to increase its arms dealing to build up dependency on Chinese hardware (similar to how the US executes), and this is already happening all around the road with huge eyes on Africa. That's true, but a major if not the main motivation is profit motive, or at least it's very much equal in...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 21, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7904

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

Northrop is now[sic] slouch in hammering the tax payer too and Boeing still managed to shoot down the EADS/Northrop KC45 which won the original RFP fare and square. That is certainly factually, undeniably true, especially the accusation against Boeing. It's also largely irrelevant to the actual top...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 21, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should RAF replace Sentinels with more P-8’s
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Should RAF replace Sentinels with more P-8’s

Replace a newer generation aircraft (Global Express) with an older one (737)? That's quite a fallacy as these are effectively 737NGs with 1990s technology era wings, empennage, at least 80s (really, again, 90s) era engines and a slew of other "invisible" components. And that's not on top ...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Thu May 21, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Open Skies at risk? Trump looking to pull US out.
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: Open Skies at risk? Trump looking to pull US out.

The likely fallout is that Russia also withdraws, like they did with the INF. Which leaves smaller countries without their own satellite program at a disadvantage, since Open Skies intel is shared between all treaty signatory states but satellite images are not. Considering the rate of the US withd...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed May 20, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Cross Canada tour (Operation Inspiration)
Replies: 39
Views: 4215

Re: Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Cross Canada tour (Operation Inspiration)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiORBFNjLK4 At one point CFD Mountian View had a hangar or two full of Tutors. Not sure if they are still there. The Snowbirds used to continuously cycle through aircraft from this facility. There are enough spare parts and airframes lying around to keep 25 aircraft ...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Wed May 20, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 3143

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

I know nothing about training aircraft. What I was wondering was whether one trainer could simulate either a Gripen C or Gripen E cockpit display at the flick of a software switch. There's no point in even arguing if it's theoretically possible because there's no reason to. You don't need to train ...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7904

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

There is only one private AAR operator that has boom equipped tankers and the retirement of the KC-10 allows those boom equipped aircraft to move to private operators, either Omega or someone else who bids enough. Enough active, reserve and retired KC-10 aircrew will be available to staff a commerc...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is the B-52 still a worthy bomber for our fleet
Replies: 32
Views: 5632

Re: Is the B-52 still a worthy bomber for our fleet

JASSM and JASSM-ER are conventional cruise missiles. The AGM-86B is the only nuclear cruise missile currently carried by the B-52. Sorry if this was some sort of sarcasm that I completely missed. That said the USAF is hard at work designing new nuke missiles for the B-52 (and B-1B), including alrea...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 208424

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

It makes sense that they'd want to say the heck with it and display them instead of saving the decals/paint for next year as these are time-sensitive and amounts to barely-veiled advertisements for technical and manufacturing capability anyway. Still, it is relevant to this thread as these are relev...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Cross Canada tour (Operation Inspiration)
Replies: 39
Views: 4215

Re: Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Cross Canada tour (Operation Inspiration)

I heard a rumour they had hangars with hundreds of Tutor jets to use but maybe someone with more knowledge can answer more specifically. I know I'm replying late on this point given how things have quickly and tragically shifted, but nonetheless, that's neither efficient nor even possible given how...

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does Omega Air Tanker operate passenger flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 1348

Re: Does Omega Air Tanker operate passenger flights?

This topic and OP reinforce the attitudes I have of the Airliners.net community and why I insist on propagating them, as explained in my choice of forum signature.

Jump to post
by SuperiorPilotMe
Mon May 18, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 20204

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Will China start rapidly subsidizing the military modernization of countries like Iran & NK in response to this? Absolutely no reason to. Don't read too much into "the enemy of my enemy is my friend:" China and the US are not necessarily enemies and I for one prefer a completely diffe...

Jump to post