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by Reddevil556
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 20065

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

EI A332 takes over DUB MSP from the B752 from next March I believe. What are fares looking like round trip? Haven’t priced them out yet, but interested in a trip Summer fares have been higher than I expected them to be. I figured EI would price their flights to compete with FI but that hasn't been ...

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by Reddevil556
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 20065

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

thanks for this list! I have no insight about the Canada numbers, though it must be due to some adjustments to Delta/WestJet cross border connection strategy. Having said that, I am specifcally blown away at the Toronto number, despite non-growth! [thanks for rubbing in that SY Cancun drop, grumble...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passenger shaming
Replies: 34
Views: 5709

Re: Passenger shaming

Some of the worst behavior and offensive clothing I’ve seen has been in the AA Admirals Club and premium cabins. Low class knows no class. Exactly, I have had my fair share of run ins with trust fund babies that behave like pure garbage. I deal with people on Lake Minnetonka on a regular basis. For...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AW109 Air Care crash
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

AW109 Air Care crash

https://www.kare11.com/mobile/article/n ... 114faa9d08
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Not sure if this has been posted, but sad loss of life.

https://www.kare11.com/mobile/article/n ... 114faa9d08

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 2629

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

The army will increase to 6000 men, up from the current 4500 by the early 2030’s. I had no idea the army was that small, I was with the Aussies for about 6 months in Afghanistan and I thought they were small. There are 3x as many infantry at Fort Bragg, NC alone Not large that is for sure. The NYPD...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs
Replies: 29
Views: 2629

Re: RNZAF chooses C130Js to replace its C130Hs

I'm not sure how often they plan on using their LAVs since they changed their 2 infantry battalions to light infantry and grouped all the LAVs in QAMR. The army will increase to 6000 men, up from the current 4500 by the early 2030’s. I had no idea the army was that small, I was with the Aussies for...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 crew in bravery nomination for SNN landing
Replies: 19
Views: 2142

Re: C-17 crew in bravery nomination for SNN landing

I guess it would be more “heroic” if the landing was in a country we had weak diplomatic ties with. Diverting for a medical reason to Russia or maybe a Belarus would be a whole different story. Last time I checked the US and Ireland have pretty tight ties. Sure it may have violated protocol, but any...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What helicopter is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: What helicopter is this?

https://www.airliners.net/aircraft-data ... hinook/118
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Looks like you answered your own question, but a quick Google search led me back here and confirmed my initial thoughts.

https://www.airliners.net/aircraft-data ... hinook/118

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by Reddevil556
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3604

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

It is a crime to take of in a fighter and not go full burner. What’s the point then? That is like buying a Mustang, but opting for the V6 option. I loved listening to the RAF Nados ripping out of KAF at night with afterburners glowing! The cannon on the Tornado was nice sounding too, but nothing bea...

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by Reddevil556
Wed May 29, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

This technology will mostly likely be limited to counter insurgency and the assymetric battlefield.

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by Reddevil556
Wed May 29, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

Better this than the conventional Hellfire missile leaving a crater in the ground and several casualties, rather than one intended casualty. We have these things called snipers, they can pick out a single target out of a crown and drop them. An airdropped weapon of this nature seems incredibly like...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 27, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

So a set of blades that fan out from the missile and likely, as the article suggest, cut through light metal and clearly people. https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8ddefcc444806fda2ad75294397bad9d?width=650 The intent is to minimise civilian casualties by using this weapon to target individuals in...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 27, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: D-Day plane returns to Europe for 75th anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 2123

Re: D-Day plane returns to Europe for 75th anniversary

D-Day plane returns to Europe for 75th anniversary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgTS_yQuJHE Wonderful to see and great that they managed to save it from scrapping. A few friends of mine were able to participate in DDay memorial jumps along with Operation Market Garden jumps. Was a little jealous...

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by Reddevil556
Wed May 15, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

marcelh wrote:
New “toy” to be used in another US-created war.....


And what country do you hail from?

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by Reddevil556
Wed May 15, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

flyingturtle wrote:
Reddevil556 wrote:
Isn’t that essentially a flachete round?


Not as I understand it. A flechette is like a dart, pointed towards the target. But this Game of Thrones weapon folds out sabres, sideways.


So like an expanding broad head tip for archery hunting? Still tryin to wrap my head around the concept or purpose.

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by Reddevil556
Tue May 14, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 3004

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

Isn’t that essentially a flachete round?

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by Reddevil556
Tue May 14, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 16614

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

Choice of words means everything. Business Insider is nothing more than a click bait digital news source. I don’t work in the aviation industry and I am far from an expert, but I am competent enough to use a search engine to at least figure out basic details. A correct English sentence that would no...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 13, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 74
Views: 8562

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Maybe I am not catching all the sarcasm in this thread or cannot separate then mindless fanboyism from the sarcasm, but until this MAX disaster, Boeing stocks were on fire and the company was raking in cash. The MAX disaster is the turning point in putting the 737 to rest and the motivation for a cl...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 13, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17149

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Time on station is nice and have the eagle eye perspective is huge, but when it comes to ordinance I want a human pulling the trigger that is seeing exactly what they are shooting at or dropping a bomb on. It’s reassuring when taking to a pilot above you they exactly where you are what you want them...

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by Reddevil556
Sat May 11, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

Now if the ME countries would only learn how to really use all their fancy, expensive toys so that they could defend their own interests... The Saudi did just that and ended up in a quagmire. But I guess, you can't not learn from your mistakes if you don't try bt The quality of the 'training' many ...

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by Reddevil556
Sat May 11, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 124
Views: 12208

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

History is not favorable to Russian bedfellows. Turkey has always been a long shot to me. It made sense at a certain level but in the grand scheme not worth the squeeze. I envision things could have been a lot different in Iraq in the past 15 years if Turkey would have been more proactive. But I dig...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17149

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

From a ground pounder perspective, an unmanned bomber is a bit frightening. When calling CAS I like to actually talk to a pilot at the controls. It’s a nice feeling having a pilot able to acknowledge my position and reference danger close margins. I shudder at the thought of a computer operating si...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 124
Views: 12208

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

Why would anybody in the west care if Turkey shoveled their money down the rat hole known as the SU-57? Or for that matter why would anybody in the west care if Turkey got deeply involved with Russia? That is a marriage that could never last so would not be a threat to anyone. Russia is Turkey's hi...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

Now if the ME countries would only learn how to really use all their fancy, expensive toys so that they could defend their own interests... I am not quite sure if that would make the situation much better. Turkey is a good example. Erdogan is turning into a rouge player and getting into bed with th...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17149

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

From a ground pounder perspective, an unmanned bomber is a bit frightening. When calling CAS I like to actually talk to a pilot at the controls. It’s a nice feeling having a pilot able to acknowledge my position and reference danger close margins. I shudder at the thought of a computer operating sim...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

To be fair, if you are a small country, with larger, more powerful neighbors, who can be bullies at times, if you can afford it, why not hire a bigger bully to keep your trousers from ending up a flag pole. bt To modify a famous saying, “The game must go on.” The international arms market hasn’t ch...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

I guess we're not backing off of support for them in the Middle East (Re: Emirates/SA). I believe the US still operates forward support sites out of Qatar for ME operations, so a defense partnership is expected to continue. Once upon a time a it was Democracy vs Communism. Now it’s about markets an...

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 787 at MSP?
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

Re: AF 787 at MSP?

It was a good day at MSP for a/c AF2 was there for a visit as well.

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

That’s a big sale for Boeing Defense

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by Reddevil556
Fri May 10, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF 787 at MSP?
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

AF 787 at MSP?

Watched an AF 787 land at MSP today, when did they switch from the 330s? If I am not mistaken this route is the first 787 for MSP right?

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by Reddevil556
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FliegerFaust: Waiting for Airbus to announce the A220-500 with a nice launch customer order
Replies: 61
Views: 16182

Re: FliegerFaust: Waiting for Airbus to announce the A220-500 with a nice launch customer order

OA940 wrote:
Isn't the A225 at the capacity range of the A320neo? AKA what's the point of it? I mean I'd love to see it but hey it is fliegerfaust


The A225 doesn’t work in namesake. Too close to the AN225 :spin:

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by Reddevil556
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Train Trip Report: Amtrak Empire Builder CHI-MSP (no pics)
Replies: 7
Views: 6340

Re: Train Trip Report: Amtrak Empire Builder CHI-MSP (no pics)

We are taking the Empire Builder at the end of April. We decided that traveling with small children in a train would be much better than in a car! The kids are really excited for the train ride, plus we are happy we don't have to worry about parking downtown Chicago.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military pilot
Replies: 8
Views: 2362

Re: US military pilot

I could not locate the surgeon that I saw. However Womack Refractive Eye Surgery Center has an order of precedence. 1st is Special Operations, 2nd is Airborne Infantry, and 3rd is all other MOSs

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by Reddevil556
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6427

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

You have to remember the F-117 was only designed a fighter because of an arms treaty. The US designed it as a bomber, but classified it as a fighter so it would not violate the treaty. I believe one test was conducted where the F-117 fired a single air to air missile. Also the F-117 was a reflection...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 385833

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Cargo shift? In level fight? I'm just not seeing it. A 747F carrying a armored vehicles is a lot different than an Amazon package hauler. The National crash at Bagram is chilling to watch. My friend that flies for Atlas stated a while back he still can’t watch the video. Time will tell what brought...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 385833

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Condolences to the families of the crew. I have a friend who flies for Atlas. Sad day.

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual airline sightings
Replies: 80
Views: 8977

Re: Unusual airline sightings

Military charters on mainline airliners I am sure gets a lot of unusual visits. Mine would be flying in a DL 763 into FRU.

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by Reddevil556
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 19
Views: 4316

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

Losing the Kiowa and not having a dedicated replacement was a bum deal. I loved Kiowa pilots, they always seemed fearless. Apache pilots always seemed more uptight and overly cautious. The run and gun attitude seemed to be a common theme with the Kiowa pilots. They loved CAS... I noted the same diff...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military pilot
Replies: 8
Views: 2362

Re: US military pilot

I can’t remember his name, I will have to do some research. No I never did end up going the pilot route. Got too old. Instead of flying planes I ended up jumping out of them. Still love aviation, but from an outsider perspective. I’ll try to get that surgeon’s name

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by Reddevil556
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military pilot
Replies: 8
Views: 2362

Re: US military pilot

I know the US Army approved the latest LASIK options for Freefall operations. I believe the forces placed upon the eyes for a freefall would be more extreme than in a cockpit. However you would need to speak to someone within the AF recruiting to find out the specifics. My initial plan back in the d...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 10487

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I remember a flight from Charlotte to Fayetteville on a Dash 8 where the lady next to me was freaking out because one of the props wasn’t turning during the taxi. I calmly told her everything was ok and that it would start turning before we took off. Passenger ignorance is very common. For those tha...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Next AF-1 After 748
Replies: 34
Views: 5851

Re: The Next AF-1 After 748

Maybe the BWB will finally come online by then and we see that style of A/C.

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

I agree in the doctrine, but I am speaking more from personal experience. Hence why the A10 has lasted so long. Those two points are not logically linked. The A-10 has lasted so long only because the USAF invested in it. Had it not received the C upgrade and the new wings it would have been retired...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

This program is a complete waste of money. It results in excessive capability overlap between the existing drones and manned jets. The F-35 and existing drones can perform any mission this aircraft could do. Excessive capability overlap is great in high threat environments as it gives you options. ...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It is still a balance of risk and effectiveness. CAS in general is best when it’s low and slow. High and fast isn’t really CAS, it becomes tactical bombing. But CAS has been needed in every war since WWI and as long as nations are willing to us military force, they will be taking the risks of using...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It is still a balance of risk and effectiveness. CAS in general is best when it’s low and slow. High and fast isn’t really CAS, it becomes tactical bombing. But CAS has been needed in every war since WWI and as long as nations are willing to us military force, they will be taking the risks of using ...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

It does make them vulnerable, but that is warfare. At some point you have to be willing to take risks. 20th century warfare shows us the myth that AirPower alone isn’t effective in disuading an enemy force. At some point in time you need boots on the ground to direct the attacks and make direct cont...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

No, it doesn't; see JP 3-09.3: https://fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3_09_3.pdf Ha, beat me to it. As the doctrine clearly states, CAS is an effect that can be accomplished by a host of different aircraft. The issue is not the platform that delivers the weapon but the effect the weapon creates on the gr...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor flies for the first time
Replies: 89
Views: 19887

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

Sweet thanks for digging that up! I remember reading/hearing about the concept, but I never realized it saw combat.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)
Replies: 70
Views: 10521

Re: News on Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X)

Agreed, especially in regard to pilot shortage. But cost was also a reason for looking towards an off the shelf platform. I think unmanned has many roles going forward. It will in cargo and freight as well. But for now I personally think there is a gap that can be filled with an AT6 or A29. Drones ...

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