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by Reddevil556
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

I guess that adds to my confusion on the subject, the aircraft was designed and built for a mission it wasn't ready to do upon entrance into service. There is really no reason to add the side doors and spoiler to an aircraft unless you intend to drop paratroops from that door. Unless I am missing s...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

https://i.stack.imgur.com/oQkmo.jpg borrowed from and including a bit of an explanation: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/29865/do-any-airplanes-really-have-this-piece-tom-cruise-is-hanging-onto-in-this-movie https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/A_U.S._Soldier%2C_ce...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

All that being said, the C17 has a much better platform from which to jump, whereas the C130 creates a weird suction effect and exit is typically more violent. I have never bounced off the skin of the aircraft but I have been on jumps where it happened. I figured Airbus would try to use a door desi...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

[/quote] Apparently, the simulation wasn't sufficient and the A400M required its own flight testing campaign to reduce the risk of crossover, and they probably changed something about the configuration. In earlier parachuting and helicopter refueling tests, the landing gear used to be extended durin...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/06/03/airbus-a400m-cleared-to-drop-more-paratroopers-through-its-side-doors/ This has probably already been posted, but I cannot believe I missed this. I had erroneously assumed that paratroop deployment was part of the initial development of the aircr...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 19
Views: 3795

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/06/03/airbus-a400m-cleared-to-drop-more-paratroopers-through-its-side-doors/ This has probably already been posted, but I cannot believe I missed this. I had erroneously assumed that paratroop deployment was part of the initial development of the aircra...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Confirmed: Israeli Air Force Order
Replies: 28
Views: 3046

Re: Possible Israeli Air Force Order

Chinooks are perfectly sized to move an infantry platoon. Not many other rotary aircraft provide that capability. Given how combat operations don't typically dip below the platoon size (for major movements and conventional forces), 3-4 Chinooks can deploy an entire infantry company a decent range. S...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 67
Views: 7648

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2021

Ethiopian Airlines and Air Djibouti to support development of Djibouti as a logistics hub DPFZA @dpfza (Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority) 20 janv 2021 Chairman @Omar_Hadi took part in an important meeting at @Ddiftz with the Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti @BerhanuTsegaye on making Djibouti...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How useful are light fighters?
Replies: 79
Views: 5541

Re: How useful are light fighters?

I think places like Mali, Chad, and Somalia would be perfect locations for light attack fighters. Countries like Kenya could use them effectively to cover their borders where terror groups try to operate. Boko Haram and Al Shabab haven't been know to have much for surface to air capabilities. The li...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Ground Attack Platform
Replies: 33
Views: 2306

Re: Best Ground Attack Platform

You have to look at the enemy force and who is possibly supplying them with weaponry. The situation in Yemen is completely different then lets say Somalia or Mali. In some circumstances drones work, others fast movers, and finally in some rotary wing. Afghanistan was ideal for a lot of rotary wing b...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Greece Getting 18 Rafales
Replies: 39
Views: 7445

Re: Greece Getting 18 Rafales

Totally unrelated, but I love watching the Rafales rip out of the base I am currently at in the evenings. Sound is better than the Mirages.

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty
Replies: 58
Views: 7723

Re: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty

Meanwhile I sit in a dining facility with Brits, French, Italians, Japanese, and probably a few others I am missing on a daily basis and we continue to work together just fine despite all the banner waiving and political gesturing. Its not really going to change anything, we work together at the tac...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 54
Views: 6107

Re: C-17 Usage

Just a random C-17 thought here... So it seems like Boeing will be going with something similar to the 757 in regards to the NMA and those two aircraft have the same basic engines the PW2000. With the NMA possibly coming online about the same time the oldest C-17s are facing retirements, an updated...

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by Reddevil556
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why aren’t major airlines bidding on military charters during the pandemic?
Replies: 15
Views: 3141

Re: Why aren’t major airlines bidding on military charters during the pandemic?

Boeing757100 wrote:
There were DL 764s at SOF for military, but that was even before COVID.


Lots of mil charters stop there...I was there...but due to Covid I couldn't get off the plane. I was allowed fresh air by standing near the rear exit door.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why aren’t major airlines bidding on military charters during the pandemic?
Replies: 15
Views: 3141

Re: Why aren’t major airlines bidding on military charters during the pandemic?

I flew on a DL charter last year (2020) Nice ride and sure beats some of the others like Omni and National. I will say I was impressed by the interior of Omni considering the age of the bird.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission
Replies: 29
Views: 2978

Re: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission

Valid. I meant it more that the non-J C-130 served as TACAMO previously, so it would make sense that a J model (MC, for instance) could probably also fill the role. I don't know enough about 130s to guess which 130 platform would be best, but having a UARRSI would pretty much be a necessity for so ...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 54
Views: 6107

Re: C-17 Usage

Just a random C-17 thought here... So it seems like Boeing will be going with something similar to the 757 in regards to the NMA and those two aircraft have the same basic engines the PW2000. With the NMA possibly coming online about the same time the oldest C-17s are facing retirements, an updated ...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission
Replies: 29
Views: 2978

Re: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission

Wouldn't something like a KC-46 base air frame make more sense? Only if you're thinking of replacing the E-6B with someone very similar to it, then a KC-46 variant makes perfect sense. Remembering the C-130 served in the TACAMO previously, it's logical to assume the C-130J could also fill that role...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How do you move an AFV in 2021?
Replies: 40
Views: 2061

Re: How do you move an AFV in 2021?

This make sense (and I already knew). But even if you're willing to take off the turret (how hard is that?) how does one move a Stryker or Boxer by air? A C-130 can barely do it, there cannot be more than 10 KC-390s in the world, and many nations are unwilling to buy IL-76s. The A400s cost ~$200M. ...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How do you move an AFV in 2021?
Replies: 40
Views: 2061

Re: How do you move an AFV in 2021?

With the exception of vehicles like a Humvee, armored fighting vehicles don't really roll off an aircraft in a combat ready configuration. For example, the vehicle won't carry its combat load of ammunition and fuel. Rail and shipping options are almost always preferred. you can move an entire tank b...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to close Seattle R&D center
Replies: 105
Views: 12145

Re: Boeing to close Seattle R&D center

Because everyone here would turn down a better paying job, with better benefits, in a lower cost of living area because they are immune to financial incentives. This thread has immediately turned into a political slugfest thread.

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by Reddevil556
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 14875

Re: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion

If the C-2 had a good rough field landing package it would be really useful where I am right now. More range and speed than a C130 but can fit into areas a C17 can't. How many ISU 90s can C2 carry? I am sure there are some Herc people here, but for those who haven't had to experience low crawling o...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 54
Views: 6107

Re: C-17 Usage

I know we are some time before the C17s start cycling out and that the AF has plenty of them, but does the DoD require manufacturers like Boeing, LM, GD, and such to keep tooling for military aircraft? I understand the logic behind dumping the tooling for planes like the 757 once production has end...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 14875

Re: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion

If the C-2 had a good rough field landing package it would be really useful where I am right now. More range and speed than a C130 but can fit into areas a C17 can't. How many ISU 90s can C2 carry? I am sure there are some Herc people here, but for those who haven't had to experience low crawling ov...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Usage
Replies: 54
Views: 6107

Re: C-17 Usage

I know we are some time before the C17s start cycling out and that the AF has plenty of them, but does the DoD require manufacturers like Boeing, LM, GD, and such to keep tooling for military aircraft? I understand the logic behind dumping the tooling for planes like the 757 once production has ende...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission
Replies: 29
Views: 2978

Re: US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission

Oof. Their reasoning makes a lot of sense, but I'd hate to be one of the guys/gals in the back after making that transition. Quality of life is much greater with a smooth turbofan (with proper toilets!) as compared to a multiengine turboprop! Yeah I have talked to guys who went from the P-3 to the ...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

A lot of cobwebs have been dusted off after reading these last posts: TPFDD, LOGMOD, SORTS, UMD, etc. The many otherwise frustrating aspects of logistical planning in place precisely to prevent the sorts of logistical nightmares of past wars where units would order 1,000 rolls of toilet paper 10 di...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

Parachute malfunction and the truck turns into a pancake. Yeah... cuz this can happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvJdw_s8qh4 Though, if I recall correctly, the outcome of this was that it was an intentional act of a disgruntled rigger. I believe so, too many malfunctions in that incident for ...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

Yeah I got side tracked on the thought, You do bring up some very good points. The Army already has its own version of the MEU, its called the Global Reaction Force, and its based in multiple locations strategically . Unless a MEU is staged on the correct body of water at the right time, its likely...

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by Reddevil556
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

Yeah I got side tracked on the thought, You do bring up some very good points. The Army already has its own version of the MEU, its called the Global Reaction Force, and its based in multiple locations strategically . Unless a MEU is staged on the correct body of water at the right time, its likely...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

On a side note, the US Marine Corp is the most redundant and obsolete branch. This isn't about some sort of rivalry, rather just an evolution technology and the look of modern warfare. An amphibious infantry division could be created within the Army and completely remove the need for the Marines. P...

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by Reddevil556
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

On a side note, the US Marine Corp is the most redundant and obsolete branch. This isn't about some sort of rivalry, rather just an evolution technology and the look of modern warfare. An amphibious infantry division could be created within the Army and completely remove the need for the Marines. P...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: If the Army/Air Force never split
Replies: 32
Views: 1829

Re: If the Army/Air Force never split

From my experience Army and Air Force still work more in sync than lets say the Army and the Navy. Their are several joint bases stateside and don't forget the Army has one airborne division along with two additional brigades that are airborne. These units have liaisons with AMC to coordinate 130s a...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 4936

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

A couple of twin engine civil transport aircraft for diplomatic purposes. The look of the Scottish National Police Force or something similar to that would be more likely.

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by Reddevil556
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian freighters as military freighter
Replies: 22
Views: 2211

Re: Civilian freighters as military freighter

That plane has a range with max payload of over 2,400 miles. Flights of ~150 miles are not what it was optimized for. All true, however almost completely irrelevant to the mission planners. The Herc's self protection capability, rugged and reliable systems, short field performance and maneuverabili...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian freighters as military freighter
Replies: 22
Views: 2211

Re: Civilian freighters as military freighter

Civilian contracted aircraft almost always fly into mega hubs for the military. Places like Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Airfield. All the equipment to unload about any type of cargo aircraft in the world is already there. From there the loads get directly transferred to a C-130 or broken down and r...

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by Reddevil556
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A380 for military charters?
Replies: 18
Views: 2986

Re: A380 for military charters?

Almost every military charter I have ever flown on has been a 767. I have flown Omni, Delta, and National. My Delta flights were on a 767-300 and A330-200. Omni was a 767-200 (but I have seen their 767-300s and 777-200s). National was a 757-200 (by far the worst military charter I have been on, but ...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: I'm About to Turn 29, Poor AFQOT Scores What Are My Opitions?
Replies: 12
Views: 1183

Re: I'm About to Turn 29, Poor AFQOT Scores What Are My Opitions?

With your interest in Cybersecurity, have you considered a non flying role with the USAF?. Not really. I guess if I can't picked up by the Air Force, I'll try the Army Warrant Officer program. The Army Warrant program may be easier. Nearly every state has a National Guard Aviation Brigade. There ar...

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by Reddevil556
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relaunch of the Dornier 328
Replies: 140
Views: 26627

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

I could see these being useful in Africa. I was at a location for a while where Fokker 50s came in multiple times a day. Those Fokkers have to be getting up there in age. But I don't see where a new build Do 328 would more advantageous than a second hand ATR or Dash 8. I don't think the US Air Force...

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by Reddevil556
Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New
Replies: 36
Views: 4150

Re: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New

Drones still do not have the situational awareness as a FAC. A FAC can still observe a larger area than a drone. Also we are spoiled rotten with drones because the operational environment for the past two decades has been sparsely vegetated desert terrain. Drones can become almost useless in a trip...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New
Replies: 36
Views: 4150

Re: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New

King Airs, Dash 7s, Dash 8s, Pilatus PC-12s, and probably some others that I am forgetting have been used in ISR platforms in active combat zones. I have personally seen them operating in this ISR role. All those aircraft are just as vulnerable as a Bronco or Mohawk. Plenty of operational environme...

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by Reddevil556
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New
Replies: 36
Views: 4150

Re: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New

King Airs, Dash 7s, Dash 8s, Pilatus PC-12s, and probably some others that I am forgetting have been used in ISR platforms in active combat zones. I have personally seen them operating in this ISR role. All those aircraft are just as vulnerable as a Bronco or Mohawk. Plenty of operational environmen...

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by Reddevil556
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 57
Views: 5855

Re: A321XLR MRTT

angad84 wrote:
Reddevil556 wrote:
A little off topic, but do C-130J models have the capability to have the underwing tanks attached? I am talking a standard C-130J, not specific mission oriented bird.

Yes


Interesting, I have seen the KC-130Js with underwing tanks, but never the Air Force C-130Js with them.

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by Reddevil556
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 57
Views: 5855

Re: A321XLR MRTT

A little off topic, but do C-130J models have the capability to have the underwing tanks attached? I am talking a standard C-130J, not specific mission oriented bird.

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by Reddevil556
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What do military pilots eat aboard?
Replies: 48
Views: 4439

Re: What do military pilots eat aboard?

I am an Army guy, but I have a decent amount of experience on C-130s. For cargo planes, pilots bring pretty much whatever they want along with whatever crew is on the bird that day. I have seen coolers for the longer hauls and to go plates of food from the chow hall. Someone mentioned the term battl...

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by Reddevil556
Wed May 13, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn
Replies: 61
Views: 3416

Re: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn

For example, Trump has been mostly good for the US economy . Awesome.... the standard for being good for the Economy is now "Just roughly maintain what you inherited and don´t trash it before three years are over". The first decision that would actually impact the economy Trump was presen...

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by Reddevil556
Tue May 12, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn
Replies: 61
Views: 3416

Re: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn

I agree, nothing else matters to these clowns. Death, Sickness, Truth, Laws, Morality, Patriotism, nothing but staying in power. Raw Naked Power (trumps) the Constitution and the Unity of the Nation. Comedy gold right there, because those exact descriptors can easily flipped for whatever party flav...

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by Reddevil556
Tue May 12, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn
Replies: 61
Views: 3416

Re: 2000 Former DOJ and FBI call on Barr to resign over Flynn

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/11/2000-former-doj-fbi-officials-call-on-barr-to-resign-over-michael-flynn-case/24272816/ Gee! only 2000 call for his resignation. Of course when you count the other millions of citizens who think he should go, now that means something in the real world. Now...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion
Replies: 197
Views: 9186

Re: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion

It's a modern day lynching. Also, the Glynn County, GA DA needs to be locked and charged with obstructing justice. She sat on her hands because the father-murderer used to work for her office as an investigator. Lock her ass up and charge her! It will never happen, there is no requirement for prose...

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by Reddevil556
Mon May 11, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Trump's re-election
Replies: 148
Views: 8861

Re: Consequences of Trump's re-election

I would rather live under communism than another four years of Trump. if he does win, I hope we Americans will have the balls to start a coup d’état to unseat him from power. Why not just move to NK, China, or Vietnam? Honestly people place too much importance on the president. As an independent I ...

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