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by acecrackshot
Thu May 20, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envoy (MQ) warned by FAA over "potential lack of airmanship"
Replies: 61
Views: 13057

Re: Envoy (MQ) warned by FAA over "potential lack of airmanship"

The FAA fined ORD $1.6 million for that little off-roading incident. The pilots were returned to work without any action. I’m going to bite my tongue on the culture of Envoy but I will say this. When for force first officers to be captains against their will, and then the teach them to be captains ...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 20, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envoy (MQ) warned by FAA over "potential lack of airmanship"
Replies: 61
Views: 13057

Re: Envoy (MQ) warned by FAA over "potential lack of airmanship"

I call bull manure on this one. "Potential" lack of airmanship? It either is or it isn't safe. If there is a crash soon, how will the FAA look? The FAA doesn't care about how it "looks" per se . It seems to be caring about a slippage in standards over time. In this case, the FAA...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 17, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brawl watch: 17 injured in mass fight at LTN
Replies: 30
Views: 5923

Re: Brawl watch: 17 injured in mass fight at LTN

Excellent. They can organize a challenge match with Miami Luton would win hands down. One thing I've noticed about fights in general is that there is a lot of hugging, scratching, grab assing, and the like. However, I've noticed the Brits tend to throw more heavy-weight punches than you see in the ...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 17, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brawl watch: 17 injured in mass fight at LTN
Replies: 30
Views: 5923

Re: Brawl watch: 17 injured in mass fight at LTN

Having driven through both, if I owned Hell and Luton I’d live in Hell and rent Luton.

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 16, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

If we are bringing back cool stuff, I vote for airships.

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 16, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 14764

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Seawolf was fine..outstanding in every way really. Just the mission for which she was purchased (killing Soviet SAGs in open water) went away. Much of that class good lives in the Virginia.

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 16, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

Why, after the KC-46?

Asking as a taxpayer.

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 15, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

That’s a 2040s/2050s problem.

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 15, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

Words... You, sir, can take your well-reasoned, cogent argument someplace else. Like to one of those uppity threads where people think and what not. This is a thread about the USAF ordering 748 freighters even though there’s no shortage of airlift, the 747 is going (gone?) out of production, and it...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 15, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Helicopters are very uneconomic for the patrol mission and going with the small option, does not mean you spent less, it just means you can buy and operate more planes for the same amount of money and when I look at Europe´s MPA fleet, I think numbers have quite a charm. I can't think of a time whe...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tanker range performance?
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Tanker range performance?

Hey guys, I have a question to ask you. Do tankers have unlimited range during air refueling missions or do they lose range during air refueling missions due to the offload of fuel? Yep! At least on the KC-10, we literally make gas as we offload it, via a secret process, so our only limiter is the ...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

And who has those assets in NATO? Ask the COE-CSW at Kiel. There is a reason that COE is in Kiel, and its not the weather and views. ETA: Much of the DOTMLPF work is being done in Belgium, Kiel and Norfolk. I bet none of the answers will be "A 1950s turboprop with four observers with Steiner b...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash
Replies: 38
Views: 11669

Re: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash

Low - but it could have helped and making the stick more visible like in the C17 would not be a bad idea either to give you visual clues to what the other pilot is doing. That is not the cockpit design philosophy of cockpit dark, eyes forward. For example, Airbus training at most operators with who...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash
Replies: 38
Views: 11669

Re: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash

Cross linking the joystick is a pretty low contributor in my estimation. At the end of the day, it’s ALWAYS possible to push the red button until you hear PRIORITY LEFT (RIGHT). In the A320 dual inputs are summed, so joining with full down would have given a DUAL INPUT. Honestly, more than poor airm...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash
Replies: 38
Views: 11669

Re: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash

The final report from the French BEA cited poor airmanship as the primary cause of the accident as you stated. Not sure how this lawsuit can find Airbus culpable. For starters, if there had been previous cases of full ADC loss or conflicting ADC Data presentation, and no corresponding procedures or...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Little "fins" located FWD on F/A-18C and D.
Replies: 4
Views: 1884

Re: Little "fins" located FWD on F/A-18C and D.

Regarding the 1900, many of the extra airfoils weren’t for stability per se (as the King Air series is quite aerodynamically stable) but to avoid the requirement for a stick pusher/stick shaker/stall avoidance system other than the existing King Air series leading edge indicator. Essentially, the 19...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash
Replies: 38
Views: 11669

Re: Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over AF447 crash

If you’re suing Airbus and AF, why aren’t they suing the regulators for allowing this flight? Let’s put names of people in the suit—the actual approval authority names of the training, of the AFM which provided procedural guidance, the instructors that may have failed to properly cover every possib...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Still something will have to patrol harbour approaches and shipping lanes. That is where the targets for enemy submarines are and were you do not want anybody to leaves a load of mines behind. That’s a poor mission for manned fixed wing aircraft. ASW is a combined arms evolution, and close/harbor/c...

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by acecrackshot
Thu May 13, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

China has as much right as anyone else - as you very well know. China isn't the first country to have this happen, even deliberately, but hey lets all hate China because apparently thats the thing we *must* be doing these days. Pathetic. Look on the bright side, Moo. In America, you've got the free...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 12, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

Technically China can do what ever it wants until someone pushes back. It's not just this episode. -The man made Island. -The hundreds of fishing vessels off the Philippine coast. All these little things add up to bad PR. Something that a coordinated Twitter offensive may or may not drown out. bt D...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 12, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 85
Views: 10885

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

I’ve yet to meet a 1900 pilot who didn’t love it. They love the flying. But as mentioned above they typically don't love the pay and conditions. I mean, I loved pooting around in a 172. Having to pay for it? Not as much. Plus there's no coffee maker. Or lavatory. Or crew rest. ;) “Twice the pilot, ...

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3139

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

I’ve always appreciated towers that seem to understand corporate/charter guys and gals are in there once or twice a year (or career!) vs. the airline (especially regional pilots) in a busy airport multiple times per week.

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 85
Views: 10885

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

I’ve yet to meet a 1900 pilot who didn’t love it.

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Just as point of argument, but why is the presence of any USN assets just assumed?

At what point does the US become an enabler to Euro defense capability rather than the prime capacity when Frau Merkel’s facility with the Russian language fails?

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

Which is the more insane idea...the fleet of MOG eating 747-8is bringing in an OPLAN worth of stuff packed in lunchboxes or everyone flying in from CONUS on air refueled C-17 sized tilt rotors with Flight of the Valkyries playing on every VHF frequency and their armor and fuel trucks slung loaded?

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?
Replies: 19
Views: 4615

Re: WOW Air Relaunch & Michele Ballarin - Scam?

“...another over-ambitious aviation fantasist...”

What’s her A-net screen name?

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

So what's to prevent this from happening again the next time they launch another LM5B rocket? Or is this the new normal going forward? The well known Chinese desire to be a responsible shareholder in the Global Commons. I’d rather have this than American depleted uranium all over the middle east......

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

[photoid][/photoid] So what's to prevent this from happening again the next time they launch another LM5B rocket? Or is this the new normal going forward? The well known Chinese desire to be a responsible shareholder in the Global Commons. I’d rather have this than American depleted uranium all over...

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 11, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I would be fine with Do228. What ASW capability or overland ISR capability would a Do228 provide? What would be the deployment timeframes to any NATO nation outside the Baltic? Hopefully none. All it needs to do is SAR near the German coast and humanitarian missions in the Med. Why? I mean, that wo...

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tys777 wrote:
Two pilots have been fired and Boutique is pulling out of IWD

https://kbjr6.com/2021/05/10/boutique-a ... o-airport/


Now that’s a safety culture!

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

889091 wrote:
So what's to prevent this from happening again the next time they launch another LM5B rocket? Or is this the new normal going forward?


The well known Chinese desire to be a responsible shareholder in the Global Commons.

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

the Russian head of state speaks german, the german head of state russian, they know each other for more then a decade. if something goes wrong, Merkel picks up the telephone to have another long difficult conversation with Putin again. Fixed. The German politics are focussed on Germany and Europe....

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

I guess I just don't get how PESCO/NATO can't look at some pretty awesome capability in RIVET JOINT/AIRSEEKER, JSTARS, COMBAT SENT and COMPASS CALL as the kind of supra-national capability that really doesn't have an non-US analog (outside of the RAF's AIRSEEKER.) Because PESCO was created to offse...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

The question for future conflict is what kind of air lift, and how much is needed, to bring the armor to the field. For situation like Mogadishu, you should only need medium armor, and not necessarily a lot of it. For opponents where mass heavy armor is needed, then you better have your strategic p...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

The German parliament are different party coalitions with different priorities and majority's. they aren't driven by a need to spend a huge cold war budget to keep up millions of jobs and local companies without big enemies. This isn't 1997 anymore. The Russian government is aggressive, and the Ger...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

The silver lining would be once they start operating the P-8A, they will be in a great position to bench mark for the MAWS. Nothing like hands on experience to get a feel of what can be done better. bt The 320 MMA is a serious decade plus behind where it needs to be in the market, and would have to...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

seahawk wrote:
I would be fine with Do228.


What ASW capability or overland ISR capability would a Do228 provide? What would be the deployment timeframes to any NATO nation outside the Baltic?

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

The armor was denied politically, as was the AC-130. Had a USMC MEU been available, the task force would have had access to all sorts of armor.

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 19825

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

But there is cheap, and there is value for the price. And the risk of going cheap this time is the potential of falling in to a money pit while still not filling that capability gap. bt That sums up a number of Euro defense procurement programs advocated by European defense civilian mandarins with ...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China and biological warfare story
Replies: 140
Views: 7426

Re: China and biological warfare story

If you want to implicate the Wuhan Institute, then you need positive proof, not just the fact that there's an institute for virology in the city where the outbreak was first recognized. That's just begging the question. Or, shaving with Occams Razor. When there was an outbreak of mailed anthrax wit...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China and biological warfare story
Replies: 140
Views: 7426

Re: China and biological warfare story

Francoflier wrote:
How do you weaponise a virus without it eventually infecting your own population?

One of the defining feature of a weapon is that you can aim it.


Or, you are willing to accept the collateral damage.

See also, theoretical use of tactical nuclear weapons in Germany, 1946-1990.

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

What’s the point of vertical lifting an MRAP? Mounted vertical maneuver has been the plan for more than a decade. Heavy armour is designed to attack the enemy head on against other heavy armour. MVM concept is about inserting lighter vehicles deep behind enemy lines where there is no need for heavy...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 10, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

LyleLanley wrote:
acecrackshot wrote:
What’s the point of vertical lifting an MRAP?


Saves the Taliban the trip from picking up the junk we left there?


Ouch. Too soon.

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 7813

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

Aeromedical Evac is not a CRAF mission. That said CRAF != USTRANSCOM contracted support. There are CRAF carriers operating day to day with no USG contracted missions in their day job and Vice versa; non CRAF carriers flying for the DOD. The US government contracts all sorts of AE missions out curren...

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??
Replies: 27
Views: 2436

Re: China's Long March 5B rocket ( CZ-5B R/B ) to re-enter and crash to earth, but where??

Maybe the Chinese can conduct another ASAT test on it. Perhaps they can render another 25% of LEO dangerous to flight.

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 139
Views: 11290

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

What’s the point of vertical lifting an MRAP?

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 3703

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

I agree with everything you wrote. But consider this: if 70% of the Air Force disappeared tomorrow, they would be completely capable of handling anything that happened in Libya and Sudan. The only reason to have a powerful Air Force is Israel. And Turkey and Ethiopia. Honestly, if there are three M...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?

One thing which can easily be done, though, is to target based on citizenship and immigration status. Afaik, there were pretty inhumane regulations for "non-US persons" flying “In humane” in what sense? Especially when compared to 3000+ dead, 4 wide body aircraft crashed, and two major ce...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 3703

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

I agree with everything you wrote. But consider this: if 70% of the Air Force disappeared tomorrow, they would be completely capable of handling anything that happened in Libya and Sudan. The only reason to have a powerful Air Force is Israel. And Turkey and Ethiopia. Honestly, if there are three M...

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