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by Oroka
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

If they could get the SH block III WITH the F414 EPE (which for some reason the Navy refuses to adopt) then the F-18E/F is a viable option. Otherwise the F-35 is the only aircraft that makes sense. So, the F-35 is the only choice as the upgraded F414 which should have been introduced 10 years ago w...

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by Oroka
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18923

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Question about the concept of an attack T-7: What can it do that a drone cannot do with more safety and *much* less cost? Drop a bomb? Drones do that better. Take a picture. Drones do that better. Make a gun run. Yep, that's true. Get to the fight quicker. Depends on how you think about it. One dro...

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by Oroka
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 83
Views: 14236

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

Though many are saying things like "terrible fire", "total loss" etc. I am not seeing that. I see the mast has gone over and undoubtedly there is significant damage but I am not seeing anything that indicates a loss of the ship. We'll have to wait to see the actual damage (thoug...

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by Oroka
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

There will come a time though when Canada will have to retire the classic Hornet and not retiring the aircraft but upgrading will end up, given its age, being very close to the same cost as acquiring new. The delay in purchasing a replacements for the CF-18 was never about money, it was about order...

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by Oroka
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Thanks for the detailed response. If the RCAF had access to all the data necessary, it should be a pretty straightforward process choosing their aircraft. Let's see how all the different interests (political, commercial, etc.) come together. That is the issue here. The RCAF has had access to all th...

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by Oroka
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada Might Need New Executive Jets
Replies: 31
Views: 4689

Re: Canada Might Need New Executive Jets

How about someone with connections to Airbus get the government a good deal on some A220? I wonder if someone who owes the government a ton of money could pull us a few strings... or else.

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by Oroka
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is the B-52 still a worthy bomber for our fleet
Replies: 32
Views: 5637

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

Aircraft are becoming less about the air frame and more about the avionics, so you can significantly upgrade older aircraft if you dont need to change its role. That is a big issue that is slowly going away, the idea that every generation needs to be a huge advancement over the previous. If you look...

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by Oroka
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 204073

Re: F-35 news thread

As usual with these claims there is plenty of detail missing so it is hard to know what type of WVR sets they were conducting, whether starting neutral or offensive or defensive, and how the aircraft were configured. It is certainly plausible though that seasoned Eurofighter pilots will have had su...

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by Oroka
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time
Replies: 31
Views: 13548

Re: Boeing MQ-25 flies for the first time

Haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, but what exactly is the task and purpose of a refueling drone? Is it for other drones or for refueling manned aircraft? Seems a bit on the small side to refuel aircraft such as the F-35 and F/A-18 It is not a big tanker, it is more of a replacement for...

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by Oroka
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 18923

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

I doubt they would go with the F/A designation. The Hornet started as the A-18, F-18, and TF-18, the F/A was a way to make the Hornet look like more compared to the F-14. The Strike Eagle is not the F/A-15E and the Lightning II is not the F/A-35A. Its pretty much a given these days that all fighters...

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by Oroka
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131045

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Right - I mean look at Boeing and the KC-46 as a perfect example. It's a "shell" of a plane they've been building for decades, with a fuel boom stuck on the back. Super simple right? They even have extensive experience with refueling systems too. Hah NOT so much. IIRC the biggest issue wi...

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by Oroka
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 928
Views: 131045

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

How quickly did they go from contract award to first flight for the T-X? (Is the two current flying frames pre-contract award or post?) Because the T-X really isnt any new technology. These days it isnt the airframe that takes time to work out the bugs, its all the features. The T-X airframe is not...

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by Oroka
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292716

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

In other news: SpaceX apparently didn't get messages from ESA, which forced ESA to adjust the orbit of its Aeolus weather satellite in order not to bump into a swarm of Elon's pizza boxes. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/04/spacex_we_didnt_get_esa_satellite_collision_messages/ Its only news b...

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by Oroka
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program
Replies: 117
Views: 23740

Re: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program

open it up to the internet for suggestions. It will end up being named the 'TrainerMcTrainerface'

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by Oroka
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Modified F-35A with F-35C wing?
Replies: 13
Views: 2774

Re: Modified F-35A with F-35C wing?

Wouldnt a larger wing allow better low speed performance. Seeing how the F-35A is replacing the A-10... a lower airspeed version would be useful in the CAS role.

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by Oroka
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

lol derp, yeah that article is about as clear as mud. After reading around I could only find 1 place that gave a number for the F-35A, and that was 8000 hours. Several articles have stated that the airframe hours has been extended adding 6 years to the fleets expected life. From what I have been rea...

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by Oroka
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

$388M is providing some more years (what, 5 more?) of the current operational capacity. How does it compare to the total life cycle cost of the F35, on a yearly basis? Not sure it's such a waste. F/A-18A/B without airframe life extension, 6000 hours, 8000 with life extension upgrades. F-35A anticip...

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by Oroka
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71571

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Furthermore, as we'll probably buy the F35, most bugs should have been fixed by then, combined with a lower unit cost. A real win - win here (plus a Boeing loss... :biggrin: ). Still a waste of money. Liberals say we cant afford the F-35 but we can afford to buy disposable F/A-18s? How many F-35 ca...

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by Oroka
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209516

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

To the topic: I can very well live with Germany being out of nuclear sharing. And consequently Tr4 Eurofighters. While I don't think a F35 would in any way be a bad proposition, I wouldn't consider it necessary at this point in time and the next 20 years to counter any credible threat. Maybe in 15 ...

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by Oroka
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209516

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I find the attitude of the most militarily powerful countries rather strange, though. They want to have WMD's but don't want any other country without them to acquire them. Every time another country gets nukes, you increase the chances of a nut job getting control and actually using them. The majo...

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by Oroka
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's official! Boeing is in talks with Embraer for tie-up.
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: It's official! Boeing is in talks with Embraer for tie-up.

Dutchy wrote:
Interesting, but not good for competition.


With Airbus and Bombardier in bed, Boeing doesnt have a choice.

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by Oroka
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292716

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

What is the 'bar' that goes across all 3 boosters just above the grid fins.The right hand one has a vertices part running down the length of the booster the other 2 seem to have smaller versions.It this fuelling or relief valves? Cross feed from the outer boosters? All 3 cores burn the fuel in the ...

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by Oroka
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

Highly likely they (Trudeau government) will eventually have to admit Harper's Conservatives made the right choice and stick with the F-35 - but will wait after the 2019 election to make the announcement. That is exactly what they are doing. Multiple government and industry sources say what the pub...

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by Oroka
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

Sigh, anything to avoid admitting that Harper was right in the first place. Throw time and money down the drain.

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by Oroka
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

I read an article in june regarding airbus replacing the typhoon. It brought up requirements such as stealth and other upgrades. The article also mentioned other countries flying the f18 (Canada not mentioned) were also in need of a new fighter. Recently during the cseries airbus deal there was wor...

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by Oroka
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

A little better stealth is not sufficient for a fighter fleet that will have to stay relevant for the next 40 years. The only countries that are buying 4th gen fighters now are the ones not allowed to buy F-35, or cant afford it. Canada can afford the F-35. This is all Liberal bullsh!t screwing over...

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by Oroka
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 7744

Re: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

Seoul is well within strike range of 15.000 - 20.000 artillery pieces, there are 20m people in the Seoul metropolitan area. Do those people matter? Never said there wouldnt be casualties, nor anything about those people mattering or not. What happens when the threats of artillery changes to nuke st...

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by Oroka
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 7744

Re: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

First would be a cruise missile strike, followed shortly after by a B-2 strike. F-22s and EA-18G would rip up any radar dumb enough to turn on, about the same time everything else starts ripping up anything that moves within artillery range of South Korea. After the initial strike taking out N Korea...

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by Oroka
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 31186

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

It wouldnt be unreasonable to have an airline that is on shakey financial ground order a few planes that will most likely be the next AF1, with a model that is on its way out, then go out of business leaving 2 airframes sitting there... just ripe for the picking by some politician trying to be frugal.

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by Oroka
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292716

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Payload or not, they won't launch until they have a high confidence of success. Welp, Nov 2017. Keeping ambitions, or at least expectations low for this launch, first launch might not even reach orbit, but they are probably talking about the second stage as the scrubbed the attempted landing of tha...

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by Oroka
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French general accused of using fighter jet for weekend commutes to Provence
Replies: 24
Views: 3828

Re: French general accused of using fighter jet for weekend commutes to Provence

In Canada pilots can occasionally take CF-18 'home' (ie a near by airport that can support a fighter). They have to keep flight hours up, so why not. There is one pilot who came home every Victoria day weekend and buzzed the river everyone rafts on. They get stick time, practice flying into civilian...

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by Oroka
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292716

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Amazing what happens with a little competition. Not really - the $422m quoted cost is for a class of launcher that SpaceX have yet to fly, so any comparisons are void. Also, some customers value consistency over price, they can afford to not be price sensitive - when a military satellite is valued ...

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by Oroka
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Some F-35's grounded for lack of crew oxygen
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: Some F-35's grounded for lack of crew oxygen

What is different between bases? maintenance crews. somewhere, someone is doing something wrong.

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by Oroka
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

WHAT NO STEALTH BAGGAGE POD!!!!!111!!!one1! What is the point of the F-35 if it has to strap a non stealth baggage pod to its wings? Cancel the POS before its too late and buy CF-105 Arrows, still the best fighters ever, it can out maneuver everything in the sky!</sarcasm> (Sorry, this is the crap y...

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by Oroka
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

Nice to see a country taking defence seriously. I hope it will be 88 F-35s and P-8 + KC-46s + C27. 88 F-35s? Even half of that number - 40 will be a big challenge for Canada's defense budget. :rotfl: The Super Hornet order is looking more solid now.. A bigger focus on drones is also more likely... ...

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by Oroka
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 240
Views: 47108

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

We can see that clearly with the SH and even more so with the F-35, which is approaching cost parity with the SH but with significantly greater capability. Liberal budget calls for upto $19B CAD for 88 fighters... that is $155M USD per fighter. I know there are more costs for a new fleet of fighter...

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by Oroka
Tue May 30, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

As a basic qualifier, however, I'm an engineer in aerospace industry with professional familiarity of some small parts of what is going on - to be honest some of the simpler things. Not saying you are making those statements up, but im sure you know there are thousands of people who claim to be man...

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by Oroka
Thu May 25, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Meaning no disrespect Oroka, but you're doing a lot of hand-waving real technical, practical, and economic matters aside. Until someone posts some serious credentials, everything posted here is arm chair rocket man territory. My IRL job has me finding solutions to tasks that people straight up say ...

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by Oroka
Sat May 20, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

the MSL cost less than half as much as each Viking lander, for example, but has far more capabilities. I would hope so 40 years later. My watch is more powerful than my whole desktop PC 10 years ago at probably 1/4 the price. A manned Mars program might be conducted for less than $200 billion That ...

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by Oroka
Sat May 20, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more
Replies: 9
Views: 3616

Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Nah, its just Trumps buddies out sight seeing, they were invited.

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by Oroka
Thu May 18, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Yeah, how much science has those pricey rovers on mars done? driven a few hundred km at best, took some pics, looked at some rocks closely. A trained geologist can do all that in a few days and still learn more. How many interesting things has a rover driven over that a geologist looking at the grou...

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by Oroka
Wed May 17, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

lol I wasnt talking about using a donkey on Mars. Big dog is designed to be used to carry packs for soldiers on rough terrain where wheeled motor vehicles are not effective. Point being, they could just use a donkey rather than millions on developing a donkey replacement. Same thing with sending rob...

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by Oroka
Sun May 14, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

If Apollo 13 didnt have a crew, it would have been an instant failure right there. A machine couldnt do anything with the solutions the ground controllers came up with. Then if it was a robotic mission, it wouldnt have needed the O2 tank that exploded. But if we didnt care about going to see stuff, ...

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by Oroka
Sat May 13, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Elon's Mission Control won't be communicating with a robot taking pictures. The communication speed limit set by Einstein's Special Relativity equations will be a very specific problem for this mission. No information can move faster than the speed of light except for some very unique circumstances...

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by Oroka
Sat May 13, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Saying weather does not equal climate is like saying pages are not part of a book. It makes no sense. But I digress and you can believe what you want. This isn't the forum to debate the subject anyway. [weth -er] 1. the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture...

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by Oroka
Wed May 10, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets
Replies: 254
Views: 34044

Re: Sorry Elon, You're Not Going to Colonize Planets

Really? You cant tell the difference between seasons and weather? Weather is day to day, seasons are an annual pattern of average weather based on region and time of year. Your weather can change from day to day, seasons are a general annual trend. Should I explain climate too? Okay, climate is the ...

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by Oroka
Wed May 10, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11773

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

seahawk wrote:
24 of British Tranche 1 will stay in service for an air policing / air defence role up until 2040.


So they are only retiring 31 of the Tranche 1 Typhoons? :roll:

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by Oroka
Tue May 09, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11773

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

last I cared to look the RAF was retiring 50+ Trance 1 Typhoons because it would be too expensive to upgrade to the modern standard... so Austria has a point. Expensive to operate + expensive to upgrade. Yes, it would be cheaper to upgrade, but down the road it will be still expensive to operate.

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