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by angad84
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers
Replies: 29
Views: 6330

Re: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers

Here's the only picture I could easily find from my flight. https://i.imgur.com/qJhtOAG.jpg The ladder leads up to the second deck, which is basically nothing more than two benches that run the length of the hold, with a floor between them. You sit facing each other, and the backrest is not much mor...

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by angad84
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers
Replies: 29
Views: 6330

Re: Algerian Military Il-76 Down Near Algiers

You can fit 200+ people in an IL-76. Not fully equipped troops with gear, but it can be done. Buddy of mine, ex-RuAF told me that each aircraft at its base had a container with a different cargo hold modification beside it. Wanna move wounded? No problem, open up the container and put the stretcher...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24767

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

I've been saying this everywhere, why not here too?

This is just an RFI guys. No KPPs/RFP yet. Let's not get too excited just yet.

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by angad84
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Naval refueling drones
Replies: 32
Views: 5801

Re: Naval refueling drones

puzzling, I look at the pictures and see an F-35 lined up for refuel by drone... yet the drones appear to be drogue only... and with all the noise about the F-46 dinging the paint what is the probability that a drone operated from 200 to 2000 miles away won't do the same Can't tell if you're being ...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24767

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

In other news, Indian govt now questioning why a lower cost Eurofighter option was dismissed, https://www.firstpost.com/politics/rafale-deal-row-congress-asks-why-centre-rejected-offer-from-eurofighter-typhoon-to-buy-jets-at-cheaper-price-4238075.html That's an article from 4 months ago, and the an...

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by angad84
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Hawk crash
Replies: 8
Views: 2876

Re: RAF Hawk crash

So that would point to an issue setting up the jet for this particular flight?

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by angad84
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Just spoke to a mate at one of the EF partner companies. Apparently the centreline was the easiest to integrate Litening, because it uses a pretty standard pylon. Putting it on one of the BVRAAM stations would have required some very complex engineering, because the recessed station dia is smaller t...

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by angad84
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

That's an interesting graphic Ozair, particularly as I have never seen the Typhoon carry an LDP anywhere but the centreline. Methinks there's something to that...

Even BAE's P3E publicity materials only ever show photos and renders with a centreline LDP.

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by angad84
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24767

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

They will require a pretty extensive weapons package if they go American. Or at least a weapons certification campaign, if they want to use existing stocks of Western weapons (Russian munitions are obviously a no-go). bt, we have AGM-84s for our Jaguars and P-8Is, plus UGMs for our Type-209 subs. Th...

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by angad84
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAAB Gripen M
Replies: 18
Views: 2631

Re: SAAB Gripen M

Their only realistic customer is India and even that is a very long shot.

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by angad84
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Hawk crash
Replies: 8
Views: 2876

Re: RAF Hawk crash

But isn't that the default ejection?

Per my understanding (mind you, I've only been up in a FJ once, and it wasn't a Hawk), it is:

Command pulls handle -> both punch out.
GIB pulls -> only he goes.

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by angad84
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24767

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Not sure how well the SH will stack-up to the competition performance wise. However, from an industrial off-set stand point, Boeing is well on it's way. They just opened up a facility with HAL to fabricate AH-64 fuselage. ...bt The Apache fuselages are with Tata. They are not doing any more big con...

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by angad84
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RS-25 Tested - SSME modified, upgraded for SLS - Beauty is a beast!
Replies: 19
Views: 1811

Re: RS-25 Tested - SSME modified, upgraded for SLS - Beauty is a beast!

These paragraphs can be summarized with three words: normalization of deviance. You're taking a small sample size of data and reducing the outcome to "it didn't go boom." You're not considering how close to "boom" the SSME came on other missions. I used the phrase "roll of ...

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by angad84
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 204162

Re: F-35 news thread

But the flight deck will likely need mods right? Because they couldn't have known about the heat problems when the Izumos were being built.

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by angad84
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 174
Views: 22892

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

Apart from initial purchase cost, there is also the issue of Ownership cost spread across the aircrafts useful life. How do these 3 - A320, P8i and the P1 - compare on that score? The A320 frame and the 737 will have lower maintenance and spares support cost. The A320 NEO being a newer frame and mi...

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by angad84
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 238
Views: 88666

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Dude you can tell right off the bat that it's a dark grey. I think I've shot enough to know.

Other photos confirm it.

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by angad84
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing
Replies: 238
Views: 88666

Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

God-DAMN that is a fine looking jet. If they gotta be grey, that's the grey I want!

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by angad84
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 312
Views: 124146

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

vikkyvik wrote:
I really hate this guy:



He's making me feel awful about my choices in life and photography. :cry2:

BRB, throwing my camera into the bin.

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by angad84
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 6862

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

Yeah this is getting silly, I'm bowing out.

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by angad84
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 6862

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

I think an offer that low from the French is perfectly possible. Except it didn't happen. The figure there is not a bid value, it's the amount that the MoD allocated as an indicative budget approval in advance of the tender, waaaaay back in 2006 (called Acceptance of Necessity (AON), in local parla...

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by angad84
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 6862

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

Anyone claiming "UPA negotiated Rs.54,000 crore for 126 Rafales and NDA is spending Rs.58000 crore on JUST 36 Rafales!" has no idea what they're babbling. Hint: the UPA negotiated nothing to conclusion. Just do the math - 126 Rafales for Rs.54000 crore i.e. approx Rs.430 crore per plane -...

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by angad84
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 6862

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

The crux of the scam - 126 jets for $10.2 billion in 2014 and now $8.7 billion for 36 jets. In addition, parliamentary committees and even the service chiefs had no idea of the Rafale deal till the announcement was made. They were never going to get 126 of any jet for ~$11bn. There's no scam, just ...

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by angad84
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4786

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

Not sure this isn;t something we didn;t already know but thought I would post anyway. Saab responds to India Navy RFP with Sea Gripen Saab has responded to an Indian navy request for proposals for carrier-borne fighter aircraft with an offer based on a marinised variant of its Gripen NG. The navy i...

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by angad84
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Trying to Emulate Keiichi Egawa - Advice Needed
Replies: 26
Views: 2378

Re: Trying to Emulate Keiichi Egawa - Advice Needed

From experience – try to shoot the aircraft as 'head on' as possible, to minimise horizontal panning (and therefore blur at either end of the aircraft). Try in an area with lots of available light – city rooftops are great, suburban areas like those near most European airports, not so much. Time you...

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by angad84
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 144891

Re: A400M Update

I haven't heard anything about the A400M kit that suggests it's proven or more capable. I know the P-8 kit is proven and has saved lives. I've seen the footage.

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by angad84
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 144891

Re: RAF A400M long-range air-sea rescue operations

What else have they got to do the job, it can’t be done from a P8. Yes it can. The Indian Navy has a SAR kit that was used last year. I met the guys that did it earlier this week. That would be like dropping small alms? http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military-jax-air-news/2017-09-06/story/vp-45...

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by angad84
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 144891

Re: RAF A400M long-range air-sea rescue operations

The UK also late last year concluded a series of flight trials to assess the A400M's ability to participate in maritime rescue operations. The activity involved deploying specialist rescue apparatus including container-housed inflatable life-rafts and survival equipment from the transport's rear ca...

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by angad84
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71732

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Yeah, what's the highest hours on a single airframe. Sorry for the sloppy wording.

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by angad84
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 210
Views: 71732

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

What's the highest time F-35 airframe (any variant)?

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by angad84
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Agree to disagree on the ARM issue. LO/VLO is a survivability enhancer, it does not automagically confer blanket survivability, especially against a serious IADS. They're not chasing range extensions on ARM because they're bored, you know. I’d say that range extensions for ARMs make the case for 4t...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military Aviation Career Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 1158

Re: Military Aviation Career Advice?

Perhaps a silly question, but why not apply for a flying position within the army? Because flying in the Army sucks. The Army kills everything fun. Reminds me of something I saw on reddit recently: "You and your best mates get to drive the coolest vehicles, go shooting, and blow stuff up – yet...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gripen and g-force , and lightly strained pilot ;) (You Tube)
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: Gripen and g-force , and lightly strained pilot ;) (You Tube)

I love that curved approach they fly down to the runway. It wasn't exhilarating as this during my back seat ride, but we did a 6-7G overhead break and then kept the runway in sight all the way down to the threshold at the western end, it was gorgeous.

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by angad84
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Agree to disagree on the ARM issue. LO/VLO is a survivability enhancer, it does not automagically confer blanket survivability, especially against a serious IADS. They're not chasing range extensions on ARM because they're bored, you know. Fair point on the EW capability, I let my mental comparisons...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Geo-location and gravity weapons aren't true SEAD/DEAD. Per my information, the software needs tuning to get the ESM and any potential ARM talking. Didn't know AARGM-ER was being tailored for the F-35, but like I said, given its ESM capability, it only makes sense to give it an ARM capability. US NA...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

In addition the must have capabilities are again described as: 1. ability to carry US nuclear weapons 2. SEAD capability to replace Tornado ECR - for this Germany has made a binding guarantee to NATO to field such a capability Should be an easy one for the F-35. External HARM carriage won't make it...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4786

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

I'm not joking and entitled to my own opinion. If you want to come out swinging with personal insults and then have no constructive opinion to offer in return, doesn't say much about your own character. BRICS isn't a union, it was a term made up by an American economist to give a term to upcoming c...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4786

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

That's no down select. It's the standard post-RFI/pre-RFP discussion with prospective vendors. No one has been removed from the competition. The Navy would probably like a straightforward two-way fight, but they are bound by the MoD's procurement rules. We are still some time away from a formal RFP...

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by angad84
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)
Replies: 35
Views: 4786

Re: Boeing marketing F-18 E/F as Ski Jump capable (India naval bid)

Gripen E/F for Indian airforce and Gripen M for the Navy. SAAB was one of the four manufacturers for the RFI but it appears that the Gripen M didn't make it to down select by India. That's no down select. It's the standard post-RFI/pre-RFP discussion with prospective vendors. No one has been remove...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 160836

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

the Japanese gave away or revealed technical secrets about previous US designed weapon systems because they thought they owned the technical aspects of what they bought. The US didn't see it that way so now they're not getting in the programs anymore to their satisfaction. That's why the P1 and not...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 312
Views: 124146

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

airkas1 wrote:
:eyepopping: :eyepopping: :faint:




WHAT a shot. Prime bucketlist material for me and this guy just nails it. Great motivation to keep trying!

Holy hell, YES!

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by angad84
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worlds largest amphibious aircraft, maiden flight.
Replies: 16
Views: 3513

Re: Worlds largest amphibious aircraft, maiden flight.

Hey guys, Are India and Indonesia still interested in purchasing this aircraft? I seem to remember that Vietnam was rumoured to be interested too... Cheers, Bunumuring India has never been interested. It is seen as a market by Russian industry but right now India isn't pursuing any amphibs apart fr...

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by angad84
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swiss RFP For Fighter By End May.
Replies: 258
Views: 39154

Re: Swiss RFP For Fighter By End May.

That's still cheaper than buying an all-new fleet, although like I said, sustainment costs of the entire Legacy Hornet fighter system into the 2020s is a question mark. Maybe if the Swiss went and called dibs on all dead and/or dying Bugs in the world, and primed the electronics/avionics supply chai...

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by angad84
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swiss RFP For Fighter By End May.
Replies: 258
Views: 39154

Re: Swiss RFP For Fighter By End May.

Obsolescence management is also a thing. Sometimes it is expensive to sustain an airframe even with lots of fatigue life left.

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by angad84
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 312
Views: 124146

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

Are you freaking kidding!?

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by angad84
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy C-2 Jet crashes in Pacific 11 onboard
Replies: 19
Views: 5672

Re: US Navy C-2 Jet crashes in Pacific 11 onboard

Good news that 8 have been recovered in “good condition”. Let’s hope the other 3 are also, and it was a controlled ditching hopefully. Odd there are so few details available. Having been a passenger in a C-2 (on and off the Reagan) I'm amazed that anyone survived. It's not an easy plane to exit. Yo...

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by angad84
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 312
Views: 124146

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

So much detail! 4690301 Wow, I don't think I've ever been on this thread (or any of the older editions) before! And something that you just cannot plan. Right place, right time. 4695881 Definitely a "wow" shot, because it was on the front page when I fired up a.net yesterday and I literal...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Botswana to acquire JAS Gripen
Replies: 21
Views: 6084

Re: Botswana to acquire JAS Gripen

There were at least a half dozen at Linköping in September. They declined to confirm the customer. If we're being pedantic, they're not white tails... but, y'know....

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by angad84
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Botswana to acquire JAS Gripen
Replies: 21
Views: 6084

Re: Botswana to acquire JAS Gripen

olle wrote:
Does not Swedish airforce have stored older frames that it probably want to get rid of now?

Saab's building C/D white tails.

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by angad84
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photoshop or Lightroom?
Replies: 17
Views: 2496

Re: Photoshop or Lightroom?

With something like 400 shots in the A.net database, I have only ever used LR. LR is just slightly behind PS in my opinion, essentially with some of the more 'selective' editing stuff. I do occasionally bust out PS when I'm manipulating non-aviation pictures, or even aviation shots that aren't being...

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by angad84
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209800

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I don’t see how buying the F-35 would not kill the FCAS. The Germans, French and Brits seem – for now anyway – wedded to the idea of multiple-type fleets. Why, I do not know, but if I had to hazard a guess, it would be for autonomy and/or a hedge in case one type is grounded for unforeseen reasons ...

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