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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2996

Re: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?

There were a few civil L1011's, just google 'L1011 Freighter and you'll see some clearly with a cargo door conversion.

The RAF brought 6 ex BA L1011-500's, some had the cargo door mod, plus 3 ex PA examples, of these 2 that were operational neither had the freight mod done.

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 23763

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Something great to look forward to in these dark times. Shame crowds will not see it. Still hopefully NASA will allow Space X to carry on doing it's thing coverage wise. They should, public support is vital not only for this but for Artemis. Space X especially with Falcon Heavy have created a resurg...

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant

I mentioned further up about writing to your MP. Today my union (GMB) contacted me via my home e-mail. with links to write to Downing Street (1000 character limit), to your MP, as well as a petition for family and friends. They provided a pro forma for the one for the PM's office, or you could write...

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4867

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

If anything, it has exposed the flaws of the Chinese Communist Party to those who were woefully unaware or just ignorant... and I'm talking about the Jim Rogers types who love talking about the "Chinese miracle" and drop their three words of Mandarin to impress whoever is still listening ...

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4867

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

If anything, it has exposed the flaws of the Chinese Communist Party to those who were woefully unaware or just ignorant... and I'm talking about the Jim Rogers types who love talking about the "Chinese miracle" and drop their three words of Mandarin to impress whoever is still listening ...

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

Yes, you'll also note the Tower Air 747 too, like VR-HVY chartered by the US Department Of Defence.
I saw VR-HVY a few times at LGW in the 80's.

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by GDB
Mon May 04, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

Does anyone have a photo of VR-HVY when it was in RAF service? That would be it in CX livery, between Jan-Mar 1991, at a major staging airfield for the airlift operations. You won't find any RAF roundels, serials or RAF aircrew flying it. Since it was never in RAF service. So the aircraft was flyin...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

It sounds to me as though some posters on here that clearly work for BA seem to think that what the airline is proposing is okay to "ensure it's survival". You have long service and are probably near the end of your careers anyway. We are not all in the same situation. So, announcing 1200...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23702

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

Shingles - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinicwww.mayoclinic.org › symptoms-causes › syc-20353054 May 16, 2018 - Shingles affects the nerves Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who's had chickenpox may develop shingles. After you recover fr...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

May I suggest you contact your respective MP's? I am quite happy to ask those questions of mine, not a fan of the 3rd runway but until recently the Shadow Chancellor. Same applies for MP's for the area around LGW too. The mention of 'optics', it is possible that BA have bandied the 12000 figure to p...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

I don’t think we’ll get to that stage - it seems the UK government are weighing up an intervention now (see below). https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-britain-airlines-e/exclusive-britain-hires-morgan-stanley-to-advise-on-aviation-rescue-plan-sources-idUKKBN22D5ST?feedType=nl&...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

"Efficiency changes" -they are so brazen I'm almost impressed by their audacity. I don't know which way to turn... A disgusting company like BA that seems to have a permanent contempt for it's own workforce because they have to actually pay them a wage and then VS that is open & hones...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption
Replies: 31
Views: 1699

Re: Covid 19 and alcohol consumption

There is of course, a downside; https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/03/problem-drinking-soars-under-uk-lockdown-say-addiction-experts I have had to be teetotal for 20 years and 2 months, not because I was a heavy boozer but I started taking Methotrexate to treat as a major disease controlle...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MoL - leaving middle seat empty " idiotic "
Replies: 79
Views: 11473

Re: MoL - leaving middle seat empty " idiotic "

The herd immunity crowd are burning for getting back to their, quote, normal lives. Yes I would prefer to not starve to death, face financial ruin, etc. vs. risk getting a fever. I have to ask then have any elderly relatives, or relatives, friends not elderly who however may be more at risk due to ...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

I think the tone of the letter makes it clear it's more than just 'survival'. It's a calculated opportunity to reshape the rights of workers and the cost base. "Efficiency changes" -they are so brazen I'm almost impressed by their audacity. I don't know which way to turn... A disgusting c...

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by GDB
Sun May 03, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3790

Re: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.

[quote="johns624]No. Back when the BoR was written, there wasn't a uniformed national guard. It was every able-bodied male. Sort of like a western posse. The 2nd basically says that since a militia may need to be formed, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed so it can be formed quickly...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Artemis Selection Announced
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: NASA Artemis Selection Announced

Orion is designed for deep space, including some radiation protection, basic storm shelter if a solar flare occurs during a mission (Apollo lacked the latter). Whereas Dragon is designed to do well what it is intended for, as a short duration ferry flight to/from LEO. It's heatshield is designed to...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4867

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

What is the difference between PRC suppression of news they don't like and the US 'Ag-Gag' laws? One is direct, top down one party rule, the other are the real rulers of the US bribing lawmakers, many of whom are in post due voter suppression and gerrymandering. Not that any Avian based pathogen ca...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Artemis Selection Announced
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: NASA Artemis Selection Announced

Of the 2 bidders that were not chosen, one of them is known to been Boeing, which had partnered with Intuitive Machines. No details on what they proposed. Some details of their proposal here, which was submitted in November 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Lunar_Lander Is Orion the only s...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

I really do not think that what happens to VS is at all a factor. The airline is in survival mode, that is BA, not VS, they have as we have discussed a lot, their own issues. Agreed - BA is in survival mode. It may or may not be the main factor, but I would be staggered (and it would be highly unus...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

Nail on head. And Willie is willing to sacrifice the financial well-being of 12,000 of his staff and their families just to satisfy his d*ck waving quest to get one over on Branson. (Oh and to give the already multimillionaire more money to feather his nest). It’s absolutely unbelievable narcissism...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Artemis Selection Announced
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: NASA Artemis Selection Announced

I've been following this extensively, since the program started, via the NASA Administrators pressers, as well the the amateur though very informed reporters such as Scott Manley and Tim Dodd. Boeing, well they haven't made a great impression recently have they, besides they need to concentrate on S...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

texl1649, thanks for info, it might be that I recall an article in Flight International (as it was pre internet) about it in the 1980's, since I read it weekly from early 83 onwards.
It might be around the time of OIF I saw it.

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4867

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

To your second response about the 1918 pandemic, it would probably help your argument if you did a bit more research first. The pandemic did go from America and then on to Europe etc. Guess where it came from before America? I’ll give you a clue... the same country that started Covid-19, Birdflu an...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

Why on earth are BA delaying the almost inevitable... couldn’t possibly be so it can purge the expensive parts of its workforce and see its main rival disappear first?! :lol: Nail on head. And Willie is willing to sacrifice the financial well-being of 12,000 of his staff and their families just to ...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to layoff 3,000: including pilots,and FAs; cut FA wages by 20%
Replies: 12
Views: 3431

Re: Ryanair to layoff 3,000 pilots, FAs; cut wages by 20%

But, I would venture to say, RF will try to put the squeeze on the unionized pilots who are actually employed by FR. I think, from FR's perspective, this is the perfect time to eliminate all the gains the pilots made in the past couple of years. Never waste a good crisis. Absolutely every airline w...

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by GDB
Sat May 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

UA857 wrote:
Does anyone have a photo of VR-HVY when it was in RAF service?


That would be it in CX livery, between Jan-Mar 1991, at a major staging airfield for the airlift operations.
You won't find any RAF roundels, serials or RAF aircrew flying it.
Since it was never in RAF service.

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by GDB
Fri May 01, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

No. It would be a straight charter, the US also leased many civil freighters, in addition in the 1980's, they paid PA (and others I think), to convert some of their 741's with a cargo door, strengthened floors, for rapid conversion in wartime, which the DoD paid for. A bit like a flying SS United St...

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by GDB
Fri May 01, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Why Does the RAF have a 742F?

In a word, no. But what an interesting find which I think I can explain, as delivered to BA, it's one and only 742F, it did not last long, being sold to CX in March 1982, A month later it would have been of considerable use as the UK armed forces did a major airlift of materials to Ascension Island ...

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by GDB
Fri May 01, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

In this forum many people told me, that the US was going to be worse hit because it lacked the same social safety net Europe has, and did not have universal healthcare. You are misunderstanding this argument. No-one is claiming the the virus will be more or less deadly due to a strong social safety...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good/Inspirational Things Observed During Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Good/Inspirational Things Observed During Covid-19

Well, amidst all the death, fear, deep uncertainty and a thread about how for some, it brings out the worst in people, maybe time for the counterpoint. If you are in the UK you will know about this story, though Captain (now Hon. Colonel) Tom Moore also received many of his 150,000 birthday cards fr...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The fact is the US is about 2 weeks behind Europe. So yes, the numbers for the US will continue to rise at a rate faster than Europe. Those aren't anti-US views, those are facts. Use the link you sent to check if you need to confirm. Check the US peak of new cases vs peak of new cases in Germany, I...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Not telling myself, the data says that, not feelings, not me: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries Yes, it's all over and done with now isn't it? Good lord.... Are you expecting or hoping for the US numbers to continue to get worse and at the same time the European numbers to improv...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I think that's one of the only things to feel good about Europe now. Considering Europe has done rather worse than the US with this COVID situation, the lacks of beds and ventilators in Italy, France and Spain, and also deaths per capita are way much higher than the US when compared to Europe as a ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The US murder rate is 5-10x that of Europe. If you want to compare Europe to the US there are other measures as well. March was the first month in 18 years that there wasn't a school shooting in the US. Scores dying all the time in the US from murders. And then let's talk medical bankruptcies. For ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

How do people expect them to be getting rid of their most expensive staff when layoffs start at the bottom of the seniority list? They would have to off the senior people a buyout/really good severance package for them to leave? Or are union contracts Europe very different then they are in Canada? ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 311
Views: 57004

Re: BA may not reopen at Gatwick

BA may not reopen at Gatwick once pandemic passes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52489013 That certainly puts the MAX commitment into question. Always a decision many of us thought deeply wrong headed, albeit in a different world to the one we are in now. That's not a commentary on BA at LGW, ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The US murder rate is 5-10x that of Europe. If you want to compare Europe to the US there are other measures as well. March was the first month in 18 years that there wasn't a school shooting in the US. Scores dying all the time in the US from murders. And then let's talk medical bankruptcies. For ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66015

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52476128

Vitally needed healthcare workers at home as their employers cannot pay them?
For profit healthcare in a 'wartime' situation.

Words fail....
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WTF?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52476128

Vitally needed healthcare workers at home as their employers cannot pay them?
For profit healthcare in a 'wartime' situation.

Words fail....

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.
Replies: 17
Views: 1053

Re: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.

ltbewr wrote:
DLFREEBIRD wrote:
I think someone on the right needs to slip him a memo telling him, that dead people really don't vote.

Except in Chicago. For Democrats.


Yeah, that was 60 years ago, plus Nixon's team were doing the same in places they thought it could swing it.

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162013

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

300? Are you talking about Norwegian or Air Lingus? EI has $500 return to NY. BA usually hover at about £300 return from heathrow but have seen it as low as £240 return. You are far more likely to see lower fares if those LHR slots go to someone else. There is a long list on the LHR slot waiting li...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A Spitfire And Hurriane For A Special Man
Replies: 1
Views: 460

A Spitfire And Hurriane For A Special Man

As everyone in the UK knows and plenty across the world, (judging by his 100,000 birthday cards), WW2 Veteran (India and Burma) Capt Tom Moore, after treatment for his hip and skin, decided on Good Friday, in the light of the Covid crisis, to raise maybe £1000 for National Health Service related cha...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Angels above NYC, Newark & Trenton, NJ 4/28/20
Replies: 19
Views: 1184

Re: Blue Angels above NYC, Newark & Trenton, NJ 4/28/20

Delete, glitch caused double post

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Angels above NYC, Newark & Trenton, NJ 4/28/20
Replies: 19
Views: 1184

Re: Blue Angels above NYC, Newark & Trenton, NJ 4/28/20

Very nice.
The two US teams plus KC-10 to honor a different team of people fighting a different, though deadly war.

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162013

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

No thanks. I like my £300 return airfares to New York. Frankly, you can forget about that, this is nothing to do with VS, or IAG group airlines, or LCC's like Norwegian, if they survive. Air travel is going to get more expensive. Unless a 100% or near vaccine comes available in the near future, unl...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.
Replies: 17
Views: 1053

Re: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.

jetwet1 wrote:
As I just posted in another thread, Darwin will not be denied.


Better yet, most of them, if they know about it, regard Darwin as some kind of fake Lib science.
Some of those for profit mega church pastors who carked it don't.

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.
Replies: 17
Views: 1053

Re: trump eyes return to massive rallies before election day.

Fine, so long as they all agree to a medical assistance waiver, should they get infected (with the virus, not bigoted stupidity, that's already embedded in their DNA). And agree to wear those stupid hats at all times outside, therefore warning rational people to keep their distance. Store and other ...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162013

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

Virgin Atlantic should be allowed to collapse. It's owned by a billionaire and the market is too crowded as it is. The gaps left over by Virgin can be easily filled by the likes of KLM. Theoretically, Air Lingus had the opportunity to merge with Virgin Atlantic and create two competing secure full ...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... death-toll

Seriously, if those that voted for him are shocked, why?
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He continues to be...well him;
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... death-toll

Seriously, if those that voted for him are shocked, why?

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by GDB
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4867

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

how much US property is in China? Uops.... a game with two losers. and i am wondering... when will everybody get their compensation for the 1918 American flu, that the US government not just kept secret from everyone, but kept shipping infected troops out over to Europe. best regards Thomas Everybo...

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