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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: 1191

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: 1191

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: 162139

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: 1056

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: 1056

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: 162139

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: 1215

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: 4875

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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by GDB
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 1918 Spanish Flu
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: The 1918 Spanish Flu

Well it's 'Spanish' since being a non combatant there was no censorship there, it was the first to report it, while there is no exact source for it, the consensus is the Midwest, which would be of little import if, uniquely, large numbers of men were going not from Europe to the US but for the first...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162139

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

GDB Pleased to hear that you are in a decent position, as with you I'm devastated for those who might not be. This crisis is an existential threat to the industry, and it is disappointing that so many on this thread seem not to realise this. If possible, it would be great for all the present carrie...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162139

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

So with BA just announcing they will be making 12,000 people redundant, do people still think it’s a good idea to be letting VS collapse? Add the two together and that will be over 20,000 people added to the dole queue in a short time (8,500 or so plus employees plus supply chain). I have just hear...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL
Replies: 12
Views: 2372

Re: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_HS.141
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Then there was this, never got beyond the drawing board, though HS explored less radical ideas for STOL, then quiet STOL, eventually leading to HS.146, cancelled after the 1973 oil shock, re-instated to become the BAe-146.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_HS.141

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL
Replies: 12
Views: 2372

Re: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL

It’s all here, courtesy Google and Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bréguet_941 STOL was a fashion in the late ‘60s, planes landing on piers in NYC, in Central Park. Point to point to an extreme. You got that right, look what West Germany was planning and built; https://www.youtube.com/watc...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 4875

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OoT2OZWCOI
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I've posted this on another thread, as I mentioned there, I can take or leave this guy, however if what he says is the case of 'Ag Gag' laws in the US, no doubt lobbied for by the same political base this idea about China is aimed at;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OoT2OZWCOI

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

I work in public safety and home invasions are not uncommon at all. You sound like the kind of guy who could get hold of some actual numbers. Please, help us out here. Sure, I could get you some numbers for where I work and live, but I value anonymity more than I value winning an internet argument....

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162139

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

OK, cards on table, I've never liked Branson, believe it if you want to but for me, it actually pre-dates him starting an airline. Johnny Lydon was right, 'never trust a hippy', especially one from a wealthy background like Branson. (Which is not of course his fault just when he comes all 'hardscrab...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

Hook, line and sinker... I was hoping that you would answer like you did. You need to do a bit more research. The AWB of 1994 didn't ban any guns. It banned cosmetic accessories and certain names. The Colt AR15 was still available, it was just called the Colt Sporter. It didn't have an evil bayonet...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

UK Home Department minister Priti Patel ridiculed after announcing ‘shoplifting is down’ compared to year before : https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/priti-patel-ridiculed-after-announcing-shoplifting-is-down-compared-to-year-before-1-6624258 In the Cabinet of loony zealots, unfit to be e...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

Stupid hollering fool who organised anti public safety protests, gets Covid. Likely, due to how this virus works, at her most infectious when crowded together with the rest of her fools, pleased to see the cops who had to deal with her and the rest of them had PPE, what with all the spittle coming o...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66168

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

My ilk? The mayor of Las Vegas is a Democrat and she is fuming over the nonsense of these business shutdowns and stay at home orders. She seems to be the only Democrat that understands that you need people working and spending money to collect taxes and run the government. Well guess what? She's wr...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66168

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

One of the growing problems in the USA is the Coved-19 infection rates at meat processing plants. This may mean shortages and some panic buying of meat. There is also problems with higher consumer demand and cuts in institutional and restaurant demand, logistical problems, differences in packaging,...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 24135

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

And in a shocking twist, a Starship prototype (SN4) has passed cryogenic testing without blowing up... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5t-oEbBprc Boring! It's great you called it if ironically, ''boring'. Since we've just passed the 50th anniversary of a spaceflight that the US public and press al...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90028

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

I've kept well away from here, mainly since my anger, shame (for the first time in my life at being British), dismay would be expressed like something Jesse Armstrong wrote, (Peep Show, The Thick Of It, Veep, Succession) and I'd get banned. However, this seems the moment to allow US comedian/comment...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists
Replies: 32
Views: 2003

Re: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists

Donald Trump has more than suggested that he is eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize himself He would be a great choice... a well deserved place right next to laureates like Arafat, Carter, Obama or Mandela, who made the award a total joke. Uhmmm, why not adding Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin ("won...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...
Replies: 64
Views: 4175

Re: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...

FOX of course was the brainchild of porcine sex pest Ailes. His motivation was disgust, that a non partisan media had the temerity to investigate and eventually help bring down, a corrupt US President. Poor old Nixon. Butter wouldn't melt. Such a victim. It really took Reagan's lifting on FCC contro...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

That's an idea, let the Trumpists gather, in their own isolation, signing a waiver for any medical treatment and only allowed outside of their cult with PPE, which they have to pay for. Why not? A lot of them seem to think medics are now 'crisis actors', anyway isn't the idea of healthcare kinda 'so...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162139

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

It is true that the UK government seems to be taking a laissez faire attitude to the aviation sector. However, the UK government cannot arbitrarily decide not to help VS but help BA when it’s time comes. If it does, the taxpayer would likely be faced with the unenviable position of facing a claim f...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6903

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The public understandably want answers, politicians seek the same and with certainty, as this scientist (and quite well known science communicator/broadcaster in the UK), says, it's not as simple as that. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/21/doubt-essential-science-politicians-coron...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

1. What assault weapon ban was repealed? 2. No special rounds required to defeat body armor. Any rifle hunting bullet will defeat common body armor. Sure about that? Or you have no idea of the recent history in your own country? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assault_Weapons_Ban Please don't...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?
Replies: 32
Views: 2547

Re: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?

A part of the reason for the heavier bombload of the British heavies vs the American ones is the smaller aircrew and lesser defense armament. Of course, this also relegated the British planes to bombing at night when it wasn't as accurate. So they needed more bombs to do the same damage. True, howe...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6087

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

I understand why many think that, however history suggests otherwise. In the mid to late 80's no one thought by the end of the decade the Berlin Wall would be down, the Warsaw Pact would be fragmenting and the USSR would not long after cease to exist. I do not think you can really compare the DDR /...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

Yeah they have, by enabling the repeal of assault weapons bans, by bribing lawmakers. So basically no different to those who funnel cash to terror groups. Who never get near to firing a shot themselves. Even promoting rounds designed to defeat body armour. And enabling those with a history of menta...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

The ones with blood on their hands would be people like you, who want law-abiding citizens to be completely defenseless while well-armed criminals are free to do as they please. Thankfully, the 2nd Amendment doesn't care about the opinions you have of it. This is the part that I don't get. You make...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

Our NRA has zero blood on its hands, as an NRA member has never committed a mass shooting. Most NRA members are law-abiding citizens and are thus responsible with their guns. The people who are doing most of the shooting in the United States are involved in gangs/drugs and largely own their weapons...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - 30 Years On
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Hubble - 30 Years On

30 years! Amazing machine. I hope they can keep it going for even longer so as to not miss any important astronomical phenomena. Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer were a formidable trio of space based observatories. Spitzer's gone, but the 6.5 m JWST and the 2.4 m WFIRST will be coming online over the n...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design
Replies: 113
Views: 16796

Re: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design

This seems to be an almost endless saga. Not hating on it but Concorde went from signing the agreement to build the thing, to first prototype flying in 7 years. Compare to this concept. As for the many design changes, while I have always seen the two Concorde prototypes as really technology demonstr...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147412

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

You have to feel sorry for the people in Embraer, in 51 years they went from an unlikely new entrant in the industry, to a very major player in the RJ market, as well as in business aircraft and with the KC-390, an innovative military aviation product. A tie up with Boeing that seemed to be more abo...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

If you properly secure your gun, your risk of being injured by that gun is zero. When seconds count, the police are minutes away. No one is forcing you to own a gun, just like no one will be forcing me to give mine up. Well luckily for me and most other Western nations bar one, I don't need a gun, ...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

Of course its easier to lock-down a whole population. It's just incredible to me that you continue to think this, but to each his own. There is a global viral pandemic. It sucks. Its going to suck for awhile. Its going to hurt the economy and change the way we do things for a while. Deal with it. S...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

So he now says he was being sarcastic. Not possible, since that requires a sense of humour, which he does not have. Rather more likely is this; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/revealed-leader-group-peddling-bleach-cure-lobbied-trump-coronavirus Trump has a very good sense of humor. It...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

It's long been obvious, at least to those with a modicum of common sense, that having a gun at home greatly increases the risks of injury/death by negligent discharge, or an intruder getting it first, violent arguments turning lethal, depression/suicidal thoughts ending badly (no stomach pumping if...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6087

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

Not going to comment on whether it's true or not, but on the reactions of rather nearsighted comments of people on this thread. Why do so many people wanna see this guy dead?!? There is absolutely no information pointing to any "democratic freedom loving opposition" inside DPRK that will ...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... oronavirus
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So he now says he was being sarcastic.
Not possible, since that requires a sense of humour, which he does not have.
Rather more likely is this;
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... oronavirus

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by GDB
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3796

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

It's long been obvious, at least to those with a modicum of common sense, that having a gun at home greatly increases the risks of injury/death by negligent discharge, or an intruder getting it first, violent arguments turning lethal, depression/suicidal thoughts ending badly (no stomach pumping if ...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 162139

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

BA said at the start of this, they saw the situation as very serious of course but had cash reserves. Initially, prior to the governments support scheme, the 80/20 one for wages up to £2500 per month, they were going to encourage staff who can, to take unpaid leave not unlike the response to the 200...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

Nope, that's not what I'm talking about. I mean there was no real need to lock down entire states, when the data shows that there is virtually no serious risk to anyone under 50 with no pre-existing conditions. (Yes, there are some exceptions... just like there are for everything.) But, by and larg...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - 30 Years On
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Hubble - 30 Years On

30 years after launch, BBC's Horizon broadcast a doc on it's launch, that 1993 repair mission and subsequent upgrades, with contributions from some of the astronauts and scientists involved. Some of the iconic images and how they were assembled, including the very latest images; https://www.bbc.co.u...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22726

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... oronavirus
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As the thread relating to the disinfectant issue was deleted, some words to illustrate reply 259, maybe not the usual brain fart?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... oronavirus

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine will reduce crime?
Replies: 15
Views: 852

Re: Quarantine will reduce crime?

Certainly London's Met Police (and likely also true for other UK forces) have reported steep falls in most crimes. Except one class, which has been a sharp rise in calls. Domestic violence. (The BBC last night staged a 3 hour fundraiser, for various charities, raised over £27 million which will be m...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207585

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Just out of curiosity a scenario I was thinking of. Going to war in a, for Germany, realistic setting like Afghanistan. Now you have Growlers, Super Hornets and Typhoons available. Would you even bring the Super Hornets or just leave them in Germany (for their nuclear role). Are there missions (exc...

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