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by flyingturtle
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172687

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Is today the last day for any negotiations?

I remember reading that on Thursday, the treaty will be signed in Brussels - if there is one.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172687

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

December 6th, 1992, was the day when the Swiss voters rejected the European Community membership, and shaped Switzerland for decades and decades and decades. One victim was Swissair, which had to buy smaller EC airlines in order to have unfettered access to European commercial aviation. Now we have ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101841

Re: Official US Election thread

According to AP it's now officially over: https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-elections-electoral-college-3e0b852c3cfadf853b08aecbfc3569fa Trump didn't get the memo; he just told Governor Kemp to overturn Georgia election results. Trump pressured Georgia governor in call...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eleven Foot Eight
Replies: 59
Views: 4556

Re: Eleven Foot Eight

On the other hand, this is a Russian stop sign- Image Doesn't exactly stand out, does it? Russia does have the red octagonal STOP. Yes, the STOP in latin letters. Your picture shows something completely different, which is explained here: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48010/why-is-ther...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eleven Foot Eight
Replies: 59
Views: 4556

Re: Eleven Foot Eight

A driving instructor once told me... if there's a traffic sign you can't read, then SLOW DOWN. There is zero excuse for ignoring a traffic sign. European traffic signs might help, because they usually don't feature text and are thus much easier to understand. (The fact that Europe is a hodgepodge of...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172687

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Does anyone here actually have what the terms at issue actually are? Not guessing but the actual issues and what and why they can't be agreed to? I know fishing is one. Tugg I just checked, and the remaining problems are "level playing field, governance and fisheries." As I understand it,...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101841

Re: Official US Election thread

I still wonder how the Democrats lost seats in the House if they were so expertly cheating with the aid of a dead Venezuelan president...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm not that familiar with how TFRs are issued Well, if you want to annoy an airplane geek you can request a TFR for his/her area if you happen to be an "aviation event organizer" or a "sporting event official". Appendix 5 applies to "Space Operations", but also rocket...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

texl1649 wrote:
So, today is the 15Km hop day. Let’s see if this belly flop leads to a dramatic explosion or not.


Well, it has been postponed again, and the TFR has been cancelled.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The FAA has issued a new Temporary Flight Restriction for the highly experimental grain silo facility of Southern Texas:

Altitude: From the surface up to Unlimited
Effective Date(s):
From December 04, 2020 at 1400 UTC
To December 06, 2020 at 2300 UTC

Muskovites of the world, rejoice!

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by flyingturtle
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Favorite Movie
Replies: 80
Views: 5229

Re: Your Favorite Movie

Kelly's Heroes. That's also one of my favorites! Other films I find great, for various reasons: - Duck, you Sucker! - Johnny got his gun - Nymphomaniac I + II - The Best Offer - Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone - Patton - Tropic Thunder - Requiem for a Dream - The Reader - Zombeavers - ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Though it may be thought to be comparing apples with oranges, however both are liquid fuelled rockets designed for re-use, how does inspection of a Falcon 9 booster after each flight compare with the SSME's? I just read that the SSME had its turbopump disassembled and checked after every flight. Ea...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Just a few hours ago - the first successful static fire of Snate SN8.

The first time around, the rokkit blew off a piece of martyte - the ceramic-filled epoxy resin that protects the launchpad (as well as the landing pads). That piece tore through a Raptor engine.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd wrote:


texl1649 wrote:
The FH is plenty capable


Thanks to you both!

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by flyingturtle
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I understand the improvements in the F9 rokkit nibbled away the FH business case. But why don't the same improvements translate into a much more capable FH? Would it run into an issue with Max Q? Or would it need a bigger payload fairing to lift bigger (but not necessarily heavier) payloads? Or are ...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

At first it was more that the boosters were going to be crashing anyways. So experimenting with softer landings was minimal extra cost. Especially if there was fuel left after getting the customer to orbit. Then they just incremented. Very true. Somehow SpaceX integrates a viable, reliable commerci...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 11465

Re: Arianespace launches

Extremely unfortunate. It was the 4th stage however, not the 2nd stage again. The 4th stage's Avum motor is a liquid engine, unlike the first 3 which are all solid fuel boosters. I officially can't count past 2... :crazy: Naah, I'm so used to Two-Stages-To-Orbit vehicles. The good old crossed wires...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 11465

Re: Arianespace launches

mxaxai wrote:
Regarding Vega, Arianespace seems confident that the problem with last year's launch failure will not repeat itself.


On November 17th, Arianespace launched the SEOSAT-Ingenio and Taranis satellites. The Vega's 2nd stage was lost due to insufficient thrust.

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by flyingturtle
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Whats missing from US airshows
Replies: 16
Views: 1838

Re: Whats missing from airshows

In Switzerland there's a group that keeps a Hawker Hunter flying. And I remember the shows that I've watched as a child during the 90ies. There was the Su-27 flown by a somewhat coo-coo pilot. Like, pointing the nose at the viewers, flying above the viewers with a rather low height... though I under...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Did I miss it or nobody mentioned the $50K toilet seats. Not yet. But they significantly shortened the Vietnam War. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/A-1H_Skyraider_of_VA-25_with_toilet_bomb_on_USS_Midway_%28CVA-41%29_in_October_1965_%28NNAM.1996.253.2381%29.jpg

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by flyingturtle
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 112282

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread - 2020

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1364 ... n_Manager/
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Awwwww. Noes. BER is open. :yuck:

The nostalgically inclined people can still relive the horrors of BER on Steam:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1364 ... n_Manager/

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by flyingturtle
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The flight of the Snate (or SN8) will take place on Nov 9th between 9 AM and 9 PM local time. Alternate dates are 10th and 11th, between 9 AM and 9 PM. Well, that's what that "Labrador Father" indicated on his Youtube live stream. This night, there was a successful "wet dress rehears...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101841

Re: Official Election thread

More likely IMHO is that Biden will issue a pardon for Trump, in return for a peaceful and semi-supportive transition. Trump resisting the transition will put Biden six to eight weeks behind, so there is an advantage to him and his agenda. What on earth for, why a pardon? No pardons. Are you sugges...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101841

Re: Official Election thread

Every election, I wonder the same things: how can media outlets call races with only like 5% or 6% of ballots counted? how can media outlets know how many total ballots have been cast to say there are 5% or 6% of ballots counted? Your second question is easy. Ballots get counted as they are dropped...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst civilian procurement
Replies: 44
Views: 3153

Re: Worst civilian procurement

Speaking of SABENA. The worst purchase of any civilian airline... Swissair buying SABENA, LTU and a few smaller basket cases. That brought down Swissair, an airline that used to be nicknamed "the flying bank"! Ugh. I belong to the idiots who invested in Swissair shares months before it co...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: F-16 in FlightGear
Replies: 0
Views: 2010

F-16 in FlightGear

I recently discovered the marvellous F-16 in FlightGear. But to my horror shock disappointment, the F-16 Block 52 does not have the turning knob to bring up NAV or ILS on the HUD. But in the older models (Block 20), the knob is there.

Does anybody know how to do this on the newer F-16?

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by flyingturtle
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101841

Re: Official Election thread

I'm very relieved that Biden is inching closer and closer to victory. The most incredible thing is that Trump expanded his voter base among all the racial minorities of the US. In percentages, he *lost* votes among whites. While Trump at least promises improvements, Dems even fail to do that, and pu...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The flight of the Snate (or SN8) will take place on Nov 9th between 9 AM and 9 PM local time. Alternate dates are 10th and 11th, between 9 AM and 9 PM.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst civilian procurement
Replies: 44
Views: 3153

Re: Worst civilian procurement

This is currently a very inconsistent thread, with the above posts being apples, pears, and potatoes. The OP should spell out what the real question is, so that everyone tries to answer to the same question Yes, I meant any aircraft that absolutely did not work out for a specific airline. But my ow...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst civilian procurement
Replies: 44
Views: 3153

Worst civilian procurement

Carrying over from https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1452799 - where the OP asked about the worst military procurement program - I just want to be curious and ask: Did any airline purchase an aircraft that turned out to be a disaster? - One possible contestant would the A380. ...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

The Littoral Combat ship has to be up there. Barely even military vessels. Speaking of which the USS Detroit broke down on deployment. https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/10/28/another-littoral-combat-breaks-down-on-deployment/ The Navy want to decom the first four LCS built. As it is not worth ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?
Replies: 57
Views: 2968

Re: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?

It's my opinion that Bush v. Gore should have voided the Florida result in 2000, sending a message to each state: Each state guarantees that every vote will be counted, provided it was not fraudulently cast, and it arrived at the officially designated place before the officially designated deadline...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?
Replies: 57
Views: 2968

Re: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?

He then says 'The plaintiffs also argue it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, in that the county is adopting a manner of voting that has not been adopted by other Texas counties'. ...when did equal protection ever matter in US elections? :rotfl: And how do the plaintiffs ev...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?
Replies: 57
Views: 2968

Re: Texas GOP wants court to throw out at least 127K Harris county drive thruballots - Can it actually be done?

It's my opinion that Bush v. Gore should have voided the Florida result in 2000, sending a message to each state: Each state guarantees that every vote will be counted, provided it was not fraudulently cast, and it arrived at the officially designated place before the officially designated deadline....

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by flyingturtle
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ex PA/UA 747SP a Flying Space Telescope
Replies: 16
Views: 1953

Re: Ex PA/UA 747SP a Flying Space Telescope

Yes, the interesting plane has a long history. The first time I read about this idea was in the mid-1990ies. AFAIK the plane can track solar eclipses.

The interesting thing is that SOFIA was on a test flight when they pointed the telescope at the moon... finding the signatures of water there.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Maybe I missed it... but did SpaceX ever publish computer simulations of the Starship's flip maneuver? Did they show any footage from wind channel testing?



In other news, the first astronauts aboard that thing will be armed and they'll be called Starship Troopers. :fluffy:

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by flyingturtle
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

And another succesful Starlink launch + first stage oceanic recovery. They had continuous coverage on the drone ship but the camera was shaking like hell from start of the landing burn to engine shutdown. All you see is shaking ocean > fire and flames everywhere > booster sitting there like nothing...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

This looks amazing. "The future of the 1960s has finally arrived." I'm counting the hours until that thing flies. But I'm still worried about which army ordered a 9000 mm artillery shell, and for what purpose. but only one old codger crazy enough to slog through two miles of muck to get th...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NAWS China Lake F/A-18 Crash
Replies: 17
Views: 2415

Re: NAWS China Lake F/A-18 Crash

OMG, this picture. :praise:

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd wrote:
flyingturtle wrote:
At 3:15 local time, the eight spray can did a successful static fire!
Next comes the installation of the nose cone, and hopefully soon the 15 km test.


It would have been an hour earlier, but the Bic lighter and can of WD-40 in the igniter needed replacing.


Elon shouldn't order them at Amazon

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

At 3:15 local time, the eight spray can did a successful static fire!

Next comes the installation of the nose cone, and hopefully soon the 15 km test.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Military Procurement post 1950
Replies: 32
Views: 3946

Re: Best Military Procurement post 1950

The KC-135, CH-47, UH-1 (and all variants), B-52, FB-111, EC/RC/TC/WC-135, C/AC/EC/HC/MC/RC-130, CH/HH-3/-53, SR-71, U-2, P/EP-3, Tornado, Eurofighter, E-3, E-4. Any info or reasoning behind why all of these 40 (or so) models of aircraft were the best procurements in the last 70 years? Especially w...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Military Procurement post 1950
Replies: 32
Views: 3946

Re: Best Military Procurement post 1950

Okay. Swiss things: - Pilatus Aircraft designed the PC-7 turboprop trainer, which was developed into the PC-9, and then into the PC-21. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a further development of the PC-9. It soldiers on as a CAS aircraft and even as an ground attack fighter in some air forces. - the MO...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

The Space Shuttle.

It was designed to meet the USAF's demands, but then the USAF settled for expendable launchers. Then, the NASA was left with an orbiter that was overly expensive and overly complex.

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Honorable mention, because only prototypes were built: The M247 Sergeant York, an armored air defense thingy that should accompany M1 Abrams tanks in combat, had massive cost overruns and failed most tests. It should have been able to track and engage helicopters and aircraft with radar and a twin-b...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?
Replies: 61
Views: 10441

Re: How are regional airliners delivered to the other side of Atlantic?

Some C-47 were delivered to the Soviet Union in WW2. I don't know their route, though. Later, the Soviets built lots of copies (Lisunov-2) under license.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

kitplane01 wrote:
It seems very expensive. And what do you get for it? Seems a VERY expensive way to get a FEW jobs.


That's how our government works. Sadly.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Who knew the Swiss even had jet manufacturing? Weird. Yup, as you've probably read, Switzerland licence-built most of its military planes: - N-20 and P-16 prototype fighter jets, which were, for their times, competitive on an international level - de Havilland Venom & Vampire - Dassault Mirage ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%BC ... Lang_HS.30
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The German IFV tank Lang HS.30. Its armor was basically a list of shortcomings taped to its flimsy hull. :fluffy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%BC ... Lang_HS.30

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 9970

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

3868769 The Mirage Affair of Switzerland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Swiss_Air_Force Planned cost: 871 million CHF for 100 planes. Actual cost: 1.45 billion CHF for 54 jets. (From 1961, the decision to buy the jets, until today, there is a 308% inflation rate.) In the end, they we...

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