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by johns624
Thu May 19, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5574
Views: 361204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

And just like that, bigger guns will be on the way. https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/05/19/ukraine-getting-battalions-worth-of-artillery-in-new-100-million-aid-package/ The package is the equivalent of an American battalion’s worth of artillery ― 18 M115 howitzers, 18 tactical vehicles to ...

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by johns624
Thu May 19, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

seb146 wrote:
Throwing these people into an asylum will not help anything. There are better ways to deal with mental illness than throwing people away.
What is your recommendation?

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by johns624
Wed May 18, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

More guns = more deaths. Add Racism to the mix, and it just makes it worse. True, but how do we get rid of the tens of millions of illegal guns in and out of circulation? Mass seizures would involve some inner city populations inevitably. Cash for guns. Always cheaper than a medical bill or a coffi...

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by johns624
Wed May 18, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

seb146 wrote:

Where was the good guy with a gun in El Paso? Aurora? Orlando? Sandy Hook? Parkland? Buffalo? Pittsburgh? Charleston?
Law of probability. Also, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Pittsburgh and Charleston happened in "no gun" zones where concealed carry is illegal.

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by johns624
Wed May 18, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9038

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

I find it hilarious that Putin, after years of veiled threats against Sweden and Finland for even considering joining NATO, is now saying "meh, them joining doesn't pose a threat to us"...but that was the whole reason to invade Ukraine... Yeah, he hopes everyone else has as bad a memory a...

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

Ok, so now I’ve got that unsolicited info about you, anonymous internet person. Not quite why I participated in this thread, but I’m sure it’ll come in handy one day. So, do you think Russia is communist or not? I judge people by actions, not labels. you asked, what do you expect me to say? You hav...

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

I hate to seem reductionist, but it also seems like these shooters never have a significant other and have very little intimacy in their lives. They also, very often, seem to be weird white guys. It's the great Incel conspiracy. What's creepy is that there's a weird sub-set of women who have a &quo...

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5574
Views: 361204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61484222
I saw that. Which oligarchs and generals are going to take the fall for what all of them have been doing?
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journeyperson wrote:
For this to be broadcast there must be a shift in thinking at the top:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61484222
I saw that. Which oligarchs and generals are going to take the fall for what all of them have been doing?

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

I hate to seem reductionist, but it also seems like these shooters never have a significant other and have very little intimacy in their lives. They also, very often, seem to be weird white guys. It's the great Incel conspiracy. What's creepy is that there's a weird sub-set of women who have a &quo...

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

M564038 wrote:
So, do you think Russia is communist or not?
johns624 wrote:
M564038 wrote:
Russia is a fascist, righ wing, capitalist, dictatorship.

Yet, the people who used to be "communists" are still running the place. They just steal more money than they used to.
I judge people by actions, not labels.

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

M564038 wrote:
Russia is a fascist, righ wing, capitalist, dictatorship.

Yet, the people who used to be "communists" are still running the place. They just steal more money than they used to.

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 83
Views: 2478

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

pune wrote:
Comparing murders to mass shootings is comparing apples to oranges.
No. A dead person is a dead person. Whether it's political or crime related, it's a dead person. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

And you are still avoiding the FACT that only certain gun sales need background checks. Perhaps the Buffalo shooter did this to legally acquire his guns? But, again, it would be against the law, for some reason, to stop this. I'm not sure what you're trying to get at, but he bought the gun from a l...

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 83
Views: 2478

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

India's murder rate isn't especially low, considering the lack of firearms.

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by johns624
Tue May 17, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

A question would be, how could a sane person carry out something like this? If we could only test for insanity, like China tests it's people for Covid... And the guy would still pass the test. Dude literally has a red flag on him and still was able to get a gun, LEGALLY, in NY State no less. Plus g...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9038

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

https://mobile.twitter.com/AFP/status/1526251302459777025 I wonder what concessions NATO will offer to get Turkey to play ball ? If it were up to me I'd restore their F-35 orders in exchange for donating their S-400 missles to Ukraine. That was what really ruptured relations with the U.S. But then ...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9038

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

Irrespective of the goings on of Finland and Sweden, the larger issue is only growing in magnitude: that Russia finds itself as a lone actor on the global stage, increasingly more isolated in a global economy and more inter-connected world. That's not healthy for anyone and the consequences could h...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 7:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

An anecdote is not data. The USA's homicide rate is 210% higher than Canada's in 2020. You said it never happened in other countries. I just provided an example that it did, from only a couple of years ago. That's what you get for making absolute statements. That's not at all what I said. DIRECTFLT...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is up with scruffy United States airline grooming lately?Goy
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: What is up with scruffy United States airline grooming lately?Goy

Others should try to be open minded. This is priceless. BTW--Business travel is down because of teleconferencing and other electronic media. It's not because of pins, piercings and tats. I don't have any and don't especially care for them, but it doesn't affect my life one way or the other. To each...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

You might have a point if it were 400 billion. The Florida State Retirement system has $36B in unfunded pension liabilities, for comparison. 40 billion will not be a blink in the eye of the national debt. https://reason.org/commentary/the-florida-retirement-system-is-still-in-need-of-reform/ Also L...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

MaverickM11 wrote:
An anecdote is not data. The USA's homicide rate is 210% higher than Canada's in 2020.
You said it never happened in other countries. I just provided an example that it did, from only a couple of years ago. That's what you get for making absolute statements.

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 83
Views: 2478

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Sure doesn't fit the stereotype that you would expect.

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

My question, if these folks doing these killings did not have easy access to guns, what would they use, or do we believe that if they cannot access guns they will simply let things go? In other countries, where they don't do mass killings with guns, they make suicide vests. There's no guarantee tha...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9038

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

Taking a different viewpoint.... I hope we are not making the same mistakes that led to the war of 1914-1918 - namely 2 rival groupings of countries in Europe that were just waiting for the tiniest spark for the flames to erupt I doubt it. NATO isn't going to attack anyone and even Russia knows the...

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by johns624
Mon May 16, 2022 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7114

Re: US pilots age 65+

65 seems very young for today's world. Hopefully it will be increased to at least 67 soon. Airlines need to move beyond seniority pay. Pay should be more equitable. People should not be paid poorly because they are young. It takes just as much skill to fly a RJ as it does a 777. Some of that skill ...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 55
Views: 2037

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Pi7472000 wrote:
We will see millions of climate refugees from the Southwest by 2100. It seems the Great Lakes region will be the best region to be in by the end of the century.
But, but...winter, and seasons...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7114

Re: US pilots age 65+

65 seems very young for today's world. Hopefully it will be increased to at least 67 soon. Airlines need to move beyond seniority pay. Pay should be more equitable. People should not be paid poorly because they are young. It takes just as much skill to fly a RJ as it does a 777. Some of that skill ...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

The report I read said after this a-hole shot up the place, he put the gun to his chin but the cops talked him out of doing himself in. Too bad - nothing would be more deserving than this piece of filth to be removed from the planet. There are no words in the English language to strongly enough con...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 192
Views: 7147

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

Guns. You guys definitely need more guns. And definitely no licenses and background checks. Just guns for everyone. That will fix things. I don't remember anyone saying we don't need permits and background checks but don't get let that stand in the way to a anti USA rant. :sarcastic: “Since Texas h...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7114

Re: US pilots age 65+

Very few other jobs have mandatory retirement ages. Railroad engineers for example have hundreds of people if not thousands riding on a single train. Failing to stop at a signal or missing a speed restriction can cause a mass casualty event. No mandatory retirement age there. Nuclear armed countrie...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7114

Re: US pilots age 65+

Retirement at 55 would be rediculous if someone is still in his prime. Far too many people working in large corporations are forced out in their 50s, still in their prime. Look at the recruiting website for any Fortune 500 company in the US. All the photos are of people in their 20s and early 30s. ...

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Collapse of a Historic Bridge in Pakistan
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Collapse of a Historic Bridge in Pakistan

It wasn't historic, just old. They aren't the same thing.

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by johns624
Sun May 15, 2022 2:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 55
Views: 2037

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Another thing to consider is power supply. Will the low lake levels at Lake Mead and Glen Canyon affect hydro power production? With all the older retirees in the Southwest, a power outage or even brownout in a July heatwave could have catastrophic effects.

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by johns624
Sat May 14, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 55
Views: 2037

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Too much rain/water/flooding in the east too dry in the west. There has to be a way to efficiently and cheaply pipe water from east to west. If oil can be piped from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico surely water can be piped across the US. Water is needed in huge quantities compared to oil or natural g...

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by johns624
Sat May 14, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5574
Views: 361204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

on the other side it’s one off the most battle experienced and strongest armies in the alliance in a strategic location… But is that as important now that we know that Russia isn't all that they were cracked up to be? We'd lose control of the Bosporus but with Finland and Sweden, the Baltic would b...

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by johns624
Fri May 13, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5574
Views: 361204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Can NATO members sign bilateral security agreements with non members? I can definetely see US-CAN-UK-Norway-Poland telling Finland & Sweden that they will be protected in case of an agression. I would add Denmark to that list. They gave quite a bit of equipment to the Baltic states when they be...

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by johns624
Fri May 13, 2022 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

To answer that, I understand that some EU countries offer free education to their citizens, some including post-secondary educations Correct, but only to a point. I'm mainly familiar with Finland, since I talked to a tour guide about it. You don't just get a free college education in anything. Firs...

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by johns624
Fri May 13, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Re: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail

Well, since the V-tail Bonanza was the only semi-success, it doesn't seem to have been highly thought of.

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by johns624
Fri May 13, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 96
Views: 3923

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Republicans start screaming "we don't have the money!" but, somehow, find money to expand freeways and give money to developers to build houses and condos and more streets. Maybe because that's what the "people" want? It's not just Republicans either, it's all politicians. Remem...

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by johns624
Thu May 12, 2022 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4263

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

AirWorthy99 wrote:

We are literally sending 40B to the government of Ukraine, who is under attack by a larger more powerful military force. What could go wrong?
Oh, I don't know, maybe you should ask Putin... :lol:

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by johns624
Thu May 12, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 96
Views: 3923

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

China has built about 38,000km of high speed rail, in about the same time since California first got approval to start construction back in 2008. California is the world's 3rd largest economy, what's the problem here? I doubt that China cares about Environmental Impact Studies or the niceties of ob...

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by johns624
Thu May 12, 2022 1:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 124179

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Of course, if they move the ammo storage, then they have to redesign the autoloader, etc.

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by johns624
Wed May 11, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9038

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

NATO suffering from decades of underinvestment and both result in the Europeans really far below their military capability when measured against population, economic power and total importance. But when measured against the primary potential adversary, that money being spent elsewhere was probably ...

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by johns624
Wed May 11, 2022 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022
Replies: 11
Views: 900

Re: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022

No, it just reminded me of places I've been to in Norway and Iceland.

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by johns624
Wed May 11, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022
Replies: 11
Views: 900

Re: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022

Braybuddy wrote:
I need some light relief after reading the Ukraine thread. Time for something completely different:

Image

Any idea where this one was taken?

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by johns624
Tue May 10, 2022 10:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tom Brady going to FOX SPORTS for $375M in a 10 year deal...
Replies: 23
Views: 1000

Re: Tom Brady going to FOX SPORTS for $375M in a 10 year deal...

A101 wrote:
[ he is not finding a cure for cancer

I wish that he were...

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by johns624
Mon May 09, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 124179

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

NATO in its entirety isn't on a war footing, but the individual planes are. Just like you don't see RuAF planes buzzing NATO planes or ships or illuminating them with radar nowadays. It's serious business. Yes NATO is on a war footing: the entirety of NATO forces in Eastern Europe are on a war foot...

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by johns624
Mon May 09, 2022 11:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 124179

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Although "we" are not at war, my observation of air operations over Eastern Europe leads me to believe that the NATO aircraft there are on a wartime footing, and that the fighter types are ready at a moment's notice to engage Russian aircraft. IMO this is more than a show of force; this i...

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by johns624
Mon May 09, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is Hungary still in NATO and the European Union
Replies: 53
Views: 4876

Re: Why is Hungary still in NATO and the European Union

Well it now seems that Orban is against the EU oil embargo against Russia. https://www.spiegel.de/ausland/ungarn-kuendigt-veto-gegen-oelembargo-an-ursula-von-der-leyen-reist-nach-budapest-a-23436b99-f963-49fb-b34a-c63042bf9f70?sara_ecid=soci_upd_wbMbjhOSvViISjc8RPU89NcCvtlFcJ EU President Von der L...

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