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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: 141
Views: 9839

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: 994

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: 994

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: 1099

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: 125765

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: 125765

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: 5091

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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by johns624
Mon May 09, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5245

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Since the Constellation-class FREMM frigates are supposed to be built in the same shipyard as the Freedom-class LCS, maybe they'll be able to switch over earlier.

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by johns624
Mon May 09, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 125765

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 1:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?
Replies: 14
Views: 2177

Re: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?

Simple--if you're a US based Skyteam FF, you fly DL when you want to go to Australia. That's too much money to spend if you don't get miles in return. Pre-pandemic, SYD was a large cruise port for Americans, not to mention business ties.

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by johns624
Sun May 08, 2022 10:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5245

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Avatar2go wrote:
The Zumwalt class was a case of too many innovations on one ship, which generated the well-known cost death spiral. But the innovations themselves will live on. Already being adopted in other ship designs.
...except for the 6in gun, the main reason for the class...fire support.

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by johns624
Sun May 08, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter
Replies: 30
Views: 5898

Re: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter

Vintage wrote:
Why not just use F-35s?
Because a Strike Eagle can carry a lot more ordnance.

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by johns624
Sun May 08, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter
Replies: 30
Views: 5898

Re: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter

Vintage wrote:
If NATO has to intervene in Ukraine, the F-15s will remain on the tarmac. The job will be done with cruise missiles, F-22s and F-35s.
Maybe for the first few days, until the RuAF and SAMs are degraded, then they'll send in the bomb trucks.

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by johns624
Fri May 06, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 1765

Re: Idea for Building a Bridge Across the Mississippi River to Replace Plaquemine Ferry

Doesn't a ferry need more employees? Those to inspect the ferry, those to repair the ferry, those to be on board and Coast Guard certified, those to load at either end. And these are every day jobs. A bridge? Like 50 people once a year. Inspections are done by the USCG. Repairs are done by contract...

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by johns624
Thu May 05, 2022 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month
Replies: 56
Views: 9372

Re: Airbus to increase A320 production to 75 aircraft a month

Do they have a breakdown on which FAL is going to do how many frames?

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by johns624
Thu May 05, 2022 12:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

But very useful in the new USMC organization where they might be visiting some manmade islands in the SCS. Yikes, I would not put boots on that Island if I don’t have to. Bomb and by-pass if possible. bt Read the USMC's new expeditionary doctrine. They don't want to keep the islands long-tem, just ...

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by johns624
Thu May 05, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

bikerthai wrote:
johns624 wrote:
AT weapons are also used for bunker-busting and putting holes in buildings.


Not useful in the Himalayas. Could be useful in Taiwan if they go on the offensive.
bt
But very useful in the new USMC organization where they might be visiting some manmade islands in the SCS.

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

AT weapons are also used for bunker-busting and putting holes in buildings.

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

My assumption would be that Sweden and Finland will announce that they will apply for Nato membership on 17-18 May when the Finnish president comes to Stockholm on an official visit. https://government.se/press-releases/2022/04/state-visit-from-finland/ https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/natofragan...

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Anyone less than PRC and I'd say no. If we ever get into a land war with the PRC we're doomed anyway. Any military conflict with China will be settled in the air and at sea. I hope that's the way it works. The reason they talk about a "shortage" is not so much that we need more right now ...

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Vintage wrote:
johns624 wrote:
We're just short of Javelins and Stingers, but no where near out of them.

We still have 14,000 Javelins in stock. You really think we're "short" on them?
It all depends where they are and who we're fighting. Anyone less than PRC and I'd say no.

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The closet is bare': Aid to Ukraine depletes US weapons supply That also means the closet was not sufficiently supplied to start with... We're just short of Javelins and Stingers, but no where near out of them. Javelins have a lot of importance in Ukraine because that's one of their main anti-armor...

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by johns624
Wed May 04, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines shipping mistake kills millions of bees
Replies: 46
Views: 8454

Re: Delta Airlines shipping mistake kills millions of bees

lat41 wrote:
Chaostheory wrote:
Drop in the ocean compared to what is lost through colony collapse etc

What if it was a shipment of time or temperature sensitive medication? Could we be just as nonchalant?
But it wasn't.

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by johns624
Sun May 01, 2022 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2922

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

Aaron747 wrote:
johns624 wrote:
So many Texans talk about seceding. I'd like to see them secure that long border all by their lonesome.


At least they have a border. What’s really annoying is Congresspeople from IN or GA getting all uppity on this topic.
Well, the migrants just don't stay in Texas, so there is that.

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by johns624
Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2922

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

So many Texans talk about seceding. I'd like to see them secure that long border all by their lonesome.

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by johns624
Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine
Replies: 30
Views: 3537

Re: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine

Vintage wrote:
I think that our military has a strong aversion to fielding an effective anti-air capability. They just don't seem to want anything that's effective.

I think someone on here awhile back mentioned that there wasn't as much need because the USAF would have air superiority, if not supremacy.

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by johns624
Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

marcelh wrote : IMHO escalating a proxy war with someone who has nukes on our doorstep doesn’t really fit. In order to understand this, our municipality ( an.net ) must first know where you live as so-called "European" and above all whether you were even born in Europe!? To give you a lit...

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by johns624
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American tourists bring unexploded bomb shell to Israeli airport
Replies: 24
Views: 5296

Re: American tourists bring unexploded bomb shell to Israeli airport

Doesn't everyone look for that one unique memento of their big family vacation?
Darwin is feeling cheated...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

alberchico wrote:
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1519560504712253440.html

This informative thread explains why Putin hasn't declared war and fully mobilized Russia, he simply can't.
Just because they haven't "declared war" doesn't mean that that's not what's going on.

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

How can they think that "NATO is fighting all out" when NATO forces aren't even directly involved? There seems to be a serious disconnect between Russia and reality.

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam suspends membership SU
Replies: 29
Views: 4434

Re: Skyteam suspends membership SU

Why, did Saudia stop paying their membership fee? And do they fly around with stolen aircraft, without internationally accepted insurance? If you were trying to make a stink about Saudi Arabia being less than perfect on human rights, supporting a war in Yemen, etc, then that is all true, but there ...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam suspends membership SU
Replies: 29
Views: 4434

Re: Skyteam suspends membership SU

I suppose Saudia is next or do special terms apply to them? Hmm, what sanctions do the U.S. and EU have on Saudi Arabia to require such a thing as removing Saudia? Well you just proved the West's hypocrisy right there. Saudi Arabia, while far from my favorite country, isn't threatening the world wi...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Russia's threats really don't make any sense. They go something like this "we're having big problems with defeating Ukraine who are just being supplied by the West. So we threaten to attack other countries which will bring the West into direct confrontation with us". Yeah, that'll really i...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You don't let your adversary determine what you do or don't do. If you do, you're constantly reacting instead of being proactive.

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

And what (who) is the alternative? Is there a viable crown prince who is “acceptable”? Anyone is more acceptable than Putin. Look how long it took him to consolidate power and start doing stupid things. Any replacement would know that the Russian armed forces aren't the power that Putin thought tha...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Let me guess: you aren’t in Europe? I’m well within reach of Russian ICBMs and my country is supplying weapons (including artillery), so we are just as much a potential target as you are. Never heard of tactical nukes? If those are going to be deployed and we have an atmospheric stream from the sou...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There is a lot of room between “not frightened” and the enthusiasm some people over here are talking about nukes. This war is escalating beyond the Cuba crisis. Nobody here is talking about it with "enthusiasm". We merely decide how serious the threat really is. How many times have the Ru...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Kind of perverse, but I see one way to prevent use of tactical nuke is a long grind of a war with Ukraine slowly degrading the Russian army drip by drip until they get tired and go home. A sudden offensive that smash the Russian line causing chaos would more likely cause panic and bring the nukes i...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There is a lot of room between “not frightened” and the enthusiasm some people over here are talking about nukes. This war is escalating beyond the Cuba crisis. Nobody here is talking about it with "enthusiasm". We merely decide how serious the threat really is. How many times have the Ru...

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by johns624
Thu Apr 28, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

Throughout the Cold War, NATO submarines would often be on patrol "off the coast of Norway". This was worded to make the mass public think NATO submarines were somewhere near Bergen or Stavanger and thus quite routine... those NATO submarines would far more often be found near the Soviet ...

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by johns624
Wed Apr 27, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5674
Views: 373096

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

bikerthai wrote:

There were several oligarchs who were murdered after the invasion started.

So I'm hoping there's a turf war brewing.

bt
Let's hope the less bad ones win...

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by johns624
Wed Apr 27, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 125765

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

TheSonntag wrote:
Today German MOD Mrs Lambrecht stated in the Bundestag debate regarding the 100 Billion package that currently only 9 Tiger out of 51 are Operational.

Source: I Listened to the debate.
Well, that's not good...

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by johns624
Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Am I a "victim" of my alliance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1957

Re: Am I a "victim" of my alliance?

I live in DTW so SkyTeam is a no-brainer. They fly just about everywhere I want to go and are convenient. I cut off at least one connecting flight when flying international.

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by johns624
Tue Apr 26, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What selling platforms do you use?
Replies: 18
Views: 1253

Re: What selling platforms do you use?

Ebay

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by johns624
Tue Apr 26, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

Fine. They both join NATO. 1) will they meet their obligation on percentage of GDP for defense? 2) will - if it becomes necessary - they actually send troops and equipment when required, or will they just offer to hold the coats for those doing the actual fighting? All you need to do is take a look...

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by johns624
Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

I wonder how Putin will spin this in Russia? Given his paranoia about the West and NATO, it feeds right into his playbook. Yet if/when it's reported in Russia, it only exposes his "special operations" plan as having backfired spectacularly. In Putin's book, both Finland and Sweden have pr...

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by johns624
Mon Apr 25, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

If Hungary vetoes, maybe they can be voted out of NATO...or at least threatened with it.

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by johns624
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight
Replies: 97
Views: 17209

Re: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight

I am shocked Mike has yet to be arrested. Did TSA forcibly remove him? No doubt he will be banned from jetBlue. TSA has nothing to do with this situation. They aren't even law enforcement. According to my understanding of the law, the minute the other man threw a water bottle at Tyson, that constit...

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by johns624
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 9839

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

At first, I thought that they should apply immediately. Them waiting seems to be a good thing, though. The added Russian threats have just hardened the resolve of more of their populations.

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by johns624
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 125765

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

Su-34 caught flat-spinning into the ground. https://youtu.be/8vQa_mywq8k It's still unclear whether a technical malfunction, operator error or combat damage caused this loss. Or is that a tendency of the SU-34. Whichever it is, the important thing is that they have one fewer of them today. Accordin...

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