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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: 141
Views: 10505

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: 201
Views: 9232

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: 1694

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: 115
Views: 5819

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: 201
Views: 9232

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: 85
Views: 3223

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: 201
Views: 9232

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: 141
Views: 10505

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: 7597

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: 75
Views: 4325

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: 7597

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: 201
Views: 9232

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: 201
Views: 9232

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: 7597

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: 7597

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: 518

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: 75
Views: 4325

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: 75
Views: 4325

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 115
Views: 5819

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: 1623

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: 127
Views: 6325

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: 115
Views: 5819

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: 127
Views: 6325

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: 986
Views: 135833

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: 141
Views: 10505

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: 1051

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: 1051

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: 1185

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: 986
Views: 135833

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: 986
Views: 135833

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: 5386

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: 5915

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: 986
Views: 135833

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: 2328

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: 5915

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: 6339

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: 6339

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: 1852

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: 9673

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 10505

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 6473
Views: 437751

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: 8580

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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