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by art
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 3393

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/59361505.amp


It seems that she has appeared at a youth tennis tournament. That would only show that she is alive, wouldn't it, not that she is free.
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Aaron747 wrote:
Now PRC state media are putting out apparently staged videos showing Peng alive:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/59361505.amp


It seems that she has appeared at a youth tennis tournament. That would only show that she is alive, wouldn't it, not that she is free.

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Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 318
Views: 17347

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

I have not followed the case but it seems that there is no enormous disagreement over the facts. So if the jury came to a decision based on the facts with due regard to the legal instruction given to them, I do not see that their verdict is in itself controversial. Those who find the verdict upsetti...

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Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 3393

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

I'm honestly impressed at how the WTA has stood up for her and is actually fighting for her wellbeing. Plenty of other sporting leagues would have just capitulated to the Chinese government. Good to see WTA taking a firm stance. What would have really got a reaction would have been female competito...

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Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Austria to introduce compulsory vaccination in February.

Source: BBC TV news

It will be interesting to see if COVID-19 disease ceases to constitute a crisis in Austria in the months following February 2022.

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by art
Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61725

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Indonesia is now obliged to pay South Korea $1.35 billion, down by nearly $85 million for their joint KF-X fighter jet development project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration concluded years of negotiations with Indonesia last week on a cost-sharing deal. https://www.defenseindustrydaily...

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Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 3393

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

Unfortunately she likely won’t be okay, but this official, whatever he has arranged as her fate, is setting off a hornets’ nest. The WTA Tour is a global, outspoken organization. They will not stay quiet. If she is okay, she cannot simply leave the country as you suggest. PRC stamps citizens out at...

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Wed Nov 17, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 108
Views: 32603

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

...the company is getting set to present Brazil’s next four Gripens later this month, as they near production completion in Linkoping. Its first export buyer for the Brazilian-designated F-39 received a lead test example in 2020. The milestone will be followed by the shipment of the aircraft in pai...

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by art
Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 249
Views: 74687

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

The great advantage of the KC-390 is that a nation that has 4 units can use them every day, as if they were commercial aircraft. It can transport more than 20 tons effortlessly, launch loads, launch parachutists through 2 doors simultaneously, as well as refuel from helicopters to supersonic aircra...

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Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

No surprise here... It was reported in England today by the Chief Medical Officer (or whatever his designation is) that 98% of pregnant women hospitalsed with COVID-19 were unvaccinated. I think the same applied to infected pregnant women receiving intensive care (98% unvaccinated). Source: BBC TV 2...

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by art
Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I cannot say for certain, but one of my friends noted several reasons people are not following up on 2nd jabs: 1. Belief that a Covid19 infection before or after the first jab gives them full immunity. 2. Anti-vax messaging convinced them not to continue. Lightsaber 2 - while there are some anti-va...

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by art
Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61725

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

S. Korea, Indonesia to hold last-stage talks over overdue payments for fighter jet project Says in the following article that Indonesia is almost US$600 million in arrears on its payments on KF-X. Time for all to recognise that Indonesia has no interest in paying its dues? https://en.yna.co.kr/view...

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by art
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/datadashboard/ 53% one jab (see above link) isn't slowing this down. For the 3rd wave in a row, Mesa County Colorado is the canary in the coal mine, in my opinion: lots of globetrotters flying into Aspen, Telluride, and MOAB in a low vaccinated region. Yes, the ...

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by art
Fri Nov 05, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spain to choose F-35 or Typhoon to replace F-18
Replies: 53
Views: 6675

Re: Spain to choose F-35 or Typhoon to replace F-18

seahawk wrote:
35-50 F-35 (12-25 Bs and the rest As) and about 40-45 EFs.


20 EF to keep local production going and the rest a mix of F-35A and F-35B?

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by art
Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spain to choose F-35 or Typhoon to replace F-18
Replies: 53
Views: 6675

Spain to choose F-35 or Typhoon to replace F-18

Spain has two aircraft in mind to replace over 70 EF-18A fighter jets, and while the program has yet to formally begin, the informal competition between the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Lockheed Martin F-35 is just getting hotter. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/feindef/2021/11/04/f...

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by art
Thu Nov 04, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Interesting facts on the 5-11 age vaccines For every 1 million (10^6) children vaccinated: 1 less death Mmm... so if I'm 5-11 and get vaccinated, my chances of dying drop by a millionth? Not an easy sell. It's an easy sell. Less infections and less spread mean we get rid of the problems with lettin...

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by art
Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

lightsaber wrote:
Interesting facts on the 5-11 age vaccines
For every 1 million (10^6) children vaccinated:
1 less death

Mmm... so if I'm 5-11 and get vaccinated, my chances of dying drop by a millionth? Not an easy sell.

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by art
Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Currently 75% of the population of England has received a first dose while 68% has received a second. I wonder, might this be because the 13% of the population that has been infected and has subsequently recovered is not being offered 2 doses of vaccine? Or might it be that people are declining a se...

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by art
Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I personally dislike numbers manipulated other than total population So do I. In my opinion when people hear above 70%, they relax their efforts. I think that the figures reported showing very high percentages of the elegible being vaccinated encourage people to think that the COVID-19 problem has ...

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by art
Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 303
Views: 17115

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Accidents do happen, also with weapons and there are many cases where no-one pulled the trigger. The school I attended had a cadet force. We would go on map reading exercises in the countryside from time to time armed with rifles loaded with blanks. Crossing wet, uneven terrain with loads of tall h...

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by art
Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

@scrimbl I take my data re:vaccination in England from the vaccination data published daily by NHS England. Any calculations done by me are based on the population of England. So if I say that 80% of the population... whatever, it refers to 80% of the entire population, not 80% those who qualify for...

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by art
Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 303
Views: 17115

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

i don't see why anyone with no knowledge of guns (if that was the case) should not rely on someone with expertise, someone responsible for gun safety. If they say a gun is safe that should be sufficient to treat the gun as being safe in my opinion. It is reported that the actor checked with the 'saf...

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by art
Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I asked about the booster at a pop-up vaccination site and was told boosters were not being scheduled until six months and one week after second vaccination. That's first week of November for me. December for me. I see a late, large government reaction to the rising infection rate looming. The rise...

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by art
Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

What strategy is required to suppress COVID-19 in a country with a reasonably high rate of full vaccination? Here in the UK 68% of the population has been fully vaccinated yet the infection rate has increased considerably from Aug 21 when 62% were fully vaccinated (infection 7 day average Aug 21 bei...

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by art
Fri Oct 22, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 303
Views: 17115

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Tragic but I don't understand how the weapon was fired twice. (My assumption because two people were struck).

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by art
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British MP Killed
Replies: 33
Views: 2141

Re: British MP Killed

chimborazo wrote:
...never acknowledging that it is Islam that is the problem.


Islam IS a problem. It sanctions subjugating or killing non-believers.

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by art
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

@Lightsaber
Thanks for the pointers to info re: COVID-19 and pregnancy

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by art
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I heard on English radio today that reportedly 15% of hospitalisations due to COVID-19 were unvaccinated pregnant women. What is the knowledge base re:COVID-19 where pregnant women are concerned? I can imagine that many women would decline vaccination if they were hoping to become pregnant in the ne...

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by art
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Vaccines play a part in ensuring that people don't get very sick. Also breakthrough cases are quite high (if testing is high) I have observed the Ontario number is about 15%-25% of the total case number are people fully vaccinated. If you have an antiviral that will stop a severe case once someone ...

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by art
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61725

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Old news but indicative of the state of the TF-X programme... Turkey originally planned to fly the TF-X in 2023, but aerospace officials put off the target date to the 2025-2026 time frame. The TF-X program, or MMU in its Turkish acronym, has been crawling over the past years due to technological fa...

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by art
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

UK has announced an influenza vaccination programme aiming at 40 million recipients (nearly 2/3 of the population). I read on the ticker at the bottom of the screen (BBC TV news) that this would be combined with a COVID-19 booster. Not sure if that will be for all jabs or just for people selected fo...

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by art
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Hopefully we are finally at the end of this pandemic. An optimist if ever I read one! I don't subscribe to pessimism as a cause but... with an awful lot of people in the rich countries sceptical of vaccination against this virus (and possibly just as many or more in poor countries with limited capa...

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by art
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 241
Views: 61725

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Turkey's TF-X to cost $100 million a piece? ANKARA, Turkey — A Ukrainian engine will power Turkey’s new Atak II-class T929 helicopter, the head of Turkish Aerospace Industries announced Monday in a TV interview, during which he also identified the price of the future TF-X fighter jet as $100 million...

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by art
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

You are aware of the fact that people still get COVID19 after being vaccinated, right? And those break-through cases can end up in the hospital? And die? I believe that the number of breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalisation in the UK is very small although 2/3 of the population is fully vacc...

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by art
Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 311
Views: 68923

Re: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine

Cynical question, but is there any chance Congress (namely certain senators and representatives from districts in places like Ohio, Connecticut) try to derail this a la the tanker program. I don't see the point of derailing the engine choice. Overturning the choice of a foreign tanker in preference...

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by art
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Since we will obviously need a variant booster, in my opinion, we'll need high production rates. We've talked forever about need a booster every year a la the flu shot. So be it. Possibly more often. :( How feasible are variant boosters in a timely fashion? Delta was first recorded under a year ago...

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by art
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/730445/malaysia-slams-vaccine-discrimination-some-nations-calls-who-un-action https://tass.com/world/1341987 Some countries around the world are complaining some other countries not recognizing some vaccines, like Chinese or Russian vaccines, describing it...

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by art
Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I am curious about this: data about positive tests are released by many countries but I have not noticed the numbers broken down into infection of unvaccinated people and infection of fully vaccinated people. Would it not be a good idea to do so? For example, in UK around 67% of the population is fu...

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by art
Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

With reference to England/UK: ... But as you said, we apparently started doing boosters and vaccinations in schools this week, we have the figures in for Monday to Wednesday and they haven't moved really. I appreciate there will be a ramp up, but still. The NHS England stats I log have not yet been ...

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by art
Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

@BaconButty Can you shed any light on the England daily rate of vaccine administration (7 day avg) dropping about 87% between end-May and now? Figures: May 27th - 514K ; Sep 22nd - 67K Has the mass vaccination infrastructure been largely dismantled? If not, why is the number of daily jabs so tiny? Y...

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by art
Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40463

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I am of the perception vaccine production is the most critical bottleneck at this time. Is it though? According to the JHU dashboard vaccinations peaked at 45 million doses/day/28day average, and is now down to 34 million/day. That would rather imply that the logistics of getting the vaccine into a...

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by art
Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53700

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Back to costs. US politicians are not happy with F-35A: On Monday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., unveiled his “chairman’s mark” of the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions that would pose affordability constraints on how many F-35s th...

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by art
Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 108
Views: 32603

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

Saab need to sell more Gripens for it to be a solid competitor. With only Brazil as a customer for the E and no one else in sight, anyone who thinks Finland will choose Gripen is deluded, it isn't competing against F-16V. India may want to export Tejas but who would want a piece of that mess right ...

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by art
Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 349
Views: 53700

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

Has the Swiss government gone ahead in confirming on this basis:

Seller: "We guarantee xyz."
Buyer: "just what we wanted. We'll buy it on that basis."
Seller: "Brilliant but just remember we don't guarantee to honour the guarantee."

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by art
Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 108
Views: 32603

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

Yes for Lockheed, Supercruise requirement for the ATF program is at least Mach 1.5, but since then a lot of aircraft have claimed a lower level of Supercruise, I think Typhoon says Mach 1.4, Rafale says Mach 1.3, Gripen Demo aircraft (modified Gripen D) claimed Mach 1.2 back in 2009. I was wonderin...

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by art
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 108
Views: 32603

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

Hello all, may I ask if there are more details regarding the Gripen E's supercruise capability. So far the most concrete evidence of this was when the demo aircraft achieved Mach 1.2 in 2009, but if I'm not mistaken, that was a Gripen D, I believe the E is a bit more different. Thank you Gripen E h...

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by art
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 83491

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

UK Forces TV looking at Tempest man/machine task responsibility configuration research... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx-Rey3bA-M&t=838s A speculative look at Tempest from a somewhat quirky presenter. Includes RR video... Jump to 2m0s to avoid video intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCf1...

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by art
Sat Aug 28, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 212514

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Except that the vaccine ISN'T saving lives. This current Delta variant has just as many vaccinated in the hospital as unvaccinated only it isn't advertised. Delta is circumventing this vaccine but they will never admit it. I know it is not as easy as it seems but in the UK more vaccinated are dying...

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by art
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 212514

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I've been logging UK COVID-19 data since it started here. worldometers each day publishes inter alia (a) total infections to date (b) deaths to date (c) recoveries to date; When I look at UK data I find that recoveries value is ~ 80% of infections value. Totals to date: Infections - 6,666,399 Recove...

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by art
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 212514

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58347434 Another report confirming the high benefit/risk ratio of the vaccine (AZ in this case). So, more evidence showing that blood clotting problems are about 10 times more likely in people who become infected with COVID-19 than in people receiving vaccination. I ...

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