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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4267

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

US and Russia separately, I'm sure you mean.

I wonder about building something in space, and by that I mean doing welding and stuff like that, with robots, allowing to make something much bigger without needing hundreds of launches, what do you think ?

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186387

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

I've seen journalists say French authorities avoid saying how many people we plan to "rescue", I'm starting to understand why. Canada and the UK have announced they will take 20000 people each, but if you read the small print, it just means 20000 people will get refugee status if they make...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

You don't think the blackhawks are fancy? :sarcasm: It's all relative, they're transport helicopters. The couple I've seen didn't have rotor blades and seemed in a sorry state. I tell the truth to the media and get my people and anyone else I said I would out. It's already a total debacle but his w...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caravelle - engine start and taxi
Replies: 34
Views: 6942

Re: Caravelle - engine start and taxi

An airliner is a pretty big thing full of jet fuel, who will insure the flight if the planemaker wants nothing to do with it ?

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract
Replies: 27
Views: 3351

Re: Blue Origin offers NASA $2 billion in last-ditch attempt at lunar lander contract

They are acting like their very survival depends on this contract Perhaps it does... Just because Bezos is worth a lot doesn't mean he has a large amount of readies to chuck in BO's direction. Hasn't his now ex trouble and strife got half of his money? Though I think it is a pride thing, it might b...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caravelle - engine start and taxi
Replies: 34
Views: 6942

Re: Caravelle - engine start and taxi

Beautiful bird.

A comment in the video says Airbus revoked the certificate in 2003.

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 gear retraction side doors
Replies: 17
Views: 3012

Re: C-17 gear retraction side doors

The landing gear has to be as sturdy as practical, so I guess you don't want to make the mechanism too complicated and failure prone (it is already quite complicated...). So with that mechanism in mind, to avoid the doors you would just make bulges on the side. Either they didn't like the look of it...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 13796

Re: Be-200 crashes in Turkey

After the drop, why did they fly towards that high mountain ridge at all, instead of away from it? Bad flight planning? Navigation error? Communication error? Overconfidence? Or were they, after technical problems, hoping to crash land on the mountain slope like that Transall in Corsica in 1995 ? A...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Two answers came to me for #1: A. Family member is very sick and cannot travel. // B. Wife is far into pregnancy and cannot travel. And I am assuming, Aaron747 , that your point about #2 is that even though the State Department advised folks to leave, if they didn't, the U.S. government is bound by...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 69
Views: 4691

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

If you want to govern together or not at all, then you're one party, not two. I have no problem with parties merging or splitting, it's this "in-between" that's funny.

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 69
Views: 4691

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

Dutchy wrote:
GroenLinks and PVDA don't want to be in a new Kabinet without each other.


You have to laugh at that one. PR leads to smaller smaller parties with less and less difference between some of them, to the point now 2 parties are negotiating as one ?

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

There will be further investigations into what intelligence resources missed in the last 3 months leading into this resurgence that could have given pause. I think intel was good enough that everything was lost and that the US needed to get out ASAP, which is exactly what's happening. For everythin...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Where the evacuation is concerned, seems like the Taliban aren't getting involved and are sitting back and watching the chaos unfold. A non-muslim Englishman's perspective from Kabul: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09sjqy0 Taliban bringing security to the rest of the city (and country). Goes aga...

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by Aesma
Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had
Replies: 14
Views: 1391

Re: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had

I've never voted Tory and never wil Why not? I've never voted Labour but I wouldn't say it will never happen. It might even say it's unlikely, but if their track record on delivering on promises became good enough to trust and their policies were overall the best match for what I thought was best f...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

He lied because he's a politician.

The plan couldn't be changed, an agreement was signed 18 months ago, fighters released from prison, etc.

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1363

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

My company builds office buildings. Our offices are half empty... Some our clients are downsizing even with construction already started, reselling part of the big HQs they were having built. 2 days a week WFH has been negotiated with unions, even though the higher ups don't like the idea, but I thi...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Do you care about a highway if you can't even afford a moped ? A highway project can bring 1000's of paying jobs. That is 1000's of people out of the unemployed list. 1000's of people not available for recruitment by lynch mobs. There is also the indirect effect of seeding the economy. There is a d...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

Sorry, I do not endorse the Greta approach. Higher taxes for having pets? Brave New World much? Who determines what fast fashion is? Depeche mode? Treating industries unfairly? You'd have to nuke China for starters, no respect for the environment while mass producing copies of inferior quality whil...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Several people have mentioned the amount spent, 2 trillion or 2000 billion, and what it could have paid for in the US. Forgetting most of the money was in fact spent in the US, I heard about another interesting comparison : with Afghanistan's GDP of 20 billion. So that's 100 years of their GDP. Let ...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: To scab or not to scab
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: To scab or not to scab

So you already changed the oil once and that would be the second one ? Is it a sports car ?

It seems you love changing oil in the US. For my car it's every 30000Km or 2 years.

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Ron Paul speaks: Kabul Has Fallen - But Don't Blame Biden http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/august/16/kabul-has-fallen-but-dont-blame-biden/ The US war on Afghanistan was not lost yesterday in Kabul. It was lost the moment it shifted from a limited mission to apprehend tho...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Do you care about a highway if you can't even afford a moped ?

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Resource for helping the women of Afghanistan
Replies: 18
Views: 2061

Re: Resource for helping the women of Afghanistan

An official website would be 1000% better than a facebook page. I never even click on facebook links. Facebook is destroying democracy.

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

johns624 wrote:
How much do you get paid to babysit grown people?


Grown people are destroying the planet without a care in the world, should we not do anything about it ? Let it to our kids to figure it out, having to work hard to fix things that only needed a small change from us ?

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis
Replies: 20
Views: 2619

Re: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis

From what I gather Belarus just stepped down border patrols and stopped detaining people crossing out of Belarus. If the EU and especially Lithuania keep whining about Belarus and try to cause problems for Belarus, why the hell should Belarus solve their problems? Or the EU will threaten the airlin...

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186387

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Sources saying the Germans left with only 7 people onboard the A400M. Yikes. It seems they could have at least brought American or other Europeans out. https://twitter.com/jeanneplaumann/status/1427389030694629377?s=21 Merkel announced she planned to get 10000 people out. 7 at a time, it will be di...

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 170
Views: 14888

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

What I don't get is why the concrete slabs seem to be laid on top of the columns, maybe with a bit of rebar, but nothing larger than the column to transfer the loads on a larger surface. Then for the columns to punch through would be a lot more difficult. If you look at the Parthenon in Athens there...

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis
Replies: 20
Views: 2619

Re: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis

From what I gather Belarus just stepped down border patrols and stopped detaining people crossing out of Belarus. If the EU and especially Lithuania keep whining about Belarus and try to cause problems for Belarus, why the hell should Belarus solve their problems? Or the EU will threaten the airlin...

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis
Replies: 20
Views: 2619

Re: State Sponsored Migrant Crisis

Refugees have the right to cross borders, in international law. So "illegal migrants" only applies to people who aren't refugees. Might be the case for people from Iraq, even if that place isn't completely safe, people in unsafe parts could move to other parts of their own country.

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 17, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Ok, so you start off saying that Afghanistan was a multi-national effort, then the US had no plan for rebuilding, but the former colonial powers who are experts in nation building and who were there as partners did nothing even after the US triggered Article 5? Better to just ignore all of that and...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

If the dog replaces a kid then it's good.

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

The whole world knows who's the current president of US. So I'm not sure why some dragging the former president(s) in here. This whole blame game doesn't reflect well on the current administration tbh. Especially when the current sitting president said he won't be like his predecessor; i.e keep bla...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I'm yet to read about an alternative plan that would have worked better.

Start the withdrawal, then send back tons of troops again at the first sign of a Taliban move ? Then stay 20 more years ?

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

IIRC he wanted to keep special forces there (or within strike distance) and use them to continue to cut off the head. This is probably how we should have dealt with these clowns from the get go. Find them, kill them and wait for the next loser to rise up, then kill him too. Use drones and special f...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Never mind what Trump would or would not have done. Biden is President. He tore up every Trump policy to the glee of many here, and could have totally rewritten anything his way in Afghanistan. It matters nothing if his critics or his supporters are hypocrites. The execution of the withdrawal is hi...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

In the EU making stuff repairable (like washing machines, fridges etc.) is now mandatory, as well as providing spare parts for 10 years. This is easier to do thanks to 3D printing. Also there is no need to make aviation out to be some kind of scapegoat, fast fashion is also being targeted, and the c...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Never mind what Trump would or would not have done. Biden is President. He tore up every Trump policy to the glee of many here, and could have totally rewritten anything his way in Afghanistan. It matters nothing if his critics or his supporters are hypocrites. The execution of the withdrawal is hi...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1890

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

I buy low cost clothes as I'm not into fashion, and I make them last until there is a hole or something, so my contribution to this is quite limited.

I've seen a documentary about clothing donated to charities ending up being sold to Africans, it's quite disconcerting.

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Berlin airlift anyone ?

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 160715

Re: Russian MC-21 and supply chain challenges

No doubt the sanctions are going to slow down the program but ultimately they may help Russia by forcing them to develop their own technologies. If they can successfully work out how to manufacture the parts they were going to import this will at least mean they can sell the Aircraft to whoever the...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 160715

Re: MC-21 Cabin and Cockpit walkthrough

I haven't followed this too much, has EASA certification been achieved ? Has the plane been "russified" ? Originally it was supposed to be full of western stuff like the Superjet.

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 16, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Well 20 years ago there was a legitimate reason to go there (in fact it started under Clinton) because Al Qaeda and Ben Laden were based there and the Taliban were aiding and abetting.

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Interesting article from the Guardian from last Friday: Rift with US grows as UK minister voices fears over Afghanistan exit https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/13/rift-with-us-grows-as-uk-minister-voices-fears-over-afghanistan-exit According to the article the UK looked to form an alliance ...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186387

Re: Kabul Falls: Commercial Aircraft Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

God speed for everyone. Hope everyone get out safe and sound....... I agree, but as a friend likes to remind me, "hope is not a plan". Does taliban even have any anti aircraft weapons that could reach an airliner in cruise? Depends on what they have captured too. Seems they are flying Rus...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Staying in the country another 20 years would have changed nothing, IMO. I think this one of the most central questions and personally believe the opposite. I don't know if 20 years more or 40 more or even longer would have been necessary but I want to belive that with enough time fundamental chang...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

And to play a brainstorming here: I keep hearing the figure that it only took 2,500 US troops to maintain the status-quo in Afghanistan. This is one of the main arguments made by those who advocated for an indefinite presence, basically the idea that it was minor deployment in the big picture. I he...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Afghanistan isn't one. Yes I agree, and that's why it was pointless. Maybe what should have happened, and same in Iraq, is an invasion, toppling of the Taliban (Saddam), then get away with a warning : support terrorists again, we come in again. As for Vietnam, another name for that war is the Secon...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42121

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Why is it that the Afghan Army doesn't fight? Sorry to say, but it seems that country wants what's going on. US failed with the amount of money and equipment they have. Afghanistan national army is in the same position as the US minus the equipment and funding. What make you think they can fight. T...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Future of Afghan aviation?
Replies: 77
Views: 10759

Re: Future of Afghan aviation?

Keeping the discussion on aviation rather than politics (that's why us flying nerds are here :geek: ), there's not too many international destinations anyway out of KBL, and those airlines that do fly in would be doing a turn-around now (if they weren't beforehand anyway). Would IST be the furthere...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 92
Views: 13796

Re: Be-200 crashes in Turkey

If you listen to some on this site (and I don't pretend to know better) aerial firefighting is a waste of time.

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