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by hunterson
Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache
Replies: 75
Views: 6743

RE: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache

I think it is a good time to remind ourselves of a few relevant and quite simple facts. First of all, we should remember that WMDs do not just mean Nuclear weapons, but also include equally lethal and destructive Chemical and Biological agents, as well as their Missile delivaery systems. Secondly, n...

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by hunterson
Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saudi Arabia Buys 72 Eurofighters
Replies: 136
Views: 13785

RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 72 Eurofighters

The interesting question now is what will the Saudis select to replace their remaining F-5E Tigers ( some 60 or so ) ? Now that they have signed the deal with the UK for their 72 Eurofighter Typhoons, will the try to keep the US happy by ordering some F-16/Block60s, or perhaps go the "French Way" an...

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by hunterson
Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache
Replies: 75
Views: 6743

RE: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache

Some more info on the Israeli raid inside Syria . This info has been gathered from relatively reliable sources and has very little to do with the mass of speculations, guess work and disinformation , not to mention "PsycOps ", which have ruled the waves over this issue in the past few days. The Isra...

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by hunterson
Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saudi Arabia Buys 72 Eurofighters
Replies: 136
Views: 13785

RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 72 Eurofighters

A quick update on this story for anyone who is interested. Both the British Ministry of Defence and the Saudi Government today announced that the contract has finally been signed. The deal covers ( as expected ) 72 Eurofighter Typhoons, in both single and two seater versions( but they have not annou...

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by hunterson
Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache
Replies: 75
Views: 6743

RE: Israelis Blow Up Syrian Nuclear Cache

No one knows for certain what happened that night between Syria and Israel. Every thing that has been said in public has been pure speculation. The Israelis have kept a total silence on the story. Even their usually gossipy press this time proved very careful not to spill any beans, and infact relie...

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by hunterson
Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

This whole exercise seems to have turned into some kind of a competition in wishful thinking , not to mention jingoistic and emotionally-driven nit-picking. Please, Please, Please...Let us get back to our senses, and let us remember the facts and the figures, as well as the politics, ecnomics, strat...

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by hunterson
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

Replying to A342 Please do not get me wrong. The MiG-29 is certainly one of the best fighters of its generation. There is absolutely no doubt about that. On the other hand, it did suffer its particular drawbacks, just like any other fighter would ( after all no one is perfect ! ). These drawbacks , ...

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by hunterson
Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

Thanks very much indeed to DEVILFIISH for the photos and the quite precise info which serves to clarify the situation on this matter. As for A342( reply 14), I really do not think that any Mirage F-1 pilot who flew that extremely good fighter with its original Atar -9K engine in the French Air Force...

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by hunterson
Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

It does sound rather strange, I agree with you. And even stranger was the idea to fit <acronym title="Alitalia Team (Italy)">RD</acronym>-33 engines on Mirage F-1s. I think they were just " toying" around with all these proposals for a relatively brief period during the 1990s, in their quest to upda...

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by hunterson
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

The South Africans !!
This was the original idea.

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by hunterson
Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

A very interesting story indeed. I have always heard of the proposed plans to re-fit MiG-29s with Atar-9Ks, but not of Mirage F-1s fitted with <acronym title="Alitalia Team (Italy)">RD</acronym>-33s. This obviously turns the whole story upside down ! Is there any more info about this bird, eg. its s...

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by hunterson
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Now that the fighting in the Nahr Al-Bared camp in North Lebanon is finally over, and with the Lebanese Army having crushed the Islamist terrorist group Fath Al-Islam and its Qaida connections, it might be an opportune moment to congratulate the Lebanese Armed Forces as a whole, and the Lebanese Air...

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by hunterson
Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

Replying to L-188 Not as far as I know. There was some thinking along these lines,ie.re-engining MiG-29s with Atar-9Ksinstead of their original Russian <acronym title="Alitalia Team (Italy)">RD</acronym>-33s, some years ago. But, as far as I am aware, nothing happened on that front, and the SAAF wen...

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by hunterson
Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

Replying to GDB, I agree with most of what you said in you analysis, and I think you make quite a sound and convincing case on the general political and strategic level. I still cannot believe that you place airforces such as Norway and Denmark, with their remarkably limited resources, above far mor...

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by hunterson
Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South African Built Jet Fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 10852

RE: South African Built Jet Fighter

Yes,it is indeed a derivative of the Mirage family.The South Africans called it the Cheetah, and built it in two versions, a single seater and a two seater.They incorporated a lot of the modifications which the Israelis had introduced when developing the Kfir, especially the canard foreplanes and th...

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by hunterson
Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

Perhaps it is time to go back to the basics. From the outset this was supposed to be a debate about the "top ten European Air Forces", based , presumably, on a cool-headed and objective analysis of the facts, figures and factors affecting such a compilation, rather than some emotional,sentimental an...

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by hunterson
Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

[ In reply to the "soft spot" issue, I do think that all of us have personal preferences, based on our own different criteria in measuring different performances, and assessing different capability profiles. This applies to everything in our lives, be it a style of music , or movie- making, or a spo...

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by hunterson
Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

With all due respect to all, I fear that this conversation is turning into somekind of a joke, which is quite unfortunate, and certainly not what F27Friendship must have had in mind in the first place. I can understand people having a"soft spot" for different airforces of their choice, and I do resp...

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by hunterson
Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

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by hunterson
Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

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by hunterson
Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Air Forces Top 10
Replies: 53
Views: 27416

RE: European Air Forces Top 10

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by hunterson
Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

I find quite strange that al-Jazeera captioned their so-called "exclusive" footage of the Lebanese Air Force Huey as "Emirati planes bombing the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared " !!! Can they not tell the difference between a Gazelle and a Huey? Or was this meant as a political swipe by al...

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by hunterson
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Greetings to all, Indeed, I saw the same photos on the website of the Lebanese daily al-Nahar which OD-720 refes to. According to Lebanese military sources , quoted in the London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat, the bombs being used are 250kg. weapons which originally were armament used on the Lebanese ...

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by hunterson
Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

There have been indeed several local media reports quoting " official Army sources " and stating quite clearly that " certain modifications were introduced to improve the combat capabilities and fire-power of Lebanese Air Force helicopters".As usual , those reports were short on details, but they di...

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by hunterson
Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Hello to all. After afew days away on holiday , it is good to be back. Just aquick update on the <acronym title="Lafayette - Purdue University (LAF / KLAF), USA - Indiana">LAF</acronym> Gazelles .The Lebanese Army made an announcement today(9/8/07) tjat its Gazelle armed helicopters have been in act...

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by hunterson
Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Dear OD720, Thanks for your most recent reply and the posted photos. I thought you might be interested to know that whille going through the entry on the Lebanese Air Force ,on the Lebanese Army official website , and interestingly it actually states that the UH-1Hs delivered from the US can be arme...

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by hunterson
Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Dear OD720, Many thanks again for all the info you provided in your reply. So what happened to the stored aircraft/helicopters which were still flyable such as the Hunters/Fougas/Bulldogs/Allouettes? Are there any indications about their current status, ie. are they still in store, or have they been...

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by hunterson
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Dear OD720, thank you for your kind comments re the <acronym title="Lafayette - Purdue University (LAF / KLAF), USA - Indiana">LAF</acronym> Mirages . I wander if you are aware that also the Lebanese Fouga Magisters underwent a similar process of change of serials during their service life. They wer...

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by hunterson
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Hello to all. In fact , the Lebanese Air Force recieved 12 Mirage-3 aircraft from France during 1967-1968. They comprised 10 Mirage-3EL single-seaters , and 2 Mirage-3DL (not <acronym title="Pacific Airlines (USA)">BL</acronym> as commonly believed, although the two versions are virtually the same) ...

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by hunterson
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force History
Replies: 10
Views: 5700

RE: Lebanese Air Force History

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by hunterson
Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

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by hunterson
Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Dear All, Thanks so much for OD720 for the photo of <acronym title="Lafayette - Purdue University (LAF / KLAF), USA - Indiana">LAF</acronym> Hunter T 66L280 sporting the red nose and tail on its grey/green camouflage. I hope we can still get more of the same. Does 0D720 have any info on when that ph...

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by hunterson
Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Hello to all , again . First, many thanks to the friends from Jordan and Lebanon for their replies and interesting photos. To my Lebanese friend , I would like to say that he is absolutely correct about the <acronym title="Lafayette - Purdue University (LAF / KLAF), USA - Indiana">LAF</acronym> Vamp...

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by hunterson
Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lebanese Air Force
Replies: 169
Views: 38108

RE: Lebanese Air Force

Hello to all, I found your correspondence on the Lebanese Airforce and its Hunters most interesting. I am also a keen researcher on the <acronym title="Lafayette - Purdue University (LAF / KLAF), USA - Indiana">LAF</acronym> and its history, and I would be very grateful for any further info that any...

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