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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New
Replies: 36
Views: 4282

Re: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New

HAWKXP wrote:
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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 185
Views: 24251

Re: Revisiting MH370

Aircraft debris sighting in Queensland, but likely not from MH370: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/aircraft-debris-raises-questions-over-mh370-resting-place/news-story/d64fc17ccf560e3a6ac192c389afa25e Daily Mail, but at least no paywall: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Joe Biden Cordon Off Whatever Location is the Epicenter of COVID-19 Once in Office
Replies: 34
Views: 3305

Re: Will Joe Biden Cordon Off Whatever Location is the Epicenter of COVID-19 Once in Office

What the thread opener suggested was what all of Europe was doing from March to June/July. Close all borders to non-residents. If you live in two locations, you have to stay in the one that does not require you to cross borders. But then, people who work in country A and live in country B were still...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAM 28000/29000 (VC-25A Air Force One) COVID-19 Detox?
Replies: 4
Views: 1519

Re: SAM 28000/29000 (VC-25A Air Force One) COVID-19 Detox?

Keep it parked for a week and hat will be that. Yep. When there are reports like "We've found coronaviruses on an object two weeks after the infectious person touched it", there are based on very sensitive PCR methods. They just detect the virus' genetic material. It says nothing about wh...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

FGITD wrote:
Another abort at T-02. What is that, the third or fourth abort in Florida this week?


SpaceX must have gotten the 'rona from the Delta Heavy...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 164
Views: 27342

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Francoflier wrote:
Are they ever going to launch this thing?


A rocket that launches successfully isn't going to earn you any more money :old:

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Alleged sovereignty? EU members are legally obliged to introduce domestic laws to reflect EU directives (if they are termed so), aren't they? Non-EU members are not obliged to introduce any laws that are not of domestic origin. In order to smooth the import/export business, Switzerland has to follo...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 124
Views: 24087

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

In the past (Tiger and before), the Air Force wished for aircraft that could be flown by militia pilots, which would, outside of crisis times and after basic training, only show up for some weeks of active duty every year. Until the Hawker Hunters were phased out (in 1994), there were even farmers a...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 124
Views: 24087

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Now that the funding for new fighters and ground-based air defence materiel has been approved, is there a defined procurement budget for each of those 2 componenrs? No, not that I know of... and there was only a popular vote on the jets, not on the SAM system. The SAM didn't get much opposition. In...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 124
Views: 24087

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

There are plenty of makeshift runways that integrated in the system, if you drive through the Alps you come across quite a few of them. Quite a few parts of the autobahn *can* be used as makeshift runways. But the last such exercises happened before 1995. I guess our Air Force keeps that capability...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 124
Views: 24087

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Today were some national votes...

With a majority of just 50.1%, the Swiss citizens approved the purchase of the F-5 and F-18 replacements. The proponents were able to convince just 8760 voters more.

In the coming months and years, the government will evaluate the various proposals.

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by flyingturtle
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Note, every treaty, alliance, and trade agreement limits sovereignty. It still surprises me that people, especially experienced politicians, think otherwise. People give up freedom all the duckling time. "I like you, but want to stay absolutely free" is the worst thing you could say on a ...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Just a side note: In a democracy, it's rather the voter's right - than the candidate's - that the votes are going to be counted correctly. If anybody wants to win a vote, he would not cast a single shred of one tiny doubt over the entire election process. Especially not the president, who can partic...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Brexit is a tremendous success story.

Because the UK government worries about lorries piling up in Kent, they invented a passport which has to be carried by UK truck drivers if they want to drive into Kent (or further, to France).

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38292

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

*sad whalejet noises*

I was excited about this jet, but sadly it didn't turn out to be the game changer.

I seriously hope the 380 see service as a cheap tourist bomber.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What degree to get a job at Boeing
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

Re: What degree to get a job at Boeing

"Monkey" or "Clown" should be on the resume.

</sarcasm>

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tire-speed-limit exceedance
Replies: 40
Views: 5710

Re: Tire-speed-limit exceedance

Following up to my own comment:

I remember somebody saying on this forum that a heavy MD-11 with flap problems will exceed its tire limits when landing.

But, of course, I don't remember who said it... and when. And where.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..
Replies: 96
Views: 17864

Re: Pan Am coming back ... yet again..

I wonder if Pan Am Systems, the railroad up in New England that owns the name and trademark, knows? AFAIK a trademark has to be used publicly so its protection doesn't get voided after a time limit. So it's rented out to that railroad. The same with Swissair. There is a little flying club in Switze...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 117081

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

The NG seems to do fine without it with an accident rate not significantly different than its main competitor which has EICAS. Maybe if Pilots focused on actually flying the aircraft and not relying upon what the computers are telling them we would get a better overall rate. I'm wondering how a pla...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tire-speed-limit exceedance
Replies: 40
Views: 5710

Re: Tire-speed-limit exceedance

You can't extend the flaps and you have to land... some... how...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Are you serious? yes I am serious. What you saying is internal UK problem. EU is negotiating with UK. Last time I heard it meant the UK government and if the agreement is ratified on both sides, then it is not EU business anymore how UK got there in the first place. So we should remove all the refe...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKO_xM8zVE8

Edit: Nooooo... Elon failed at failing. It's detanking right now. No pop.
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Right now, SpaceX is filling its grain silo with liquid nitrogen.

Must be great recipe for popcorn. :fluffy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKO_xM8zVE8

Edit: Nooooo... Elon failed at failing. It's detanking right now. No pop.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 117081

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

I still don't understand how Boeing could seriously expect customer pilots to immediately (3 seconds) perform the runaway trim response after every MCAS activation, a system kept unknown to them, that was acting intermittent and moved trim in high power boosts to extreme settings, so it was very di...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Tugger wrote:
Nothing beats a public location, with private voting stalls for allowing each voter to completely vote what they want with no outside interference.


Nothing beats the privacy of my own home to fill out my ballot.

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RC-135W disguising as a Malaysian plane
Replies: 33
Views: 4270

Re: RC-135W disguising as a Malaysian plane

Yes, because you can just go to the E/E bay and repin/reprogram your transponder in flight to another random number..... The lies in this article are as blatant as the news media. Who says a military plane cannot have a re-programmable transponder? This is one of the reasons certain countries (like...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RC-135W disguising as a Malaysian plane
Replies: 33
Views: 4270

RC-135W disguising as a Malaysian plane

Popular Mechanics reports that an RC-135W on a reconnaissance mission near Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands changed its ICAO Mode S identifier in-flight, disguising itself as a civilian Malaysian plane. https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a33970936/us-spy-plane-impersonates-malay...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

The picture that Dutchy shared - the open frontier to France - is misleading, because Switzerland has a VERY close relationship to the EU. One that the UK doesn't want to have at all. Why is it misleading? I know Switzerland is much closer than Johnson now wants (not so much when he campaigned for ...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 117081

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

The committee report does a good job explaining how Airbus still has the advantage in that market. It brought a newer airplane to the game, with better integrated systems and with an EICAS. Heck, how can the FAA not demand an EICAS for any modern Boeing 737? "Huh, first, flying is much safer th...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 172702

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Funfact: Swiss Customs close at 1730 on a Friday and do not open again until 0800 on a Monday. Any trucks not through by 1730 have to wait the whole weekend to be processed. Freight forwarders hate it. Thankfully no goods lorries cross the Irish Sea during the weekend, right? Another fun fact: Swit...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 117081

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

9Patch wrote:
Boeing 737 Max crashes were ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, investigators say


9Patch wrote:
The document details myriad gaps in oversight


Like any modern software company, Boeing did nothing wrong by farming out testing to paying customers. :praise:

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic future
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Virgin Galactic future

We've already discussed in another thread how Virgin Galactic is not a competitor to SpaceX and Bezos' rokkits. The respective thingies have hugely different capabilities. A Falcon 9 needs the fuel volume of a Boeing 777 - to transport, say, 7 people. SpaceX is very far away from something that rese...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

TTailedTiger wrote:
Funny how I live in a major US city and have never spent more than 15 minutes voting. Most Americans spend longer picking out a show on Netlfix.


"I've never a bad experience!" is basically how things stay shitty for everybody else.

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Primary ballots have a D or R marked on the envelope. Not here in Wisconsin. I use absentee voting (like 60% of Wisconsinites) because I don't want to take half a day off (unpaid) from work to vote. Plus, I don't want to stand in the pouring rain or snow standing in line. In other words, I will onl...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

As an outsider, I’m struggling to understand why postal vote fraud is supposedly a big issue in the US but works well elsewhere and you hardly hear of such accusations. Surely any candidate who is trying to shore up their voting base will encourage postal voting, especially for those who they know ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Oy vey, this is why education is important. It is literally so rare that’s why specific instances get reported when they do happen. With regard to mail-in ballots: there were only 372 cases of potential fraud in 2016 and 2018 out of the total 14.6 million ballots cast. That is a rate of only 0.0000...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

So some fraud is ok with you? We shouldn't work to make it as secure as possible? It's mighty suspicious that only liberals are wanting to force voting by mail. Letting DeJoy, a Republican, dismantle perfectly working mail sorting equipment didn't exactly help with the citizen's trust in the whole ...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Primary ballots have a D or R marked on the envelope. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: This is epic. "with that election commissioner who suddenly found boxes of "lost" ballots" Can ha...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

There is no way to guarantee the security of mail ballots. You should want to have as much control of your vote as possible. I can't understand why anyone from either party would be against that unless you are trying to do something underhanded. How is mail-in voting insecure? Would you care to exp...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Every time US elections come up, its obvious to any non-American that the US does not have free and fair elections - you pretend that you do, As a Swiss, I just received the ballots for the September 27th referendums. An envelope, containing the ballots, another envelope (which bears no number, no ...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boom Lands USAF Contract
Replies: 19
Views: 4199

Re: Boom Lands USAF Contract

Too small for ego reasons. And for long distances, it can be carried in a C-5... :praise:

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

Some commentators have said that this years election could be Florida-Bush v. Gore 2000 'on steroids'. Indeed it could if it comes down again to 1 state to win the EC vote, one controlled by Republicans, with shady ballot handling, many late arriving mail ballots, massive court battles and possible...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage
Replies: 76
Views: 5006

Re: Nightmare Election Night Scenario - The Red Mirage

In a much earlier election, there was some unclarity on whether the governor or the state legislature has to certify the election result, which in turn determines how the electors are going to vote at the Electoral College. Now, it's the legislature. Republican-dominated ones could just declare the ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Musk started SpaceX and Tesla with about $200 million total.... People still think he can be competed with by throwing money at the problem. I remember somebody saying on this forum that Elon took two years off to read through an entire library of space exploration and space engineering. He needed ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

That's VERY interesting, Zaphod and Erebus! Thank you both!

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 112282

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

If the states of Berlin, Brandenburg and as well as the federal government don't inject about 300 million Euros into the airport company, it will be bankrupt on opening day. Until 2024, the airport company (FBB, Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg) is in need of 1.5 billions in order to keep the airport op...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SN6 hop footage from SpaceX. https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1301718836563947522?s=20 No engine fire seen this time. This is great! I cannot wait for the first 20 km hop. I simply cannot. In this video, you see a construction site - a mobile crane, and these five or six slanted, dark pillars. Wha...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Elon Musk's Boring Company just did another event-less launch... :cry2:

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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian SU27 buzzes the BUFF over the Black Sea
Replies: 23
Views: 2177

Re: Russian SU27 buzzes the BUFF over the Black Sea

Seriously though, if there was somewhere for your Blackjack to launch from, had overflight rights for every country it flies over until it gets to the edge of U.S. airspace near Houston, it has every right to be there, just as this B-52 had. You expect to be intercepted, you would just hope that th...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65216

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

On August 28th, a Falcon 9 will do some curious maneuvers, hug Floridas coastline, and put SAOCOM 1B on a polar orbit. Let's hope that Elon won't shoot another cow down there in Cuba. An article on the failed 1960 launch, which caused a rain of debris... http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-scien...

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