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by johns624
Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...). Too many Europeans just worry about what's happening next door. The growth of China should concern everyone, as it affects everyone. The UK doesn't have any colonies like France does, but they understand the geopolitic...

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by johns624
Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 135
Views: 6675

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

Now his family is saying that he's hiding in a local nature preserve. I bet it's a red herring so that he can get further away and closer to where he's actually going.

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by johns624
Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1834

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

I find it somewhat humorous that people are getting all upset about civilian deaths. They have happened wholesale since at least World War One. Think of the firebombings, nuclear bombs, the V rockets, rape of Nanking, etc, etc, etc.

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 135
Views: 6675

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

What exactly is an influencer and how does one become one? Is it self-declared? It basically means you are unemployed and upload videos that other unemployed people watch. Yeah. Too many of the younger generation think they will make a living making YouTube and Facebook videos. A very few do, but m...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...). Too many Europeans just worry about what's happening next door. The growth of China should concern everyone, as it affects everyone. The UK doesn't have any colonies like France does, but they understand the geopolitic...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 177
Views: 13439

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Could the row with France over the subs play into this in terms of improving the A330's chances? Frankly I would imagine France throwing their toys out of the pram over their lost sub order would have zero effect on the result of the tanker order. Especially since the Aussie subs have a very good c...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

I'm kind of surprised that Canada wasn't included. Maybe it has something to do with them not trusting Trudeau. The way that Canada has pushed back on choosing a new fighter and building the ice patrol ships before the sorely needed CSCs, they don't think that Canada can bring much to the table.

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Just a few points... 1. Maybe this is "destabilizing", but not in the way that most assume. China keeps building their military, no matter what other countries do, or don't do. It's destabilizing because China is getting pushback, which they didn't expect. 2. So many posters are so "a...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The five eyes alliance is no longer the highest level of intelligence sharing. New Zealand will only get what we want them to get. New Zealand can stick to their isolationism with their gutless Prime minister. NZ seems to think that they are an island in the middle of nowhere and nobody will ever b...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

it was nearly 60 years ago and it was there own people, the deaths caused by the US's failed foreign policies since 9/11 are not domestic, they are foreign, not the same at all. The US is a bigger menace to world peace than China has ever been, go on prove me wrong. So killing your own people is di...

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by johns624
Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 135
Views: 6675

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

Mommy and daddy know exactly where their little boy is. Charge them with "accessory after the fact" and watch them blather. Her missing and him having her truck should be enough for some preliminary charges--grand theft auto, for one.

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by johns624
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Another point to add...no matter how po'ed the French are, they can't turn their backs on Pacific defense because of French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

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by johns624
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Aesma wrote:
Australia isn't exactly keen on a war with China, though. China is a mere 39% of Australia's exports, and it has a healthy trade surplus with it !
Not everything is about trade. Power and prestige are sometimes more important. In fact, I'd say they are more important most of the time.

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by johns624
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

So maybe the UK part is to make the hull of the first of these RAN SSN's, it goes to Australia, perhaps via the US, for installation of combat systems and weapons of their choice, the US providing these systems as well as the other material and technical support, with subsequent hulls built in Aust...

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by johns624
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

deepen an already widening rift between longstanding allies Much of that "already widening" was due to French pushing of an EU military, etc. If you look at it in realpolitik terms, what was more essential in the Pacific, a very occasional visit by the CdG CVN or the 8 new SSNs based in t...

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by johns624
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14277

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Aesma wrote:
There is no plan to develop any kind of nuclear industry so it doesn't seem to be the goal. France would of course be willing to help otherwise, we sold nuclear reactors to China after all.
I've read that France didn't want to do much technology transfer.

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by johns624
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Justice for J6 Rally - Sept 18
Replies: 16
Views: 971

Re: Justice for J6 Rally - Sept 18

I think this will be a sparsely attended event. How many people want to be seen sympathizing with people that attacked this country because they believed lies told by a known liar? Not to mention that everyone knows that they can potentially have felony charges filed against them and DJT isn't goin...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Australia by itself doesn't need them Oh, I'd like to see your work on this assertation. That's the reason that they were getting new SSKs until this happened. It was too late to edit so I'll add this. Before this treaty, Australia was basically protecting themselves, so it was more defense oriente...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

FlapOperator wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Australia by itself doesn't need them


Oh, I'd like to see your work on this assertation.
That's the reason that they were getting new SSKs until this happened.

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by johns624
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Now, will the nuclear powered submarines be any good ? I'm sure they will, but most likely far more expensive. I doubt very much that Australia actually needs such things. Nuclear powered submarines are for countries that insist on playing world police on the world stage. I don't think that Austral...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 288
Views: 16530

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

So wondering if Aus will bring in any F35b, with the Royal Navy stretching its legs, it could be an interesting development to have them allocated to the Royal Navy carriers, at least when they visit the region, along with an escort or two (the Royal Navy does struggle). I thought that I've read th...

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by johns624
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My "Solution" To The California Drought
Replies: 76
Views: 3333

Re: My "Solution" To The California Drought

Just leave my Great Lakes alone...

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by johns624
Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azores Airlines to start JFK
Replies: 18
Views: 5765

Re: Azores Airlines to start JFK

Azores Airlines will start a once weekly JFK-Funchal flight on behalf of tour operator Inovtravel - Portugal Getaways. The flight begins on November 1st, and has been loaded in the GDS but is not yet bookable. A very unexpected route and strange timing to launch such a route IMHO. S4263 FNC1600 – 1...

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by johns624
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 346
Views: 17187

Re: Texas abortion law

Republicans are fed the tired lie that Planned Parenthood only performs abortions and performs them on-demand. Lies are something too many Republicans are believing - or want to believe - these days. Politicians are taking advantage of the "we-only-want-to-hear-what-we-already-believe" ph...

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by johns624
Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1429

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

I saw Gordon Lightfoot about 15 years ago. That's when I realized that "oldies" acts were just "old" acts now. They've lost it but still need the fame, money or adoration (or all 3) and just can't let it go. Ditto for the Rolling Stones, they were shit. You crazy they are one of...

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by johns624
Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 346
Views: 17187

Re: Texas abortion law

Max Q wrote:
It’s time to build a wall around Texas

Let them be the third world they want to be
And have them pay for it... Better yet, just build the wall around 3 sides. Leave the Mexican side open.

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by johns624
Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1429

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

sierrakilo44 wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Just say NO to drugs...



Has there ever been any good music created or written by someone not under the influence of a substance?

Even Mozart loved to drink bottles of Champagne whilst composing.
Alice Cooper went downhill when he dried up.

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by johns624
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Skyscraper Fire in Milan
Replies: 15
Views: 1168

Re: Skyscraper Fire in Milan

What I find peculiar, and the article touched on this, was that the fire extension went down. Fires don’t typically do that. This cladding stuff seems to be more trouble than it’s worth if it can provide an extension path for the fire. It’s Italian construction. Not really their forte in the postwa...

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by johns624
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1429

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

I saw Gordon Lightfoot about 15 years ago. That's when I realized that "oldies" acts were just "old" acts now. They've lost it but still need the fame, money or adoration (or all 3) and just can't let it go.

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by johns624
Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1429

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

M564038 wrote:
one of the greatest band ever!
Just say NO to drugs...

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by johns624
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44714

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

My wife and I have learned that, although we like going on cruises, we're not "cruisers". We follow two cruise channels on Youtube--Don's Family Vacations and Tips For Travelers, plus another couple occasionally. We aren't interested in the shows, sales, spas, etc. on the ship. We just use...

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by johns624
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1429

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

...and the world yawned...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2184

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

3/Americans still think any discussion in english is all about the United states of AMERICA, their current popular culture, their understanding of law and morals, even if they are now close to 100 years behind the civilced parts of the world. When you have to revert to perceived insults, that means...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Delta A350 from Boston
Replies: 7
Views: 4495

Re: First Delta A350 from Boston

My wife and I were in seats 1B-1C on a 359 from DTW-AMS back in 2019 and it was by far the quietest flight that we've ever been on.

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by johns624
Thu Sep 02, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7053

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

If it comes to a clash between China and the US in Asia, as the years pass, the odds increasingly favor China. When it comes down to it the US will not risk nuclear war to defend Taiwan. Taiwan has to realize that when the chips are down, it will be on its own. However, there is a lot that Taiwan c...

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by johns624
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Skyscraper Fire in Milan
Replies: 15
Views: 1168

Re: Skyscraper Fire in Milan

Is 18 stories really a "skyscraper"?

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by johns624
Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2184

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

M564038 wrote:
his naked baby penis got caught up in something really big,
I bet that hurt! :rotfl:

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 346
Views: 17187

Re: Texas abortion law

Texas had to ban abortions because they have to replace all of the people who were too stupid to get vaccinated, who are dying of Covid down there.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2184

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

I can imagine him being quite traumatized and having his life, in total, turning out for the worse because someone put him in that photo many, many years ago beyond his control. Him having tried to cope with it in numerous more or less weird ways since, is more of a symptom than something that’s ag...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nepotism - Good or Bad?
Replies: 23
Views: 1190

Re: Nepotism - Good or Bad?

Do you work for Ford Motor Company? :D

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42887

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

What in the hell were students of San Juan Unified School District doing in Afghanistan????? I sure hope the school had field trip permission slips from all the parents. Sending students to Afghanistan is complete insanity. From reading the Article,. it can be deduced that the district knows studen...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13334

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

They aren't. They're just talking points in domestic partisan politics. There's not scary about M4s, Humvees, Blackhawks, etc. Darn...the AFP would have been over the moon to have those. Guess the logistics of transferring such materiel overwhelmed all considerations of saving them. :old: Who is th...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2635

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

While there have always been liberal and conservative factions in the Church, it seems like there is a sizeable group that is emerging that I call Evangelical Catholics. They are the pro-Trump, anti-vax crowd who act more and more like Fundamentalist Christians.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7053

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Because to the class of people that sits on BODs, $$ trumps any values. We know how it really works, but politicians should worry less about corporate profits. Citizens United and virtually unlimited contributions to PACs make that impossible. GM, Ford, Caterpillar, Boeing etc. all depend heavily o...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7053

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

What Huawei fallout, other than the UK and the USA, everyone else is moving full steam ahead or just delayed the decision until Trump left office. On the other hand, look at what China is doing to Australia via trade over critical comments, the scales are not balanced. That says more about those ot...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7053

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Yeah, they not only don't want to offend China but they won't even truthfully say why they don't want to offend China.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7053

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

What Huawei fallout, other than the UK and the USA, everyone else is moving full steam ahead or just delayed the decision until Trump left office. On the other hand, look at what China is doing to Australia via trade over critical comments, the scales are not balanced. That says more about those ot...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13334

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

HAWK21M wrote:
The Aircraft left behind dont look so sofesticated to create panic though.
They aren't. They're just talking points in domestic partisan politics. There's not scary about M4s, Humvees, Blackhawks, etc.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23407

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Yeah, a third generation of the A330 would be great! They could call it the A330MAX. Oh, wait.... :rotfl:

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42887

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

wingman wrote:
Pakistan hid the ringleader.
He started out in Afghanistan. It wasn't until he was flushed out of Tora Bora that he crossed the border. We had a reason to go into Astan. We just didn't have a reason to stay anywhere near as long as we did.

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