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« Reply #330 on: November 19, 2017, 03:06:57 PM »



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« Reply #331 on: November 21, 2017, 06:11:47 AM »
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A  U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W landed at the athletics field of Bar Harbor town in Maine on Nov. 18 so that a crew member could retrieve his cell phone that he left behind during lunch at the Thirsty Whale.

https://www.mdislander.com/maine-news/us-marine-helicopters-buzz-bar-harbor



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« Reply #333 on: November 25, 2017, 09:26:45 AM »
The caption for this video states that a homemade explosive facility is the target.  The video itself,
claims that it was a heroin lab.  Whatever it was, goes up like a roman candle.


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« Reply #334 on: November 30, 2017, 02:32:43 PM »
American Airlines Error Leaves Thousands of Holiday Flights Without Pilots



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Thousands of American Airlines flights over the holiday season are in danger of cancellation because an error in the companyís internal scheduling system gave too many pilots time off, its union said on Wednesday.

American was scrambling to fill the scheduling hole by offering pilots one and a half times their normal pay, said Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. But the union, which represents more than 15,000 pilots, filed a grievance, saying that the premium pay was not covered by its contract and that the airline couldnít guarantee payment.

It was not yet clear on Wednesday whether any flights would be canceled or delayed. Mr. Overman said about 15,000 flights from Dec. 17 to the end of the year were affected.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/american-airlines-pilot-scheduling.html

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« Reply #335 on: November 30, 2017, 06:56:47 PM »
Never knew that there were aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan



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« Reply #336 on: November 30, 2017, 07:18:31 PM »
Never knew that there were aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan




Sable and Wolverine were not real carriers, they were converted paddle-wheel steamers fitted with flight decks for training purposes only.  They could never have been used operationally, no hanger decks, no armor plating, and no armaments.

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« Reply #337 on: November 30, 2017, 07:22:56 PM »
Sable and Wolverine were not real carriers, the were converted paddle-wheel steamers fitted with flight decks for training purposes only.  They could never have been used operationally, no hanger decks, no armor plating, and no armaments.
Not air but sea but I remember hearing people talk of the sub bases, testing, and training at Pend Oreille back in WWII (now Farragut State Park) and how deep the lake was. Turns out they are still using it today for secret sub stuff?
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-most-vital-and-secretive-submarine-base-is-in-1590794426

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« Reply #338 on: November 30, 2017, 08:54:26 PM »
Sable and Wolverine were not real carriers, they were converted paddle-wheel steamers fitted with flight decks for training purposes only.  They could never have been used operationally, no hanger decks, no armor plating, and no armaments.

Good enough to take on the red menace.

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« Reply #339 on: November 30, 2017, 09:20:53 PM »
Good enough to take on the red menace.


Plus their damn stooges


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« Reply #340 on: December 06, 2017, 06:26:40 PM »

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« Reply #341 on: December 07, 2017, 04:42:16 PM »
Northrop proposes canister-launched UAV for E/A-18 upgrade



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Reporters were shown an unmanned aerial vehicle that folds inside a canister and designed to be carried on the EA-18G at a Northrop Grumman facility in Maryland.

Dubbed Dash X, the UAV will gather radio frequencies once it separates from its canister. The company believes its slow speed of 60 kts and tiny size will allow it to evade detection by enemy air defense systems.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/northrop-proposes-canister-launched-uav-for-ea-18-u-443943/

Scifi becoming reality.

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« Reply #342 on: December 08, 2017, 03:19:07 PM »
Ivan snooping around the backdoor    :o


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« Reply #343 on: December 09, 2017, 10:56:32 AM »
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Ivan snooping around the backdoor    :o



The caption on that clip says "American transport", but I doubt that is really a US a/c.  Not only would such an action have resulted in an American protest that you'd have heard about in the media, it would also almost certainly have resulted in US fighters responding to the scene and warning off the Russian. That you would also have heard about in the media.

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« Reply #344 on: December 09, 2017, 11:00:16 AM »
US Navy to order 80 new F-18 E/F Superhornets over 5 years as the lack of dedicated refueling craft forces Superhornet to buddy-fuel for missions at a rate higher than expected.  The Navy is missing the  S-3 Viking and KA-6D Intruders for refueling duties, and though accelerated the MQ-25 Stingray refueling UAV program isn't ready yet.

peace
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« Reply #345 on: December 09, 2017, 11:34:06 AM »
Really cool footage of this 40 year captainís last round trip flight to San Francisco on the A380. From a German docu series at pilotseye.tv. Multiple cameras on ground and in cockpit. His final flight back to Germany is on YouTube as well.


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« Reply #346 on: December 09, 2017, 12:35:57 PM »
The caption on that clip says "American transport", but I doubt that is really a US a/c.  Not only would such an action have resulted in an American protest that you'd have heard about in the media, it would also almost certainly have resulted in US fighters responding to the scene and warning off the Russian. That you would also have heard about in the media.

Oh I suppose you are right Duke.  Can't believe everything on the internet, eh?   If it was a U.S. plane, I also suspect it would have resulted in a bag
of piss being flung back and soiling Boris's pretty bird.

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« Reply #347 on: December 09, 2017, 06:40:15 PM »
Oh I suppose you are right Duke.  Can't believe everything on the internet, eh?   If it was a U.S. plane, I also suspect it would have resulted in a bag
of piss being flung back and soiling Boris's pretty bird.

Must admit the piss bag idea never crossed my mind, but like the way you think.

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« Reply #348 on: December 11, 2017, 06:04:11 PM »
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/16759/turkey-is-interested-in-buying-surplus-usmc-av-8b-harriers-others-likely-to-follow

Turks should have bought the UK Harriers a few years ago when the Brits had the fire sale on them.  Surprised Japan wasn't mentioned as a potential buyer, surplus US Harriers would be a good fit for their helicopter carrier destroyers.


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« Reply #349 on: December 11, 2017, 08:28:27 PM »
Interesting to see the Tu95 in Indonesia:



Surprised Japan wasn't mentioned as a potential buyer, surplus US Harriers would be a good fit for their helicopter carrier destroyers.

They might have a similar situation as with the Australian helicopter carriers, which despite having a ski ramp they aren't arranged internally in a way that allows for jet ops, they are missing the correct surfacing for jet ops, and their intended functions would clash with fixed wing aircraft operations.

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« Reply #350 on: December 11, 2017, 10:26:35 PM »

They might have a similar situation as with the Australian helicopter carriers, which despite having a ski ramp they aren't arranged internally in a way that allows for jet ops, they are missing the correct surfacing for jet ops, and their intended functions would clash with fixed wing aircraft operations.

Yes those are all fair points, especially logistical concerns and the surface of the flight deck not being compatible with the vectored thrust of the Harrier, but they are not insurmountable and could be addressed with refits. I'm not talking about the Japanese or Aussies turning their helo carriers into full fledged fixed wing carriers however, more like the capability to safely launch/recover STO/VL jets should the need arise.  Even the STUFT Atlantic Conveyor had a couple full armed Sea Harriers sitting combat alert as she approached the Falklands in 1982.  Limited capability to be sure, but in many cases limited capability is better than no capability.  Besides, with F-35Bs costing $80M+ each, I think they'd put one down on a helo carrier deck if available rather than ditch it. ;)

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« Reply #351 on: December 13, 2017, 08:04:44 PM »

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« Reply #352 on: December 16, 2017, 09:22:42 PM »
Cool thread bro

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« Reply #353 on: December 18, 2017, 11:14:10 PM »
First flight of the V-280. Still has the engines blurred out...



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« Reply #354 on: December 23, 2017, 11:30:03 PM »
A look back on 30 years of the A320 and the newer developments that are occurring with the type:

http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/12/electric-jet-30-years-of-the-airbus-a320/




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« Reply #355 on: December 24, 2017, 12:02:30 AM »

Due to BG "maintenance," Praise MV though he might be a bit jealous during Christmas of someone, a good video. We need to get that kind of thing down here on the border. I've always advocated Africans, of a type, who wish to repatriate to forefathers lands, to come here to the USA and the Border areas. Not racist but know the scenario, can work a harsh land, can hunt, farm, and have good dogs, etc. And military types especially welcome. We have new laws here where you can hunt invasive species, like hogs etc, from helicopters and now even balloons! (No, you can't hunt illegals/terrorists but you can "ID" them and use common-law and report.) And with a good WL permit even take other game or predators.

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« Reply #356 on: December 24, 2017, 10:12:25 AM »
AG600 Kunlong, world's largest amphibious plane, in maiden China flight -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42471045

Although it's not quite as big, this Chinese a/c reminds me of the Convair/USN R3Y Tradewind of the mid 1950s.  The Tradewind was a seaplane as opposed to an amphibian, but the ability to act as a water landing capable assault transport will greatly enhance the PRC's support capability in the South China Sea.


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« Reply #357 on: December 24, 2017, 04:43:26 PM »
Although it's not quite as big, this Chinese a/c reminds me of the Convair/USN R3Y Tradewind of the mid 1950s.

I was thinking it reminded me of the modern Japanese flying boat ShinMaywa US-2:





As far as I'm aware, the Chinese are still using this ancient looking aircraft too:



At least someone still cares about flying boats.  ;)

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« Reply #358 on: December 28, 2017, 03:25:45 PM »
Yes those are all fair points, especially logistical concerns and the surface of the flight deck not being compatible with the vectored thrust of the Harrier, but they are not insurmountable and could be addressed with refits. I'm not talking about the Japanese or Aussies turning their helo carriers into full fledged fixed wing carriers however, more like the capability to safely launch/recover STO/VL jets should the need arise.  Even the STUFT Atlantic Conveyor had a couple full armed Sea Harriers sitting combat alert as she approached the Falklands in 1982.  Limited capability to be sure, but in many cases limited capability is better than no capability.  Besides, with F-35Bs costing $80M+ each, I think they'd put one down on a helo carrier deck if available rather than ditch it. ;)

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17199/japan-and-south-korea-eye-f-35b-for-their-helicopter-carriers

Looks like the Japanese, if not the Aussies, are indeed looking to base STO/VL combat jets on their helicopter carriers as we contemplated back a few weeks ago.  Will take refits as mentioned, but certainly doable.  Now it will be interesting to see if the Japanese (SKs? Aussies?) approach the US about surplus Harriers to establish an initial cadre of STO/VL capable pilots.  Also a good possibility there are exchange pilots from one or more of those nations already flying Harriers with the USMC.


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« Reply #359 on: December 28, 2017, 05:15:54 PM »
Due to BG "maintenance," Praise MV though he might be a bit jealous during Christmas of someone, a good video. We need to get that kind of thing down here on the border. I've always advocated Africans, of a type, who wish to repatriate to forefathers lands, to come here to the USA and the Border areas. Not racist but know the scenario, can work a harsh land, can hunt, farm, and have good dogs, etc. And military types especially welcome. We have new laws here where you can hunt invasive species, like hogs etc, from helicopters and now even balloons! (No, you can't hunt illegals/terrorists but you can "ID" them and use common-law and report.) And with a good WL permit even take other game or predators.

There are already 800,000 South Africans in Texas you know. And the CIA Armory north of San Antone is filled with "Rhodesians." :)