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by texl1649
Wed May 22, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 130
Views: 42323

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

This could I guess make it more interesting. T408 powdered CH-47F with the upgraded transmission is a bit significant, if perhaps too late to bid/include in the German evaluation here. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28157/boeing-to-flight-test-ch-47-with-same-monster-engines-found-on-sikorsky...

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by texl1649
Tue May 21, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 171
Views: 15287

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Pretty sure Boeing won't jump right into deploying it this way out of the gate on the pax 797. Especially if it's offered to airlines soon, given their, ahem, black eye over safety systems/training/deployment on the max. Guys, I’ve said three times now. I’m familiar with the 797 design. It’s a two-...

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by texl1649
Tue May 21, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Is there a thumbnail reason why if USMC procurement is temporarily falling USAF procurement can’t expand for the F-35?

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by texl1649
Tue May 21, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 852
Views: 148924

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

All of this talk and yet it's important to note that the 778x design hasn't even been finalized. We don't really know exactly what Boeing is proposing, just what the launch plans were. We probably have a good idea on the A359 offer, but again it too is probably pretty modified vs. publicly shared da...

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by texl1649
Tue May 21, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 171
Views: 15287

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Pretty sure Boeing won't jump right into deploying it this way out of the gate on the pax 797. Especially if it's offered to airlines soon, given their, ahem, black eye over safety systems/training/deployment on the max.

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by texl1649
Mon May 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 77
Views: 7344

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

Yes as has been documented C was originally built with the concept being an old fashioned 'train station' design vs. a linear concept, with just a central holding area for pax. At some point it's just gotta be torn down.

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by texl1649
Mon May 20, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 77
Views: 7344

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

The traffic growth rate (and projections for population) makes me think DFW really could be the next/first-north-American LHR, where buses, sadly, shuttle folks to/from terminal staging areas. I say that not due to this project, but because this is really the end of significant organic terminal grow...

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by texl1649
Mon May 20, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 77
Views: 7344

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

I suspect the C renovations will be half measures at best. They don't want to touch any of the asbestos stuff that remains in place there, so ceilings/major work won't happen, just floors and some cosmetic things. Ultimately, it will have to go in the next 10-20 years to a new/rebuild.

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by texl1649
Thu May 16, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 132181

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

This sounds like a re-run of the A400M to me. Next, a very unique all Euro-sourced engine will be required, surely. Heck, the US/partners spent a trillion bucks developing the F-35. What could go wrong?

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by texl1649
Wed May 15, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 38
Views: 5201

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

Norwegian hasn't lost a 787 yet. In fact, none have crashed/led to pax death. There are something like 800 of them flying daily all over the world.

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by texl1649
Wed May 15, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market
Replies: 150
Views: 19039

Re: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market

Well, obviously, BBD has zero interest in a new commercial CRJ aircraft. But, perhaps whoever buys out the remainder of the line/production stuff would do it, and have sort of a reverse MCAS system to have the plane mimic stall/CG of previous variants with a new heavier engine at the back.

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by texl1649
Fri May 03, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 130
Views: 42323

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Well, the heavy lift replacement for the US Army is the last in the priority list right now. The target for the medium lift is $43 million, vs. under $20 for a UH-60M. My guess is, that once they do get around to procuring heavy lift replacements for the Chinooks (of which the Army has a comparative...

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by texl1649
Thu May 02, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 130
Views: 42323

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Why is the CH-47 likely to be cheaper to run over the duration though? It's, at it's core a T-55 powered aircraft that entered service in 1962. The US Army clearly wants to move away from further procurement of the type. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/05/01/future-vertical-lift-gets-underw...

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by texl1649
Thu May 02, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

"@LockheedMartin 's F-35A model for Air Force estimated to cost $210m to purchase, sustain and operate over 10yrs vs $163m for proposed Boeing F-15EX in FY20 budget, Pentagon's head of independent cost assessment n program evaluation tells a HASC panel this morning" https://twitter.com/ACa...

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by texl1649
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I’ve read previously the Aussies have a pretty sophisticated integration/oplans for SH (including growlers) and F-35’s.

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 43481

Re: WN looking at A220

Great question if they were interested in it, banyshark. Answer would probably be 2028 for any sizeable quantities.

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 43481

Re: WN looking at A220

Of some note, the 3-6 minute startup, reliability, performance, support and honest feedback from a non-competitor airline for the GTF might also be something WN could be interested in getting feedback on, seeing as Boeing is heavily competing Pratt/CFM for the NMA/NSA series next. It's not like they...

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 43481

Re: WN looking at A220

Eventually SWA will order something else. It's gonna be a process though to get there, as we all probably realize. Airbus couldn't deliver on a sizeable SWA order for A220's anyway before the mid 2020's at the earliest, so it's probably pretty premature to speculate about, in any case. It would seem...

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by texl1649
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

I am curious, has anyone seen any indication of Karem's bid/current concept? They had seemed to previously have proposed about the most radical tilt rotor based option, but the Army wanted to keep the rotor diameter here to <40 feet so I am not sure if the image/idea in this older piece would work. ...

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by texl1649
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 371
Views: 47095

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

Yesterday was another storm, which meant another series of long delays @ DFW, though Love field managed to keep operating as normal into the evening.

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3853

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

What is your theory as to why Turkey is acting as they do? My opinion only . . . 1) They saw how the US allied with the Kurds in Syria and see the US as no longer a reliable ally with respect to their internal affair. 2) Their aspiration of becoming the new center of gravity of Islamic centric cult...

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by texl1649
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 130
Views: 42323

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Ye olde Vertol just seems to be at the end of it’s lifespan. Not that the original CH-53 was much younger/newer, but the K really is a new aircraft. The previous substantive improved model, for goodness sakes, was the D model in 1982. Even the block II has the ancient T55 ultimately powering it.

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

Well, ok, not much interest in this I guess. But, of note Bell is apparently not going the V280 route, opting for some helicopter version of “525” technology. Will be interesting. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bell-to-use-525-helicopter-technology-for-us-army-fa-457592/ Fair use: “Thoug...

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10572

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Perhaps the Chinese could be convinced to sell the Varyag/Liaoning to the EU force for a song?

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by texl1649
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: DFW to build terminal F which’ll most likely be international
Replies: 62
Views: 8797

Re: Unconfirmed: DFW to build terminal F which’ll most likely be international

The challenge for DFW will always be how it can continue to grow (or operate) if so much as a minor storm front rolls across town. It tends to become a disaster for the day if a quarter inch of rain falls in the space of 20 minutes in the morning. Part of that is AA's ground ops being run by abject ...

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by texl1649
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 237
Views: 42656

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

The TATL is one of the two primary markets for the NMA. If volume of travelers/flights is going up as much as predicted over the next decade, it will have to open to larger aircraft, not just MAX/NEO narrow bodies. The increase would also likely mean the net cargo required per flight will also not b...

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by texl1649
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 237
Views: 42656

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

I'll also note that the 787 isn't that much more efficient than the A330NEO, but it has been enough to do quite well vs. the latter in orders over the past 4 years. Similarly, Boeing has to have a coherent product portfolio strategy moving forward, with tech/platforms that can't be easily flanked by...

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by texl1649
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 62
Views: 10164

Re: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019

Really hope the US4 can figure out a way to fit this into their labor insanity. It would be great to be more comfortable/affordable on shorter hops/low volume routes, like the rest of the world.

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by texl1649
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

FARA US Army Proposals Thread

I thought a consolidated thread for FARA proposals/news makes some sense as more information is being made available now. This isn’t part of the Tech. Demonstrator program. Program Details: https://www.army.mil/article/219359/army_could_select_new_future_attack_reconnaissance_aircraft_by_2020 AVX/L3...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 237
Views: 42656

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

I'd like to introduce a term to this thread: Technology Readiness Level. https://www.boeing.com/features/innovation-quarterly/may2017/feature-thought-leadership-newman.page The ideas/concepts I think Boeing, and the engine makers, would want to introduce in a new NSA are not quite ready, at this poi...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble
Replies: 127
Views: 38047

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

This is not an airline I'd feel good purchasing a ticket on, 60 days out, that much is for sure.

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by texl1649
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10572

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Actually a very good idea, I can’t believe she endorsed it. ALL carriers are extremely expensive (to both build and operate), the Invincible class cost the Brits 3 billion (euros) a piece or so I believe. (Of course, something tells me the German/French folks won’t want to copy too much from the Bri...

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?
Replies: 88
Views: 11325

Re: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?

Has the OP ever been to Philadelphia?

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA considering A321XLR as possible 757 replacement
Replies: 39
Views: 13551

Re: UA considering A321XLR as possible 757 replacement

Ah, thx 27, 28, I was confused.

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by texl1649
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA considering A321XLR as possible 757 replacement
Replies: 39
Views: 13551

Re: UA considering A321XLR as possible 757 replacement

Ok, so we’re talking transatlantic again. There are 500K transatlantic flights a year, moving to 800K by 2030 I read today (leeham’s Piece on ADS-B improvements): there will be a lot of room for larger aircraft in this space, ideally not as heavy as the 787 and 330. Here, UA operates around 800 airc...

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

Re: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself

From a Facebook page I follow, it was likely a ricochet from the ground. During training they supposedly fire solid slugs, unlike those normally fired in combat. I kinda doubt the slug bounced off the ground and hit him in line with his line of flight at 7K plus feet. It's very possible for an acce...

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 37
Views: 5975

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

I'm not sure what you mean by that, Revelation, but I meant the human factor/loss is sad.

I think speculation as to cause of the accident is secondary, but natural. We all realize the F-35 is basically stealthy from the front only.

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 37
Views: 5975

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

Sad. I initially admit I suspected an engine issue, but if the pilot didn't eject that can be somewhat ruled unlikely.

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

Re: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself

No. The rounds have a muzzle velocity of 3,450 feet per second (1050 meters per second). That is speed boosted initially by the aircraft itself, but atmospheric drag slows the shells down eventually. And if a pilot accelerates and maneuvers in the wrong way after firing the cannon, the aircraft coul...

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 53
Views: 9656

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I'm just a bit amazed that the SH, which was comparatively overbuilt to survive carrier duty, can compete vs. the Saab on prices (especially on support costs vs. the local Saab spares/operations). The EF/Rafale have long been known to be pricey but the pricing drops on Boeing tactical aircraft (F-15...

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by texl1649
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair leases two 767s for extra lift during 737MAX grounding
Replies: 86
Views: 16572

Re: Icelandair leases two 767s for extra lift during 737MAX grounding

The world is running low on pax 767 frames, but the NMA seems unlikely to be on schedule now given the 737 issues. Could new-build 767 300’s (or even GenX versions) be back on the table in short order?

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 34833

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

A MAX sim was basically inevitable for LH, but again of note is that the E2 from E1 transition doesn't require a full sim. "Pilots of current-generation E-Jets will need only 2.5 days of training and no full flight simulator to be qualified to fly an E2, saving airlines currently operating curr...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airline to be Based in Houston?
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: New Airline to be Based in Houston?

Good luck to him. Talk about jumping into competition with...well all of the US majors, and most of the caribbean/Mexican carriers. I suppose he at least would know the local politics/marketing world though quite well (and finance world).

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fighting around Tripoli Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2626

Re: Fighting around Tripoli Airport

HRC/Obama's proudest achievement in diplomacy continues apace. It sounds like the LNA might actually be the 'better' group here, long term. A divided Libya might work 'best.' Perhaps a European peace keeping force could help some day to keep the islamicist/non-islamicist sides apart; the airfields ...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 62
Views: 10164

Re: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019

So, more than a 45 minute Ipad course. I like the name of this new airline, good livery too. I suspect many announcements/orders are going to happen for this model/line over the next year. And it remains possible to stretch the E195E2 2 or 3 meters while still staying about 6 tons lighter than the M...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The USAF, since it was the USAAF has been in a position to essentially have to deal with accepting ‘not as good’ aircraft in addition to their preferred ones for industrial reasons. See, various mid-size bomber acquisitions in WW2 (B-26, B-25 etc.), as well as various fighter/pursuit aircraft. I do...

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by texl1649
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fighting around Tripoli Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 2626

Re: Fighting around Tripoli Airport

HRC/Obama's proudest achievement in diplomacy continues apace. It sounds like the LNA might actually be the 'better' group here, long term. A divided Libya might work 'best.' Perhaps a European peace keeping force could help some day to keep the islamicist/non-islamicist sides apart; the airfields a...

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by texl1649
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The USAF, since it was the USAAF has been in a position to essentially have to deal with accepting ‘not as good’ aircraft in addition to their preferred ones for industrial reasons. See, various mid-size bomber acquisitions in WW2 (B-26, B-25 etc.), as well as various fighter/pursuit aircraft.

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by texl1649
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 56234

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Inofe has zero credibility about...well anything. The 15X program has zero implications for going ‘from 5th generation to the 4th generation.”

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