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by bikerthai
Tue May 21, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

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? It looks like Congress is doing just that. From the same article: The plus-up reflects 12 additional Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, which provides the Air...

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by bikerthai
Tue May 21, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Pretty clear that if budget is an issue the F-15EX loses to the F-35 but until that point it looks like it is full steam ahead on acquiring the EX. Looks that way: From Defense Daily: The [House Appropriations] committee is approving the Air Force’s request for new Boeing [BA]-made F-15s because it...

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by bikerthai
Mon May 20, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 810
Views: 114808

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

pilot suicide and the most important, isolation/high work load/stress environment. If you come at it from the other end, pilot suicide can be avoided if you have ground control able to override pilot control (for emergency purpose only). As for fatigue, with a ground control, you can rotate/replace...

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by bikerthai
Sun May 19, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9347

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

This new development is more than just CATIA. Yes the 777 was/is 100% digital. But you must realize that back then we stared with just wireframe an only limitted solid modeling capability. To develope a 100% digital model in wireframe and intigrating it together takes an enormous amount of manpower ...

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by bikerthai
Sat May 18, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9347

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

Question: Are you describing real technology that is actually used, or what "could be"? Can something like CATIA do everything you wrote in so seamless a fashion? It have been used to varying degrees on various programs in the company. CATIA by itself can not do it all. There is a suite o...

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by bikerthai
Sat May 18, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?
Replies: 16
Views: 3741

Re: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?

Business decision can not "seen" to be coordinated as that wound invite antimonopoly/collusion scrutiny. Back in the '90, there was a technical exchange where engineers from each company worked in the other factory's for a rotation. Not sure if any of that exists now.

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by bikerthai
Thu May 16, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 310
Views: 88490

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I'd assume that they would test the fuselage strength through increasing and decreasing pressure over different gradients and time scales. Then the wings will be tested, and due to the manpower that would need to be around to monitor the situation, i doubt that it will be running 24/7. There are oc...

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by bikerthai
Wed May 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The set of recommendations from the Heritage Foundation in their latest document is clearly pertinent to this discussion. Somehow I feel that there is something is amidst. We are still getting lobbying effort to squash the F-15EX buy (looks like they are calling it the EX not and not just the X) bu...

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by bikerthai
Mon May 13, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

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

Imo, the attempted coup in 2016 actually shows how strong democracy really is nowadays, in that people took to the streets, and every political party opposed the actions of the band of misguided soldiers. The reaction to the coupe shows progress. However, the fact that part of the military even tho...

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by bikerthai
Sun May 12, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 269
Views: 28903

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

an environment of US preference for strong arming others for their own gain than accepting reasonable arguments as the presented facade would suggest. Strong arm, perhaps. But the game is played on both sides. If they desires stronger regulations, it is their perogative. As all are negotiable. Asid...

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by bikerthai
Sun May 12, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

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

LAXintl wrote:
Turkey has had continuous a civilian rule for nearly 40 years now.


My bad. There are various form of democracies. And when you get old, you lost track of time. I'd say there is still experimentation, as we saw recently with the "attempted coupe".

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by bikerthai
Sat May 11, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

Skills require effective training. Effective training requires time, money, and motivation, and risk. It is difficult to get all of these in any of these countries.

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by bikerthai
Sat May 11, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

johns624 wrote:
Now if the ME countries would only learn how to really use all their fancy, expensive toys so that they could defend their own interests...


The Saudi did just that and ended up in a quagmire. But I guess, you can't not learn from your mistakes if you don't try

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by bikerthai
Sat May 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

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

I had always thought that Turkey was a problematic NATO partner. Until recently it was ruled by a military junta. Then the democracy experiment brings a power hungry populist. The F-35 can be withheld. How will they treat the 737 AEW&C if Turkey begin to act like Packistan? Will some non-descrip...

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by bikerthai
Fri May 10, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Qatar to purchase 24 additional AH-64s

To be fair, if you are a small country, with larger, more powerful neighbors, who can be bullies at times, if you can afford it, why not hire a bigger bully to keep your trousers from ending up a flag pole.

bt

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by bikerthai
Wed May 08, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 269
Views: 28903

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?

Boeing in in deep shit, from inside and outside. Recognizing that is the first step towards resolving those issues. Painful, but unavoidable. Hyperboles makes for colorful discussion but does not necessarily depict the situation at hand. Yes, the Boeing MAX will cause disruption to both production ...

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by bikerthai
Tue May 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The only thing in favour of acquiring the EX is the industrial argument and that is pretty weak given the continued SH orders, and expectation of Blk III refits, and the T-X. The industrial base do not mean just the manufacturing capability. It is also the IT and technical knowhow required to analy...

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by bikerthai
Tue May 07, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

That is never what this has been about though especially given the F-35 was never designated as a replacement for the C/D fleet. To this we both agree. But some want to argue so . . . thus the obfuscation. There is one benefit with the F-15X vs the C/D is the additional capacity in weapon loads. No...

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by bikerthai
Mon May 06, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 at Boeing Field
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: C-5 at Boeing Field

:banghead:

Should have word my question a little better.

It's gone now.

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by bikerthai
Mon May 06, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 at Boeing Field
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

C-5 at Boeing Field

Is that a C-5 at sitting at Boeing Field? What is it doing there?

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by bikerthai
Mon May 06, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 310
Views: 88490

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

It's obvious he doesn't mean the top and bottom TR fairings, which everyone sees. He's talking about the trailing edge of the TR; it's not straight vertical, but has a kink. I see what you guys are talking about. If that is the case, then it has nothing to do with the TR mechanism. The shape of the...

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by bikerthai
Mon May 06, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If that is the case it really puts a nail in the coffin of the F-15EX proposal. Is that a finishing nail or a galvanized steel framing nail? The cost of retrofit may be cheaper, but how does that change the cost of operation? Are you still getting a 20,000hr frame? At least you can keep it running ...

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by bikerthai
Mon May 06, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 310
Views: 88490

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

It is where the thrust reverser mechanism is I believe. If this is a translating sleeve TR, then the actuators 6 per nacelles are further up. What you are seeing may be the faring for the track on which the translating sleeve will slide. Just a guess.... One can verify this by the absence of these ...

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by bikerthai
Fri May 03, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The DOD is in disarray. Unfortunately this statement applies to the whole administration with people coming and going like a revolving door. You can put this at the foot of Shanahan as much as you wish, but he did clear Ethics. And if you do not trust the ethics report, then you'll have to put this...

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by bikerthai
Thu May 02, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

At $4.7 millions saving a year per airplane (no chump change), times 18 frames, within that 10 years you can save enough to buy 4 more F-35's. :crazy: Or is my math wrong?

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by bikerthai
Thu May 02, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Speaking of Congress,

Is the congressional hearing complete? Is the next gate the approval or redlining of the budget proposal? We have not much politicking since the hearing in early April, so is it a matter of wait and see, or is there more back and forth lobbying to be had.

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by bikerthai
Thu May 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

But please go ahead and continue to throw out knee jerk justifications for the unjustifiable. You do make a good sounding board, and that's all to the good. True, fighter planes are not my bailywick, so I can only parrot what others may say. Still if these justifications are knee jerk, then let's h...

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by bikerthai
Thu May 02, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Ozair wrote:
I don’t see why this has anything to do with the F-15X/F-35?


It may show that the Boeing may have a good chance of hitting cost and budget if they do get the contract. More pressure on LM to get the cost of the 35 down.

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by bikerthai
Thu May 02, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The article stated that that the Air Force is not reducing their F-35 buys. Correct, it is the DOD which is reducing the F-35 buys: the same people who are making the F-15EX buy. The planes that are being cut back could be "A" models as easily as "B" or "C" models. You...

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by bikerthai
Wed May 01, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

What examples would you like to review from other nations? What was the gestation period for the Typhoon? I'm not saying that other countries are not pursuing 5th/6th generation design. I'm just saying that until they actually field the new frames, we can not say that they will have better success ...

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by bikerthai
Wed May 01, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Nothing to do with a volunteer army, My assertion about an all volunteer army is that there is not sufficient pilots and crew to both maintain the existing force structure requirement while having enough extra pilots and crew to train for the new F-35's. Lack of personnel can not be addressed throu...

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by bikerthai
Wed May 01, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

At the same time the inexplicable order for Boeing's F-15s comes along, the ongoing order for F-35's has been reduced.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... an-planned2 and 2 does still equal 4 doesn't it? The article stated that that the Air Force is not reducing their F-35 buys. The reductio...

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by bikerthai
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.
Replies: 44
Views: 6568

Re: Boeing awarded MQ-25A carrier drone tanker contract.

Did not realized how big it is until I saw the picture of it on the flat bed.

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by bikerthai
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

We are talking weeks for a Guard or Reserve unit to become mission ready vs years for an F-35 unit. Never thought about that . . . for Guard pilots, how many days a year are they pulled out for training? I mean if it takes one to two months to re-train a pilot, do they do it all in one shot, or do ...

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by bikerthai
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The only thing going for this deal is the quick time to transition for ANG F-15C/D fleet to a new aircraft with better availability and not having to buy as many spares. Could you say that this is a product of an all volunteer army? Not enough personnel (pilots and maintenance crew) to go through t...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

I don’t understand. In a previous post you argued that the EU not NATO was responsible for the security Europeans have enjoyed since 1945. Obviously because the Balkans weren't EU members (or prospective ones) at the time. No need to be pigheaded about it. Or will you also blame NATO for the civil ...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 606
Views: 55656

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I would like to one day see if any of these posts are from off shore trolls who do not read the rest of the discussion above before posting. For those non-fictional characters out there and have not read the history behind this posts . . . The F-15X is not replacing the F-35. They are replacing the ...

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by bikerthai
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Project Designation for Aircraft
Replies: 15
Views: 1250

Re: USAF Project Designation for Aircraft

But then you get programs like KC-X and KC-Y.

And YF-22 & YF-23.

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by bikerthai
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30364

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Ozair wrote:
Moose135 wrote:
Hope they have the insides open to the public, that will be interesting to see.

Careful where you step, there might be some excess material left around… :duck:



:highfive: Free souvenir . . .

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by bikerthai
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Under such a command, what language is used? English?

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by bikerthai
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fighter jets frequently flying over
Replies: 6
Views: 1070

Re: Fighter jets frequently flying over

...which I guess is somewhat surprising to me considering the terrain in the area. The terrain is the draw for flying in-between mountain peaks . . . and perhaps the lack of population. Navy Growlers fly through the Olympic National Park (Washington State) all the time for training. It is ideal tra...

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by bikerthai
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

johns624 wrote:
Also, not all things that countries do are rational. Some things are driven by pride and nationalism.

How true. :evil:

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by bikerthai
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

And the map also shows the choke point is Denmark. That does not change even if Russia controls the Baltic States.

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by bikerthai
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. Is there a strategic reason to annex the Baltic States? Crimea has strategic value, enough to enter Ukraine And that has brought on much headache. With the melting of the polar ice and increase navigation in the Artic...

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by bikerthai
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30364

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Lucky…. I’m not sure why you can claim that. History has shown that major implications can come from one decision. I submit that the bad luck can be attributed to one of two (or both) decisions: 1) Have BCA take the lead in the initial tanker project. This in itself may not be too bad except it lea...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35
Replies: 46
Views: 3768

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 bikerthai
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

And why do you think a comparison with the North Africa campaign is relevant? More relevant as it demonstrate that you win with not only the better equipment, but with more of it and properly supplied. Thus the supply chain. True, a carrier may not be of use with a European war with Russia, but wou...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30364

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

This FOD issue can be compared to the story of production issue reported on the 787 line in SC. When schedule is crunched and you try throwing more people at it, you get production issues (inexperience, fatigue from too much overtime etc.). Once you get your schedule under control, your quality goes...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 152
Views: 10082

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

How about comparing the Brittish and Germans and during the desert campaign , or the American and Japanese with the early island campaign? While the victory was through shear quantity of forces, you can argue that the abundance of supplies enable that quantity and keep the forces morale higher as we...

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by bikerthai
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30364

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

The difference between the P-8A and the KC-46 was the Navy was lucky enough to planned for sufficient time for product development and there was no mishaps as large as the wiring rework on the KC-46. There were incidents, but nothing systemic.

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