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by Noray
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Grizzly410 wrote:
get rid of many OCCAR stuff and get close to the Malaysian standard

Can you elaborate on the difference between these two standards? Does that mean that a less heavy and less expensive export version already exists?

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by Noray
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

The A400M is not a product of market research, but was tailored to the needs of those who've actually ordered it. Also, that's an unfair equation since the A380 had been a complete product for many years before it was cancelled, while some of the A400M's features are still under development. And in...

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by Noray
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

I’m sorry, this may be a great plane but so was the 380......if it iso great why can’t they find enough customers to generate a return? Seems like another market research failure. The A400M is not a product of market research, but was tailored to the needs of those who've actually ordered it. Also,...

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by Noray
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

As part of earlier renegotiations, the program partners have lended Airbus money that they will only get back in case of exports. So, yes, they will be happy if Airbus exports more A400Ms. BTW, it's always strange to see how everybody's worried about the financial well-being of Airbus, even the most...

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Revelation wrote:
Airbus has lost $billions, continues to do so, and is asking for another round of give backs by the customers.

They're not asking for another round. The negotiations are complete, the result is awaiting parliamentary approval.

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

There is hope that, eventually, those nations may want a replacement, and that that replacement is not by default the C-130J (which isn't selling like hot cakes either). Define "Like hotcakes" because according to the VP here we have over 80 on the books. There still are 100 A400Ms on the...

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by Noray
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Had the A400 used Pratt Canada's engine, they would have probably landed 20 orders from there and missed many years of costly delay. The program would be a lot healthier today too. Which engine? There didn't exist any off-the-shelf engine for the A400M. That's why EPI boast that the TP400 is the mo...

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by Noray
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Was the A400 a program launched by Airbus without any specific government putting out a design requirement? No, it was designed to meet a catalogue of 1000+ requirements assembled by the militaries of several European nations in the mid-1990s under the designation "Future Large Aircraft"....

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by Noray
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 132173

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

With the economy falling to pieces, nothing will be bought. A few a weeks ago we learned from the internet that Germany is such a rich country that neglects its security since it only spends 1.2% of the GNP on defence. Now, according to the internet, the economy is falling into pieces. This will as...

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by Noray
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hungarian Air Force Spending Spree
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

Re: Hungarian Air Force Spending Spree

bunumuring wrote:
Maybe the 'cargo aircraft' could be C-130Js or are they too big?

Another factor is that the Germans are probably trying to integrate Hungary into the new multinational A400M unit in Lechfeld.

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by Noray
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

It hasn't been announced yet what will be the other nations besides Germany. According to the first reports, there will be 10 German A400Ms in Lechfeld, which, given that Germany has ordered 53, would leave 2 or 3 aircraft for other partners (one could be used for tests). One source said that the L...

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by Noray
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 16547

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

It's official now that, in addition to the 40 aircraft in Wunstorf, there will be a second A400M base in Germany. In 2025, a "multinational unit" will be based in Lechfeld near Augsburg, Bavaria. It hasn't been announced yet what will be the other nations besides Germany. According to the...

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by Noray
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

MSN56 to Airbus Flight Test (EC-400). What is that going to be used for? Any idea? ( list of prototypes and test specimen: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A400M#Liste_der_Prototypen ) Lots of things changed since the prototypes and it would require an awful lot of changes to bring them at the ...

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by Noray
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

I think you need to think again http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/airforce-news/afn148.pdf Someone might want to update the Wikipedia page for Bamyam airport as it says asphalt. Direction 07/25 Length 2,200m Surface Asphalt Google Earth has satellite imagery from 2004 and shows a dirt strip....

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by Noray
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 8497

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

They will make sure an option of 200 intermediate, affordable low risk ships doing what C17/C130 can't do, starting deliveries in 4-5 years will be on the table. Dream on. It's already a non-starter. It's a clear example of the "vulnerability of existing aircraft to detection and interception&...

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by Noray
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8370

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

In other words: the two biggest A400M customers should have bought not one, but two aircraft types unsuitable to their tactical demands? The recent puchase of C-130J's is proof that the A400M is too big for the low end of the tactical role. The limited number they purchased is proof that the low en...

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by Noray
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

I'm not sure if the article is correct though on its claims of the price, that the Spanish will sell the jets at 15% of the per unit price. :shock: Clearly the cost price isn't 27 million so there must be some error in the numbers. The original source is an article in The Korea Times , which says: ...

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by Noray
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

It's interesting to note that at one point 75 aircraft were planned yet now we read that supporting 53 will require additional spend of EUR 500M because the existing infrastructure only supports 40. If they are unneeded, it would be cheaper to just park them in the Pyranees alongside the SQ A380s a...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

I don't think this is too difficult: 1 The German airforce needed 40 A400s 2 The German Government ordered 60 for political reasons (more workshare for German manufacturers) 3 The German government opportunistically converted 7 of the surplus 20 into options, leaving 13 surplus deliveries to their ...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

I think the new versus used thing is an exercise in pedantry. No, as it implies that Germany are trying to sell aircraft which they currently operate. And somebody on this forum, on Twitter or elsewhere will certainly spin that into: "The A400M is such an awful machine that the Luftwaffe wants...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

So that's about the opposite of what you were trying to make us believe. Less than fair arguing technique. ( and nobody else than you stated anything about used frames. Nobody except : The A400M's best chance for NZ is likely used German airframes at a heavily discounted price BTW.: For those inter...

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by Noray
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers You don't think they wouldn't sell those aircraft if the opportunity arose. Germany have already indicated they have more than they need and are clearly looking for ways to either offload or share the operating costs. Airbus is o...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

What makes you think that there are any used German A400Ms for sale? German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers Germany initially planned to buy 60 A400M aircraft, but later lowered the number to 53. Parliament then approved a plan in 2011 under which 13 of those aircraft...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

Am I missing something, the last order I found was Malaysia back in 2005 for 4, all delivered. There are 174 orders currently with many countries appearing to have deferred. On paper it may be a great plane, but where are the orders. If there is a prospect with the USAF, wouldn't LM be on point get...

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by Noray
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

The A400M's best chance for NZ is likely used German airframes at a heavily discounted price but we know there are sensitivities around the sale of those frames while Airbus continues to market new builds. What makes you think that there are any used German A400Ms for sale? With these positive deve...

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by Noray
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

On October 9, a Malaysian A400M flew a 22 ton excavator to the damaged airport of Palu, Sulawesi. According to the Malaysian Air Force (TUDM), it was the heaviest piece of equipment that has been transported in an A400M until now. (Not sure if this refers to the global A400M fleet or just to the A40...

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by Noray
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

In July, a Malaysian A400M accompanied several F-18s and refueled them in midair on their way from Malaysia to exercise Pitch Black 2018 in Darwin, Australia. https://twitter.com/ADFinMalaysia/status/1022288134384451584 https://twitter.com/airforcenextgen/status/1021592524232617984 Currently, A400Ms...

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by Noray
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 130
Views: 42317

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

It's a short term budgeting issue. The German government is struggling on that front. It's interesting then that they fast-tracked the purchase of the six C130Js and prioritized this over starting a buy of heavy lift helos, given they have the all singing and all dancing A400Ms inbound. Think of ho...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 147
Views: 36298

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

This still leaves us with the high angle of attack. So a very slow flight attitude next to stall speed, no margin. Looks like one would have had to dive towards terrain to bring the nose back down to regain speed and maybe come back from behind the power curve. The image doesn't tell a lot about th...

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 147
Views: 36298

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

Here's the Ju52 from the photograph added to the same position of the generated panorama:

The "smoke" is a slope.

Image

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by Noray
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 147
Views: 36298

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

If we look at the picture, I think the lighter-coloured area behind the plane extends between two different peaks on a mountain. It is unlikely a mountain feature, because it is hard to imagine it would continue between those two parts of the mountain. So I think it is something in the air -- could...

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by Noray
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1203
Views: 132173

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

French politics as we have seen over the last 40 years.. French company presenting it self as European (funding.), working towards being based in France and the french government coming in with Billion to secure leadership for the french participation. This video totally fits in there. I'm 99% sire...

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by Noray
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

The main "niche" is not a niche, but it's a general purpose military transport more performant than the C-130. It carries larger, heavier and better protected vehicles, it flies faster and higher and has longer range. It's much better at carrying X tons of cargo from point A to point B wit...

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by Noray
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Where is Hercules C4, ZH873?
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Where is Hercules C4, ZH873?

Is being reported as WFU, written off and damaged on various sources but details are very sparse. Seemingly an accident Aug-17, anyone know what happened and where the aircraft is? According to Jane's, it ... has been written off in Iraq after being seriously damaged in a heavy landing during an ap...

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by Noray
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

In the C-130J program -- it was run on a commercial basis before the A400M --, Lockheed and the Air Force surely were cleverer when they agreed to keep financial experts in the dark about the program's costs . Congress and Lockheed created a need for the C-130J, It was a commercial procurement fail...

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by Noray
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

I think A400M fans give it a free ride. Airbus sold the program by promising to run it on a commercial basis, but when things got tough they went back to the taxpayers for more money. That to me means they can't play the "every other military program has overruns" card. In the C-130J prog...

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by Noray
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

In reality it sacrificed speed to be able to try to do tactical missions but it needed bulk to try to do strategic missions so it ended up as a compromised platform. In reality, new technology allowed to soften the borders between tactical and strategic missions without too much of a compromise. Ge...

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by Noray
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

With a purchase of 2*A400M and 5*C130J we see another nation who decided the "one size fits all" approach was not for them. They're willing to keep two pools of pilots, mechanics, loadmasters, maintainers, parts, etc which is the opposite of what some people here cling to. A bigger factor...

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by Noray
Tue May 15, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: RAF A400M long-range air-sea rescue operations

The UK also late last year concluded a series of flight trials to assess the A400M's ability to participate in maritime rescue operations. The activity involved deploying specialist rescue apparatus including container-housed inflatable life-rafts and survival equipment from the transport's rear ca...

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by Noray
Tue May 15, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

The art of denying has reached a high level here. Who is denying what? We all know the A400M is more capable than the C-130J, it should be given it costs nearly three times as much to acquire and weighs twice as much. I don't buy these numbers. And two or three C-130s will need more pilots and more...

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by Noray
Tue May 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

The art of denying has reached a high level here. Meanwhile, those who operate the A400M and the C-130J side by side report that the A400M was able to "take three times as much as a C-130 into a tight, small strip without taking any military risk in its performance." https://www.aerosociet...

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by Noray
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 170
Views: 32066

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Thanks for another sales pitch, what else can I expect.

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by Noray
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 170
Views: 32066

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Thanks for proving my point. Whenever I read your posts about this aircraft, I get the impression that I'm taking part in a sales pitch. I understand that aircraft manufacturers need to post promotional videos, but what I don't get is that internet forums have turned into advertising platforms fille...

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by Noray
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 170
Views: 32066

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
I'm sure they could make it safe enough.

Even if they could, which I still doubt since Kerosine is a hazardous substance, I also doubt the practical value for reasons of accessibility of cargo and center of gravity moving in flight.

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by Noray
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 170
Views: 32066

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

It explains why the KC-390 will have an operational availability far superior to competitors offers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FQsVGFitU Huh, so that vid shows the aircraft with 3 ACTs. I wonder how much each tank increases range and affects payload. As that could be a deal maker for the NZ...

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by Noray
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO
Replies: 74
Views: 14599

Re: Volga-Dnepr to withdraw from An-124 freighter contract for EU and NATO

So how does the USAF manage to get along without any Antonov? Why should they, as long as other US services can rent the Antonovs for little money? But how comes that relative rich states such as France and Germany cannot afford to have some C5’s or An124’s? Most of their decisions in the last 20 y...

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by Noray
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 170
Views: 32066

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

It explains why the KC-390 will have an operational availability far superior to competitors offers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FQsVGFitU Typical marketing blurb that hardly differs from similar videos that were produced for other recent aircraft. Posts like this one make this forum look lik...

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by Noray
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 958
Views: 139538

Re: A400M Update

Occar ordered the "with everything" model in a fixed number for a fixed price. It's more like a "with 90 % model". There's a basic model and then there are dozens of special accessories (like refuelling pods, DASS, bulletproof cockpit, propeller brakes, loading crane ...) that c...

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by Noray
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2
Replies: 70
Views: 17676

Re: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2

What is the distortion after the 15th window which blurs the 16th? This was shot through the canopy, and it could be some imperfection of the glass that reduces the optical quality in that part. Angle of the sun seems about right but with the sun at that angle, would the plane be so bright on the l...

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by Noray
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How big was the Space Shuttle compared to modern commercial airliners?
Replies: 36
Views: 6514

Re: How big was the Space Shuttle compared to modern commercial airliners?

Here's a few comparison shots using Shuttle, 747 transporter, 767-200, 737-200 and an Embraer E-190 from my 1:400 scale model collection, Granted it's not as big as I remember having not seen it since 1983 when I was a 12 year old, but my memory of it was being a pretty decent sized craft. I reckon...

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