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Old 9th Sep 2011, 11:45   #81 (permalink)
 
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always remember the larger lady is always more grateful . Big girls need loving too (and they kept one warm in the snowy wastes of Newfoundland and Labrador!)
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Old 10th Sep 2011, 15:16   #82 (permalink)
 
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Keesje, where's the JATO STOL package, the sonobuoy dispensers, and the refueling boom?

And shouldn't you also have a drawing of an A400 equipped with ski landing gear for snowy operations?
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Old 10th Sep 2011, 21:18   #83 (permalink)
 
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Any pictures of it flying in the last couple of days
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Sorry, Sir - too busy trimming roses and suchlike, but I can assure you that A400 airborne sightings occurred (and one probable, but only heard) at least twice in the Toulouse area during the second half of last week. Also, photos of aircraft lining up for approach at, say 1000 ft, aren't what one would hang on one's sitting room wall. (and I ain't got a camera anyway).
France's summer break was over a week or so ago, and it was good to see Grizzly/Atlas getting on with the testing programme. Dunno about events in Spain, but I can assure you that the "special" A400 sound is good to hear, at least for me, as well as other Airbus products on test, or in service (after all, that's what pays some of my pension ...).
Another thing - the RAF would be further forward in the queue if only the various UK ministries involved had shown some urgency - but 'twas ever thus, wonnit ?
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Old 11th Sep 2011, 09:48   #85 (permalink)
 
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So nothing since last week............
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And if it makes that much noise it'll be bugger all use as a replacement MPA before anyone suggests it!
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Old 11th Sep 2011, 19:31   #87 (permalink)
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Keesje, where's the JATO STOL package, the sonobuoy dispensers, and the refueling boom?
Elmo, the A400M has hose and drogue. Sonobuoydispensers are more for naval aircraft, a JATO stoll package such as on the C130? Never heard of it for the A400M. Probably too big an aircraft for the mission.
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If I can heave smoke floats and an ASRA kit out of a Herc para door I'm sure a few sonobouys will be no problem for the A400M's larger para door.
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Thumbs down Rising to the bait

OK, so I rise to SFFP's bait again, but his post on a Sunday saying "so nothing since last week" rather flabbers my gasts - perhaps I should have made it clear that I meant "7 - 9 September".
This Monday's quiet, though: little air traffic of any kind, so the photo-snappers round the airport won't have much to click their shutters at, which will probably give SFFP something else to sneer about ...

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Old 12th Sep 2011, 14:27   #90 (permalink)
 
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JP,

It was a genuine enquiry, nothing more nothing less.
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Understood - though wondering on a Sunday if there has been more activity since Friday ... !!!
I believe they're making good enough progress for "Stakhonovitis" not to be imminent.
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Old 13th Sep 2011, 09:02   #92 (permalink)
 
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Its currently busy on certification work and to reassure the doubters it flew past my window not an hour ago.
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Old 13th Sep 2011, 11:47   #93 (permalink)
 
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And if it makes that much noise it'll be bugger all use as a replacement MPA before anyone suggests it!
Why would we need a replacement MPA?

According to the coalition government this maritime nation doesn't require any aircraft for the role!
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Old 21st Sep 2011, 09:04   #94 (permalink)
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Modern Elmo,

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Keesje, where's the JATO STOL package, the sonobuoy dispensers, and the refueling boom?

And shouldn't you also have a drawing of an A400 equipped with ski landing gear for snowy operations?


Care to comment on the stealthuy Transport, Tanker, Bomber Gunship approach the americans are taking?



IMAGES: Lockheed's stealth C-130 successor revealed - The DEW Line

Maybe a good time to start adjusting your an MPA is an MPA, a tanker a tanker and a transport a transport view. Reality doesn't seem to agree no more.
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Old 21st Sep 2011, 09:15   #95 (permalink)
 
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Doesn't look like a very good engine layout for rough strip ops!
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Old 21st Sep 2011, 10:45   #96 (permalink)
 
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Wind tunnel models do not a competitor make.
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Old 21st Sep 2011, 14:31   #97 (permalink)
 
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Bit shy on the nose aspect RCS as well, unless the engines are retractable
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Old 22nd Sep 2011, 06:59   #98 (permalink)
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ouch they forgot about the engine RCS..

the final design is to have 4 smaller engines

these are real engines (Williams) apparently good enough for these tests

most tunnel test are to confirm computer modelling these days

this is a big model, which could mean they are past conceptual testing (smaller milled models)

maybe ground effect testing?

It seems to have big wings, offering space for lots of fuel.

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Old 22nd Sep 2011, 11:17   #99 (permalink)
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High energy RTO and emergency evacuations complete

...the two not connected, I hasten to add.

Here's the latest.
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Old 22nd Sep 2011, 22:46   #100 (permalink)
 
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is surely a contender for the caption competition???

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