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24th Jan 2023, 14:25
Replies: 16
Views: 2,536
Posted By sandiego89

55 or so years of service. A good run. Imagine...

55 or so years of service. A good run. Imagine we will see P-3's with other forces for some years to come. Some of the airframes have been extensively refurbished, some not so much, but by...
17th Jan 2023, 15:27
Replies: 25
Views: 3,598
Posted By sandiego89

But size does mater, as tdracer pointed out...

But size does mater, as tdracer pointed out hanger size is an issue, and so is "spotting" or "spot factor", basically footprint. Yes the Vigilante was large (and so was the A-3 and the E-2), but in...
17th Jan 2023, 14:31
Replies: 25
Views: 3,598
Posted By sandiego89

But it also worth pointing out that the F-4, A-4,...

But it also worth pointing out that the F-4, A-4, Buccaneer and F/A-18 (and A-7 and E-2) were designed for naval carrier operations, not as joint programs. They just so happened to be of utility,...
12th Jan 2023, 16:17
Replies: 25
Views: 3,598
Posted By sandiego89

Back to the original question, the services have...

Back to the original question, the services have input, but the political realities are often very complex, and often driving, factors. The US services do not seem to be the ones driving combined...
6th Jan 2023, 13:05
Replies: 23
Views: 11,449
Posted By sandiego89

Not to get in the way of your stereotyping, but...

Not to get in the way of your stereotyping, but it really is not. Contrary to popular belief, we do not all wear cowboys hats and wear camo.
23rd Dec 2022, 22:37
Replies: 19
Views: 3,679
Posted By sandiego89

All B-52 forward crew had ejection seats, with...

All B-52 forward crew had ejection seats, with the upper deck crew ejecting upward through individual hatches above their crew stations (pilot, co-pilot, EWO), and those on the lower deck ejected...
15th Dec 2022, 20:55
Replies: 102
Views: 43,958
Posted By sandiego89

Yikes, imagine the sudden loss of the lift fan...

Yikes, imagine the sudden loss of the lift fan (mechanical, software glitch, perhaps associated with the bounce) would look something like that, with a significant pitch-over. Still seems to be lift...
15th Dec 2022, 15:21
Replies: 43
Views: 9,513
Posted By sandiego89

Don't think too hard, I think it was just a...

Don't think too hard, I think it was just a simple word play/joke on the last name of Gary "Powers", and merely a suggestion to Google it.
1st Dec 2022, 19:53
Replies: 15
Views: 4,250
Posted By sandiego89

With the article stating "United States Africa...

With the article stating "United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment"

I think "aw geez, what a shame"....would be an appropriate...
1st Dec 2022, 18:23
Replies: 15
Views: 4,250
Posted By sandiego89

Perhaps better than being in Ukraine.....They're...

Perhaps better than being in Ukraine.....They're not popular their either. Pay is likely better too.
1st Dec 2022, 18:19
Replies: 49
Views: 12,419
Posted By sandiego89

perhaps it means: "buy the spares that we were...

perhaps it means: "buy the spares that we were too cheap to buy in the first place"?

Greeks are smart to snap these up. Long live the Herc.
1st Dec 2022, 15:37
Replies: 226
Views: 121,525
Posted By sandiego89

The cost per airframe is always a bit...

The cost per airframe is always a bit interesting, imagine that ~$500m is if the program goes to the full 100+ airframes. The B-2 was always going to be pricy, but with the buy cut down applying the...
29th Nov 2022, 17:15
Replies: 226
Views: 121,525
Posted By sandiego89

Believe it is Diego Garcia., but happy to be...

Believe it is Diego Garcia., but happy to be corrected. The approach at Anderson AFB Guam, is not so close to the beach.

Excited for the rollout. Will surely not be as surprising to most of us as...
9th Nov 2022, 19:31
Replies: 76
Views: 11,925
Posted By sandiego89

Boring?! I think you would find most of us here...

Boring?! I think you would find most of us here would love to see some early herky-bird tanker interior pictures. Bring' em on!
8th Nov 2022, 18:17
Replies: 3
Views: 1,460
Posted By sandiego89

Should be well cared for F-16s and a nice upgrade...

Should be well cared for F-16s and a nice upgrade from the LanceR MiG-21.
21st Sep 2022, 18:39
Replies: 23
Views: 2,658
Posted By sandiego89

Yes the KC-46 was designed to be quite capable,...

Yes the KC-46 was designed to be quite capable, my point was that some sorties do not require a KC-46 sized tanker, or one with unique capabilities. Topping of a few fighters for an air intercept, a...
20th Sep 2022, 14:45
Replies: 23
Views: 2,658
Posted By sandiego89

I think a KC-390 would be just right sized for...

I think a KC-390 would be just right sized for lots of refueling missions: QRA type support, training support, exercises, operational support for small detachments, operations..... but not nearly...
7th Sep 2022, 17:43
Replies: 14
Views: 4,122
Posted By sandiego89

Indeed, much respect to the POW/MIAs. ...

Indeed, much respect to the POW/MIAs.

Regarding Ritchie from flight training days- anything stand out? Not looking for dirt, I have heard a bit about the personalities of the time, and the race...
7th Sep 2022, 16:43
Replies: 13
Views: 2,873
Posted By sandiego89

My WIFE unit is also programmed to advise me of...

My WIFE unit is also programmed to advise me of vehicles braking ahead, optimal windscreen wiper rate, appropriate following distance and route selection. It really is a multi-faceted device, with...
23rd Aug 2022, 13:58
Replies: 4
Views: 2,537
Posted By sandiego89

I wonder what the ratio of successful long...

I wonder what the ratio of successful long distance/rows across Atlantic to aborts/rescues/failures is?

Extensive resources are expended on these adventures.

Not intending to negate any of...
19th Aug 2022, 16:24
Replies: 10
Views: 2,548
Posted By sandiego89

"Does this array make me look fat?" .......

"Does this array make me look fat?" .... pause..... "No, you look great..."
18th Aug 2022, 18:32
Replies: 14
Views: 3,362
Posted By sandiego89

Great pictures and insight bonajet! I recall...

Great pictures and insight bonajet! I recall seeing some excerpts and cartoons from the AV8A flight manual warning that the harrier was quite capable of "digging it's own grave" on unprepared...
15th Aug 2022, 16:01
Replies: 29
Views: 8,907
Posted By sandiego89

Thanks for linking the investigation. From page...

Thanks for linking the investigation. From page 19 and 20:
.....After conducting the descent, GT31 began maneuvering at greater than 45 degrees angle of bank (AOB) while transiting around terrain...
9th Aug 2022, 16:17
Replies: 62
Views: 16,609
Posted By sandiego89

SUPSALV and their ROV seem to be getting quite...

SUPSALV and their ROV seem to be getting quite proficient at locating and recovering these stray airframes. Much progress from say the F-14 rolling of the deck off the carrier off Scotland and...
3rd Aug 2022, 13:50
Replies: 33
Views: 7,750
Posted By sandiego89

No kidding, very much "cutting edge". From...

No kidding, very much "cutting edge".

From the link by Dave Gittins, "...agency AFP that Zawahiri was on the balcony of a house in Kabul....The missile is fired from a Predator drone. It has no...
1st Aug 2022, 14:23
Replies: 25
Views: 7,674
Posted By sandiego89

Quite a mix of air-to-air, precision air to...

Quite a mix of air-to-air, precision air to ground, dumb bombs and training rounds in that list- seems they will use the F-35 for a whole host of mission profiles. Imagine they will have a training...
20th Jul 2022, 15:18
Replies: 5
Views: 2,551
Posted By sandiego89

I would imagine "the first time the F-14's gun...

I would imagine "the first time the F-14's gun was used in combat" would be been Iranian F-14's. This interview with Col. Mazandarani when referring to the F-14 in the Iran/Iraq war includes "Roughly...
11th Jul 2022, 18:58
Replies: 62
Views: 16,609
Posted By sandiego89

I believe "flight deck height" would be a better...

I believe "flight deck height" would be a better term to use than "freeboard" when referring to an aircraft carriers flight deck. Happy to be corrected. Freeboard could be lower, as in the hangar...
8th Jul 2022, 16:26
Replies: 26
Views: 7,608
Posted By sandiego89

Meleagertoo, I was basing my comments on the...

Meleagertoo, I was basing my comments on the video that was posted as #14 in this thread where the commentator [email protected] minute 1:40 that the truck was equipped with three J34-48 (non-afterburning...
8th Jul 2022, 15:39
Replies: 15
Views: 7,192
Posted By sandiego89

Control lock engaged. Apparently with the control...

Control lock engaged. Apparently with the control lock engaged it allows just enough rudder movement to taxi the aircraft (combined with differential braking) but no elevator/aileron movement.
...
6th Jul 2022, 18:28
Replies: 26
Views: 7,608
Posted By sandiego89

The repeated booms of the afterburners engagement...

The repeated booms of the afterburners engagement on-off sure gets ones attention. I have seen (and heard and felt) them over the decades- and it seems the burner cans were homebuilt- as the...
16th Jun 2022, 17:40
Replies: 228
Views: 53,097
Posted By sandiego89

Thanks for the work-around!

Thanks for the work-around!
16th Jun 2022, 14:12
Replies: 228
Views: 53,097
Posted By sandiego89

Thanks for sharing nutloose, there are some great...

Thanks for sharing nutloose, there are some great pictures in there, but looks like I need to sign up for twitter to see the rest.

Regarding the bomber Herky bird, it seems that the chatter of...
14th Jun 2022, 20:33
Replies: 228
Views: 53,097
Posted By sandiego89

Mog, do you recall any real quirks between the...

Mog, do you recall any real quirks between the airframes that went South? Some more troublesome than others? I seem to recall one airframe from 801 that was a real standout for good serviceability...
13th Jun 2022, 20:42
Replies: 586
Views: 174,631
Posted By sandiego89

Interesting. Wonder if they did come up with...

Interesting. Wonder if they did come up with some conformal tanks?

Seems a few users like Israel could use the big wing C version.
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