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About Marty_d


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  1. You can admire military aircraft while deploring war. As my avatar hints, I think the MkIX Spitfire is the most beautiful aircraft ever built, while fully aware that it was built as a platform for guns to shoot down other aircraft. I take your point that in comparison to Apaches and Warthogs they would be a fraction of the cost, and yes the engineering was done very well.
  2. Before you get excited about the cheapness, read the article. The aircraft cost them the better part of a million each, they spent god knows how much modifying them, and in the end they're stuck in hangars in Africa somewhere and the company has written off the cost. As a slow-ish attack aircraft it's not bad, but I can't see it being able able to outrun or outmaneuver anti-aircraft fire, SAM's, fighters or anything else advanced militaries use. When you see what these blokes were up to, it's obvious the intended use was for tinpot despots and warlords to fight off poorly armed and orga
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-14/the-fighter-pilot-the-mercenary-boss-and-the-warlord/12644052 https://theintercept.com/2016/04/11/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-drive-to-build-private-air-force/ Interesting couple of articles there (the Intercept one is a bit more complete). Besides the entertaining read about extremely dodgy private army owners, I found the aircraft very interesting. Based on a Thrush 510G crop duster, they fitted surveillance and laser targetting, bullet proof windows, armoured cockpit, engine armour, anti-explosive fuel tank mesh, and wing mounted pylons fo
  4. Hi Skippy, Any tips on where to source the lightweight carpet and firewall blanket? I have to start thinking of cabin finish soon. Thanks, Marty
  5. Way to turn a beautiful aircraft into a fugly one. Plus it says it failed to achieve certification so had to go back to original. What the hell was the point of the exercise??
  6. Pretty sure that's a fake. Looks like a rendered game-type Tiger instead of a real one.
  7. 190,000 euro according to STREAM PRICING | tl-ultralightwa
  8. Don't know about enclosed, but a simple floor/stone guard would probably be a good idea.
  9. I got mine on Wednesday - first one as I only joined earlier this year. I didn't read that you only get the first one free, but anyway guess we'll find out!
  10. Pardon my ignorance, but if you're taxiing along the centreline of a marked runway, can't you compare your compass reading with that?
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