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  1. Soviets did the same thing during their Afghan war. The Il-76's would do a steep approach and bank 45+ degrees.
  2. I'd like to be able to add something positive to the debate, but where do you start; there's so many variables. Some points for starters: 1. Who do we identify as threats or potential enemies? 2. What type of threat would we encounter - a traditional attempted invasion or a more modern form of hybrid warfare? Or more likely, a combination of both. Hybrid examples could be blockading sea lanes to starve us of supplies and fuel. Cyber warfare to immobilize our electricity grid and defences, or even knocking out our satellites. If we figured out the above
  3. Right up into the jet age the accident rates were confronting on some aircraft types. The USAF lost 889 F-100 Super Sabres to accidents, killing 324 pilots.
  4. Just looked up the location of Willedoo.


    Either he lives in a humpy by a remote stock watering point in the middle of nowhere,

    or he doesn’t want anyone dropping in to his real location.

    1. willedoo


      Humpy is a good description. Best not to warn Marty and Nomadpete but I'm moving to Tasmania next year, so should be easier to find. 4th. gen Queenslander but over the climate and throngs of new population here. Used to be nice but now crowded and hot.

  5. Did you know that a major feature of the much hyped U.S. Combat Edge System introduced in 1996 was developed by the Soviets and has been in use with Russian fighter jets since 1956. It took the Americans 40 years to copy the Russian occipital bladder helmet/mask tensioning system. Better late than never. 😮
  6. Exactly, onetrack. The bang seats help but it's the training that saves lives. Stick to your training and you have a good chance of surviving. Spend time debating the issue and you die. It's that simple.
  7. Thanks Peter, I haven't seen it as yet. I see it's available on DVD so I'll buy a copy.
  8. These Smithsonian photos haven't been colourised; they are original colour photographs that the museum has recently scanned to digital format. The colourisation of B&W photos is great. It can add extra clarity to the originals. It must be good software to colour film footage.
  9. The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution are digitalising their stock of colour photos from WW2. A lot of aviation history there. The attached photo shows two Marine Corsair F-4U's burning after a collision in the Solomons. https://www.facebook.com/pg/airandspace/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157308006737797&__xts__[0]=68.ARA8XSL5ddnkvLBk9LLjYZb8Qcrpo96ufyCcc4sGDtlULcfm61KlVvNikn7LAHggsEx9nymK90P2J-L74ZkAlSKQkO953NLz9HyMZjE582AP11AhiPPN2-WpxfN8pWZ0s5Q5rJqRrAGX-4I-KNu8vkZbfFk5nVmyl0CoZd-p5PIKvmiKpnRoR4e41gy-XbMl1U52K7B9YYaDW9DkUIDtaQfPFuFurL7ekxWtUIKu8-mlAaDTGZ9_g33
  10. Maybe another possibility is that his harness wasn't tightened enough and when he went inverted, he's lost control or accidentally caused the wrong control input right at that critical moment.
  11. The connection speed would cut me out of the picture. I think you only get a certain number of airports with the programme and a lot has to be streamed live.
  12. After meeting up with these two, a couple of dozen Germans would have agreed with that. ☹
  13. Only one flying; a second one was part built and mothballed. I'd bet the Russians are kicking themselves that they didn't keep the Antonov Design Bureau in Russia.
  14. I don't normally collect undies, but I recently acquired a set of these PZh-1 piddle pants. They were originally introduced in the mid 90's for the MiG-31 pilots but weren't taken up in a big way. Zvezda has reintroduced them as part of the equipment set for the Su-57, so with the combination of aerial refueling and OBOGS, they will have long range capability without the discomfort of the pilots having to undo everything mid flight to use the old canister type. Although these shorts don't look overly comfortable having to spend the flight with the little pilot residing in that contraption
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