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willedoo last won the day on August 21 2015

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  1. I find the whole Cold War period a fascinating part of history. Having grown up in the Cold War, we were conditioned to think our side was righteous and the other side evil. It wasn't until the demise of the Soviet Union, the advent of the internet, and the relative freeing up of information, that it became apparent we had been subject to just as much propaganda as those opposite. We were taught it was all black and white and now we know there was grey. And there still is a lot of grey.
  2. Not much was known about the so called 'Secret War' until the 90's. In this article, it's claimed 126 American airmen are still missing from spy missions over the USSR. https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/secret-casualties-of-the-cold-war-180967122/
  3. My dad was in the 2nd/9th up in the islands during the war and said the same thing about the Americans back then.
  4. Breaking news article just out of Iran simply reads: ' A Ukrainian plane which crashed outside Tehran earlier this week had flown close to a sensitive military site and was brought down due to human error, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran says. ' Sounds like they've finally admitted it was shot down. There's a bit more on RT. https://www.rt.com/news/477993-tehran-admits-plane-shooting-down/
  5. Interesting the quote in that Guardian article: " The reality, as was pointed out by aviation forums, was that it had happened before, not just in 2014 with MH17 but also in 1988 when the USS Vincennes, an American guided-missile destroyer, shot down an Iranian airliner, killing everyone on board. " They always seem to forget Siberian Airlines flight 1812 from Israel to Russia that was shot down by the Ukrainian military in 2001.
  6. Photos like this one circulating in the media are adding to speculation due to what looks like perforations in the fuselage. According to another Iranian news report Iran has asked Boeing to send a representative to join in the black box decoding. They also say the American NTSB has accepted Iran's invitation to participate in the investigation. They've also invited CFM International and all the countries who lost citizens in the crash.
  7. The latest out of Iran is that they and Ukraine are leading the investigation and might need help from Canada or France to decode the black boxes. Another media report had a retraction on the statement that they wouldn't allow the boxes to go to the U.S., so if true, leaves open the option for cooperation with Boeing.
  8. A retired LAME I know is one of the most mechanically inept people I've ever met. Struggles with the most basic stuff. To be fair, he spent most of his career pushing a pen, not a spanner.
  9. This is a short video clip of the first serial production Su-57, 01 Blue, due to be delivered soon. Plus later builds in the background. Operational status is a couple of years or more later than forecast, fairly normal these days with the complexity of things. It would be a fair guess that they're not 100% combat capable and would be delivered to the Air Force to iron out remaining bugs.
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    Could be, Marty; no crane or low loader needed. It would be a slow trip but a lot cheaper. Noticed there's cables running back to the main gear. Maybe to spread the load or braking possibly. I remember reading that they're quite roomy inside with a small galley and space for one pilot to have a lie down on long flights. The pilots enter via a ladder through the nose gear well like a larger bomber so I guess the bulky area behind the cockpit is where that all happens.
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    Russian Air Force Su-34 Syria veteran, 25 Red, was spotted traveling up the highway near Voronezh about 450klm south of Moscow. It appears to be one of the two that were damaged in a mid air collision near Lipetsk in early September. Speculation is that it will be used as a static training airframe. An unusual way to transport a plane 120klm up the highway.
  12. That's enough for three squadrons. Maybe they'll form a wing and have a Wing Commander.
  13. Bruce, on the earlier video flying with with the Su-30, the wheels are down, but the last video with the Su-57 shows the gear retracting and a while later lowering again. I remember early video of the Su-57 prototype test flights flying with gear down. Maybe it's a common thing with test flights. If something goes wrong, the gear is already down - one less thing to worry about in a forced landing. Could be procedure for low altitude test flights.
  14. Technically it's a UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
  15. Latest M.o.D. video of the Okhotnik with a Su-57.
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