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Early Aircraft Projects / Re: AM Specification B.19/27
« Last post by Hood on Today at 01:22:32 am »
That's a very nice find.
Unmistakably a Hawker, you only have to look at the tail. Interesting it has a Flettner rudder tab.
Also interesting is the use of the name Sopwith Hawker, I would have expected H.G. Hawker Engineering but I guess Tom Sopwith kept the Sopwith name alive, at least internally.
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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by mrmalaya on Today at 12:04:15 am »
Hmmm, so we are back to a slightly grumpy assertion that if it's not the F35 then it's not worth flying.

Did you know that the French defence hierarchy believe the Rafale to be good enough to stay in service until 2050? They have faith in their technology too, although I'm not sure it warrants that level of hubris either.
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Naval Projects / Re: Navy Unveils 3D-Printed SEAL Sub
« Last post by Moose on Yesterday at 10:10:52 pm »
When we tip over into regularly producing really big things this way, life's going to get very very interesting.
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Ah, 'listicles' - they sound like a symptom of herpes and intellectually, they are.

http://www.90skidsonly.com/1136011/air-force-one-secrets-definitely-didnt-know/

From "No shit, Sherlock":

If a terrorist attack was to happen, the president could run the country from the skies due its high tech communications.

Through "That's very... uninteresting":

Its a well known fact that President Reagan was obsessed with jelly beans. There was always a jar in the oval office and he kept an impressive stock of them on AF1... George Herbert Walker Bush hated broccoli. So much so he banned the green vegetable on his plane.

Through "Yeah, right":

In 1959, CIA director Allen Dulles, invented cameras that fitted into the wheels of AF1. The cameras were so powerful they could read car license plates from 29,000 feet in the air.

To bullshit:

Air Force 1 can go way beyond the limits of an everyday commercial aircraft. The air crafts top speed is 1,126 MPH. While normal flights fly at 30,000 feet, AF1 goes to 45,100, an impressive 15,000 feet higher.
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Space Projects / Re: ARCA Haas 2CA rocket (SSTO with aerospike engine)
« Last post by Michel Van on Yesterday at 08:01:30 pm »
More on engine of demonstrator 3

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Military / Re: Standard SM-3 News & Dev.
« Last post by sferrin on Yesterday at 07:39:18 pm »
In combat, there will be sailors who are tired, have blurry vision, or are plain not up to the task.  The user interface has to be designed to make user tasks as close to idiot-poof as possible.  If it is possible to screw it up this badly in a test environment, which is almost certainly less stressful than actual combat, then it will be screwed up in real life as well. 

I don't know the specific issue here but AEGIS has a history or giving users data in non-intervention ways (see Vincennes) and I'll bet the interface contributed here.  And there's never enough time or effort put into user interface design, because it's unsexy compared to other measures of system performance.

Without knowing the specifics it's impossible to know.  (Right there with you on interface design.  As someone who's worked with many graphical programs over the years, I can appreciate a good interface versus a horrid one.)
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Military / Re: Standard SM-3 News & Dev.
« Last post by starviking on Yesterday at 07:33:06 pm »
In combat, there will be sailors who are tired, have blurry vision, or are plain not up to the task.  The user interface has to be designed to make user tasks as close to idiot-poof as possible.  If it is possible to screw it up this badly in a test environment, which is almost certainly less stressful than actual combat, then it will be screwed up in real life as well. 

I don't know the specific issue here but AEGIS has a history or giving users data in non-intervention ways (see Vincennes) and I'll bet the interface contributed here.  And there's never enough time or effort put into user interface design, because it's unsexy compared to other measures of system performance.

Given the profile of a ballistic missile, it might be easier to virtually hard-wire the response. Perhaps give a "Ballistic Missile Engagement In Progress: Continue/Abort?" Message.
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Oh Toppu(突風)!! This is the first time for me to see this name. :o

突風 means
a (sudden) gust of wind
or
a squall
or
a blast of wind

I find this site.
https://forum.valka.cz/category/view/500610/Kawanisi

Hi blackkite,

Is it a genuine aircraft? There was discussion about its existence and was wondering if this was true

Cherry
Sorry I'm not sure. Why was there discussion about Toppu existence? Any evidence? Who said the existence of Toppu?
I have not seen Toppu information in Japanese sources.
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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by Airplane on Yesterday at 06:55:46 pm »
And we have to assume that all of the teen series fighters are even more antiquated, with the measuring stick apparently  being stealth only?

PCA in 13 years eh? Funny how that programme wont be effected by any form of delay and yet all others inevitably deliver years late - whether that's Typhoon, F35, or PAK-FA.

Anyway, whilst I'm glad the Typhoon gets you so excited, I think the general consensus is that although the F35 may replace things like the German Tornado or RAF T1 Typhoon, the French will replace their Rafale with a fighter (which wont be American) and the Germans likewise their Typhoon's.

Absolutely the teens are antiquated. What do you a call a flying radar reflector that cruises subsonically (doesn't even have speed to make up a little for not being LO) and laden with external fuel tanks? External weapons? Totally unequivocally reliant on jammer aircraft to reach a target? Even my illustrious Tomcat 21 if it had been built would be antiquated by today's standards. Yes, today's AAMs make the teens and the Europeans more effective than when they were fielded, but you know what? If the Piper I fly had 120s/meteors/9xs and was data linked to something with radar or had a good ir suite, it would be deadly as well.

Therein lies the heart of the -35. Awesome SA, awesome missiles, very low signatures, and adequate kinematics to preposition for missile release.

Honestly the only reason these planes are still relevant is because of the proliferation of other antiquated Russian equipment still flying. That's for A2A. For a2g versus a modern foes weapons,  they are dead meat. Honestly you could upgrade what's left of the flying Phantoms with aesa, slammers, 9xs and they could go toe to toe with today's teens and Europeans. I was there in the 80s when Phantoms were going against eagles and cats and the outcome was skewed to the teens, but it was still pilot versus pilot.

The page has turned. The last chapter has been written. Its a new ballgame. We are just waiting for all the new players to take to the field.

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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by gatoraptor on Yesterday at 06:49:11 pm »
Probably the closest U.S. magazine was the Wings/Airpower pair from Sentry.  Their long, in-depth articles (which sometimes took up an entire issue or even more) could be quite special, though the graphics were not as eye-catching as those in Air Enthusiast.  In fact, that's why I never subscribed, but preferred to buy individual issues off the newsstand; I have my favorites, and if nothing I particularly cared about was in a particular issue, I'd pass it by.  But invariably the next issue would be more to my liking.  I probably bought about 5-7 issues a year.

Incidentally, the use of two different names for alternate months was a clever ploy to keep two issues on the newsstand at any one time; as anyone who bought the magazine knows, it was really one monthly magazine, masquerading as two alternating bimonthlys!  I'm surprised that more magazines haven't used that idea since.
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