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Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is.  ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals.  But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery.  Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers.  "World's largest aircraft!!!!"  Except it's not even close to the largest airship.  As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.

Well if I wanted to be pedantic you could say we officially don't know how big it is, so it might be the biggest and then again it might not be. ;)

"nearly 200 meters long"
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The Bar / Build Your Own Navy - CSIS
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 06:19:09 am »
http://analytics.csis.org/fpds/navybeta1/

Beta version (not the smoothest but interesting). First thing I did was build 100+SSNs and 26 SSBNs  ;D
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Love the way the author conflates the details to make it sound more impressive than it is.  ::)

Not quite sure what point to make other than needless cynicism.

Just that it'd be nice if the media went back to hiring professionals.  But I might as well be wishing to win the lottery.  Anymore you always have to read the fine print for the disclaimers.  "World's largest aircraft!!!!"  Except it's not even close to the largest airship.  As bad as China continually bragging about their "largest seaplane in the world" while the much larger Martin Mars can be seen flying on YouTube.

Well if I wanted to be pedantic you could say we officially don't know how big it is, so it might be the biggest and then again it might not be. ;)
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Military / Re: Early French Night Vision Devices ?
« Last post by phil gollin on Today at 05:02:46 am »
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I can't really help re. early French projects, but as far as UK, USA and Germany goes, the situation is somewhat analogous to radar (only less advanced) in as much as the UK and USA concentrated on less sophisticated but useable devices (the UK fielded many types) whilst the Germans went for few but better devices.

Look up "Tabby" (UK) and "Sniperscope" USA (both nations had others)


Tabby;



http://arnhemjim.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/wwii-cutting-edge-night-vision.html

http://www.hmvf.co.uk/pdf/Tabby01.pdf

Variations of the Tabby equipments were used in various specialist roles even quite widespread.  Apart from the driving aids, night fighters used them to identify friendly aircraft, the RN used them for communications with raiding parties and one of the oddities included an airborne reconnaissance just prior to the crossing of the Rhine to see whether the Germans had and working IR transmitters (IR searchlights).


Sniperscope :

http://ugca.org/07jan/night.htm

The USN had a very simple "beacon" type IR signalling system for ships almost ready at the end of the war ("Nancy") but it was limited as the calling ship had to make the receiving ships aware that a message was about to be sent by radio or visible light.

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