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The Bar / Re: UK independant Trident launch.
« Last post by Hood on Today at 07:09:32 am »
As I said earlier, I don't think there is any step in the command chain that is not independent. For example, its been reported the Vanguard subs lack any deployed control equipment such as the Americans use of Permissive Action Link, so in theory a Vanguard sub's missile commanders could launch without authorisation. Perhaps its indicative of a secret intermediate-stage authorisation process, but more likely it proves that the UK system is totally different to US procedure and therefore is independent of outside control.

Politically, I don't think any PM would be in such a secure position not to consult at least the US before doing anything. It is hard to think of a specific scenario that would justify such action. Its feasible in theory, but whether in practice the decision could be done is something else. Likewise, its not impossible to assume the French would not use their arsenal without first at least consulting their closest EU allies. 

Interestingly, although not relevant to Trident (since VLF radio is used), the cancellation of Skynet 3 communications satellites due to cutbacks meant extending the Skynet 2 series and relying on US satellites which was identified as a problem during the Falklands which kick-started the Skynet 4 series, just one example of British efforts to maintain as little reliance on US resources as possible in strategic matters.
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The Bar / Re: Speed King,Was it a Target or Airplane Model ?
« Last post by hesham on Today at 07:02:36 am »
OK,and thank you my dear Jemiba.
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The Bar / Re: Speed King,Was it a Target or Airplane Model ?
« Last post by Jemiba on Today at 06:17:53 am »
This photo comes with a text. That text is in Italian, but Google and its translator is your friend ...
Just type in some parts of the text and you'll get the answer !
For example a cylinder capacity of 2,5 ccm is mentioned, hardly an engine for any kind of real aircraft.
And the caption clearly states "il modello progettato", which, according to the translator means "the model
designed by ..."
That kind of very basic research really can be fun ! Try it !  ;)
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The Bar / Speed King,Was it a Target or Airplane Model ?
« Last post by hesham on Today at 05:48:20 am »
Hi,

here is a picture for a Model,called Speed King,I can't ID it,if it was a target or just
airplane model,maybe something else ?.

http://www.avia-it.com/act/biblioteca/periodici/PDF%20Riviste/Ala%20d'Italia/L'ALA%20D'ITALIA%201955%2006-7.pdf
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by JFC Fuller on Today at 05:20:19 am »
This being said, I understand fully that the Macchi-marketed version has incorporated as many local components as they can, and I also understand Leonardo's marketing department in rewriting history to a more flattering version.  We just don't have to swallow all of it.

No history rewriting going on- the look the same externally but are now very different aircraft internally.
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Aerospace / Dassault, 100 years of french aviation history
« Last post by Deltafan on Today at 02:17:53 am »
Well, from the french TV (and in french...) available on replay to the 28/06/17 at midnight

1H30'00"

http://rmcdecouverte.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer-replay/?id=17056&title=DASSAULT%2C%20100%20ANS%20D%27AVIATION%20FRANCAISE

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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 02:16:25 am »
Well done SpaceX.  Watched the launch and subsequent landing of the first stage.  Now all we need is for tomorrows (Sunday's) launch to go well.



That is the video from SpaceX official YouTube channel for anyone who missed the launch.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by kaiserd on Today at 01:00:33 am »
Hmmm, "early cooperation" is not as I remember things. I'm willing to be corrected, but IIRC Yakovlev developped the Yak-130 (originally Yak-UTS in 1991) on its own in response to a Russian AF requirement. Period. No involvement of Macchi.
Then in 1993 with the Yetsin-era collapse of budgets and economy in Russia, OKB Yakolev needed outside support and went out to find a western partner.

This being said, I understand fully that the Macchi-marketed version has incorporated as many local components as they can, and I also understand Leonardo's marketing department in rewriting history to a more flattering version.  We just don't have to swallow all of it.

The basic design configuration of the M-346 is derived from the Yak-130 but they share no components and their respective manufacturers have no involvememt with or interest in each other's aircraft.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by kaiserbill on Today at 12:43:35 am »
Dan, your summation is correct.
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Aerospace / Re: Leonardo M-346 FA
« Last post by dan_inbox on Today at 12:38:20 am »
Hmmm, "early cooperation" is not as I remember things. I'm willing to be corrected, but IIRC Yakovlev developped the Yak-130 (originally Yak-UTS in 1991) on its own in response to a Russian AF requirement. Period. No involvement of Macchi.
Then in 1993 with the Yetsin-era collapse of budgets and economy in Russia, OKB Yakolev needed outside support and went out to find a western partner.

This being said, I understand fully that the Macchi-marketed version has incorporated as many local components as they can, and I also understand Leonardo's marketing department in rewriting history to a more flattering version.  We just don't have to swallow all of it.
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