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Naval Projects / Re: National Maritime Museum gun turret model
« Last post by Abraham Gubler on Today at 09:52:13 pm »
That is good to know, now at least I know how would these turrets really look like other then just outlines for the export cruiser designs.
Looks like quite a good turret, wonder why not used on British ships...


Not invented here (in the Navy), wrong place/wrong time, etc.
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Earlier in the thread, there was speculation about the actual amount of Centurions, and which marks, were originally ordered by South Africa in the 1950's.


Thanks for the Centurion numbers data.


On the topic of engine output it is worthwhile noting that if the South African Centurion using a Continental Motors 1790 cubic inch engine powering a Merritt-Brown transmission there will be more torque going into the drive sprocket than the same engine in a Patton or Israeli Centurion powering a hydrostatic transmission. Because the hydrostatic transmission needs to use a fair slice of that engine output to power its cooling system to keep the transmission oil within temperature ranges. A cooling need that is only made worse in dry, high temperature and high altitude environments like those found in Southern Africa.
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Military / Re: Nuclear Weapons NEWS ONLY
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 09:42:20 pm »


Strategic forces HASC meeting long but interesting.
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Military / Re: Chinese CVN Developments
« Last post by Deino on Today at 09:34:54 pm »
That high angle shot has been doctored, which makes it hard to draw conclusions based on it. The other shots of the mystery hull aren't consistent with a Carrier based on the Liaoning, which was heavily observed via satellite during its construction in the Soviet Union, the configuration just doesn't match up.

Do we imges of the Varyag under construction ??
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Aerospace / Re: Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Canít Dogfight
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 09:30:38 pm »
So start the thread and proclaim "I'm out" is that you David?

Again, my apologies. But, as we all know, the F-16.net F-35 Fanboy Club and the LockMart Defenders Brigade (TM) is a suspiciously well-organized and coordinated effort that relentlessly attacks people with the temerity to question this program. (The F-35 News Only Topic is locked for a reason...) I have no desire to engage.

My sincerest apologizes to the F-16.net F-35 Fanboy Club and the LockMart Defenders Brigade (TM) if the posting of this report has offended you.

Ted   
It is disingenuous and disrespectful to believe virtue is only on one side of the issue and the constant questioning of opposing opinions as invalid because there is some nefarious and hidden "motivation" behind them is also lazy and tiresome.

Now I'm out.  :o
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Vickers VC-10 Projects
« Last post by CJGibson on Today at 09:25:10 pm »
I prefer not to extrapolate features. Anyway, the tail assembly on the Double and Triple are completely different as the tailplanes are mounted on the fuselage.

Chris
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Aerospace / Re: Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Canít Dogfight
« Last post by CxxTxx on Today at 09:18:17 pm »
So start the thread and proclaim "I'm out" is that you David?

Again, my apologies. But, as we all know, the F-16.net F-35 Fanboy Club and the LockMart Defenders Brigade (TM) is a suspiciously well-organized and coordinated effort that relentlessly attacks people with the temerity to question this program. (The F-35 News Only Topic is locked for a reason...) I have no desire to engage.

My sincerest apologizes to the F-16.net F-35 Fanboy Club and the LockMart Defenders Brigade (TM) if the posting of this report has offended you.

Ted   
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Aerospace / Re: Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Canít Dogfight
« Last post by SpudmanWP on Today at 09:16:08 pm »
Funny how with WikiLeaks and all the rest of the leakers out there, the reports always get released completely (Gilmore,OT&E,etc).


As far as "who released" it getting in trouble, no way of telling without a subpoena.
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Early Aircraft Projects / Re: General Motors Xp-74
« Last post by aim9xray on Today at 09:10:17 pm »
"File No. 452.1-43, RD No. 2847 - A.A.R.C. General Motors Xp - 74 #44 - 32163 1944"

"Xp-74" is likely a typographical error; the serial number "44-32163" is in a block allocated to General Motors/Fisher XP-75As (44-32161 to 44-32166).

HTH!
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Aerospace / Re: Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Canít Dogfight
« Last post by DrRansom on Today at 09:09:44 pm »
Personally what makes me question the WIB article is the fact that they quote a total of about 7 statements, including just ~3 word phrases, from a 5 page report. Considering that the report refers to specific flight regimes "There were not compelling reasons to fight in this region.Ē, it seems to me that WIB are leaving quite a lot of the report out of their hit-piece. If they want to spill the beans on the program, why not cut out sensitive information and release the whole report? I'm sure that if we knew who the test pilot was and asked him about the article, he'd have a lot more context to provide.

The report is a hit-piece, but the question is if the dog-fight did occur and was the F-35's performance, vs. the F-16, sub-par.

There is quite a lot of detail missing, though. I wonder if the provider asked that the report not be quoted directly, but instead be quoted indirectly. E.g. here is proof of the report, use it but don't quote it.

Again, what is with this 'expecting the name.' Nobody is going to get a name here, as this is Washington, and these are the journalistic rules of the game. Anonymous sources speaking off the record. You either trust them or you don't.
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