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The Bar / Re: The skies overhead to be filled with drones (CONUS)
« Last post by Kadija_Man on May 24, 2017, 06:44:07 pm »
Wedge-tailed eagle takes down drone flying over West Australian wheat farm.  Wedge-tailed Eagles are well known for their aggressive defence of "their" airspace, so it's no surprise that it decided to take on a drone.   I grew up near to one of the only successfully domesticated Wedge-tailed Eagles.   The owners tried to return it to the wild three times.  The first two times the bloody thing followed them home.  The third time, they took it right into the heart of the continent before releasing it.   I still remember seeing this huge bird perched on the chimney across the road being attacked by Magpies which hated it's presence...   B)
Military / Re: Russian Strategic Weapon Modernization Plans
« Last post by bobbymike on May 24, 2017, 06:36:40 pm »

Russian Forces 2035
"DOAE studies I've seen at Kew don't seem to look at options, just vanilla F-14/F.2"

Very true and it was a MRCA AD they were looking at as well, which was pretty much what became the F.2.

They were interested in the F-14B with the F401, but it didn't perform. I think the real reason was that having seen the money pit that was the re-engined F-4K/M, the probable spiraling cost of fitting the F-14 with Speys, UK AIR (what became Blue Circle) and Skyflash, put the Air Force Department off the Tomcat.

Mind you the First Sea Lord was keen to have a separate Tomcat unit within the RAF to defend his fleet.

Nice wishlist.


Go back even further for an actual example - the P-51 was originally designed by North American to a British requirement, and if only they had put a Merlin in it from the start (even a high-blown single-stage), it might have done wonders earlier than it did. And everyone forgets just how many B-29 bombers and F-86 fighters served with the RAF...

No need to play what-if, though it is fun; there are more than enough examples of WHEN.

FWIW, the B-29s were something of a failure in RAF service. Suffered from poor serviceability and were eventually returned to the US earlier than planned.

Now that I did not know. I know there were plenty of engine issues in the bomber's early service, but I thought they had those sorted out (more or less) by the end of the war. Was the issue the airplanes, or poor awareness/insufficient experience among RAF ground crew in the demands of servicing them?
The top box looks like it was cut in half.
I've seen this on SAHV mockups before. Anyone know why ?
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Scimitar question
« Last post by Schneiderman on May 24, 2017, 12:01:00 pm »
You are correct, it was largely landing accidents. Even with the blown flaps it was a big aircraft for the carriers.
Acoustic fatigue was indeed a problem but as far as I know did not result in any losses.
Supermarine had high hopes for the aircraft and had plans for several derivatives for both naval and land-based use, some supersonic. All remained on the drawing board
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Super Caravelle
« Last post by Jemiba on May 24, 2017, 11:55:31 am »
Merged with the "BAC/Sud Aviation Concorde - Development, Variants, Projects" threadand
now to be found here,728.msg39122.html#msg39122
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Scimitar question
« Last post by Justo Miranda on May 24, 2017, 11:34:15 am »
Stress from the effect of acoustic waves set up by engine noise on the rear structure.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Scimitar question
« Last post by Flying Sorcerer on May 24, 2017, 10:29:50 am »
What was wrong with the Scimitar? Why was its attrition so high (51%!)? Was it just too big for the relatively short RN flight decks, or was there something more fundamentally wrong with the aircraft? Supermarine didn't seem to have any luck with its post-war jets.
Space Projects / Re: ESA ExoMars rover
« Last post by FighterJock on May 24, 2017, 10:24:38 am »
ESA has now published the final report as to why Schiaparelli crashed onto Mars, link through the BBC News report.

Or this is the ESA link to the final report which can be downloaded and printed off
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