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Modelling Forum / Re: rechlin plans
« Last post by robertino on Today at 01:21:48 am »
Do you have a location of these structures?

Philip McCutchan, Sunstrike, 1979

United States

USS Cato E. Parnell
Glass Fibre hull. (Glass reinforced plastic?)
Speed: 25 knots (Max)
No other details provided.

USS Hampton Roads (SSN or SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided, beyond the fact that it carries 'missiles' it is not specified if these are cruise missiles or ballistic missiles.

Plot summary: The year is 1979. Someone has provided the Chinese with the means to open holes in the Ozone Layer on command, the possibilities for extortion on the grandest scale are obvious.

Note: This is only the second novel I've run across that makes use of the idea of weaponizing ozone depletion as a major plot element, the other being the horror novel 'SIGMET Active' (1978) by Thomas Page, which I've covered earlier in the thread. It's also a Yellow Peril (China) novel, predating the resurgence of the genre in the late 1990s and early 2000s, other novels of this  kind I have covered in the thread are 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000) and 'White Plague' (2015). Dating this story is not really possible as the author carefully avoids providing specific information that could tie things to a particular year, however one reference to the 'power' of the British Trade Union Council over the British Government suggests that it may take place prior to the May 3 1979 British General Election (Which bought Margaret Thatcher into power...) or possibly shortly thereafter, see also the novel 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) by Alfred Coppel.
Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by PaulMM (Overscan) on Today at 12:05:38 am »
It may just mean they are short on tankers.
Avionics / Vought F-8 Avionics
« Last post by PaulMM (Overscan) on Yesterday at 11:40:24 pm »
A very nice supplement to the Flight Manual with good info, cockpit displays for the radar of the Vought F-8D/E here:
The Bar / Re: Sea Magic Fast Craft Ltd.
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 11:13:11 pm »
Sea Magic SM 11R
Aerospace / Re: Chengdu J-20 news, pictures, analysis Part III
« Last post by Blitzo on Yesterday at 11:03:29 pm »
Whether an aircraft is able to carry four or two EFTs or whatever I think should have no implication for what we estimate its internal fuel capacity is.
Ability to carry 4 fuel tanks requires additional complication of fuel system.
No one will do it without a proper reason. Even more so for a 5th generation fighter.

Simplest possible reason is a ferry range, of which they want really a lot(5500 was quoted by Xinhua).
Without these EFTs we just drop 8+t of fuel out of equation. Which basically is a full Raptor worth of fuel.

Yes, of course the engineering and testing to allow an aircraft to carry four or two EFTs needs time, and money and effort.

However, that merely means the Air Force would've believed that it would have been worthwhile for the aircraft to have that ability. It does not convey to us on what the aircraft's internal fuel capacity/range is, nor does it tell us what the aircraft's internal+EFT fuel capacity/fuel range is.

In other words, we know the Air Force definitely has fuel and range requirements, both with and without EFTs, but the fact that they decided to allow the aircraft to carry four EFTs doesn't tell us what those requirements are.
The C-17 was RAND's go-to because it had the best-balance of O&S and payload and
you only need to carve off about 5% of the inventory to supplement the bombers.

A relatively larger percentage of the C-5 and C-130 fleet would be required but
still comparatively small (11% and 13%). 

Some recent (and predictably gloomy) analysis on CMCA is there as well.

The Bar / Re: Sea Magic Fast Craft Ltd.
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 10:52:59 pm »
Sea Magic SM 100
The Bar / Re: Sea Magic Fast Craft Ltd.
« Last post by Triton on Yesterday at 10:06:14 pm »
Sea Magic SM 150

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