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  • Birthday 11/30/1961

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  1. There is little in the general literature about how much of a problem the D-Day beach obstacles proved to be. What's the bottom line? It seems that they did not do their job. Am I wrong?
  2. Let's see, the C-130 first flew in 1954 and is still viable with its updates. The Short Belfast first flew in 1964 and would be just as viable. The A-400M is vastly more expensive, took a long time to develop and is neither one thing nor another. The RAF purchase of the A-400M is a testement to the British self destruction of its greatest post war asset - an aerospace industry. No one was ever punished, no political party ever discredited, no lessons leaned, no future and no hope for a suicidal nation.
  3. Could someone please explain to me the deeper meaning of the black and white zig zag stripes on the Bismarck and the Turpitz. Is this kind of dazzle camouflage?
  4. I look at the TV and see in Libya and in Syria civilian looking insurgents with no equipment belts, often no spare magazines fighting their governments in what apears to be a haphazzard and disorganized way on tactical level, there is however evidence of good strategic coordination. Now we are taught tyhat the best way for groups of people to fight is to create armies with structure and tactics like fire and movement with organizations such as Battalions, Companies and Platoons. But there seems to be little evidence of this amoungst rebel groups, yet they seem to be remarkably successful against their uniformed, trained government foes. At the same time the government armies seem unable to defeat ragtag insurgents. Now I am only looking at TV, perhaps much more is going on than I can see, but I don't understand what I'm looking at. Any thoughts?
  5. When Nasser nationalized the Suez canal, did he offer compensation? Was any compensation made? perhaps as a condition for Franco Israeli British withdrawal? As an aside: Did Israel think they were going to keep the Sanai as part of a general settlement?
  6. Romanian Mig 21s were westernised by Israel in the 90s. A lot of bang for the buck.
  7. There are a lot of references in general history books about the superior German Naval Optical Rangefinders without alot of explanitary detail. Why did the Germans have them in WW1 and the British did not? Presumably the British DID in WW2. Where they simply glorified telecopes or did they gave accurate range information? What about other countries - What’s on the dear old Texas for instance? At least in WW1, were they much better than the Mk1 Eyeball and Binoculars? The British rather niftily salvaged the rangefinder off the Graf Spee after its day with Destiny. Was this because they were more advanced or what? Did the British have something similar by this time?
  8. Just a few tidbits: 1. There used to be a joke that the F-5Es were designed to carry enough fuel to reach their operators borders, but NOT with any ordinance. 2. The F-5G is, I beleive, also part of the F-16-79 story about technology transfer probs with the F-100. Reagan later cleared the F-100 for export. 3. Northrop sued MCDD over foreign sales of the F-18, but this raised the question of when is it an F-18A and when is it an F-18L and the wording of this in the contract. Technically all the export F-18s where carrier compatable -As, not lighter 18Ls. Could MCDD export such a version under the Contracting rules?. In the end I beleive the USDOD adjudicated between the companies and settled out of court. But when I visited Northrop in the 80s there were very hard feelings on the shop floor. 4. My visit included watching solid aluminium billets being acid etched to make them thinner and lighter to make a single wing skin for either a T-38 or F-5. Facinating.
  9. How was it that John Ford was in exactly the right place (Midway Island I think) and time?
  10. ....and to think they get paid for doing it!.........Disgraceful.
  11. Who takes the credit of deploying the Union line like a fishook? It is my understanding that Gen. Mead did not get to the HQ until about Midnight on the first day. Did the physical geography beg this deployment or were there other factors. Were there any other deployment possibilities? PS. Sorry I have been off the Forum for so long.
  12. This was the title of a rather silly book that we were assigned to read at Pepperdine University some 3,500 years ago. However this is a quote from this week's Aviation Week : http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_10_22_2012_p48-505549.xml “We don't think nuclear weapons are useful,” remarked John Hamre, a former U.S. deputy defense secretary, at a symposium in Omaha, Neb., in summer 2009. “We think they are dangerous. But most countries think they are useful.” I think this is very interesting. Coming from a developing country like Britain (). As we do not have the large Conventional forces like the US, Nuclear weapons are probably 'useful'. Sadly this applies to so many others. Any thoughts?
  13. Check out this video: http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.ie/2011/07/remarkable-c-54-skymaster-flying.html It looks to me that he did not maintained 1g, as in a barrel roll, but briefly performed inverted flight. Note this is a carburetor equipped aircraft - gravity is important! You be the judge.
  14. 1. Interesting how few Soviet pictures there are of Lend Lease equipment. Photos I have seen are usually predelivery photos with red star. 2. Question: At the end of the War, the British had to either buy waht they were keeping or hand it back. Did the Soviets ever do either? If not was this a bone of contention?
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