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  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Meanwhile, I'm also surprised that another Strange Attractor hasn't popped up yet, namely a certain airplane part washing ashore. Well, since you mention it, all I've seen is one partial flap from a heavy, with some marine growth on it....
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    Personally, I expect links to be supporting references for the main text, rather than finding that what text the poster types seems to be connections from one link to the next....
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    I can haz been takenz fur a kitteh tho'!! ;-)...
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    That would be my first choice too, but check traffic on M6 first; there was one time I saw "M6 closed at Penrith", went up the A1(M) to Newcastle and over the A69, passing over the end of the South-bound...
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    Done it once North of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but was starting from Berwick-upon-Tweed, leaving ~Midnight (for reasons), and still nearly ran over a drunk someplace (not Edinburgh)....
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    Agreed; the ability to sit for hours on end at 70mph and about 2_000 to 2_200rpm in air conditioned comfort is invaluable for these trips....
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    I have family and friends in the Glasgow area, and 38 days per year annual leave including public holidays (relevant to Eastercon, yes?). Our detail itineraries are different for reasons, but our reasoning for not flying or using the train...
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    On Daesh, of course: I use ISIL as it's the least offensive easily spotted version. As partially discussed up thread, Da'esh is the preferred term amongst moderate Muslims (and I know several of those). It also has the side benefits...
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    Ok, not so useful if you're not going to be someplace you can cook within a day or 2, but last time up I bought 1.2kg of the objectively best rump steak I've ever had (more tender and better flavoured...
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    The Bellinghman has already answered most of your queries correctly; I'll just add that most fans driving to and from West Central Scotland actively plan to stop there, partly because they're good and partly because, since they're good we all...
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    Charlie was travelling with Feorag (and maybe others?); I had 6 assorted bags and boxes going down, and 8 coming back up. British High Speed Rail just doesn't do that sort of encumbrance (oh and doesn't call at Tebay Services...
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    I strongly suggest that you read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalition_government before commenting further on numbers of parties in a governing body....
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    Charlie (and I) both chose to do an 8 hour drive to a con which was actually at LHR earlier this year rather than go through LHR. Enough said?...
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    Speaking of this, can we please agree formally that anyone referring to Isil, ISIS, "so called Islamic State" etc will have the fact that moderate Muslims prefer the term Da'esh (or Daesh) politely pointed out to them?...
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    We honestly can't do much of anything about markets or military procurement. But most of us are male, so we enjoy things that blow stuff up. Well, it is part of my job, so I have a vested interest in...
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    It gets worse; even with one sick but still running engine that went down after the go/no go point a twin can probably still lift at max weight; a single almost certainly can't!...
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    If it helps any, BAe 146s have operated scheduled services (not fully fuelled) off a 6_000 feet runway (I just checked the runway length)....
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    Submarines, in particular, aren't notably good at shooting down airliners stooging around ten kilometers overhead. Modern air defence frigates are quite capable of shooting down anything airliner speed that comes within 60km (for sure, probably more) of them....
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    Indeed it does, but you'd need the same "inflatable radome" bodge, and a much stronger inflated radome to deal with the higher airspeed....
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    Yeah, I wondered about doing that, but you'd need to retain sealing on the "dropped ramp" to maintain a "shirt sleeve" cabin environment for the radar plotters et al. Then there's the question of how you get the scanner below...
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    Just one? Oh and I'm frankly disappointed that the MR4A couldn't do better; MR1 and 2 variants could do 14 hours unrefuelled (sources include colleagues who are ex Nimrod flight crew with experience in multiple theatres). Also the MR2 was...
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    Cheers for that; to add a specific example, look at the nozzles of a landing or just landed F-14. One is closed to idle, and the other wide open; this is because they land with one engine in full afterburner....
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    It was put to me slightly differently as "If the engine fails on a Robinson, you need to be in autorotate at the 'B' in 'BANG'!" but that point is certainly true based on my knowledge (and I work indirectly...
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    Given the shape and size of a Sea King Whisky radome, where would you put it on an Osprey? I can't think of a place given how low the gear is and not wanting to hang it under a wing....
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    "Gojira vs the Eater of Souls" anyone?...
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    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. You were claiming that VTOL requires lots of power; I've just demonstrated that VTO can be achieved (well sort of) without enough power to achieve horizontal flight in overload, and in some cases...
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    tl;dr version - The conventional laws of aerodynamics don't apply ever to an aircraft which is capable of a VTOL mode, despite all testimony to the contrary. Check out the capabilities of a Bell Longranger (eg autorotate landing with enough...
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    What is/are the target(s)? Sometimes one or 2 bombs won't be enough simply because you'll be out of bombs and the enemy will still have targets left....
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    If the F-15E is carrying FAST but no pylon tanks, it can be carrying 22 by mk82, or cluster bombs, or JDAMs, or a mix, oh and 4 x Sidewinder M (or possibly X). How many externally clean F-35s do...
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    Ok, it definitely happened, but watch how calm the sea is. VAAC did that in the Western Approaches in January, with deck heave approaching type limits for the Harrier T2....
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