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Reply #765 on: December 25, 2019, 12:29:08 PM
Ha! I didn't know that. I thought they just used a big sock on a stick  ;)

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Reply #766 on: December 25, 2019, 05:28:50 PM
That time the Navy decided to mount a cannon on a float plane.

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/12/27/that-time-the-navy-decided-to-build-a-flying-cannon/

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Reply #767 on: December 25, 2019, 05:52:21 PM
Very interesting - nice find  :bigthumb:

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Reply #768 on: December 26, 2019, 10:20:59 AM

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Reply #769 on: December 26, 2019, 12:12:33 PM
I had an uncle who was an artificer in the Fleet Air Arm just at the end of the war. I think he worked on Fulmars or Albacores.
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Reply #770 on: December 26, 2019, 12:14:09 PM
I had an uncle who was an artificer in Fleet Air Arm just at the end of the war. I think he worked on Fulmars or Albacores.

cool!  :bigthumb:

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Reply #771 on: December 27, 2019, 09:18:41 AM
Evaluation of the Russian Air Defence system in Syria, Pantsir.

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htada/20191227.aspx

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Reply #772 on: December 27, 2019, 06:05:41 PM
Pantsir.

In the UK, doesn't calling something 'Pants' mean it's lousy?

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Reply #773 on: December 27, 2019, 06:31:26 PM
Correct.

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Reply #774 on: December 28, 2019, 02:01:03 PM
I just found out that the Eurofighter's avionics for weapons and nav are powered by Motorola 68020 CPU's- the same CPU in my vintage Amiga 1200!


I wonder if BAE and MBB went and bought up all the unsold Amigas when Commodore Computers went under in 1994.   ::)

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Reply #775 on: December 28, 2019, 02:13:41 PM
At least they can play 'Laser Squad and Chaos Engine' on the way to a mission.

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Reply #776 on: December 28, 2019, 03:05:49 PM
Those were the same CPUs in the early-90s Mac LCs

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Reply #777 on: December 28, 2019, 03:39:29 PM
Those were the same CPUs in the early-90s Mac LCs

Yup. The first Macs started with 68000s and pretty much upgraded to 020, 030, and 040s just like the Amigas.  I recently acquired an LCII w/ 68030 (along with two 'classic' Macs) that I need to find time to set up and explore, never having used them much back in the day.

Interestingly, the 6502-based Apple II was so ubiquitous in schools that many wouldn't upgrade to the Mac until Apple developed an LC- compatible 'Apple II on a card' so the vast older software libraries which schools had accumulated would run on the newer Macs.

Maybe we should have a nerdy vintage computer/console thread to geek out in.

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Reply #778 on: December 28, 2019, 03:42:30 PM
We used those in my real-time programming class when I was in college.

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Reply #779 on: December 28, 2019, 06:45:51 PM

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