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Reply #1020 on: September 01, 2020, 12:00:08 PM
Kind of scary, really. I wonder if the era of drones in combat would make war more or less likely to occur?  :worried:

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Reply #1021 on: September 01, 2020, 05:22:53 PM
Thinking about this brings up an old memory.
At the test range in Roosevelt Roads, PR, they had a huge wall display of the range.  It was so retro looking that it was called the Buck Rogers screen.
Ships and planes would go on the range and be "attacked" by Firebee drones.
These drones we're controlled by an operator in booths along the back wall.
One time an F4 Phantom from the Ark Royal was to attack a drone that was simulating an attack on the carrier.
The Phantom pilot made a very shallow turn to get behind the drone.
Well those things had no human body on board and could turn on a dime.
All we could see on the display was the turns.  They circled and circled with no real indication of telative positions.
Then the Brit exclaimed, "the bloody blokes behind me!"
Someone flipped on the lights and the range team gave the operator applause.
He just grinned.

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Reply #1022 on: September 12, 2020, 05:01:06 PM
take-off!

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Reply #1023 on: September 17, 2020, 03:07:17 PM
bunkered in

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Reply #1024 on: September 17, 2020, 03:07:42 PM
quad engine

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Reply #1025 on: September 17, 2020, 03:57:47 PM
All engine and no plane.

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Reply #1026 on: September 17, 2020, 04:05:54 PM
I count eight engines on that bad boy.

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Reply #1027 on: September 17, 2020, 07:37:38 PM
bunkered in

When traditional airfields will get wiped out in the opening strikes, every straight stretch of highway is a potential runway.

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Reply #1028 on: September 17, 2020, 11:00:26 PM
That'll leave us out in Fla. You can't launch a squadron of jet fighters with an old guy in front of you doing 25 in a 55 m.p.h. speed zone. And then braking to turn into a Bob Evans.  :waiting:

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Reply #1029 on: September 22, 2020, 07:55:39 AM
https://ww2flyover.org/

There will be a flyover of WWII warbirds this Friday in Washington, DC.

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Reply #1030 on: September 22, 2020, 07:56:54 AM
That looks like it should be pretty spectacular.

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Reply #1031 on: September 22, 2020, 08:01:54 AM
I saw one of those a couple years ago. Really cool! I'm surprised they are doing one now, though, considering what's going on.

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Reply #1032 on: September 22, 2020, 02:41:41 PM
https://ww2flyover.org/

There will be a flyover of WWII warbirds this Friday in Washington, DC.

I saw the one they did in May of 2015 (I think) and it was good.  I was at Gravelly Point, which didn't provide the greatest view, but it was still good.

The bad news is that this Friday is supposed to be a day off for me, but I have to go in to the office.  The good news is that my office is in Crystal City overlooking DCA, so I actually might get a great view of this.


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Reply #1033 on: September 23, 2020, 01:18:37 PM
I saw one of those a couple years ago. Really cool! I'm surprised they are doing one now, though, considering what's going on.

Its ok they are planning on social distancing and keeping at least 6 ft between the cockpits

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Reply #1034 on: October 05, 2020, 03:53:57 PM
What a great looking aitcraft.


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