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October 7, 2021

Why is this not leading the news every night?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:58 am
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I remember when a hostage crisis spawned a new TV show, Nightline.  Now it doesn’t even make the news, period.  Why?

July 9, 2020

A-29 down

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 3:32 pm
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An Afghan A-29 apparently went down in Afghanistan due to mechanical issues.  A US instructor pilot was on-bard, but ejected and was rescued.

Buried in the story is the nugget about US based training of Afghan pilots being wound down because the Afghan trainees go AWOL when they get into the US.  Why would we continue to bring members of certain foreign military forces into the US for training?

February 27, 2019

USMC F-35s in combat

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Looks like the USMC’s F-35s have been used in combat off of one of the LHA “baby carriers”. This is a good demonstration of the value of the B version of the F-35s, allowing lower intensity missions using the small carriers instead of a CVBG.

December 18, 2018

Next Gen Bunker Buster

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:07 pm
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The USAF is upgrading its “bunker buster” bombs.  I predict we’ll test these in Afghanistan soon and I’ll be interested to see if we supply them to the Israelis as well.

September 27, 2018

F-35 first US combat use

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:08 pm
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Marine F-35Bs.  Interesting.

October 3, 2016

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 40 #2 (158)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:47 am
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The latest SAFO is out and it makes for compelling reading.  There is an in-depth article with photos and side view drawings of the Estonian air forces which flew for the Luftwaffe.  In addition there is an article on the Fiat CR.20 in Italian service and a rundown of all of the air contingents which served with ISAF in Afghanistan.  As always SAFO provides some excellent reading material as well as inspiration for possible modeling subjects.

September 23, 2015

Unbelieveable

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:59 pm
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Frankly, I’d love to defend any soldier being disciplined for defending a child from a rapist, ally or enemy.  Even if in direct contravention of an order, I think the soldier has a good defense.  Heck, I’d say it was a moral duty, just like the duty to disobey an unlawful order.

 

Related: The President is the commander in chief.  He sets the policy and thus he should be able to say at any moment if a particular thing is US military policy or not.

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