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May 24, 2019

Skyborg

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:22 pm
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Interesting article on the integration of UAVs as wingmen/force multipliers for our manned fighter aircraft.  I have little doubt that this is the wave of the future in air warfare.  My question is how quickly it can be accomplished, and can any other countries develop such technology fairly quickly.

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May 23, 2019

Potez XXV(25)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:45 pm
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For such an obsolete aircraft, the Potez 25 hung around quite a while.  Long enough to be used in wars in South America in the 30s, in Spain and even in some corners of WWII.  Now it looks like we will soon have a kit of it.  Sprue shots.

Russian Su-57 reversal

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:20 pm
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Russia, having previously announced that it was only going to buy 16 Su-57s (after India pulled out of a development deal), has now decided it will buy 76 of the fighters.  Given the reported problems with the aircraft, either they have been solved, or, more likely IMHO, this is more of Russia trying to saber-rattle and impress its neighbors.

It may be related to this, where Poland has announced plans to buy F-35s.

May 22, 2019

CASA C-295

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:17 am
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A company I’ve never heard of, Answer, has announced they are doing a C-295.  Why is this important?  Because Canada is purchasing 16 of them for the SAR role.  Canadians like Jim “Crazy Canuck” Bates are excited.  Stay tuned.

May 21, 2019

The paper bear flexes its muscles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:55 pm
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4 Bears and 2 Su-35s off the coast of Alaska.  Nothing new about this other than Vlad seeming to want to do it more often to convince people that his military isn’t a hollowed out shell.

PJs to get new tech?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Pararescue airmen (PJs) are some of the most respected soldiers in the military.  They are the guys who ride in on helicopters and go down ropes to rescue downed airmen and other trapped and injured soldiers.  Now, the military is looking at new ways to get soldiers and airmen who are down behind enemy lines out without having to risk so many lives.  One of the latest thoughts is adapting the developing commercial air taxis for such a purposes.  Article here.

May 20, 2019

More on the 737-800

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:08 am
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I’ve previously mentioned that I want to get the BPK 737 kits.  They’ve now shown the box art for the 737-800 kit.  I was hoping for SWA, but it looks like I’ll have to look to aftermarket.

May 17, 2019

B-52

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:44 pm
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Another B-52 is being resurrected from the boneyard.  Not many left at AMARC.  Boeing may end up having to put them back in production. 🙂

Do-23

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:32 pm
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I have never heard of Mars Models.  Nevertheless, they have a test build up of their to-be-released kit of the Do-23.  I’ve always liked this aircraft.  The Do-23 has a real 1930s vibe to it.  Can’t wait.

May 16, 2019

The plane that accidentally flew around the world

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:23 am
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A great story from WWII.  I had never heard it before.  It makes me want to build a Boeing 314.

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