David Knights' Weblog

January 24, 2020

The changing battlefield

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USAF is developing a UAV that is capable of being launched and recovered by a large airborne transport aircraft. The X-61A is planned to be configurable to any number of missions from recon to SAM suppression.  If the technology pans out, and there is no reason to think it won’t, the number of manned aircraft over the battlefields of tomorrow will shrink dramatically. Also, modern air defense will get a ton more complicated.

December 28, 2019

Thank you

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:51 pm
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One of the real needs in 72nd scale aircraft was for a new kit of the C-130 family.  Thanks to Zvezda, we are apparently going to get one in 2020.  Details are sketchy, but this is a hopeful development.

October 4, 2019

A new tool C-130?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:21 pm
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It appears we may be getting one next year.  However, many questions remain. Early model?  Latest generation?  Mid-production? All?  We can only hope.

July 16, 2019

AC-130U Spooky retires

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 12:09 am
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The USAF is retiring their AC-130U  aircraft and replacing them with new-build AC-130J aircraft.  The new AC-130Js are getting some new armament as well.

January 2, 2019

Mystery solved

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:21 pm
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The wreck of the C-130 taken by a US airman in 1969 from an airbase in England has been found.  Interesting story that I only heard about for the first time last year.  I am glad it has finally been located.

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