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June 15, 2021

What happened in Hawaii?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:24 am
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Why did F-22s scramble?

January 9, 2020

Like a scene from the new Top Gun movie

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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I love this story so much.  Can you imagine being one of the Iranian pilots?  You’d need to go home and change your flight suit.

November 12, 2019

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:07 pm
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A talk by the USAF Chief of Staff talking about having the F-22 and F-35 communicate and share information with the X-37B.  Of course, as the article notes, this raises the ever-present question of exactly what the X-37B does and what sort of sensors it has that could share useful information with the fighters.  Something fascinating is going on with thee X-37B.  I just hope that one day we know what it is.

October 18, 2019

What if an F-22 and an F-35 had a baby?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:12 am
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It would probably look like this.  South Korea’s mock-up of their proposed new fighter aircraft, being co-produced with Indonesia.

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.

March 27, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:44 am
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How hard is defeating stealth technology?  Pretty hard according to this article.  While I think 5th generation technology is pretty good, I am skeptical that it can’t be defeated.  Quantity has a quality all its own. 

December 19, 2018

Japanese X-2 (F-3)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:01 am
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How was I not aware of this?  Interesting as a response to the US not wanting to sell F-22s to the Japanese. A mistake IMHO.

August 20, 2018

F-22 v. F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:40 pm
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Apparently the F-22 and F-35 recently went head to head in wargames.  Which aircraft came out on top is a big secret.

August 12, 2016

Russian bees?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:31 pm
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Could this be(e) one of Putin’s sinister new weapons?

January 20, 2013

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol.34 #4 (June 2012)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:13 pm
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Yes, I know this one is just a touch late.  I have a bunch of magazines that I’ve read but not reviewed.  I will try to get some of them posted.

If you’ve been reading my magazine reviews, you know that in general, I think Scale Aircraft Modelling is the best of the commercial aircraft modelling magazines.  It is far from perfect, and can be real hit and miss.  However, in general its competition is much worse or much more expensive.  The $12 price of each issue of SAM does hurt it in my opinion, especially compared to the $8 price of its 3 main competitors.

The main feature in this issue is on a 48th (boo!) Eduard 109.  However, the other main feature is a very nice build of the Fly Whitley.  Along with a nice, but underdeveloped build article, there is an article on the history of the Whitley and a number of color side-view profiles.

There is also a build of the Revell F-22 in Transformers paint scheme and a nice build/review of the Airfix Gnat.

It is a good, though not great issue.

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