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April 11, 2021

Power from space?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:23 am
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The X-37B spaceplane, that up until now has conducted missions so ultra secret, that nothing other than the launching and landing are ever reported, is currently conducting a flight where, for the first time, we know at least part of what it is doing.  Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 16, 2021

B-52s

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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No, not the musical group, the airplane.  This article claims that there is now discussion of keeping the 52 in service thru 2097.  That is crazy.  However, a good re-engine followed by a complete software systems upgrade would surely make sense and could keep them flying thru at least the 2040s

February 23, 2021

I love Aggressor schemes

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:40 pm
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The folks at Nellis will be getting F-35s for an aggressor unit.  Here are some proposed schemes for the aircraft. (h/t Stephen Lee)

February 5, 2021

AI in the USAF

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:24 am
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Interesting story here about using an AI to fly a U-2.  The mission wasn’t unmanned but the AI controlled the flight.  An interesting step forward, especially with the “Loyal wingman” program advancing.

January 5, 2021

Power from space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:11 pm
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This technology has been talked about in one form or another since the 70s.  Interesting that they are finally getting around to experimenting with it.  I am still skeptical of its practicality.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 2, 2020

RQ-180

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:51 pm
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Something mysterious was spotted in the sky out west recently.  Story here.  Not sure if it is an RQ-180, but it is very interesting.

September 18, 2020

Zvezda C-130H

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:28 am
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More info on the Zvezda C-130H due to be released soon.  Looks like USANG, Polish, South Korean, British and Japanese markings.

September 15, 2020

A new US fighter?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:19 pm
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It appears the US has build and flown the prototype of its next generation fighter.  Frankly, I didn’t see this happening for another 5 years or so. (h/t to Jim Bates)

September 14, 2020

Wolfpack F-5E/F

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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While Dream Models has recently released an F-5, I am intrigued by the forthcoming kit from Wolfpack.  It appears they will be providing more options at a much cheaper price.

August 31, 2020

Close encounter

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Looks like a couple of Russian pilots got a little frisky.  Next time the USAF ought to have a couple of F-22s in trail.  Also, the camo on those Su-27s looks a little grayer than usual, but that could just be the film.

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