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April 9, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:58 am
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There has been talk of an SR-72 for years.  I am not sure that it is anything more than talk at this point.

March 5, 2020

The end of manned fighters?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:36 am
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Elon Musk seems to think so.  I think that eventually he is correct, though I think for the reasons outlined in the article.

February 12, 2020

MiG-17 cockpit

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:01 am
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If you are going to build the new Airfix MiG-17, and especially if you are going to add detail to the cockpit, this 360 view of the cockpit courtesy of the USAFM will be most helpful.

January 31, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:21 pm
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New info here.

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.

January 18, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:38 pm
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A lot of the information surrounding hypersonic missiles is just hype, but I did want to at least note this.

January 12, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:48 am
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Even though they are officially retired, apparently several F-117s are still flying , being used as aggressor aircraft out at Nellis.  Story here.

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.

January 8, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:59 pm
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I really like the A-4.  It is a cool little hot rod of an aircraft.  I particularly like it in its aggressor role.  I’ve always wanted to do the aggressor that had a MiG-17 silhouette painted on it.  That means I will need this. 

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.

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