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 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Hawaii missile alert

 Post subject: Re: Hawaii missile alert
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:09 am 

Replies: 49
Views: 987


Oh lord, this is the warning system interface?! https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/01/wrongbutton.jpg&w=1484 Dear God. Who the hell came up with that Charlie Fox. In command system design, its a ba...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:01 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 371


There have been a lot of reports about poor workmanship, excessive cost overruns and programs running late in the German defense industry recently. These go way beyond the usual levels and it seems as if something has gone badly wrong. The inability of the German shipbuilders to convince Australia t...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:44 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 417


This being said, was the Reagan-era reactivation of the Iowas a waste of money? No, because the need was to get Tomahawk to sea as quickly as possible in a hull as seaworthy as possible to handle the far North Atlantic. Those Iowa conversions were about as austere as they got. The price ceiling was...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:55 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 371


We can always call it the prototype of the third class of LCS, can't we? Actually, she's a bit more like the HDMS Absalon that has been gold-plated, then had platinum plating applied to the gold and then diamond highlights applied to the platinum, all while the design team are in the final stages o...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:55 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


FU screwed up and edited my post out of oblivion. I recovered it through my phone's offline cache. Not knowingly I didn't. I may have hit Edit rather than quote but I don't think so. Anyway, if I did screw up your post, I'm really sorry. Such was not my intent and I apologize for any such result.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:40 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 417


The entire argument is literally equivalent to demanding that the USAF take to the skies in modernised P-47s Well, actually people are making that argument; essentially aircraft like the A-28 and the AT-6 etc are modernized versions of the P-47. The big difference of course is that, in its day, the...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Hawaii missile alert

 Post subject: Re: Hawaii missile alert
Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:50 pm 

Replies: 49
Views: 987


I love the classic whining at the end. "Something must be done!" We've been trying to do it since 1964. Pathetic little worms like Jon Letman have been stopping us doing it. So, when he fries, its his fault.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Another Senior Chief Grandchild

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:52 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 145


The Kids are All Right. :lol:

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:34 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


Apparently aside from the same old "have to keep flying at the target" problems, the issue of the spotlight beam diffusing with distance (as spotlights beams inherently do) was the main issue. It's a systemic problem with all beam riders. They get less accurate as the missile approaches t...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:15 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


Grebe does sound rather plausible doesn't it. I'll do some more digging - thank you for the tip-off

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:58 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


The interesting thing, though, is the Navy's efforts to produce a missile that carried a torpedo under Project KINGFISHER, that actually saw a weapon - PETREL - enter service for a time in the 1950s, carried by P2Vs and (at least on paper) S2Fs. The Russians had a similar thing called RAT-52. The P...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Prayer request

 Post subject: Re: Prayer request
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:43 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 269


Thank you for the update. Prayers increasing in fervor and intensity.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:52 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


By the time aircraft came back into the anti-shipping role in a serious way with the Soviet threat there were the beginnings of missiles to us, and missiles aren't nearly as finnicky about the drop speed and height when being launched as torpedoes are! Very much so; by 1945, dropping torpedoes from...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:06 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


KDahm wrote: "The F4U could carry 4000 lbs of bombs, and a torpedo could be strapped under a Hellcat." You meant to write Helldiver, didn't you? That plane was a high performance DB/TB and fully debugged since 1944. No, he means Hellcat. Both the F4U and the F6F were considered as torpedo...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:49 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


You have much to learn, grasshopper. Actually, in 1945 the TBM was obsolescent. Of course it was; both it and the TBY were 1940/41 designs and showed it. The Bushranger does a first class job of dismantling this issue. It does not support your claim that the Theater chiefs dominated the decision mak...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: SR-72

 Post subject: Re: SR-72
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:00 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 452


Movie prop? Wouldn't be the first time. Way back when, there was a sudden stir about a new Chinese fast attack craft that was apparently very fast, very heavily armed etc etc. Lots of angst and claims how it was invincible and would sweep the sea before it. It was a film prop too. EDIT. Found it; i...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Zumwalt and Ford Classes

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:48 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 347


It's quiet, too darned quiet . . . . . . . Seriously, I haven't heard anything substantive yet. Usually, successful trials for a first-of-class get trumpeted and that isn't happening. The DDG-1000 and DDG-1001 have been suffering from machinery problems including water leaking in via the lubricating...

 Forum: Aircraft Ranking Library   Topic: Light Bombers UK/Germany

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:22 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 265


Micael wrote:
Is the armed Hawk version going to be on one of the lists? (”Other”?)
It’d be a bit interesting to compare the various jet trainers that have had some combat capability with one another. :)

Good point; I'll put the various Hawk armed versions in after the Lysander.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: M26 Pershing:

 Post subject: Re: M26 Pershing:
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:21 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 1660


Got a question about ammo storage. How many tanks needed ammo resupply before they needed refueling? It's stuck in my head that armored forces were limited by their fuel supply, not by how much ammo they had. That's a really good question. Reading Russian memoirs, they mention refuelling but bombin...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Indian Navy dodges a bullet - just barely!

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:23 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 498


M.Becker wrote:
Francis Urquhart wrote:
Reminds me of when Suphi sent us a picture of a frigate in a supermarket car park.


An identity crisis. The frigate thought it was a corvette. :)

Good One!!!!
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