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The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk Commented on: 3 hours ago (August 21, 2017)

Runways are too short.

U.S. Army Eyes F-35 As Missile Defense Sensor Commented on: 1 week ago (August 9, 2017)

Sometimes it pays to go through the motions and hope for the best.
The F-35 was a cure for no known disease.
But now a disease has been identified.
In the 1960s the peace-nicks...

Croatia Begins Hunt For New Fighter Commented on: 2 weeks ago (August 4, 2017)

Put an F119 engine in an F-105 airframe.

Virgin Orbit Readies For Boeing 747 'Cosmic Girl' Flight Test Build-Up Commented on: 2 weeks ago (August 2, 2017)

This could morph into a cruise missile under each wing, or an anti-ballistic missile under each wing. External stores opens up many possibilities.

With A-10 End In Sight, U.S. And Allies Eye Light-Attack Fleet Commented on: 3 weeks ago (July 28, 2017)

Only the Scorpion is designed to perform the as-stated LAR mission,
which is target acquisition and delivery of precision-guided weapons,
reconnaissance and communication. Rambo is...

Unmanned Wingmen And Cruise Missiles Need Low-cost Engines Commented on: 4 weeks ago (July 22, 2017)

Centrifugal flow compressors are smaller, lighter, more durable, and less expensive. The Grumman F-9 that I flew at Navy Chase used an engine with a centrifugal compressor.
A 2-stage...

Stumped By Hypoxia, U.S. Navy Looks To T-45 Engine Commented on: 4 weeks ago (July 21, 2017)

With a pressure ratio of 10.4 to one, this engine needs replacement anyway.

The New Crop Of Low-Cost ISR Or Attack Aircraft Commented on: 4 weeks ago (July 19, 2017)

Dive-bombing and strafing are becoming ever more suicidal. Glaaar (above): "too dangerous for manned jets to be survivable". That world no longer exists. Getting pilots killed more cheaply is...

OA-X Demo: Sierra Nevada Training USAF Pilots To Fly A-29 Commented on: 4 weeks ago (July 18, 2017)

The only contender that can perform the stated mission is the Scorpion jet.
The suicidal dive bombing and strafing missions are over.
Target acquisition and precision-guided weapon...

French Mirage Air-to-ground 2000D Getting Weapon System Upgrade Commented on: 7 weeks ago (June 30, 2017)

The 10:1 pressure ratio of the engine severely hampers the capability of the aircraft.

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