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  1. Excellent book. Regards, Murph
  2. The biggest flaw The Pacific had was that it came after Band of Brothers. If it had been done first, I think opinions of it would be more favorable. Regards, Murph
  3. Perhaps it might be that there was period where it was open season on the individuals who actually had first hand experience (aka they dared to be pilots) in modern aviation. The first thing on the agenda was to question their credentials and when that didn't work out it was to actually attack them for having "been there, done that". The result is quite a few have said it's not worth the effort. Regards, Murph
  4. The Trilat has been cool to watch; yesterday morning they did a Raptor demo, then the Rafale demo, and then the PAF show, all within 50 minutes and without the usual ramp crowding of thousands of people. The PAF show was real treat, It's always impressive when a demo team get 8 jets together in close formation. Regards, Murph
  5. The Hasegawa's raised surface detail is a caricature of the real thing; it's a low observable jet, so the raised "armor plating" is ridiculous. If the kit names were reversed, Academy would be crucified for issuing a kit with that kind of surface detail. The Academy kit also has better and more weapons, including JDAMs, and if you've paid attention, that's how the Raptor has seen combat so far. Regards, Muph
  6. Flying against the A model was like beating up the fat kid on the block. One of the people I worked with used to talk about his first dissimilar BFM ride against the Kittykat. It was a high aspect fight and during the initial turn at the merge the F-14 went into a flat spin, and the crew ejected. The B and D models were noticeably better in that environment due to the new engines. Regards, Murph
  7. Pretty obvious who it is. In any event, R.I.P. Hal. Regards, Murph
  8. They're already here for the Atlantic Trident Exercise at Langley. The Brits will usually try and combine things like a Red Flag, WSEP, airshows, etc... on these deployments. Regards, Murph
  9. It's an AIM-7F. The F model introduced the unpainted wings and fins, moved the warhead forward of the wings (the yellow stripe moved too in consequence), and added the fuze windows on the forward section. The AIM-7F only had two fuse windows, where the AIM-7M had four which were aligned with the forward wings. Regards, Murph
  10. AFAIK, the AIM-7E never made the transition to gray, I saw live AIM-7Es as late as 1988, and they were inevitably still white. They did have the black "L" on the forward wings since they were "dogfight" Sparrows; those were introduced during the Vietnam War. The radome on the AIM-7E was a fiberglass material, but it still picked up dirt the same way as the later variants, so I would go with off-white or a slightly darker gray, depending how grungy you want it to look. Regards, Murph
  11. Details, details...
  12. The radome was ceramic material (same as the AIM-7F, AIM-7M, and AIM-120) that was off-white when new, but as it picked up dirt and grime it turned gray. The same thing happens to the radome on the F-16. Navy missiles tended to pick up more dirt than Air Force versions, because they were handled. loaded, and flown more frequently than Air Force missiles. Regards, Murph
  13. That's an AIM-7F, and he was looking for an AIM-7E-4. AFAIK, they stayed white. Regards, Murph