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  1. It's a heavier airframe which equals either a lighter weapons load or less range. Major drawbacks for the Air Force. And it would have the wrong air-refuelling system, so they'd have to spend money to modify the design and add more weight with the Air Force recepticle plus the Navy probe... Anyone else hear a can of worms being opened?
  2. Well, that explains the slab-sided perfectly square island, but what about the beehive structure up top? Was that part of the phased array system? The photo of Long Beach shows the same (woefully mis-proporitioned) slab-sided island, but no beehive to be seen. It's startlingly noticable in the previousely linked pic of Enterprise from www.skyhawk.org, but is missing in the current www.navy.mil picture that started the thread. I'm pretty sure it disappeared at some point in the late '70s.
  3. Along the same lines as B-17Fan's question, what exactly was the "beehive" that used to be on top of the island? It apparently was replaced by modern equipment at some point (from the pictures I've seen it seems ot have disappeared in the '70s) but what the heck was that thing?
  4. Semantics. It's a brand new variant of the UH-1 and they've never flown it before. I'd personally call it either an upgrade or a new model of an existing aircraft, but PA folks work on a different wavelength from the rest of us so who knows how they'll phrase something.
  5. Here's an article about it: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123012659 Looks like the major difference is modern avionics and a glass cockpit.
  6. I think Collin answered the question pretty well: "...my main goal is to mission kill the ship and prevent it from being/becoming a threat. Sinking it is secondary." Sinking a ship is spectacular, but neutralizing it is the most important thing.
  7. Yeah, but you don't call putting a magnet on your car "enough" as far as supporting the troops goes. I'd say your service trumps any car decoration...
  8. Great pics - anyone know what the bump on the rear fuselage on that first C-130 is? It doesn't appear on the Herc from North Carolina in the next pic.
  9. Because this is the AH-64 as manufactured by Westland in the UK - they'll want to make sure their product meets the same standard as the original article.
  10. Does waiting for someone to land after crossing some body of water count? What year was the English channel first flown over?
  11. Might've been December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, NC...only one aircraft demo that day, and it wasn't real spectacular, though.
  12. Sometimes it pays off when you live down the road from a flight museum...the Cavanaugh Museum's P-51D (in Don Blakeslee's colors) buzzed the parking lot while I was loading groceries in my car at Albertson's...very nice. Pity I didn't have a camera.
  13. A little off-topic and cryptic for you... The package has arrived as you had arranged...and he is quite pleased with it. :lol:
  14. Well, I'm due to bring your grandkids up there again sometime soon - does that count?
  15. I'm with Slartibartfast. Where are the Phantoms the title promises?
  16. http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123011248 Interesting little blurb, but it could use some proofreading - it features this sentence: "The eighth production of the U-2 is on display at the Museum of Aviation here is." Huh? That must be what it sounds like when Yoda is drunk...
  17. I'd love to see one done up like Gavin Darklighter's in the novels - if I recall the entire nose was painted like a Krayt dragon with gold scales going back to the fuselage...
  18. BAM'n'IVM

    p-51 f-51

    The difference? About five years.
  19. Anyone who checks either linked story gets to see a photo of her...so nobody really needs to ask.
  20. If you like the 'Vette, check this out: http://www.cebudanderson.com/oldcrowcar.htm
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