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  1. Wow, I think you are reading WAY too much into this, or you're reading FAR too much from dark, overly analytical corners of the internet. There are a lot of issues with The Last Jedi, and I can't say I loved every creative choice they made, but some of the things you're ranting about are non-issues or things you're reading in of your own accord. Or perhaps you've read them elsewhere, and are making an unnecessarily angry stand on issues you didn't fully think through. Let's talk about the shirtless Kylo Ren scene first, shall we? I've seen a lot of people complaining about this
  2. SJW? What bias was the shirtless scene trying to create?
  3. As usual, well done, Al! Entertaining and well built.
  4. No smoke generator or sky-writing equipment required. They just got lucky with a relatively low, stable contrails level and low winds aloft. Allowed their flight track to visibly hang around for a while, preserving their "art."
  5. TwoMikes Resin did make a 707 nose, but they are now known as Phase Hangar Resin Accessories. You won't find them via search engine as TwoMikes any more. That particular product is still available; it's designed to fit the Minicraft kit: 1:144 Boeing 707 Nose Correction - Phase Hangar Resin Accessories
  6. Waco

    New Aggressor

    Yes, that "Black" scheme was never intended to be an official scheme. The aircraft received the black before departing from depot, but the tail number was needed for RF-AK before they could complete its scheme. It's since been repainted in the brown-green-black splinter scheme as depicted above. 295....tail number same on both pics.
  7. Failing to see the point....you're correct. There are not many Raptors in service. Although, comparatively, it's not that much lower than the number of combat coded F-15Cs left in service. Not the same as a new munition that's in the early stages of being fielded. Combatant Commander has requested capabilities that only the F-22 can provide, so F-22s are sourced to fulfill the request. Not sure what this has to do with the proliferation of munition types carried by USN fighters.
  8. The Raptors add significant capability in theater, period. And again, there's just not that many Ds in service compared to Cs.
  9. There's a hell of a lot more 120Cs in inventory than 120Ds, and they have excellent shelf-life and captive carry hours remaining. In a theater where you don't NEED the latest and greatest advancements (because there really isn't much in the way of air-to-air threats) you don't want to burn out your 120D airframes. Hell, I'm surprised they're not carrying Bs.
  10. Really? Hell, at 23 years old, that song is practically an oldie. Certainly a classic in military unit promo flicks.... Guess it's good they don't make these videos for you guys. Beats the hell out of 10 minutes of ECS cockpit whine and wind noise. *shrug* Like I said, they don't make these for guys like this audience, so it hardly matters.
  11. It is entirely within the realm of possible he did not have a choice. "Get out there and do some good PA work," is, unfortunately, a legal order.
  12. Which one has proven more effective in current ops? Oh....right. Pretty much no comparison then.
  13. Sometimes, upon finding oneself in a hole, it is best to stop digging.
  14. Unsurprising. The National Convention is dying a slow, but inevitable death, because some of the elder members of the society are beholden to a format, structure, and process that are no longer viable, particularly in the information age. The Nats needs an update to its format, an update to the process for scheduling and coordinating the event, and if it doesn't happen soon, the event is simply going to stop happening. No bids for 2020 is a huge warning flag.
  15. I'm still baffled as to how locking your shoulder harness makes it harder to eject. Considering that's one of the steps in a controlled ejection scenario, prior to pulling the ejection handle. And in an uncontrolled ejection scenario, the shoulder reels retract and lock, to help keep your body in the correct position.
  16. Fair enough! Clearly, you've got fans, so I wish you best of luck with this effort. Sounds like you've got a good balance, and family will be around long after any business/hobby time we pursue. Cheers!
  17. Darren – You’ve provided a lot of unique products to fill some niche gaps over the years, and clearly, based on the responses above, there is interest and demand for the product you are advertising here. I’m not a huge Tomcat fan, so I can’t really speak to my interest in a “full meal deal” set, but I do look at the price point, and the number of “fixes” and resin parts under consideration, and I have some concerns. I mean this with all sincerity, and you’re a great guy, but frankly, I think you need to hear a bit of direct feedback regarding your proposal. I’ve purchased a
  18. Among the more interesting problems Dr Gilmore has helped create is his insistence on side-by-side comparison testing....for example, requiring a flyoff of the F-35 vs. the A-10 to prove which one is better. The problem is, how do you scope such a mission? Given the vastly different capabilities of the two, it is nearly impossible to write an objective scenario which fully explores both aircraft's capabilities and yet allows for direct comparison. Additionally, given Dr Gilmore's position is an appointed, political position, it is probable there will be a new DOT&E Director
  19. Wasn't that the premise of this thread in the first place? That it would make the false deity go away? You can see how well that's turned out.
  20. You've gotten some good partial answers above. There's lots of good reasons, starting with having nearly all the information displayed on the HUD available wherever you look. This includes things like target tags, wingman symbols, LINK-16 cues, and targeting symbology in addition to basic flight information (airspeed, heading, altitude, pitch, etc). JHMCS has proven tremendously worthwhile in air-to-ground roles, allowing pilots to synch up target descriptions, with cueing designations from ground forces (JTAC, FAC, another aircraft), and with their own eyeballs. This results in
  21. This is 100% not an accurate statement. In fact, commands and commanders are now having formal education and discussions about using social media to bolster unit information, strategic messaging, and to better connect with their troops. Locking yourself away in a closet is not going to help connect to the new, rising generation of digital natives. We have to get better. Saying stuff like the above makes us look curmudgeonly, slow, and unimaginative to those who are growing up wiht technology.
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