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Scott Taylor

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  1. That's what things like seatbelt and helmet laws are intended to do - indeed, most traffic laws are intended at least partially to protect you from yourself. The same goes for laws restricting access to dangerous areas. If the individual does not have the obligation to follow such laws, does the government have any obligation to help that individual if he or she needs help after violating those laws? There's a lot of EMS and search and rescue that helps people who have knowingly done stupid things, and all of society pays for that help. Cheers, Scott
  2. This appears to be one step closer to happening: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/210694/german-defense-minister-commits-to-buying-f_18s-to-replace-tornado.html 30 F-18E/Fs and 15 EA-18Gs. Cheers, Scott
  3. If they get SU-35s or SU-57s I'd wonder whether they were going to stay in NATO.
  4. What he is saying is that Turkey was treated unfairly about the Patriot vs. S-400, and is also, as I understand it, that messing around with them over the F-35 program is not great. That certainly seems to be an undercurrent in just about every story I read. Perhaps I'm misinterpreting this, but it doesn't appear to me that Trump's statement is reinforcing what I thought was the American position on the S-400 purchase and F-35 participation.
  5. Yes, but the Stepper Across the DMZ now says that Turkey has been "treated very unfairly" over this whole S-400/F-35 thing (it was Obama's fault): http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/203992/in-u_turn%2C-trump-now-says-turkey-treated-unfairly-over-s_400-deal.html There's apparently a bit of a disconnect between the President and the "Deep State" (USAF, Department of Defense, etc.) on this issue. Cheers, Scott
  6. When we were at Whiteman in August, we did two laps around the perimeter of the base and saw a pair of B-2s take off. It's definitely worth your while to go by. There's a nice B-29 at the gate as well. Good luck spotting! Cheers, Scott
  7. I'm surprised that there hasn't been any mention yet of the aerial combat between India and Pakistan that started after Indian Mirage 2000s attacked targets on the Pakistani side of the border in Kashmir yesterday. Aside from the concern we should have over hostilities between two nuclear powers, I find it interesting that India would send MiG-21s into combat in 2019. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/india-confirms-loss-of-mig-21-in-pakistan-skirmish-456148/ I understand that a second Indian aircraft and a Pakistani aircraft (F-16?) have also been shot down. Has anybody more information on the combat? I do hope that this ends soon, and that nobody else in hurt. Cheers, Scott
  8. At first I thought that "Integrating the Interim Fighter Aircraft" image was a joke, until I saw it in a press release. Cheers, Scott
  9. One of those CH-146s landed at my daughter's high school this morning! I never had anything so cool happen when I was in high school. Lots of stuff in the air coming in for the show yesterday and today. Really looking forward to it. Cheers, Scott
  10. Not today, but a couple of weeks ago on our way to the IPMS Nationals in Phoenix, we spent a day in North Las Vegas photographing Red Flag 18-3 participants. I really enjoyed watching fairly high-intensity air operations. Would have liked to see the B-52s and the Colombian Kfirs that were there fly, but what we did see was great. Cheers, Scott
  11. On our drive home from Phoenix the week before last, we detoured south of I-70 (because my teenage daughter LOVES the B-2) and swung by Whiteman in the slim hope that we might be able to see one on the ground or in the air. I wasn't terribly hopeful, but didn't want to disappoint her, so we stopped at the gate, took a few photos of the B-29 there, then drove around the perimeter of the base. No joy - almost impossible to see anything from the public roads. So that I could at least say we tried our best, I offered one more loop around the base before we headed to St. Louis (this was about 5:00PM on a Wednesday afternoon). Just as we start driving along the south perimeter, a B-2 takes off right in front of us, followed very shortly after by a second one. They're quite amazing and rather surreal to see in the air. I was driving, so I wasn't able to get many photos, but my daughter was able to shoot some pretty good ones. This is one of mine that shows both of them on their way somewhere (I was watching the news over the next 24 hours to make sure we didn't see an airstrike taking off from Whiteman on its way to bomb Syria, Iran, or someplace similar). Through dumb luck, I scored some good Dad points with my daughter. It was very cool to see B-2s "in the wild," so to speak - just like photographing planes at Red Flag 18-3 the week before. Way better than any airshow! Cheers, Scott
  12. I remember in an old issue of Air International from the late 1970s that a list of declined US Foreign Military Sales was listed in their "Airscene" news column at the front of the magazine. If memory serves, both West Germany and Israel were listed as countries that had expressed interest in the A-10 but were declined (no reasons were given). Both of those countries would have been logical potential A-10 operators, given the geopolitical environment at the time. Cheers, Scott
  13. Sea Kings are going out of service now - retirement is scheduled for December of this year, so there will be surplus duct tape. http://skr18.ca/ Cheers, Scott
  14. That's very cool to see a Beech Starship. There aren't many of those left flying. Cheers and thanks for posting, Scott
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