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    What happened to everyone?

    my first time logged on in a long time. Just as guilty as many other members reading but not posting. for me, there are too many other events and challenges to pay attention to, no matter in the US or Germany. Just returned from almost two months in Europe and about 3 months on travel total...
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    Secret Aircraft

    ^^ umm, well, here is the link to the pertinent AW article on the MQ-25. and here is a quote from that article: "Tacit Blue’s top-mounted flush inlet may have been stealthy, but it was hard to start, the flight-test crew at one point parking a C-130 in front of the aircraft so that its...
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    NE blizzard 1/4/18

    ^^ You are correct! I was thinking more of the inhabitants of the coastal area from about Boston down past Philly. I lived in Rochester NY and Syracuse NY and spent some time in the FingerLakes area and skirted the Adirondacks. I stand corrected for the inaccuracy! Thanks! Plus, lake...
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    OH MAN IT'S COLD!!

    actually, for me, the remarkable aspect of seriously cold temperatures, such as -30F to -40F, is how far sounds can travel. many years back I went for walks in -30F to -35F, and a few times as a teenager in -40F temps. it is amazing what you can hear and how far away that vehicle or aircraft...
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    NE blizzard 1/4/18

    The real problem with the current storms that are so bothersome for the NE part of the US is that they simply are not used to such weather. wind, blowing snow, temps lower than +10 F are not common enough to instill a perception of need to have clothing that will keep them warm. They still...
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    NE blizzard 1/4/18

    ref the 'what is coming': since weather patterns in the US generally track from West to East, here are some samples of what is headed East: I-94 strip at the MN/WI border: -17.3F air temp. confirmed at -18F by an analog instrumentation thermometer on my 2nd floor apt balcony. Ely MN: -27 F...
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    Secret Aircraft

    coming to the coastal skies near you: the Boeing MQ-25, stealth version. The Boeing video is intentionally cryptic, but tantalizing with detail. the rumor from AW is that with the buried inlets, the turbines were difficult enough to start that the tarmac crews would park a C-130 in front of...
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    EV and Alt Fuel Vehicles, part 10

    the last portion of this thread is interesting vis-a-vis Tesla and the general EV hype relative to the electric grid which is not ready for lots of EVs. however to my input about high-torque electric motors: when we were designing the next generation howitzer (155mm), the intent was to replace...
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    Using Solar Power To Generate Electricity and Hydrogen

    The specific device for conversion is new to me. However w/o co-opting the OP, the links referenced essentially identified hydrogen as a desirable energy source. Hydrogen as an energy source has been debated for some time. in particular for vehicular activity. Notably the head of Toyota gave...
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    Secret Aircraft

    In honor of the crew that perished in the Bering Sea. a sad day for us: the Lisa Ann (Rivet Amber) with the 7 Megawatt phased array radar could track a soccer ball at 300 NM in 1967 or so. one of a kind! Tracked Soviet re-entry vehicles in the bad days of the Cold War.
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    Insomnia?

    yup, 3 shift work for many years in the military has the same effect: days-swings-mids etc. will 'cure' anyone of thinking that they are supposed to sleep 8 hrs straight! as a result, I can usually sleep anytime, but I never sleep 8 hours straight. I might be good for 3 hrs straight of sleep.
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    Insomnia?

    hmmm, well, some more free advice.... - my doctor daughter uses a beside lamp that slowly brightens to wake her up - no alarm needed unless maybe she sleeps past some time limit. very bright on full power. I recall that she purchased it on Amazon. - the most consistent OTC drug to put a...
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    Secret Aircraft

    ^ thanks for the article link! and embedded within the linked article, was another link that led to a site featuring a heavily modified B-737, jokingly referred to as a 'flying Tylenol capsule'. and that modified B-737 has capabilities vaguely analogous to the RC-135E, Rivet Amber, aka Lisa...
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    Secret Aircraft

    the Soviets restarted the TU-160 production line, but modified the bird heavily. now designated the TU-160M2. check here for photos and commentary. a possible comparison would be against the US B-1B bomber since they sort of have a similar planform. both carry cruise missiles and both are...
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    Secret Aircraft

    FWIW: a bit of old news, but not that old. The Soviets flew their SU-57 in public. claimed to be a 5th Gen stealth A/C to compete with the F-22. well, claimed. from the Soviets themselves (propaganda included) here. Depending on which sources you read, this 'new' fighter is either a...
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    Secret Aircraft

    From Aviation Week, and several other techie sites: Sierra Nevada Corp announced the successful drop/landing test of the "Dream Chaser" spaceplane. The Dream Chaser is intended for missions similar to the Space Shuttle, but launch on an Atlas V rocket. Resupply missions to the Space Station are...
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    Real life Sci-fi 2013

    Re: Real life Sci-fi fwiw, those atmospheric nuclear detonations in the '50s and '60s were remarkable for the confirmation of multi-spectral effects that physicists had only speculated on. however on a human level, the Soviet nuclear tests near Семипалатинск / Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan could...
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    Secret Aircraft

    ^^ Amen and ^ Amen! I am honestly impressed with StarHalo photos. Makes me wonder how StarHalo can be in the right place at the right time so often.........:sssh: as for the black SUVs and black choppers, et al, or perhaps better as et alia, an old Russian expression comes to mind: the...
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    Secret Aircraft

    not all 'secret' aircraft need to be fast or stealthy. from Aviation Leak: This Bombardier Global 6000 broke cover in the UK on 27 April at Cambridge Airport. an aircraft enthusiast noticed the strange A/C and took a good photo. obviously modifications in progress and testing. The...
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    After the EMP/Solar Flare/Grid Hack

    bump: just to be complete, here is one more method to shut down an electric grid - graphite filaments across power lines. These were used in WWII and in both Gulf Wars. very effective. such a deployment is maybe not likely for the US, but if you live in more combative parts of the...
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