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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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    New Product Announcement - Nitecore TINI Metallic Rechargeable Keychain Light

    update: I applied a hot glue strip along the body of the TINI just behind the power button. after a bit of usage, I realized that the hot-glue strip was not high enough and applied a thicker strip. Now ok for the ON/OFF button. but the next problem that in the process of handling other items...
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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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    New Product Announcement - Nitecore TINI Metallic Rechargeable Keychain Light

    after an intense day of usage including a complete discharge of the battery, there is a lot to like about the TINI, and a few items that I do not like at all - borderline rejectable. Pluses: good beam, good choice of levels, small - almost too small, battery charge indicator is same as TIP -...
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    New Product Announcement - Nitecore TINI Metallic Rechargeable Keychain Light

    Received my copy of the TINI today. definitely small! general impression is good. all features are functional as described. A curious UI action: The press/hold to turn on the TINI light is a bit longer than the Fenix timing, but the TINI turns off the instant you depress the on/off button...
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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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    FD45 quick opinion

    do a search for my FD65 Quick Opinion thread. I provided a link to FD65 beamshots on a German flashlight website - look at the photos, no need to read the German. Those beamshots convinced me to purchase the FD65. The FD45 was given away. Other than losing the color lottery with my FD45...
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