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    problem with doing inshore work with one engine...

    problem with doing inshore work with one engine is that you better be damn close to shore if it starts to cough, or else have a friendly boat nearby. Now, I know that they are reliable old things but...
  2. Irish politicians always fear being the guy who...

    Irish politicians always fear being the guy who sent Irishmen out to die, which is why they try not to send troops out on potentially "warry" UN missions and they love the kudos of being associated...
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    saw them! had a moment! ;-)

    saw them! had a moment! ;-)
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    Those pesky Galtee-onians revolting again?!

    Those pesky Galtee-onians revolting again?!
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    @ the realjack, that's why you see 139s with skis...

    @ the realjack, that's why you see 139s with skis on and they are unable to retract the undercarriage. What happens when you buy a millionaire's runabout...
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    From what I heard from someone involved in...

    From what I heard from someone involved in procurement of vehicles for his (Irish) Govt dept, the choice will be Ford Ranger unless you absolutely have to have something else. He tried to retain two...
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    This is very much a pre-production aircraft; no...

    This is very much a pre-production aircraft; no weapons trials that we know of, no proof of survivability against common African weapons like the AK 47 or Dshk, no gunsights or HUD...does it have...
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    Production numbers matter, full stop. You try...

    Production numbers matter, full stop. You try buying a door handle or a seat rail for a limited production run aircraft like the 228 and they will eat you alive at the marketplace. You can get King...
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    prima donnas!

    prima donnas!
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    much less available than a King Air, low...

    much less available than a King Air, low production numbers so higher purchasing and operating costs compared to a King Air. People are forgetting that if you have to do low-level stuff like the bog...
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    totally agree with Apod. If a mech is changing a...

    totally agree with Apod. If a mech is changing a pump at three am, five hundred miles out to sea, being a fashion victim is the least of his worries. Work wear has to be tough, resilient, easily...
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    Forget the Leb. Italians have it sewn up and any...

    Forget the Leb. Italians have it sewn up and any armed or even fixed wing aviation is too politically sensitive out there. If the DF goes back to places like Chad, then it will need all the wings or...
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    Snickers.

    Snickers.
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    It has always been the case that equipment will...

    It has always been the case that equipment will be kept in service as long as possible and that is still the case. Mowags and LTAVs will be kept on, because the DF operates at the whim of the Dept of...
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    some of the Mowags will be older than the troops...

    some of the Mowags will be older than the troops carried within? So what? The DF has always fielded equipment on the basis that it will stay in service for at least thirty years; 1944 25-pdrs? 1963...
  16. NS enters 21st century in other ways...

    Hi all,
    So there I was having a browse in Easons and I see the Cosantoir and have a nose in it. Most of it is irrelevant to me, as it's people shaking hands, veterans in blazers, ads for medal...
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    they may have been shite but the design sold well...

    they may have been shite but the design sold well enough; Behrmann built variations on the theme as the BDX. Timoney probably made more money on suspension design and sales than any from AFV sales.
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    Bone question, probably but is orienteering done...

    Bone question, probably but is orienteering done in recruit training? I recall doing it in 1984 and it was regarded as normal practise. It's a stable part of CISM, is it not?
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    the IRA seemed to have a particular talent for...

    the IRA seemed to have a particular talent for targeting easy victims, churchgoers, dog handlers, reservists,judges, prison staff, etc.....didn't want to face real targets who fought back.
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    All a bit ironic, because until Michael Stone...

    All a bit ironic, because until Michael Stone made his attack at Milltown, there was an unwritten rule up North that cemeteries were off-limits. Guess this twat didn't get the memo.
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    My grandfather gave the Army 40 years from 1922...

    My grandfather gave the Army 40 years from 1922 to 1962 and the IRA before that. His brother went to the Irish Guards and was lost at Ginchy, during the Somme battles. I'm quite sure either would...
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    they also have a track record of not being pushed...

    they also have a track record of not being pushed around and their President/King/Bossman used to be an air-minded type who encouraged all kinds of aviation in his country, such as a well regarded...
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    No sliding off on halfers on the Somme!...picture...

    No sliding off on halfers on the Somme!...picture on front of Examiner shows DF photographer standing stock still and not even photographing Ambassador dragging halfwit off by the scruff.
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    Are these new build or just SAAF aircraft being...

    Are these new build or just SAAF aircraft being handed over? I have read several accounts of the SAAF being unable to sustain Gripen operations because of the cost and other eh, management issues so...
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    It lasted a week, wrecked a small part of Dublin,...

    It lasted a week, wrecked a small part of Dublin, consumed less lives than an average day at the Western Front in 1916 and the leaders were executed in what was pretty much standard practise for the...
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