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    The State has proved,many times,that it can do...

    The State has proved,many times,that it can do big infrastructure when it has the will to do so. Ardnacrusha, Turlough Hill,Moneypoint, M50 (the part where seven bridges, aqueducts and water pipes...
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    Austria only fielded the cheapest,most basic...

    Austria only fielded the cheapest,most basic version and even that cost cartoon money. As for Gripen range, carry more drop tanks or get Saab to come up with conformal tanks. You'd have to be able to...
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    They'd tie you in knots with restrictive support...

    They'd tie you in knots with restrictive support packages, loaded heavily in their favour. At least with Gripens,you're somewhat tied to American kit but you'd have a bit more flexibility because of...
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    The Viggen engine was basically a Pratt and...

    The Viggen engine was basically a Pratt and Whitney JT-8 with an afterburner and a reverse thruster added on,quite the innovation for it's time,but not really a turbofan compared to the Pegasus in...
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    Draken was worse! two of them in the Don for an...

    Draken was worse! two of them in the Don for an airshow and we asked them to throw a few shapes on the Monday morning, as they departed. So they did, waking up everyone in Tallaght (ah, wassda...
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    well, then, the pilots would get real time...

    well, then, the pilots would get real time ejection experience, the fire crews would get practise on putting out aircraft fires and landowners would get new ornaments,albeit smoking a bit from a deep...
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    That's proper noise,that is. None of yer Fouga...

    That's proper noise,that is. None of yer Fouga screech here. If you are going to go deaf, do it in style. V Rossii,Mig oglushayet tebya!
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    Base them in Shannon;no problems there with...

    Base them in Shannon;no problems there with Russian aircraft.
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    Lease or buy a few of those upgraded MiG-21...

    Lease or buy a few of those upgraded MiG-21 Lancers from the Romanians? I bet they'd bite your hand off for the chance to flog them off. Run them for ten years and throw them away afterwards.
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    this kind of shit pops up every decade. Have a...

    this kind of shit pops up every decade. Have a read on the Rudelscandal some time.
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    with regard to the DF actually running their own...

    with regard to the DF actually running their own budget, would you really trust VSOs with the cheque book? What financial training have they, that wouild justify giving them the keys to the safe? Are...
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    apart from watchkeeping and small boat handling,...

    apart from watchkeeping and small boat handling, are NSR personnel involved in engineering functions?
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    the blackthorns?

    the blackthorns?
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    The Fougas were retired,as were the...

    The Fougas were retired,as were the Alouettes,because the manufacturer was no longer interested in making,stocking or selling spares for them, in the same way as Dassault and Snecma stopped...
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    We didnt have seperate waterproof leggings...

    We didnt have seperate waterproof leggings issued,but did have dungarees, in the style of modern Snickers workwear and this was part of the plain green fatigue wear that included the infamous...
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    try it now.

    try it now.
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    8796 This is two lads wearing the ramp jacket as...

    8796 This is two lads wearing the ramp jacket as they check out a C130,in for an airshow.
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    We called them "ramp jackets" in Baldonnel,...

    We called them "ramp jackets" in Baldonnel, because the apron was called the ramp in there. It was the Army standard workwear for outdoors,basically a dark green waterproof three-quarter length...
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    The TCAS and EGPWS are basically computer box and...

    The TCAS and EGPWS are basically computer box and cockpit switch panel changes and software updates; the TCAS mod is probably to bring the PC-9s up to scratch in EASA airspace. It increases their...
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    would you bring your own helis or just share...

    would you bring your own helis or just share whats there? Is this Fort Rucker for the EU?
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    They were higly coveted but were invariably worn...

    They were higly coveted but were invariably worn out, oil soaked and rarely lasted a winter. The later issue "ramp jacket", issued with the green fatigues, was better but not considered cool, Irish...
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    The German parka,as well as being a street...

    The German parka,as well as being a street fashion item, was often worn in the FCA, along with German para boots, American para boots, sundry Doc Martins and the odd Dutch or Italian boots. Some lads...
  23. I was in Waterford some time ago and one of them...

    I was in Waterford some time ago and one of them was tied up and didnt budge for a week. Now, it may not have been required for duty but it didnt give a good impression by being unattended and silent.
  24. Do the Customs even use the cutter that they have?

    Do the Customs even use the cutter that they have?
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    the ATR does not have a background as a Maritime...

    the ATR does not have a background as a Maritime aircraft so anyone taking one on in that role will have lots of fun, being first on type in role. I'd rather get the long established Casa to fill a...
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