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    Some modern weapons of this kind have a backblast...

    Some modern weapons of this kind have a backblast device that breaks up into small particles of plastic or foam and are ejected as part of the exhaust gases to counteract the weight of fired shot, to...
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    A slow launch system involves a kind of a...

    A slow launch system involves a kind of a two-stage burn so that the first part of the burn of the propellant begins, has a timed burn and ignites a second stage propellant which creates the gases...
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    There was a very interesting documentary on TG 4;...

    There was a very interesting documentary on TG 4; it may have been the Fiorsceal series and it showed how close Christians and Hizbollah supporters live in Beirut and the way they live their lives....
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    probably blue and yellow.

    probably blue and yellow.
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    It'll go another 10, 000. Corrosion is what...

    It'll go another 10, 000. Corrosion is what usually kills them.
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    When port management went private, the very first...

    When port management went private, the very first thing that happened was that management slashed jobs, awarded themselves huge pay rises and end user costs rose accordingly. Having charge of docks...
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    @xray one, good points but I'd rather have a gun...

    @xray one, good points but I'd rather have a gun on hand to provide some kind of overwatch than have none at all. The British brought 105s to Afghanistan and got into the habit of setting up firing...
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    I guess the French ignored that, as they brought...

    I guess the French ignored that, as they brought Leclerc tanks and ATGWs, when they took a turn on UN duty.
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    The thing is, for it's size, when you added the...

    The thing is, for it's size, when you added the number of mortars and guns in the FCA / RDF, the total establishment was actually very high for such a small army. The failure to bring next to no...
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    Is that why the DF has no artillery caliber...

    Is that why the DF has no artillery caliber higher than 105mm for a gun tube and 120mm for a mortar? Every credible army has 155mm to give a greater reach / overwatch. The DF has always shied away...
  11. I flew in Fougas and Marchettis with all of those...

    I flew in Fougas and Marchettis with all of those named pilots and they were all superb handlers. The problem with low hours is that skills like instrument flying, formation, instruction and so on...
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    The DF often bites it's own foot by having...

    The DF often bites it's own foot by having multiple vehicle types, be it ground vehicles, ships or aircraft and the resultant stores chaos would bring a tear to your eye. The DF has made efforts to...
  13. Pilots get used to the effects of torque and...

    Pilots get used to the effects of torque and p-factor very quickly and it becomes instinctive to correct for it.
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    Whats an MOU?

    Whats an MOU?
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    the ideal replacement for the AMLs would be the...

    the ideal replacement for the AMLs would be the 90mm Mowag but the Govt doesnt seem to want to go down that route.
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    buuuut......they dont match the Mowags so you'd...

    buuuut......they dont match the Mowags so you'd have to have a seperate spares stream for them.
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    ok, no problem..

    ok, no problem..
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    Back in the day, the aircraft made less money...

    Back in the day, the aircraft made less money than any other part of the Aer Lingus operation. In fact, the hotels and associated touriat operation the original Group used to own, made more money...
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    Lingus owns about a third of it's fleet. These...

    Lingus owns about a third of it's fleet. These days, the make up of the fleet is decided by IAG. The Stobart aircraft are owned by a UK concern and fly into small regional airports for EI and act as...
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    Brave men, going to war in such appalling...

    Brave men, going to war in such appalling vehicles, when postwar Europe was crawling with cheap, available and much better vehicles than the Fords. Imagine being intimidated by a 37mm gun, nearly two...
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    you couldnt make it up...

    Today, i was working with an apprentice, a recent joiner to our airline, who had spent 18 months in the Air Corps. We were chatting about his experiences, especially concerning training and exams and...
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    The thing is, Ireland is perfectly capable of...

    The thing is, Ireland is perfectly capable of affording and operating a batch of second hand fighters. The State airline operated a highly varied fleet of expensive aircraft and for most of it's...
  23. what's up with ATC?

    what's up with ATC?
  24. If they are down to an average of 150 hrs/yr,...

    If they are down to an average of 150 hrs/yr, then that is chronically inadequate. That's the borderline of ME-IR or QFI skills being insufficiently exercised. Not even tooling around for a few hours...
  25. I know of several pilots, back and then and...

    I know of several pilots, back and then and currently, who were on ground rotations and had to engage in catch-up to get their IR or ME or other ratings renewed. One guy was in the Aptce School, for...
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