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  1. Makes you wonder though. Previously, sailors got...

    Makes you wonder though. Previously, sailors got sacked for running a ship onto a rock or into another ship and the investigation usually found the infamous Swiss Cheese line of holes in the system,...
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    These days, operators don't look for the absolute...

    These days, operators don't look for the absolute maximum hours out of an airframe. They'll run them for the duration of a service contract and either get new ones or go for a mid-life overhaul....
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    The thing is, in Sweden, even the Greens endorse...

    The thing is, in Sweden, even the Greens endorse defence spending, when you consider who shares the Baltic with them. Need more fighters,they say? Just buy them.
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    Poll: Spot on. 757s are still highly sought after by...

    Spot on. 757s are still highly sought after by airlines. they have held their value compared to other airliners, even their Boeing stablemates. Pilots and cabin crews always speak highly of them. The...
  5. well, given that they had seven left, which was...

    well, given that they had seven left, which was easily more than enough for the tasks in hand, sorting a replacement probably wasn't a huge priority.
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    Didnt the Serbs engage in deceptions of radar by...

    Didnt the Serbs engage in deceptions of radar by using microwaves and lighting fires in sheds and barnsto decoy NATO aircraft?
  7. The military system is too inefficient to be...

    The military system is too inefficient to be successful at civilian SAR because it consumes too much manpower, just to run itself; is too tied to a rank/promotion/career system, moves personnel...
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    Well, the heat signature you might be trying to...

    Well, the heat signature you might be trying to lock onto in a real fight might be a single man hiding behind a breeze block wall or a stand of trees or in a trench (see Azeri drone videos, of late)....
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    You can build a gully in the concrete for a few...

    You can build a gully in the concrete for a few marine flares or a petrol fire. Also, the UK have large, heavily armoured tank targets that last for decades, not half inch plate on Panhards that...
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    well, when you see gobshites making trips to...

    well, when you see gobshites making trips to Pripyat in Chernobyl, a toxic waste dump wouild be a mere stroll for them. Actively seeking cancer? sign up here...
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    So,you'd need the security levels of a decent...

    So,you'd need the security levels of a decent airport, with 24/7/365 observation and patrolling and plentiful CCTV and associated lighting, to cover a few acres of grass, rather than to actually...
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    a bit like the Swedish versus that Russian...

    a bit like the Swedish versus that Russian crawler submarine; start with small charges and then move up to actual depth charges, when the Russians do their usual trick of denying it.
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    Drop tanks were cast off by the Argentinian...

    Drop tanks were cast off by the Argentinian Mirages and Skyhawks in the Falklands, either prior to engaging Harriers or in running for home and clearing the pylons. Several A4s only made it home...
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    Poll: A 21-yr old A321 is worth the value of it's...

    A 21-yr old A321 is worth the value of it's engines, nothing more. All of the EI 321s are very high-time airframes. It's probably at a point in it's life where it's just about worth converting to a...
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    I beg to differ. Having passed through the...

    I beg to differ. Having passed through the remains of a particularly large fire in Wicklow, which destroyed large sections of both commercial and native forest, a water bomber would have been very...
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    Hope nobody got hurt.

    Hope nobody got hurt.
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    the retardant is often much more effective as it...

    the retardant is often much more effective as it sticks to the trees and undergrowth and smothers the fire and prevents reignition. Water, dropped at the wrong height, simply mists away or runs off...
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    LOL!!

    LOL!!
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    That's right! I saw the real creature in the RAF...

    That's right! I saw the real creature in the RAF Museum in Hendon last year. It was truly the maddest looking piece of hardware Ive set my eyes on. Imagine nine PCs in a radius around a central core,...
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    That's really not a fair way to price how much an...

    That's really not a fair way to price how much an actual aircraft cost. That's dividing the overall package cost by 40,which is very inaccurate, as this type of package is over 20 or thirty years....
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    yet so many States conduct controlled burns every...

    yet so many States conduct controlled burns every year. It doesnt take much effort for it to get out of hand,especially if you get a very dry summer. You can deal with Irish fires with a few bambi...
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    Austria appears to prioritise helicopters over...

    Austria appears to prioritise helicopters over combat aircraft. It's kept those Saab 105s going long after they became obsolete.
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    I recall talking with a Swiss man of Italian...

    I recall talking with a Swiss man of Italian heritage and asking about the canton voting system,when women didn't have the vote there. "oh, they have the vote, alright. My missus makes it quite clear...
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    They also voted to keep free movement in the EU....

    They also voted to keep free movement in the EU. Because of the high cost of living in Switzerland, a sizeable amount of the population cross the borders daily to shop, work and spend their leisure...
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