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    The way it is now with aircraft like the...

    The way it is now with aircraft like the PC-21,the putative Gripen pilot need not fire a shot in training, right up to and including flying the fighter. Modern air arms took basic gunnery and...
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    Well, there's nothing stopping you leasing in...

    Well, there's nothing stopping you leasing in fighter pilots as well as fighters,instructors as well as instructional aircraft. There is no shortage of jet qualified pilots who have retired or been...
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    If you leased in a quantity of fighters,then you...

    If you leased in a quantity of fighters,then you could operate a variation of the "power by the hour" scheme,which is very common for leased aircraft; ie, for every hour of engine life used in...
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    I recall an old study of hourly flight costs and...

    I recall an old study of hourly flight costs and one of the big factors,believe it or not, was tyres and brakes. The aircraft in the survey was the EE Lightning and it would consume it's main tyres...
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    I doubt that very much. A lot of the recent...

    I doubt that very much. A lot of the recent motorways have stretches of greater than 5 km or more that are certainly straight enough. I can think of at least half a dozen places on the M system that...
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    It's 1100 metres.

    It's 1100 metres.
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    that's as long as they don't want outsiders...

    that's as long as they don't want outsiders coming in and taking cushy posts. There have been quite a few attempts to bring in civvies into the DF to "improve" things and the civvies were essentially...
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    Sligo is not for the faint hearted in a Fokker 50...

    Sligo is not for the faint hearted in a Fokker 50 or an ATR, so popping a Gripen in there would be eye-watering. Think Knock or Shannon instead.
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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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