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#1521 bfng3569

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1140 AM

Its still an exceedingly beautiful aircraft to look at. Im looking forward to seeing what the B21 looks like.

 

Apparently they showed a model of the B2 to Jack Northrop not long before he died. It must have been great for him to reflect that his hard work finally paid off.

 

 

take if for what its worth i guess, interesting read none the less...

 

https://www.thedrive...de-capabilities


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 1420 PM

 

Missed this until I saw a press release at work today.

 

https://www.defensen...n-fighter-push/

 

Sweden onboard significantly increases the viability of the project. Japan needs to be next.

 

I'd like to see it happen.

 

It's possible that the Meteor collaboration is a stepping stone.


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 0429 AM

Related to all the non-sense around area 51

 

https://nsarchive.gw...aft-soviet-migs


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 1557 PM

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#1525 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 0944 AM

Speaking of area 51, new photographs of the drone facility at Yucca dry lake bed have been revealed.

https://www.thedrive...se-near-area-51

 

Also some new video's taken from Tikaboo peak that ive not seen before.

https://www.thedrive...light-test-base

 

 

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Damn thing always reminds me of a Peacock......


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#1526 Josh

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 1259 PM

That one looks like it has some kind of sensor, or sensor window anyway, under the nose. I hadn't noticed that before.


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Posted 25 July 2019 - 0127 AM

That one looks like it has some kind of sensor, or sensor window anyway, under the nose. I hadn't noticed that before.

Kinda same thing to the level of copy of F-35 EOTS.
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Posted 25 July 2019 - 1742 PM

 

That one looks like it has some kind of sensor, or sensor window anyway, under the nose. I hadn't noticed that before.

Kinda same thing to the level of copy of F-35 EOTS.

 

 

From what I have read the Chinese hacked and got about 7 TB  of data on the F-35.

 

 

I am genuinely surprised they make no mention of the whore houses in the area as part of their sales pitch. 

 

CIA archives contain the Air Force’s SECRET sales pitch for getting stationed at Area 51
To deal with chronic staff retention issues, the USAF put together a situational report that reads like a tourism brochure
 

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#1529 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 0723 AM

Yeah, I guess THAT sales pitch wouldnt have gone down too well with the spouses. :)

 

 

There is a lecture here on Lockheeds Skunk works. Its probably nothing that anyone that read the Ben Rich book wont know, but it is interesting for all that. Particularly the insight on using small groups of highly motivated people in dynamic environments being a smart way to innovate.

 


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#1530 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 0826 AM

British Test pilot of the X35 JSF gives his thoughts.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0356 AM

JASDF aims to resume F-35 flights in early August. MoD also wants to resume flights as soon as possible and requested understanding from the prefecture governor. The prefecture wants the resumption to be done in stages.

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https://www.excite.c...000m040215000c/
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0830 AM

Yeah, I guess THAT sales pitch wouldnt have gone down too well with the spouses. :)

 

 

There is a lecture here on Lockheeds Skunk works. Its probably nothing that anyone that read the Ben Rich book wont know, but it is interesting for all that. Particularly the insight on using small groups of highly motivated people in dynamic environments being a smart way to innovate.

 

 

The move toward smaller groups seems to be making headway in the world of bureaucratic mid-level management at the moment. I would suppose the key would be in recognizing the motivated, who are not necessarily the most vocal or most leadership oriented. Lockheed may be on to something here.


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#1533 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0853 AM

I think Ben Rich, as long ago as his skunk works book (Which was what, the mid 1990's?) said that it offered a template on how to make efficient business's. He was right.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0919 AM

As Turkey departs from the F-35 partner consortium, Japan wants to join, the Pentagon plans to say no.
https://www.defensen...lans-to-say-no/
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0925 AM

As Turkey departs from the F-35 partner consortium, Japan wants to join, the Pentagon plans to say no.
https://www.defensen...lans-to-say-no/

Any reasoning?
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 0929 AM

As Turkey departs from the F-35 partner consortium, Japan wants to join, the Pentagon plans to say no.https://www.defensen...lans-to-say-no/

Any reasoning?

The article itself is quite long and makes good points including the benefits to Japan I think. Over the long term as aircraft and parts are delivered, all member countries (not just the US) get a little of the profits. And partners have some say in upgrade paths. Since Japan made plans to eventually get 147 F-35s, they'll want those benefits.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1001 AM

I think Ben Rich, as long ago as his skunk works book (Which was what, the mid 1990's?) said that it offered a template on how to make efficient business's. He was right.


A 20 year gap between the innovators and those who follow in their footsteps sounds about right, as the push for smaller meeting groups is just starting to become mainstream in various ways.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1003 AM

I think his question was (or at least mine is), was there any reasoning why Japan would be denied? Considering how far and wide the consortium extends, including Japan seems natural. In fact I wonder if they weren't offered a place in the program previously? Certainly compared to Turkey, Japan seems like a much more trustworthy and technically capable ally.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1006 AM

Unspoken security concerns, combined with the same mindset that hitherto excluded Japan and Japanese from Five Eyes come to mind as potential reasons. Whether justified is another matter.
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#1540 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 1011 AM

America has traditionally tried to do down Japanese efforts to build their own combat aircraft, I think the most well known was the FSX program in the late 1980's. The logic was at best it would erode US sales to Japan, at worst it would be one more industry the Japanese would be exporting product to the Americans. So the US Defense industry threw a hissy fit, and the White House ensured a 40 percent share of whatever was built. There is an account that looks fairly authoritative on the Wikipedia F2 thread.

https://en.wikipedia.../Mitsubishi_F-2

 

It doesnt matter, it will be just one more partner for us on Tempest.


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