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The time seems wrapped in amber. The lights were different and so were the smells of favorite recipes, we didn't have much, but, as I recall, we shared what we had. Joe at Christmas Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
No doubt the Christmas spirit is upon me. I volunteered yesterday at Dulles airport where the traveling families were thick on the the ground. I saw a young lady, perhaps five years of age. She was dressed to the nines... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
PL, I've always loved this story. The traditions of SST just get better and better as they are more and more burnished by time. I think somehow you have a created a very large, diaphanous family spread across geography and time. Congratulations and all the best for Christmas, the New Year and any other holiday you choose.
Ah, Chuck, There is a special circle of hell reserved those who share such humor, but I have to admit, it cracked me up. Thanks for the grin.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2012 on All Hail the Maya at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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I have it on good authority that this is the day the world ends, so don't worry about those Christmas credit card bills, and forget the fiscal cliff. On the other hand, we are five or so hours into this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
CP, Thanks for the Glûwein recipe. I hope to escape snow again this winter, but if I cannot, I will try this remedy. I have experienced the tea you describe. They called it "Jãgertee." It was made with some kind of Austrian rum, and it had the property of making you very wide awake and slightly drunk simultaneously. I truly miss Germany. Basilisk
This time of year I always think of the smell of coal fires burning in the East, of Glüwein, Berliner Curry wurst and the bracing effect of a shot of Steinhager. It's been a long time but the memories are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RKKA is a familiar abbreviation to me. It stood for the "Red Army of Workers and Peasants" in the old days. Perhaps this is "sponsored" testimony. I have no need for this person to be banned, although I am somewhat bemused by the comments. Nothing I wrote in the descriptions of current military capabilities is untrue, and I think I am far from being a flack for the aerospace industry. Perhaps rkka thinks our policy makers would make better (or different) decisions if we lied about the capabilities of weapon systems. I admit to being puzzled.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on Discourse on SST at Sic Semper Tyrannis
The A-10 Thunderbolt II ceased production in 1984. A total of 716 aircraft were built. The area of fighter requirements is quite arcane. Probably if you search for the names John Boyd and Pierre Sprey and the term" lightweight fighter" you will get deeper into the thicket of Air Force politics than a sane man should go.
Now THAT's what I'm talking' about. How does a guy get a ride on that?
rkka, Nice rant, hardly original, but there's really nothing new under the sun. I am slightly offended by the term "drooling."
Walrus, I'm pretty sure I didn't say anything about the permanence of any superiority. It's measure vs. countermeasure, and it always has been. I think you are the one who launched into this idea of a magic MANPAD. I think if you design something with the propulsive capability to cover the envelope of the current stealth capability combined with stand-off weapons that exist already, I'm pretty sure that nobody short of the incredible hulk would be able to carry it. It's not really a sensor problem as much as it is an operational envelope problem. I have seen an incredible amount of intellectual energy expended on mentally designing improbable weapons, but even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then, so dream on. I certainly won't discourage you.
Allen, I really hate the idea of an "accurized" B-61. I always figured the barrier to the use of tactical nuclear weapons should be very high, because I could never see how one could stop once that Rubicon was crossed. I always assumed that once the nukes started popping Armageddon would be unavoidable. With a guided B-61 someone will inevitably suggest a "precision" use. The B-61 is a "dial-a-yield" weapon so it will be natural to exploit the new accuracy and advocate the use of the weapon at its lowest possible setting to minimize collateral damage and make it the equivalent of a really big GBU-28 that doesn't weigh so much. I never met a strike pilot who planned to use anything but the max yield. "If I carry that thing all the way in there, I'm not dropping a firecracker," was the usual formulation.
No duck and cover because the Buffs would all be gone when the first warheads arrived and you would be sitting on the DGZ. I'm happy to say I was never in SAC. It was, I am certain, a different world.
The beat goes on, huh?
Steve, We have probably begun to forget how totally weird things were in those days. Thinking about the unthinkable was actually quite routine. If you've never heard of Operation Chrome Dome this is worth a quick read-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chrome_Dome I would guess that you got to sit in the cockpit of a Buff being dispatched on one of these missions. They got to be almost normal activity, no matter how unthinkable.
VV, I guess you are addressing me, not the colonel. MAD is still alive, but the term doesn't apply to Pakistan, North Korea, or certainly, Iran. Mutually Assured Destruction requires both sides to have a delivery capability sufficient to lay waste to its enemy, even after a first strike. It's only us and Russia who face the abyss of MAD. It doesn't mean ill-chosen actions could not set off a horrendously destructive war, but MAD was a very specific term in nuc speak, as I'm sure you'll remember with the slightest reflection.
Tyler, I'm not planning to run a seminar on F-22 for dummies. The F-22 has no "pods." What you may be thinking about (or fantasizing about) are the weapons bays.They open for something like one second to deploy a GBU-53 or JDAM. The weapon is pushed out by a hydraulic arm, thus no pyrotechnic flash. The bay door snaps shut the the RCS is just as it was before weapons deployment. Don't bother me anymore with didactic statements. I got the T-shirt.
Try this, maybe it will help http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-22-stealth.htm
Walrus, The life of an armchair weapons designer is easy indeed. I think perhaps you are underselling the difficulty of designing and building a MANPAD of the capabilities you assume. It was no accidental decision when the terrain-following radar mode was deleted from the F-22. Don't look for them in the weeds, they don't need to fly there. It's not just a matter of altitude either. Did you miss something about "stealth?" engagement of an aircraft as fast, maneuverable, and invisible as the F-22 is not a trivial problem.
Allen, As you correctly point out there is a geometry/field of view problem and a consequent cost problem, but there is also a radiant energy problem.