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John Austin
Worked at Statistics Canada, Revenue Canada Taxation
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Lives in Whitbourne, NL
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How did you set that up in KODI? I am finding the keymap editor to be less than intuitive. Is there a basic setup to identify this CEC remote to kodi?

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How close are the game aircraft to the real world specs? The Sabre 5 outperformed early USAF models because of improvements in the Orenda turbojet. There is a video about this from the Canadian Air Museum in Ottawa. Orenda redesigned the engine in the mid-fifties using an early computer and gaind a lot of thrust. The Mark 5 and 6 also added leading edge slats as I recall. One aircraft is still flying in Canada "Hawk One".

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I bought mine in Kaiserslautern, Germany in September 1969 just after we arrived when my dad was posted to Ramstein. I believe that I paid the equivalent of about $200 CAD at the time. I had no idea how good this horn actually is as the best I had previously played was a Conn student trumpet.

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I love the song and the singer but I wish the paintings fit the story a little better. The battleships are definitely correct for the period but they should be troopships to and from Oz.The only battleships at Gallipoli were ran like scared rabbits when the first mine exploded. A lack of naval gunfire support was a major contributor to the carnage.

I noticed that the words have an error, nobody was given a tin hat in 1915, the poms were afraid that protection would make the men soft. The Brodie was issued about 1916.

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That CF-104 launch was classic. In the days before 1972 switch from Strike/Attack that many Starfighters would have carried more explosive power than No. 6 Group delivered in the 2nd World War. Quite an assortment of loads too. I thought one of them looked a lot like the training 'shape' from the old days but it could have just been electronics. Another looked like the centreline recce pod of old. Others were centreline fuel tanks and some were clean except for tip tanks. I thought this was just editing of a couple of aircraft into a loop (Soviet style) until they started the pre-launch run ups (the howl).

Phantoms looked like any working day at Ramstein except we rarely saw any in 'burner from the housing area, usually two or four ship VFR for landing with that beautiful break over the golf course. F-15 was nice to see the new kid on the block and the LW Toronado was a nice touch of modern day nuclear Strike/Attack. Saw a two-ship in the wild ten years ago while driving near Gros Morne park. Just as pretty as Neuschwanstein Castle but much harder to grt to. I wonder if they flew up the fjord that day.

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Dad was trained as a Navigator/Observer late in the war. There was some innate mental trick that got him pulled of of bombers and sent to train on Mozzies. It was related to integrating the information on two CRT displays and is an obscure talent that was used by RAF talent scouting Optometrists for screening. He was sent back to Canada immediately after VE Day and expected to be sent to fight the Japanese. When the war ended, he went to UofT as an engineering student. By the time he graduated there was a job for him in the RCAF and he spent the next thirty years training to fight the USSR using radar and other electronic systems.
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Canadair Sabre is Hawk One.

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I'm laying on the bed with my two best friends watching this video . I just had the dogs out of town for the first time this winter. They had a great run and the older dog is worn out and can't jump onto the bed and couldn't jump into the car when it was time to come home. Hmmm, I think I'll get a new puppy. NOT! Our pet inventory is down to four dogs and two cats from five of each, just a few years ago. I love them all but it does tske a major effort to support this many rescues.

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The driver had a passenger in the car with them.

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At 3:08 and 3:20 that centreline store is an ECM pod? I thought it looked like a 'shape' but they were hard to actually see, even the training ones. Dependents never got anywhere near the good stuff. The closest I ever got to anything cool was in ghe summer of 1970. I washed pots in the dining hall at Kindsbach. The AOC was on the other side of the wall that had my sink. Battle staff would have been looking straight in my direction. Learnec that years later when a drawing of the cave was published.

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This crew did followed the correct procedures. My question is this: What is the minimum speed that this aircraft can still lift off and climb on one engine?

Surely there is more to it than committing to takeoff because you reached V1. If taking off could not succeed, why not reject takeoff and call for the equiptment. You could have some survivors like the 340 that ran off the runway at YYZ. As I haven't heard of a takeoff crash because of a simple one engine failure (United DC-10 at O'Hare was more complex), I would assume that certification requirements demand take-off with one engine above a certain runway speed.

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In December 1950 my father, as a young Engineering Officer, was posted to Portage as part of spooling up the NATO pipeline at Portage MacDonald and Gimli. He proposed and married my mother a few days later and they set off for Manitoba. With every promotion, the station supply officer issued a new child and by 1960 he was in command of a Pinetree Radar Station, the youngest Wing Commander in the RCAF with four sons. There were many families like mine. We went everywhere the RCAF asked and most of those places were on a Warsaw Pact/USSR target list. This included Ramstein Germany when 4ATAF was still there. I washed pots in the Kindsbach Cave one summer. The big map of Europe was on the other side of the wall from my sink, as I learned five years ago. World War Three would have started a few feet from my workstation!

Why won't the Civil Servants running the museum allow the use of the word 'nuclear'? The CF-104 was intended to strike with tactical nuclear weapons in response to a Soviet attack on Western Europe. There are still about 200 B-61 weapons on NATO airbases in Europe. Look for Vokel Air Base on Google Earth. Oddly enough, the German and Belgian bases are not obscured on the map. 
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  • Statistics Canada, Revenue Canada Taxation
    Computer Systems Administrator, 1980 - 1984
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Network Administration, 2009 - 2012
  • Bell Northern Research
    Member of Scientific Staff, 1987 - 1993
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Whitbourne, NL
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(RCAF Station) Portage la Prairie, Mb - VanAstra, On (RCAF Station Clinton) - (RCAF Station) Holberg, BC - Ottawa, ON - North Bay, ON - Ramstein Air Base, Germany - Kingston ON - Kitchener-Waterloo, ON - Montreal, PQ - Port Colborne, ON - Portugal-Cove St Philips, NL
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An experienced software developer and network administrator.
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    Mathematics and Computer Science, 1974 - 1980
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This appears to be the site of the former Pinetree Line Radar site. There is apparently still a radar here which may be of the AN/FPS-117 variety. This would be an unattended and remotely operated system which is nominally used for coastal surveillance. In other words, this isn't my father's radar. I visited this location in 1960 when the system was a Ground Controlled Intercept site with a station complement of about 165 servicemen. Technology is pretty cool. You probably can't access the site as it is reportedly posted as a DND site at a gate at the bottom of 'The Hill'. The road was rather steep fifty years ago although it was rebuilt about ten years back. The view was excellent.
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