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Is this stuff fire-rated? Does it constitute a vapour barrier? What is the insulating value?
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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 poster 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. I had it out Christmas eve and played along with my church choir on one carol. 
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John; Very cool info!  It's always refreshing to hear about a horn that one had in their younger days.  Thanks for sharing; and it's doubly cool that you've still got it and played it this last Christmas.  I really liked the YTR-734 in the vid here; a very nice horn.  
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I saw a RAF VC-10 tanker land at CYYT (St. John's, NL) with the hose trailing behind the wing. A bit of smoke when it hit yhe runway. Presumably, it could not be retracted. 
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Doesn't a lot of the time depend on boot times for onboard systems? You wait for engine(s) startup to generate power, then you wait for intertial navigation systems to spin up. A lot will overlap but it has to run through the pilot. Different vintages and the mission an aircraft is designed for will cause a lot of variation in the time. The Gilbert and Sullivan theatrics are mainly for entertainment purposes. An ORI or Tac Eval will be checking out each crew member for compliance and safety. They will also check for unsuitable aircraft being inserted by commanders trying to pull a fast one. I know that 4ATAF would have entire squadrons/wings 'conga line' past the end of the runway and randomly select individual aircraft to launch and fly their simulated war mission. Too expensive to launch the whole fleet and sampling cuts down on accidents. 
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Yeah, ten minutes from Armageddon, or so we thought. It turns out that it would have been more like a week. The Warsaw Pact War Plan from the 1960s was published after the fall of the USSR. The translation makes interesting reading. I wish Dad was still around to discuss it.
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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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No that is a practice bomb dispenser - carries several very small training rounds
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Wow! The deadly ground-attack King Air! Excuse me while I change into clean shofts!
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I hear that.
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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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I'd start with scaring the bejesus out of potential opponents. Do you want a Polar Bear looking for you during the long Arctic night? Even the thought of it would be enough to make many people shoot their officers.
 
What do they train the polar bears to do?
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The driver had a passenger in the car with them.
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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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+John Austin Well, if you want to get really picky about minor irrelevent , Joan is not a guy, so she shouldn't be singing 'When I was a young man'...... ;)
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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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    Computer Systems Administrator, 1980 - 1984
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
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  • Bell Northern Research
    Member of Scientific Staff, 1987 - 1993
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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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