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    Ace Combat 7

    Somewhat to my surprise, I just found out today that the PC version (which I ordered to possibly finally get some use out of my Thrustmaster) isn't released until the 31st January. Nuts. First review is in: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-01-18-ace-combat-7-review-a-stellar-return-for-the-skybound-series
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    I can pretty much guarantee that whatever they build, it will look nothing like that image. Lots of concept art floated around in the late 80s after the ATF competition was announced, virtually all of which was about as accurate as that Testors "F-19 Stealth" fighter model...
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Okay, Argentinas Skyhawks got the F-16 radar. Other countries, including Brazil, Australia and Singapore all had their own upgrade programmes that differed from Argentinas in various details.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    I don't have the time to check the costs now, but there were a couple of countries - Brazil and Argentina, I think? - that upgraded their A4s with some F-16 avionics, including the APG-66 radar. That might give you a baseline to work from. This was several years ago though, possibly back in the 90s.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Few guesses; for one thing the A-4 which is the lowest cost plane on that chart was probably a lot simpler, even given that jets were kind of the New Big Ticket Thing back then. Economy of scale is another. They only made 57 F-117s, and although they made a lot of F-15s, they've only made 225 F-15Es (and theres significant changes between a F-15C and E, it wasn't just a case of strapping more bomb shackles on). The F-111 and F-14 were arguably among the most technically sophisticated aircraft of their day, and thus costly. The A-6E was a developed variant of an earlier model, and therefore some of the cost had already been "sunk" (compare to the F-111, which is listed as a single model when there were several different variants). The F-22, well, they only made 187 compared to the originally planned several hundreds; its cost would probably be less overall (though still probably upper tier) if that had happened. By most accounts the F-18E was essentially a new aircraft, and in that context accounting for inflation its cost isn't that that much higher than the F-15. Avionics almost certainly makes a difference; the A-10 is one of the lowest cost aircraft on that chart but also the most basic avionics-wise (in its original form). This is all supposition and "gut" feeling just from looking at that chart though.
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    CITY HUNTER

    MAGIC PLAY IS DANCING, again! A world of smartphones and drones and the sisters still aren't using masks...
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    David! That must be a F-22, we all know the F-35 can't climb/turn/dive/fly!
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    Ace Combat 7

    Regards the Ace Combat 7 trailer, thats not the one I saw but you can what is likely the Su-57 at about 25 and 40 seconds in.
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    Ace Combat 7

    Theres a 30 second "Ace Combat 7" trailer doing the rounds on some gaming sites and its blink-and-you'll-miss-it but I think I saw a Su-57 in there at one point.
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    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    For British retro computing fans, there was a lot of love for that era of the hobby - I did a double take when I found out who played the author of the "Bandersnatch" book and just why he looked so familiar... (show creator Charlie Brooker is a big videogame fan and worked for second-hand British videogame/electronics retailer "CEX").
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Ah thanks, Sildani, that makes more sense.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    How can you have a "Passive Active" warning system? Doesn't one contradict the other?
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Runway closed again after another suspected drone sighting. This time of year, its probably going to turn out to be Venus...
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    The runway reopened this morning, disruption is expected to take until at least tomorrow to clear. Unless its changed since I last checked, the perpetrator remains at large. The maximum penalty under current UK law for this sort of act is up to 5 years in prison, there may well be a rethink about the penalties. As far as government conspiracies go - a UK politician in parliament was explaining how guard dogs barking scares away drones from prisons, does that sound like someone who could engineer such a plan to you?
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    In what is likely to be a watershed moment for civil aviation, a drone has caused travel chaos at Londons Gatwick airport from late evening yesterday well into today: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46640033
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