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New Edwards Test Pilot

New Edwards Test Pilot (9/15)



  1. Ok, so does all this mean that they actually have 2 prototypes flying now? Or just 1, and they flew it, painted it, then flew it again?
  2. Doesn't discount the fact that the US and India have opposing interests over the Pakistan. US and India just have some common interests now that China is rising. You will note that despite buying lots of US equipment they are also maintaining their close ties with Russia-- the PAK FA is a good example of that, if you want to talk about economic linkages between tech and aerospace companies. Moving on-- how far along the developmental path is the X-47 anyway? Has it done actual carrier landings yet?
  3. At the same time, the PAKFA would be a new aircraft while the F-22 airframes would be at least 5 to 10 years old. Would the USAF be able to maintain aircraft availability rates at high enough levels to provide that quantitative advantage? The 95%+ availability rates for the F-15 and -16 in GW1 came about partly because non-mission capable aircraft deployed in the war could be replaced from a much larger fleet afterall. Also, India is much closer to the Russians than they are to the US, historically. We have a common adversary in China, but there are some situations over which we differ i.e. Pakistan.
  4. And you would be wrong in your assumption. I'm chinese myself, and I think that it is an absolute disgrace that they have to stoop to such a level-- a greater loss of face; than if we came out and said that we needed help and we got it. A chinese proverb goes: paper cannot contain fire. False pride is dangerous.
  5. Maybe because the PRCs totally ripped them off with the J-11? Anyway, with the J-10 it isn't really the copying of the Lavi that pisses me off, its the fact that they copied (or bought it from the Israelis) and yet they loudly trumpet it as their own work. They should at least give credit where it is due!
  6. Looking at it from another perspective, you are carrying 50% more fuel with 88% less drag compared against a centre line fuel tank. If reducing drag by 0.1% is worth $250,000, how much is it worth reducing drag by 88%*(drag of centreline fuel tank) ?
  7. Great minds think alike! Good luck getting one! I bought one of a fellow MW member but I think he doesn't have anymore up for sale
  8. That rifle is oversized, just like on the VF-11B GNU-DOU. How come no pics with the wing speaker pods? I wonder how fragile that part will be?
  9. Yep I was referring more to the hiding of the compressor face with the F-35 reference-- and possibly the coating of the inlet with RAM. Either way the J-10B would be an impressive improvement over the baseline J-10. Edit: Another view of the J-10 showing E/O and targeting pods on the inlet chin ala F-16 style. I'm not sure whether these are indigenous or Israeli-made/derived.
  10. I don't understand all the hate for these designs. I'm glad I got my pre-order in for the BOP YF-19 and VF-22S when I did! Otoh, could it be because of the poor pre-order response that they decided to make these limited editions?
  11. Pass... especially since I'm already invested in the 1/100 line, which, even if you keep it to fighter mode only, has the added features of VG wings and TVC.
  12. Alittle off-topic, but maybe they are holding off the M&M till they can do a grand release, ala VF-1, VF-11B and VF-22S? That would just about make the M&M fans go crazy.
  13. RVF- canopy should be yellow, IIRC. Re: VF-25G boxart: I guess they ret-conned the design to make the DX toy more accurate, rofl.
  14. I would be happy with a 1/60 monster kit. That might be more doable than a 1/60 resin or toy monster.
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