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    The Smithsonian recently released 3D scans of the Apollo 11 capsule that are worth checking out.....

    http://3d.si.edu/apollo11cm/index.php

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    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-...190432524.html

    Here's a friendly reminder of how big the A-10 Warthog's gun is

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    (The GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling gun next to a VW Type 1. Removing an installed GAU-8 from an A-10 requires first installing a jack under the aircraft's tail to prevent it from tipping, as the cannon makes up most of the aircraft's forward weight.US Air Force photo)

    On Thursday, we saw for the first time the brand new F-35B/C variant's GAU-22 25 mm gun pod firing, and as impressive as it was, it's not even close to the best gun on the force.

    What you're looking at above is the biggest asset for, and the biggest argument against, the A-10 Warthog. You can plainly see how the massive, 4,000 pound (including ammo), almost 20-foot long GAU-8 Avenger dwarfs the classic VW bug next to it. The firepower of that gun has become the stuff of legend over the last decades.

    But that's the problem; this picture was taken in the late 1970s. As big and awesome as this gun is, much has changed in aviation, in the battle space, and in the world since it was first fielded. Case in point — you just don't see VW bugs on the road anymore.

    So while the A-10 still holds the title of best and biggest gun, the close air support of the future makes different demands on a weapons system. Even though it may still have useful days ahead, the A-10's days at the top are numbered.

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    I wish a had $100 for every time they tried to make the A-10 obsolete.

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    not an airplane but still aircraft.




    FF to :40
    Female crew on 66 and dudes on 67.

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    ^ I'm trying to figure out how some of the maneuvers in the first video are possible. Not from an aerodynamic standpoint, but from a pilot's standpoint. Seems to me some of what was done there would involve separate, independent cyclic and collective controls for each of the rotors, no? (I obviously know nothing about how a tandem-rotor helicopter is controlled).
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    I don't either but the control inputs would be the same. What makes helicopter flying such a mind f*** is that our old friend the right hand rule comes back into play. Any input to a helicopter control system results in a reaction 90 degrees from that which you command. So as soon as you input pitch, you get roll. As soon as you compensate with opposite roll you get yaw. As soon as you correct yaw you'll get an uncommon dedicated pitch input.

    Rinse. Repeat

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    Helicopters don't fly. They are so ugly that the Earth repels them.....

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    I believe Uwe shot this vid

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