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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    No. My Republican friends were just fine with her in a Russian jail for two reasons… she publicly came out against playing the National Anthem before WNBA games, and because she was stupid enough to...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Some engines have built in IPS systems, such as the GE T700/400 series used on Blackhawks, Apaches, S92's, etc. As the air enters the engine it flows past swirl vanes that direct the airflow in a...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Yeah!

    All the systems include bypass doors allowing unfiltered air to enter the inlet just for reasons like that.
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Yep, a bunch of little vortex generators depending on the size of the engine. At least that's the basic go to system for aftermarket companies. Considerations that need to made before installing...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Quite a bit faster from what I'm reading. I didn't pay much attention to the Valor until now, and am trying to learn more about it.
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    There are inlet particle separation systems (IPS) for most helicopters. They are often designed after the helicopter is in production and there are even aftermarket versions to fit older...
  7. Thread: Lectric Bikes

    by BrianW
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    Re: Lectric Bikes

    Sorry, not that exact brand.

    We do have 2 Bee Cool brand ebikes, and they are more complex than I'd have liked. But very fun to ride. Unfortunately they fall in the Class 3 class, and are outlawed...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    My guess is the Valor is simpler. Only two props/rotors compared to three on the Defiant. Just looking at the Defiant, I estimate at least 30 minutes of removing cowling before doing any actual...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Thinking of the most popular models in Europe I agree with you. But in the USA military, they are still pretty popular.


    Blackhawk. This one was in the 'Blackhawk Down' battle in Mogadishu. ...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    Read one about 10 years ago. It's not longer on my Kindle App, and I forget the title. It started back in the 1950's if I recall, follows the political/MIC path for a long time, then finally covers...
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    Re: Masks: An informal unscientific survey.

    :D

    BTW, Regine and I will be in PHX a few days after Xmas (well, we will be there on Xmas, but with family.) Be good to have a drink together.
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    Re: NiCads & temperature

    Brutal.

    :D
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    Re: wasp radial, how'd they do that?

    Back in 1989 I was stationed at Ft Wainwright Alaska (Fairbanks), but was in TDY at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. There was a winter field exercise in which a unit from Ft Carson (Colorado) had...
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    Re: Afghanistan, money well wasted

    My entire time in Afghanistan, and Niger, was under President Obama.

    I've always said it went on way too long. Should have been over after the Taliban were removed from power. But no President...
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    Re: Afghanistan, money well wasted

    What? and... who cares, the invasion of overthrow of the Taliban, fast and hard to predict, yet so few casualties was brilliant.



    Whatever the trigger (and perhaps a reason for the successful...
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    Re: It's not always a gun!

    That's the fast lane to Idiocracy....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy
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    Re: So now we have another special council?

    I'm ready to watch Democrats throw yet another (Third perhaps? Who's counting) quasi-impeachment against Trump. Then watch them lose, like the last two times.

    Hopefully DeSantis shuffles himself...
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    Re: Afghanistan, money well wasted

    As usual, you're correct.

    The initial attack against the Taliban on the ground, being conducted by relatively few US Special Operations individuals, encouraging and enlisting the help of the...
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    Re: Afghanistan, money well wasted

    The first few weeks were brilliant and well done.

    Not so much after that.
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    Re: Time to Reinvent Myself

    Darn... I recently saw your update on LinkIn, and was very happy for you and your promotion. Such bad timing, I can only imagine it made the lay-off even harder. Although the bright side is...
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    Re: Final election thought

    Vernon,

    I know you won't, but you might as well stop trying to find any middle ground here. Trust me, I spent 20 years trying to be nice in the Bilge, to no avail. The number of people from the...
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    Re: Quick Survey: Top Gun Maverick

    If you like the first Star Wars movie, or more precisely its Xwing VS Death Star battle, you'll love it.

    :)

    It was okay.

    I believe 90% of the movie viewers left the theater, immediately...
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    Re: The Antonov 225 is history

    Could have been edited better...


    https://youtu.be/wU-Oop0NqoY
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    Re: The Antonov 225 is history

    They have to build up a large pile of overly rich black jet exhaust at the departure end of the runway, which they then keep adding to as they begin their takeoff roll, essentially building four long...
  25. Re: If you were wondering about Russian interference in US elections…

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/17/sunday-review/russia-isnt-the-only-one-meddling-in-elections-we-do-it-too.html




    [SIZE=3]Is there anyone who didn't think this stuff goes on? Is there...
  26. Re: Interesting Description of the Republican Party

    Nah, I won't need to obsess on it at all. There would be much weeping and gnashing of teeth here in the Bilge, which will remind me to enjoy your displeasure.
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    Re: Rusty Toolbox Drawers - coating?

    Cutting tools into foam is tedious. The best examples I've witnessed are done with a dremel tool set up like a router. Messy though, have a good vacuum system123041.

    This is two layer foam, you...
  28. Re: Interesting Description of the Republican Party

    Your whinging about Alaska goes back way before Trump. One track mind. You've got Trump stuck in your head, where as I got over him years ago. I didn't vote for him last time, nor will I next...
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    So New Mexico gets a pass.

    In that case...
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  30. Re: Interesting Description of the Republican Party

    If I were a hardcore Democrat, I'd also be encouraging voters to look away from the current situation.
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    A topic which has been repeated here multiple times, yet when examined often falls short. Also, this argument is almost always off topic, like here, and meant only to distract and cast aspersions on...
  32. Re: Interesting Description of the Republican Party

    Snope didn't say the quote was correct, only that Truman said it. :)

    How about you prove each point, if you are so sure they are true.
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    Re: every dog has thair day and this is ours

    Chessie last April. She passed not long afterwards. The big lump behind her front leg was the third one that formed. The second one was very malignant and she had a hard recovery. We decided not...
  34. Re: Interesting Description of the Republican Party

    Yep, including the ramblings, misdirection, and generalizations, of politicians when campaigning. ;)

    Come on November 9th!
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    Re: should. . .

    July 2020 info...

    https://www.thebalancemoney.com/states-with-no-car-insurance-requirements-4121731


    "States With No Car Insurance Requirement

    There are just two states that don't require...
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    Re: I can’t find the Twit thread…

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/03/us/politics/biden-tweet-social-security.html

    WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday deleted a widely mocked Twitter post that misleadingly attributed a recent...
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    Re: Yet another ID this airplane thread.

    I was looking at that too. I sometimes work in a WW2 hangar in Texas and find myself staring at the wood roof...

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    Re: Ignore the trolls

    Trolling defined..

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    It keeps going, almost continuously for months. :D
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    Re: Goops……..Look out Sarah…..

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    Mt Edgecumbe is the one on the left in the background.

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    Good thing we’re planning on moving in a couple years! Hope home prices don’t drop significantly between now and then.
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    Re: Uncle Joe, comes out swinging

    There were more options in 2020 than Trump or Biden, that's the route I chose. But of the two, Biden has been worse for America.
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    um

    I did not vote for Trump last time.

    I'm not his shrill, but I find it easy to spot the opposite.

    For sure I've found Biden to be a complete idiot. His most powerful influence to date...
  42. Re: Trump's Links to Chinese Spies and Corruption Arouse Suspicion

    Like that's possible.

    Best you can get is a politically divided and politically driven (mid-terms) vote.

    You guys are too focused on a guy who has been out of office for damn near two years.
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    Re: Uncle Joe, comes out swinging

    Great example of the government using what should be private data to favor it's agenda.

    Then they wonder why we don't trust them.

    Remember, he's not talking about those people getting relief...
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    Re: Rear Main Seal leak

    Good point! Pop off the oil fill cap while the engine is warm and running. See how much blow-by you're getting, and compare it to a Youtube video (assuming there is one.)
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    Re: cigarette break

    Quit around 10 years ago. Fairly hard to do.

    Going to start again around 75yrs old.

    :)
  46. Re: Trump's Links to Chinese Spies and Corruption Arouse Suspicion

    I suggest an impeachment. :rolleyes:
  47. Thread: Grease gun

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    Re: Grease gun

    Use those on helicopters. Several actually, as the main rotor alone can use three different types of grease.

    They work pretty good, but yes, very heavy and bulky. Still have to load them like a...
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    Re: Tulsi Gabbard Leaves the Democratic Party

    Ted, you're my kind a dude. You take a lot of heat for having moderate logical views. The faithful don't like that, not one bit.

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  49. Re: Pain at the pump: Bay Area gas prices inch toward record highs

    $6.23 a gallon for diesel in Sitka. Working in Texas, it's a bit over $4.00.

    Old rich retired guys don't mind so much.
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    Re: Imagine if we'd had listened to Gore

    Bill Nye the engineer from Boeing is not a scientist.

    I like him, but he ain't your guy.
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