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By cam (Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 11:11:08 AM EST) MM should learn to use tags properly, yeh (all tags)
New Roof, new Stove, RE8s are cool and Au buys C17 Globemaster.


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We got a new roof, mainly due to insurance coming through with a cheque for our claim that was put in last hurricane season ago. They only gave us money to replace the front which had shingles blown off and some water leakage issues (which we got band-aided immediately).

It looks exactly the same as the old one but it is better, thicker material and has some wonder-felt under it that will make our house warmer in winter and cooler in summer - which is a good thing. They also put on some new cap design which will help vent the hot air from our attic. Apparently it is good for making the air-conditioner work less.

We also got a new stove and microwave. We have now replaced every appliance in the house due to breakage. The microwave went a couple of weeks ago, so we replaced the stove at the same time. In three years we have replaced dish-washer, fridge, washer, dryer, air conditioner, furnace, hot water heater, microwave and stove. Plus the roof and one side of the house.

Nothing should go wrong for a while now. Added advantage is, each time we bought a new appliance it had better energy ratings than what we replaced. Which is a good thing IMO.

The new stove is digital. You turn it on digitally, and turn it off digitally. It even has an LED help screen. The microwave has an automatic spoiler. A vent opens up automatically - like on a Porsche - and vents. It sticks out like a car spoiler.

Possible conversation in GE design room;

Manager: Make the micro more like my car!

Peon: The Porsche?

Manager: Yeh! Microwaves should be as sexy as Porsches!

Peon: We could ... um .. make the vent like a spoiler?

Manager: Brilliant!

All: Huzzah \o/

Hurray!

RE8s are Cool

re8

Britain and Australia used them in World War I. They are were an unassuming recon/army aircraft, low on horsepower, but high on stability and numbers. They get a bit of a bad rap in aviation history. The fact is, other than the Bristol Fighter, all two seater aircraft were easy prey for the scouts. Horsepower was so low in those days, the human in the extra seat made a big difference to performance.

Australia Buys C17 Globemaster

The Air Force has been wanting these for a while. Australia is a big continent and the only way to shuffle things around quickly is by air. Australia's C130's 707s and Caribous are all getting old and having problems finding parts - the Caribous use old Pratt &Whittney engines.

So the Australian government is solving that problem by ordering four C17s.

Again - four ......

Block obsolescence has been a reality for a while now. Four ain't gonna stop the march of time, or airframe hours.

Orange is Nice

gto

Ram Air 6. Hubba hubba.

cam

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How many tanks does Oz need to airlift in a hurry? by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 02:05:48 PM EST
Any more than 4 C17s and I'd start to think the good folks down under were planning to start an Empire.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Or Bushmasters, or Helicopters by cam (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 02:44:57 PM EST
or even just long haul supplies to the UN deployments we have all round the world - let alone deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. The hercules are running out of juice, the Caribous are out of engine parts and the 707s did time with QANTAS before becoming part of the RAAF. Ouch.

Squadron at the minimum is needed. By continental size, and the need to deploy rapidly means the air force will be the first there. They need long haul assets.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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The first article you linked by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 03:30:21 PM EST
mentioned that each C17 has quadruple the capacity of the largest cargo birds the military currently has. I'm not exactly certain just how much they need to move all at once, but that seems to me to be to a good start.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Because the Hercules is our biggest lifter by cam (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 03:33:55 PM EST
Australia was behind there too, never bothering to get long haul capacity. We have three transport squadrons, four if you include the VIP/707/tankers.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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It sounds like what you need is not more C17s by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 05:32:14 PM EST
But more airships.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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or those super-terrestrial aircraft carriers by cam (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 05:42:51 PM EST
you spoke about in wiredog's diary.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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Airships are cheaper by lm (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 05:53:40 PM EST
And within the grasp of yesterday's technology.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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There was a two seater with dual rear MGs by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 02:09:53 PM EST
I recalled from playing Richthofen's War, it was quite formidable. Dang if I can remember which one it was.

Wait, Bristol F.2b it was.


The Biff is awesome by cam (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 02:47:46 PM EST
biff/brisfit

Powerful, long-ranged, agile - good all round solid aircraft.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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and you mentioned it by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 04:00:00 PM EST
darn my poor reading comprehension.


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It is such a good aircraft it deserves mentioning by cam (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 04:17:20 PM EST
more than once. Twelve of them dominated the Palestinian Front over nearly 120 German aircraft. 80 Wing in France used them as the top cover! With the other scout squadrons below them. Amazing for a two seater aircraft.

Unfortunately back then engine building was still a craftsman's process and wasnt indsutrialised as we know today. So engine builders constantly had quality problems and an inability to increase demand. The Rolls Royce Falcon couldnt be built in big enough numbers for the Biffs. They put a Sunbeam-Arab in it to try and stem demand for the airframe, but it was a crap engine. Lower hp and nowhere as reliable.

After the war Australia tried to get Biffs loan free. Britain said no. They were using them all for themselves (wisely too). So Australia got DH9s (urk). Until the Bristol Beaufighter arrived in Australia, there was no multi-purpose attack aircraft in the armoury.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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C-17 by duxup (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 11:51:26 PM EST
I just figured the folks down there would measure lifting capacity by how many Koala Bears they could move at a time.  You gotta have priorities.
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New roof by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 12:46:46 AM EST
Hurricane season-proof?

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It's political correctness gone mad!

I hope so by cam (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 02:37:45 AM EST
that was the whole point of replacing it. We were missing about thirty shingles on the side which doesnt face the wind.

Since we got new siding on our problem side of the house, it withstood last years hurricane/wind/storm season.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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