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1 hour ago, kerbiloid said:

No.

Our respected partners wouldn't let to lie.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons_of_the_Vietnam_War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-phosphorous-idUSKBN1951CY

The phosphorus usage is prohibited against teh civilians and in the populated areas.

Also, theoretically, it's prohibited (like any incendiary) as a weapon causing excessive suffer when damaging the life force is its primary usage.

But as it's widely used as smoke, engineers', and anti-tank ammo, this is also a gray zone.

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Also the man on the photo can't use "Molotov cocktail" because it was never called so in the USSR, it's a purely Western nickname.

Soviet army was using "KS mixture", and this is not just the "Molotov cocktail", it's a chemistry.

The tragedy of military engineering, as always, the jets and tanks and ships and guns are always cool until you remember what they’re shooting at.

In thread related news: the Cirrus SR20 has a parachute for the entire plane.

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6 hours ago, Hyperspace Industries said:

Trying to set the record for most Geneva convention breaking weapon, are we?

With regard to incendiaries, the Geneva conventions prohibit setting civilians on fire or using incendiaries in manner that can likely result in civilians getting set on fire. These are fairly redundant clauses given the overall restrictions on violence towards civilians found in said conventions.

WPs are one of several weapon types where the words "forbidden by international law" get thrown around incessantly and incorrectly.

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On 8/6/2022 at 3:10 PM, SunlitZelkova said:

The Mi-24 tail rotor has eight bolts, because the bolts themselves are likely to break.

So a standard Mi-24 often has four intentionally broken bolts and four good ones. This apparently freaked out many a NATO airman when operating with ex-Eastern Bloc countries’ equipment.

Wait, they they was flying with 4 broken bolts instead of replacing the broken ones and risk loosing an helicopter and crew. 
The only way this makes any sense is that the 4 broken bolts handled the torque and the 4 reminding held the rotor in place. 
Solution here is to redesign the connection so the structure handle the torque, and the screws keep it from falling off.

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On 7/21/2022 at 11:22 AM, Lisias said:

BY THE KRAKENS!!!! The real life MOAR-BOOSTERS !

No, this is not a joke, the guys are really proposing such a thingy!!!! :o

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https://www.amiexploration.com/hardware

Some is playing an 0.17 version of KSP, they need to update the game. 
More so in an world there first stage reuse start to become an very obvious requirement if you want to game for commercial launches down the line and you would start thinking about second stage reuse. And yes its some thinking about scaling down SpaceX starship to an fully reusable medium stat launcher. 

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3 hours ago, magnemoe said:

Wait, they they was flying with 4 broken bolts instead of replacing the broken ones and risk loosing an helicopter and crew. 
The only way this makes any sense is that the 4 broken bolts handled the torque and the 4 reminding held the rotor in place. 
Solution here is to redesign the connection so the structure handle the torque, and the screws keep it from falling off.

The bolts breaking was built in. It is designed so it can fly with only four intact bolts.

The problem wasn’t the design itself, it is just that the bolts were low quality so they broke easily. The designers took this into account so it could fly with only four intact ones and four broken ones.

However, the same source for that also claims that the Mi-24/Mi-35 series have serious vibration issues and this is supposedly why they mainly use unguided rockets in *that current event*, while Ka-52s get the fancy ATGMs. This would imply the entire design of the Mi-24 is at fault, not just the bolts.

At the same time, that source claims the Mi-24 was designed around unguided rockets, not taking into account the existence of the 9M17 Falanga ATGM which (I think) was standard from the get go for the Mi-24A, so… *shrugs*

In any case, Mi-24s do often fly with only four intact bolts. To be clear, the other four are still in place on the tail, they are just broken. All eight get replaced after a certain amount of time regardless of whether they are broken or not.

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Mi-24 is based on Mi-8 which is one of the most used medium-class helichoppers, so it's all normal with its mechanics and vibrations.
The double bolts (and obviously not intentionally broken) are just a redundancy, required by the combat usage.

Originally it was an attempt to build a flying IFV rather than flying ATGM launcher like Apache, so it was equipped with similar to IFV manually guided ATGM and windows used as embrasures for the trooper firearms.

The usage has shown that aerial rifle shooting is a loss of ammo, and the absolute majority of targets aren't tanks, but soft aims, field fortification, or other objects which prefers a rain of unguided rockets rather than an ATGM.

As the flying ATGM launchers like Mi-28 and Ka-50/52 with homing ATGM were already (under development / in early production), there was no need in the Mi-24 rework.

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3 hours ago, kerbiloid said:

The double bolts (and obviously not intentionally broken) are just a redundancy, required by the combat usage.

This is basically what I meant to say, + according to some anecdotes four being broken is common. Thank you for explaining it better :D

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A-10 'Warthog' Thunderbolt II | Military.com

The A-10 Thunderbolt is Kerbal. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II)

'Yeah, we will just mount a gun with more recoil then both of the engines on the plane.'

Quoting the Wikipedia article on the GAU-8 Avenger: The average recoil force of the GAU-8/A is 10,000 pounds-force (45 kN), which is slightly more than the output of each of the A-10's two TF34 engines of 9,065 lbs (40.3 kN). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU-8_Avenger)

Also found this strange looking helicopter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_AH-56_CheyenneA side view of an AH-56 Cheyenne

Also the Tsar tank.The Tsar Tank

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6 hours ago, Admiral Fluffy said:

The A-10 Thunderbolt is Kerbal. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II)

'Yeah, we will just mount a gun with more recoil then both of the engines on the plane.'

Quoting the Wikipedia article on the GAU-8 Avenger: The average recoil force of the GAU-8/A is 10,000 pounds-force (45 kN), which is slightly more than the output of each of the A-10's two TF34 engines of 9,065 lbs (40.3 kN). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU-8_Avenger)

 

6 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

What’s more, it can (could?) also carry two GAU-4/A (M61A1) rotary 20mm cannons in gun pods.

They actually tried reducing GAU-8 to the quad-barrel GAU-13 and turn that into a gun pod as well, and then strap that to an F/A-16 (yes, there was such a designation). I hear the results were quite interesting... but at least it didn't eject the dashboard into the pilot's lap as the MiG-27 would do when firing its own 30 mm Gatling.

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6 minutes ago, DDE said:

They actually tried reducing GAU-8 to the quad-barrel GAU-13 and turn that into a gun pod as well, and then strap that to an F/A-16 (yes, there was such a designation). I hear the results were quite interesting... but at least it didn't eject the dashboard into the pilot's lap as the MiG-27 would do when firing its own 30 mm Gatling.

Talking about interesting gunshots, this one if from the F/A-18 at night!

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Source.

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4 hours ago, Hyperspace Industries said:

Leaf blower construction is not about "why," it's about "why not!"

And you think regular leaf blowers are loud. It won't just blow them, it'll burn them!

Also good for melting ice, if you have the traction to control it...

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1980'a racing. Dutch style!! (some close calls, by the way  - you need to have more guts to watch the race than running on it!)

This is how Kerbals should do a Race!!! :)

 

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10 hours ago, Lisias said:

1980'a racing. Dutch style!! (some close calls, by the way  - you need to have more guts to watch the race than running on it!)

This is how Kerbals should do a Race!!! :)

 

Rough title translation, since dutch later mutated to afrikaans,”on land, on sea and in the air. Backwards(something) caravan race.”

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21 hours ago, Lisias said:

1980'a racing. Dutch style!! (some close calls, by the way  - you need to have more guts to watch the race than running on it!)

This is how Kerbals should do a Race!!! :)

 

At the Sydney Olympics somebody said "Who would have guessed that the Dutch are the world's greatest party animals?" There is obviously more to the Dutch than meets the eye.

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On 8/10/2022 at 1:12 AM, DDE said:

"Not to worry, we're still flying half a quadcopter!"

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Benefit of an quad copter for an small drone is that you just need 4 motors as moving parts. This thing still has 4 engines. 
Seen a hummingbird sized drones who worked like helicopters with an tail rotor, they was in the military price range as in not for hobbyists. 
Not saying above drone is stupid, dual rotor helicopters works well and none plan to replace helicopters with quadcopters. 
My guess is that we might get them but as hybrid vtol planes there you stove the other propellers then up to speed. 

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On 8/17/2022 at 10:54 PM, benzman said:

At the Sydney Olympics somebody said "Who would have guessed that the Dutch are the world's greatest party animals?" There is obviously more to the Dutch than meets the eye.

Makes sense after seeing the video. 
Now some made an large circular road, think an rotating space station but not rotating, you drove an car on it and the centrifugal force kept you on the ground as long as you drove fast enough :) could not google it. 

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