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The Phantom was a result of 1950's design (Make it Mach 2!, we have air to air refueling), It got upgrades due to being outclassed by Migs (17 & 21), I still have to agree with test pilot who thought it upside down! Good radar though...
As far as I remember, the first fights with MIGs were in Vietnam. The problem with the early Phantoms was that they had no close range weapons, only missiles. They thought that they could avoid fights at close range that way, but that did not work out very well. To correct this, they added this[^].
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
Not at first, I was told by a RAF ground crew (retired) I was at uni with him (had a limp from getting blown up in the Falklands, travelled out on Bravo November), that the RAF / Royal Navy F4's had SSU-30 gun pod, which was only loaded with less than half Ammo as firing caused the Tragetting system to lock up and need a reset. You could fire 2 or 3 Bursts touch the trigger let go, if you held it for longer it crash the targetting computer(!)...Intresting Guy, had cancer from the Chenobyl bang as he was the only nuclear qualified member on shift at Gibraltar when a Nimrod did an over fly...
In a scenario with highly controlled aerospace it is as good as done, the point is not to resist to a SAM hit but to avoid it altogether - SAM and MANPADS aren't bullets that can be "shrug off". One of those *will* mess up any plane.
GCS d--(d+) s-/++ a C++++ U+++ P- L+@ E-- W++ N+ o+ K- w+++ O? M-- V? PS+ PE- Y+ PGP t+ 5? X R+++ tv-- b+(+++) DI+++ D++ G e++ h--- r+++ y+++* Weapons extension: ma- k++ F+2 X
The A-10 was designed to be hit and still flyable (something like loose half a wing, an Engine, the pilot sat in an Armoured bath tub!). There is or was a photo of one from Gulf 1, which had taken a MANPAD missle the blew the port engine and tail off , got the pilot home!
So I'm working on this application that creates files according to some early 90's "standard"...
I'm not sure how many applications use this standard, but not a lot.
The only application I've tested with, that can read these files, already made a mess of the standard, as did a sample file I got.
So anyway, the standard has a list of companies and codes, which is a bad idea because companies quit and start and so you have a standard that's constantly moving.
It's only a very specific niche type of company, so it's not like it changes daily, but once every few years at the least.
Judging from the names still in the list and some rather big companies missing, I can only assume this list is changed rather infrequently and code 099 (unknown) is used in a lot of cases.
Now we want our company (with two locations) to be added to the list, so we sent out a mail requesting new codes.
And bam, we got an email back saying that they're now added...
But what about everyone else who uses this standard?
What about the software that has to interpret these values?
You can't just change the standard because Sander send you an email (if only! ).
This is not how a standard works!
How about we use a government issued number that every company in this business is legally required to have?
And then maybe look up that number in some public repository.
Perhaps a CoC number or a number that's specific to this industry (there are actually more than one to choose from)?
Of course it would require considerate effort of all parties involved to implement that now
I'm just very quietly hoping these values are completely ignored by all parties using this standard (we've seen that to be the case for some other mandatory fields as well)
Been working on this for three months and every month I get a little sadder
Luckily this project is in it's final stage and we'll soon start a pilot with some customers.
The next project will not feature any standards except my own