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  1. Colours for F-35 Lightning II

    According to MIL-STD-2161C, external colors are 36170 and 36375.
  2. Best early F-18 in 1/48

    I believe the Monogram kits from the early 1980's came with Paveway I weapons (GBU-12 with MXU-602 AFG). As far as I'm aware, these were never used operationally on the F/A-18.
  3. Germany prefers F-35

    I would imagine it also depends on how much emphasis Germany puts on stealth capability.
  4. Germany prefers F-35

    Think this will actually result in any orders? http://www.janes.com/article/75511/germany-declared-preference-for-f-35-to-replace-tornado
  5. Presumably some will be used as spare parts donors?
  6. Was there any other helicopter in the running for this contract? http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/czech_republic_17-47.pdf
  7. Tornado service life

    I know that Tornado's days are numbered with the RAF and Luftwaffe, but what about Italy and Saudi Arabia? Will they keep the aircraft in service a while longer?
  8. On Tornado munitions...

    Tornado uses the No 55 "MACE" lug system. As I understand it, No 55 Mk 2 (red) is for Paveway II, No 55 Mk 3 (black) is for Paveway IV, and there are one or two other flavors as well. Are the lugs physically different is some way or is there some other reason for the different colors?
  9. Luftwaffe Mk 82's?

    Nice photos. Thanks for posting.
  10. UK Phantoms

    In the late 1960's, USAF/USN/USMC F-4 pilots were getting plenty of combat experience in Vietnam, although the Yom Kippur War was quite intense for a short time.
  11. GBU-53 for Australia

    Is this set to be the primary air-to-surface weapon for Australia's F-35's? http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/australia_17-44.pdf
  12. Luftwaffe Mk 82's?

    One of the Revell Germany 1/32 Tornado kits included a pair of Mk 82 bombs with BSU-49 Air Inflatable Retarders. Does the Luftwaffe currently use this weapon?
  13. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Is any of the support equipment common between the Super Hornet and legacy Hornets? I would imagine most (if not all) munitions would be common.
  14. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Don't most (if not all) Arab Air Forces come with a generous helping of politics?
  15. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    This was the original Qatari request for F-15QA aircraft. Although the original forecast has been reduced by half, there's a substantial training and support package included: http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/qatar_16-58.pdf