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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".

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  1. Are you sure it's a....oh, never mind!
  2. But it is nice and shiny!
  3. There's one for sale on Abebooks for US $95. I'm not associated with the vendor or with Abebooks...but I must admit to enjoying shopping at the latter!
  4. Oh my! That's more of my cash disappearing. Always loved the look of the G-1. Simply MUST get one of these!!!
  5. Many thanks! That's what I was looking for. Like I said, my Google-fu wasn't up to snuff today.
  6. Welcome aboard Rob. Take a look on p.25 of this thread. Magpie22 had some interesting pics of V7476 of the Central Flying School at RAAF Point Cook, Australia. Is that the kind of thing you're looking for?
  7. Hi Andy, Can you please provide a source for that info? I can find nothing online except another forum post referring vaguely to the US defense budget for FY18 (which, as we all know, can change)...but my Google-fu may not be up to snuff. Many thanks, Mark
  8. The pic of the aircraft with "Big Mike" noseart appears to have most of the starboard wing missing, too. The starboard inner engine fairing is present, complete with starboard main wheel, but the outer engine and wing panels are missing. Looks like quite a mash-up to get her airworthy again.
  9. Might be better posted in the WW2 section - more likely to be seen by people who may have answers.
  10. Not me...I was simply articulating the Nazi "rationale" for the actions they took (guess who took a course on "Origins of WW2" a few years ago). By its nature, nationalism pits "us" against "them" and, inevitably, we want "them" to lose so "we" can win. We saw that in the Balkans in the 1990s and a resurgence of such thinking in many countries today. The issue is the suffering caused to "them" and the long-term problems it generates. Hitler and his cronies were simply the arch proponents of such policies...with horrific results for countless people.
  11. RIP Roger. I still can't get the Spitting Image skit out of my head every time I watch one of your films, though. May have to dig out "The Sea Wolves" tonight just to pay homage.
  12. It was a combination of agrarian and industrial. The industrial might highlighted the strength of the Aryan mind while the agrarian demonstrated the efforts of the nation to feed her people. Both were needed...the minor flaw being that Germany lacks oil resources which were also vital, hence the move to take the Romanian oilfields and the push to secure Iraq as an ally by supporting Rashid Ali's coup attempt.
  13. Hitler's logic went something like this...during the First World War, Germany was strangled by the Allied blockade which prevented the import of vitally-needed food and materials. The principle objective for the Third Reich, therefore, was to make Germany entirely self-sufficient - to achieve autarky - to prevent a repeat of the sufferings inflicted on the previous generation. This goal was impossible to achieve from within Germany's existing borders and so there was a need to expand those borders to take in much-needed farmland and other vital resources. The concept was to provide lebensraum or "living space" for the German people. Hitler saw the eastern European peoples as part of the untermensch who didn't deserve to have any land or resources, and so he resolved to take what Germany needed from them. It may be off-the-wall but at it's core is a nationalistic desire for self-sufficiency that has echoes in protectionist policies even down to the present day.
  14. I was brunged up about 25 miles from Manchester Arena. My daily commute here on t'other side o' t' world is about the same distance. For some reason, this is hitting me hard even though I left the northwest over 30 years ago. With all others here, I'm appalled at this senseless taking of young lives. I'm sitting here battling a swirl of emotions - rage at the perpetrator(s) of such a heinous crime against innocents, deep and abiding sorrow for the loss and pain suffered by so many individuals and families, and admiration for the "ordinary folk" who have been helping out, from the taxi drivers offering free rides to those who opened their homes to provide shelter and comfort. Once again, the emergency services are asked to go into a potentially dangerous situation without knowing whether there's a lingering threat, and once again the lads and lasses of the police, ambulance and fire services go into the fray. Respect!
  15. At the practical level, it was probably faster to repair an existing airframe than to scrap it and get a new one. A new airframe would have to be flight tested on receipt by the unit, equipped for operations, probably flight tested again, and the old airframe had to be dismantled for scrap. And that's before we consider the paperwork and time required to get the new airframe delivered to the operational airfield. Swapping a wing using on-base resources would be a no-brainer compared to the faff involved getting a new one (IMHO).