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Yesterday, 11:20am

Author: Hood

Peruvian Future Projects

Looks a nice little river gunboat design.

Yesterday, 11:19am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

6 September Avro chief test pilot J.H. ‘Jimmy’ Orrell made the first flight of the new Avro 705 Tudor V today. The aircraft is the second Tudor I prototype G-AGST converted with four 5,000lb Rolls-Royce RB.41 Nene III turbojets in two nacelles. It has been designed as a specialist flight research aircraft to investigate a variety of high altitude research tasks and the development of pressure cabins for commercial jet airliners. At least six aircraft are likely to be built and this first aircraf...

Yesterday, 10:40am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

28 August The troop transport ARA Vicente Fidel Lopez commissioned today into the Navy with the Auxiliary Squadron. The ship will be based at Rawson to operate in peacetime along the Patagonian coast, keeping local communities supplied during the winter and making regular runs to Terra del Fuego. 29 August Rescue and recovery efforts are in full swing in the Province of Salta. The military airfield at San Miguel de Tucuman, the best equipped airfield in the region, and the airport at Salta have ...

Sunday, April 15th 2018, 11:00am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

1 September The first stone was laid to mark the beginning of construction of a new Auto Union car manufacturing factory in Forest/Vorst, southwest of Brussels. The venture is the brainchild of Pierre D'Ieteren, this family of industrialists also owns a long established coach-building business. D’Ieteren has been the Belgian importer of several US brands including Studebaker since the mid-1930s and recently entered into an agreement with the German Auto Union to import and build cars in Belgium ...

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 12:34pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

13 September The new Prime Minister Eduard Land and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Stikker, have arrived in Berlin on a diplomatic visit at the invitation of the German Chancellor to visit Berlin for talks on future co-operation. 17 September Dominic Kelo, a long-time Ubangian Socialist Action Party member and activist and supporter of welfare charities has been appointed States-Generaal of Ubangi-Shari. 18 September At the RAI exhibition this week the coachbuilding companies Kromhout Mot...

Saturday, April 7th 2018, 4:36pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

1 September Judicial corporal punishment (birching and flogging) is abolished in Britain. 2 September The first prototype of the new De Havilland DH.112 Venom fighter, serial VV612, was flown from Hatfield today. The Venom ground-attack fighter began life as the ‘Thin Wing Vampire’ with 10% larger intakes, 22 degrees of wing sweepback with a thinner wing and the new 4,850lb Ghost turbojet. 350 were ordered by the Air Ministry earlier this year and the first should enter squadron service in 1950....

Monday, April 2nd 2018, 5:16pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 September The ex-Belgian liner Burgondier, laid up for many years awaiting conversion into a naval support ship has been formally reclassified as a Troop Transport (Assault) following a recent refit. Fitted with davits holding small landing craft she is intended to support an seaborne attack alongside the two purpose-built Amsterdam Class landing ships (one of which is yet to complete). It is believed that the funds for the conversion were released when the Marines were expanded and taken unde...

Monday, April 2nd 2018, 5:15pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

27 August Rescue efforts are well underway in the Province of Salta with aid supplies and assistance pledged from several nations around the world. Although much damage has been caused only two confirmed fatalities have been recorded, certainly a very lucky result given the intensity of the earthquake. Makeshift housing and hospitals are being erected and supplies of foodstuffs and medical supplies are increasing.

Friday, March 30th 2018, 10:32am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

23 August The prototype Fairey Widgeon helicopter made its maiden flight from White Waltham today. The Widgeon is a helicopter designed to carry a pilot and four passengers, or two litters or light cargo. The Widgeon has attracted the interest of the RAF and FAA and a military evaluation will be carried out later this year. The civilian version will be the Series 1, the engine is an Alvis Leonides nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine. 24 August The Army has begun to take delivery of the new QF...

Friday, March 30th 2018, 10:28am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

Military Air Base San Miguel de Tucuman is the nearest and best equipped airfield in the region, can certainly handle up to medium bomber size but the G10N1 might be a bit big to safely operate on the runways. Salta has an airport but is mainly a regional one rather than equipped for heavy intercontinental aircraft.

Thursday, March 29th 2018, 12:12pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

More transport aircraft would be most welcome. The government of Argentina fully understands that the needs of Japan's own earthquake-stricken victims must come first. Any expertise in search and rescue though would be most welcome.

Tuesday, March 27th 2018, 2:18pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

The Argentine government gladly accepts the offers of assistance from Atlantis and Colombia as well. As the earthquake was well inland, medical facilities aboard ships are probably of less utility at the moment, but the food and aid supplies will be most welcome.

Tuesday, March 27th 2018, 9:56am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

The Argentine government gladly accepts the offers of assistance from Chile and France too. One thing that has been learnt from recent earthquakes is that a fast response is essential.

Monday, March 26th 2018, 10:15am

Author: Hood

Turkish projects, 1946 and beyond

Its a tight refit with not much spare tonnage to play with, but for an old ship I think you've done just enough to patch them up for a few years of extra service.

Monday, March 26th 2018, 10:13am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

The Argentine government gladly accepts the German ambassador's offer of assistance.

Sunday, March 25th 2018, 11:05am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

19 August The Universidad Tecnológica Naciona (UTN, National Technological University) was formally established today in Cordoba in a ceremony attended by President Juan Ramon Mugnolo and the Education and Culture Minister Fernando Balbin. The UTN is the only university specialising in engineering in the country and has been created to cover the lack of technical specialists in the country. It is hoped future expansion will encompass all major disciplines of engineering and other campuses across...

Saturday, March 24th 2018, 11:26am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

19 August There was much hand-shaking and smiles for the cameras today as several leading figures in the Dutch aviation industry signed the formal document creating the Foundation for the Development and Construction of an Experimental Helicopter (Stichting voor de Ontwikkeling en Bouw van een Experimenteel Hefschroefvliegtuig –SOBEH). SOBEH has been founded to foster research and development of Dutch helicopters. This initiative was launched with the support of the NLL, NIV and RSL research ins...

Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 2:21pm

Author: Hood

New ships for Turkey 1945

Looks good to me.

Sunday, March 18th 2018, 2:51pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

17 August Cockerill has begun testing two prototypes of its Marine Tank, currently under development as a private-venture. The tank has a large flotation hull allowing amphibious use, being propelled by its tracks in the water. The trials will hopefully find the optimum bow form and water propulsion. The design is likely to be offered for export.

Friday, March 16th 2018, 9:48am

Author: Hood

Bering Strait Incident - Out of Character Discussions

Does this conclusion take account of Brock's earlier post that indicated some retconning might have been required in the IC posts made by Brock and parador? Either way if the Zhuhai was inside or outside the 12 miles I doubt it would change the outcome of the arbitration. It's nice to see this wrapped up and perhaps its best to move on, the retconning would have been problematic in any case making most of the IC posts redundant.