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Yesterday, 5:25pm

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Happy Eastern!

Happy Easter to everyone! Yes, its pretty warm in the UK too!

Friday, April 19th 2019, 12:42pm

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British Empire News 1949

27 February The Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) met for the first time today. The organisation has the implicit support of the British colonial administration and the central purpose of the MCA is to manage the specific social and welfare concerns of the Chinese populations as a means to reduce tensions with the Malay population. 28 February The Seaward Defence vessel HMS Sandys has commissioned with 2nd Seaward Defence Flotilla at Bermuda. 1 March Avro chief test pilot J.H. ‘Jimmy’ Orrell mad...

Sunday, April 14th 2019, 10:38am

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Belgian News 1949

1 March A severe storm has caused much damage in northern Europe and in particular on the Belgian coast. At Ukkel wind gusts up to 128km/h were recorded. The severe damage to the coast was partly caused by the exceptional wind blowing perpendicular to the coast and therefore increasing the flooding which has spread along almost the entire Belgian coast.

Sunday, April 14th 2019, 10:34am

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United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

26 February The Youth Organisation Freedom and Democracy (Jongerenorganisatie Vrijheid en Democratie, JOVD) political youth organisation has been founded today. The JOVD cooperates with the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) but is a politically independent organisation. 1 March A severe storm has caused much damage in northern Europe and in particular on the Belgian and Dutch coasts. At Ukkel in Belgium wind gusts up to 128km/h were recorded. The severe damage to the coast was partl...

Tuesday, April 9th 2019, 9:47am

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Hey guys!

Hey, good to hear from you. Congrats on getting married!

Saturday, April 6th 2019, 10:26am

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British Empire News 1949

20 February The Amiri Hospital officially opened today is a new general hospital located in the Kuwait City and is the first government owned hospital. It will replace the inadequate provision which relied on a missionary hospital and small clinics run by doctors in their own houses. The hospital is fully equipped for all medial requirements and has adult and children’s wards. 22 February Lieutenant Commander Roger Kenyon saw the small flotilla of ships in the sparkling waters of the Med. One of...

Thursday, April 4th 2019, 3:15pm

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Commuter Aircraft Trials

Argentina has no suitable types to offer. From Belgium, Renard offers the R.45. It has capability to operate from grass fields but is not a specialist STOL type. Crew: 3 Capacity: up to 48 passengers or cargo (has rear clamshell loading doors) Wingspan: 35.05 m (115 ft 0 in) Length: 24.99 m (82 ft 0 in) Height: 5.74 m (18 ft 10 in) Wing area: 111.48 m² (1,200 ft²) Empty weight: 16,047 kg (35,377 lb) Loaded weight: 23,814 kg (52,500 lb) Powerplant: two 2,375hp Minerva Condor II 24-cylinder radial...

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019, 2:51pm

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CAC-21 Wallaby

Around 1947 the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation began a design study for a regional airliner to replace older aircraft acquired by the airlines during the 1930s. The Wallaby is offered in a 17-15 seat airline version and a 6-7 seat Executive version. The design ethos was on reliability and rugged operation from small airstrips and the unit price of the Wallaby is £65,000. The first of two prototypes was first flown in September 1949 after a 1948 launch order for 20 from Trans Australian Airlin...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:47pm

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Royal New Zealand Air Force Order of Battle 1949

Northern Group, HQ Auckland 6 Sqn, RNZAF Station Auckland, CAC-18 Pelican MR.2 Naval Scouting Wing, RNZAF Station Auckland & HMZNS New Zealand, Auckland & Wellington, Vought OS2U3 Kingfisher Airship Scouting Group, RNZAF Station Auckland, HMNZS Southern Cross (BSG-10) & 24x CAC-35 Monarch AF.1 1 Sqn, RNZAF Station Whenuapai, Hawker Tempest FB.5A 2 Sqn, RNZAF Station Whenuapai, Hawker Tempest FB.5A 3 Sqn, RNZAF Station Ohakea, Bristol Buckingham B.1 5 Sqn, RNZAF Station Ohakea, DHC-2 Beaver C.1 &...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:44pm

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Royal Australian Naval Air Service Order of Battle 1949

Western Command, HQ Western Naval Air Group, HQ Gingin 3 Airship Reconnaissance Scout Group, RANAS Gingin, 10x Bimps Under Operational Command of RAAF No.7 Group 803 Sqn, RANAS Station Cocos Island, CAC-15 Pelican MR.1 Northern Command, HQ Darwin Northern Naval Air Group, HQ Darwin 2 Airship Battle Scout Group, RANAS Darwin, HMAS Aigaion (BSG-11), HMAS Kottos (BSG-12), HMAS Gyges (BSG-13); I Flight, K Flight & Y Flight 24x CAC-35 Monarch AF.1 each 2 Airship Reconnaissance Scout Group, RAAF Stati...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:43pm

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Royal Australian Air Force Order of Battle 1949

Western Command, HQ Freemantle No.1 Group (covering Western Australia), HQ Learmouth 14 Sqn, RAAF Station Learmouth, Gloster S.44 Reaper NF.1 21 Sqn, RAAF Station Learmouth, AA-20 Woomera B.1 9 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, FA-51B Mustang II F.2 26 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, DHA-3 Drover C.1 34 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, BCAC Argus MR.1 3 Repair and Servicing Depot, RAAF Station Pearce No.7 Group (covering Cocos (Keeling) Islands), HQ RANAS Station Cocos Island 13 Sqn, RANAS Station Cocos Island, FA-5...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:40pm

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Douglas C-54 Skymaster

In 1946 the RAAF brought six Douglas C-54B transports from the USA as long-range personnel transports, mainly for the trooping role but also capable of delivering freight with the seats removed. Crew: four Capacity: 50 troops Length: 93 ft 10 in (28.6 m) Wingspan: 117 ft 6 in (35.8 m) Height: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m) Wing area: 1,460 ft² (136 m²) Empty weight: 38,930 lb (17,660 kg) Loaded weight: 62,000 lb (28,000 kg) Max. takeoff weight: 73,000 lb (33,000 kg) Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-2000-...

Wednesday, March 27th 2019, 8:49pm

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British Empire News 1949

22 January The Ministry of Defence has announced the a modest draw-down of British forces in Iraq following the agreements last year to reduce the military presence in the country. It has been decided to reduce the effective forces by around a quarter. The RAF will remove two squadrons this year and the Army will disband the 6th LARB in order to reduce troop numbers, but the current force of one infantry and one armoured division will remain. 29 January The Savings and Loans Society Limited in N...

Wednesday, March 20th 2019, 10:32am

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It's a...

That is great news! Congratulations!

Wednesday, March 20th 2019, 10:26am

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Nice to see you around. I hope work goes well and calms down for you.

Friday, March 15th 2019, 3:25pm

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Douglas Skyraider S.1

In 1946 the RANAS began looking for a replacement for the BCAC Bathurst in the torpedo-bomber role, and also becoming interested in dive-bombings as well, issued a new requirement. Three contenders were assessed, the Fairey Spearfish, Grumman TB3F-1 Guardian and the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider. The Skyraider, being a single-seat offering, was the surprise winner due to its performance and load-lifting abilities while still being compatible with current RAN aircraft carriers. Following a brief handlin...

Friday, March 15th 2019, 9:40am

Author: Hood

Japan 1949

Quoted from "Rooijen10" OTL, the 1949 Dutch Grand Prix was held on July 31 so it won't fall on the same day as the Japanese Grand Prix. In that case I'll go with that date. I guess to make this work we also need a list of drivers and teams for the non-OTL entrants.

Thursday, March 14th 2019, 8:25pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

I would agree, its the better fit dimensionally and has the better performance. It lacks a radar but the RANAS still has the radar-equipped Bathurst scout variant which could be used for scouting thus allowing the Skyraiders to concentrate on the strike role. So I think I will go with the Skyraider.