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Sunday, January 12th 2020, 5:56pm

Author: Hood

New Argentine Aircraft

New Stuff for 1950 New Aircraft Gloster AXP-1001/ FMA I-05 Pulqui III: the first of 160 production aircraft will be delivered in January 1950. In Development I.Ae.35 Huanquero: the prototype will be flown by FMA test pilot Lieutenant de Aero Jorge Connan Doyle on 7 September 1950. The first production aircraft are planned for June 1951. Specs and details in the post above. Rocket Programme AAM-6 The AAM-6 was an improved AAM-5 design with a new RL-AO-206 ‘Orchestra’ rocket motor allowing larger ...

Saturday, January 11th 2020, 6:38pm

Author: Hood

British Army 1950

A look ahead at what new weapons and vehicles will enter service next year and updates on research and development programmes. Armoured Vehicles FV402: an observation vehicle with roof armour and armoured hatches, a variant of the FV401 Cambridge tracked carrier, to be issued to RA units within armoured units. Carrier Tracked No.5 Mk I FV420: Designed in 1950 by the Armoured Vehicle Research and Development Establishment to replace the Oxford and Cambridge and to supplement the smaller FV310 and...

Saturday, January 11th 2020, 11:45am

Author: Hood

Netherlands Air Force Plans

New aircraft flying for the first time or entering service during 1950 will be: Entering Service Koolhoven F.K.65 As detailed in posts above, as a COIN aircraft for overseas. KOOPD NU-240A Sikumbang A variant of the basic NU-240 light patrol/attack aircraft but with all-metal construction, will be used by East Indies based units. KOOPD NU-90A Belalang A basic trainer, an improved model with an improved undercarriage, new sliding canopy and a 100hp Continental O-200 engine. For military and civil...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 12:20pm

Author: Hood

And now for something entirely different...

A good find! Hehe Schellenburg would be, so would his watchers watching him watching the show!

Tuesday, December 31st 2019, 10:52am

Author: Hood

New Romanian Equipment

I like these a lot (the drawings look great!) and the specs seem very reasonable. I reckon they could pick up some exports with these, assuming firms like Skoda are looking more high-end these days.

Sunday, December 29th 2019, 10:31am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

14 July Kathleen Ferrier performed the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony in Amsterdam, with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, this evening. The piece is a work written specifically for her. 19 July Aquila Airways Ltd. based at Southampton, which uses two ex-BOAC Short S.45 Solent flying boats mainly for freight work, has obtained an association agreement with BEA under which they are permitted to operate scheduled services from Southampton to Lisbon and Madeir...

Sunday, December 29th 2019, 10:28am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

9 July The 1949 Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix held today is the third race of the 1949 Motorcycle Grand Prix season. It took place at the Assen circuit. Italian rider Nello Pagani won the 500 cc race riding a Gilera from Leslie Graham and Arciso Artesiani. Pagani also won the 125 cc race on his smaller Gilera which saw him win the first 125 cc World Championship having won the first two 125 cc races with only one race remaining. Similarly, in winning the 350 cc race British Velocette rider Freddie...

Sunday, December 29th 2019, 10:21am

Author: Hood

Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze P.64 “Sokół” Fighter

Looks a sensible enough design to me and the design has hints of the some of the later real 1950s Polish projects.

Thursday, December 26th 2019, 11:39am

Author: Hood

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Best wishes for 2020 too!

Thursday, December 26th 2019, 11:38am

Author: Hood

In case anyone is wondering...

Photobucket is garbage! Ditch em and switch to Imgur instead.

Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 9:54am

Author: Hood

Drzava Fabrika Aviona Type 522 “Kraguj” Advanced Training Aircraft

An interesting design, especially with the 'car' doors. I would have preferred more all-round vision and easier escape if this was my trainer (especially if your spinning exercise goes wrong), but overall the specs look good.

Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 9:50am

Author: Hood

A Question of Rules Application...

I would say you are free to do whatever commercial works you want without spending IP as they are not usable for warship purposes (i.e. they do not feature on the quarterly reports). As to wartime access, that is a tricky subject that has never really been put into practice in terms of reporting and how we would keep track of exactly how much civilian infrastructure there is has never been explained. Given the sim is nearly over I don't think its worth worrying about now.

Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 9:43am

Author: Hood

And now for something entirely different...

That is a very interesting document, thank you for sharing it with us.

Saturday, December 14th 2019, 6:05pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1950

As is customary for Q3 of a year, the annual look ahead at what is cooking in the minds of the Air Staff and what requirements will soon be winging their way to the aircraft manufacturers who will soon be scribbling furiously on drawing boards and calculating on slide rules. C.10/50: Issued for a fast long-range strategic transport to replace the Handley Page Hastings to fly service personnel and freight to any part of the world to accompany the new jet bomber fleet and to also be jet propelled ...

Saturday, December 14th 2019, 12:56pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Operation NOMAD: Arrival Nikolai Andreev, alias Sergei Bulganov, alias BARONESS settled into his hotel room in Vienna. He had been impressed by the background work to make his cover so plausible. Back when his father had been a young man, in a far away corner of newly-acquired Russian territory there has been a big oil boom as the Caspian oil deposits were commercially exploited. Ivan Kartashov had set up a company to repair and later manufacture drills bits, derricks and other apparatus. Old Ka...

Saturday, December 14th 2019, 12:42pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

1 July The Finance Ministry rejected plans earlier this year by the Navy to build two large tankers. Instead approval has been given for two smaller tankers, though still larger than the coastal tankers that ply their trade along the coast, keeping the fuel bunkers at the various naval bases topped up. The San Luis was laid down today at AFNE Bahia Blanca and the Mercedes at Tandanor at Comodoro Rividavia. Astillero Nav. at Puerto Belgrano began work on a more advanced project today, the first A...

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 10:24am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

1 July The Beiliard shipyard in Ostend has today laid down two new fleet tugs for the Navy as part of the ongoing improvements to the support fleet. These two tugs are half of the planned number of the Zeemeeuw Class, the other two being laid down by Cockerill at Antwerp. All four should complete next spring. In other shipping news, the steamer Marie-Flore earlier today collided with the Nordish vessel Ragnhild Brövig off the mouth of the River Scheldt and sank, fortunately without casualties ab...

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 10:22am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

2 July Radio presenter Pete Felleman presented the first music charts on Dutch radio tonight on the new programme, The Hit Parade. The chart is based on the Billboards' Top Sellers Chart. 7 July Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din, the Iman of Yemen died peacefully in his sleep last night. On the streets, there is both a sense of grief and unease at what the succession may bring and the fears of a power struggle. His eldest son Ahmad bin Yahya seems likely to succeed him but there is also a chance the F...