As the World Turns   Leave a comment


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Posted December 9, 2016 by markosun in World

Russian Su-33 crashed in the Mediterranean while attempting to land on Kuznetsov aircraft carrier   Leave a comment


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Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker.

Military sources close to The Aviationist report that a Russian Navy Su-33 Flanker carrier-based multirole aircraft has crashed during flight operations from Admiral Kuznetsov on Saturday, Dec. 3.

According to the report, the combat plane crashed at its second attempt to land on the aircraft carrier in good weather conditions (visibility +10 kilometers, Sea State 4, wind at 12 knots): it seems that it missed the wires and failed to go around* falling short of the bow of the warship.

The pilot successfully ejected and was picked up by a Russian Navy search and rescue helicopter.

Considered that on Nov. 14 a MiG-29K crashed while recovering to the aircraft carrier, if confirmed this would be the second loss for the air wing embarked on Admiral Kuznetsov in less than three weeks and a significant blow for the Russian Naval Aviation during its combat deployment off Syria.

*Update: the Russian MoD has confirmed the incident. According to an official release the arresting wire snapped and failed to stop the aircraft.

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Namesake: Nikolay Kuznetsov
Ordered: 3 March 1981
Builder: Nikolayev South

  • Designer: Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau
Laid down: 1 April 1982
Launched: 6 December 1985
Commissioned: 25 December 1990

(Fully operational in 1995)

Refit: May – August 2015
Status: in active service

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Kuznetsov being shadowed by a US destroyer

General characteristics
Class and type: Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:
  • 43,000 tons (Standard-load)
  • 55,200 tons (Full-load)
  • 61,390 tons (Max-load)
Length:
  • 305 m (1,001 ft) o/a
  • 270 m (890 ft) w/l
Beam:
  • 72 m (236 ft) o/a
  • 35 m (115 ft) w/l
Draft: 10 m (33 ft)

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The carrier in the North Sea shadowed this time by a British destroyer

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Propulsion:
  • Steam turbines, 8 turbo-pressurised boilers, 4 shafts, 200,000 hp (150 MW)
  • 2 × 50,000 hp (37 MW) turbines
  • 9 × 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) turbogenerators
  • 6 × 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) diesel generators
  • 4 × fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h)
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Endurance: 45 days
Complement:
  • 1,690 (total); 1,690 ship’s crew
  • 626 air group
  • 40 flag staff
  • 3,857 rooms
Armament:
  • 6 × AK-630 AA guns (6×30 mm, 6,000 round/min/mount, 24,000 rounds)
  • 8 × CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS (each 2 × 30 mm Gatling AA plus 32 3K87 Kortik SAM)
  • 12 × P-700 Granit SSM
  • 24 × 8-cell 3K95 Kinzhal SAM VLS (192 missiles; 1 missile per 3 seconds)
  • RBU-12000 UDAV-1 ASW rocket launchers (60 rockets)
Aircraft carried:
  • Approx. 41 aircraft
    • Fixed Wing;
      • 12 × Su-33 fighters (current)
      • 20 × MiG-29K/KUB fighters (future)
      • 4 × Sukhoi Su-25UTG/UBP trainers
    • Rotary Wing;
      • 4 × Kamov Ka-27LD32 helicopters
      • 18 × Kamov Ka-27PL helicopters
      • 2 × Kamov Ka-27PS helicopters

 

Posted December 9, 2016 by markosun in Military

Sir Mick Jagger passing out the cigars, again   Leave a comment


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Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has become a father again at age of 73, his publicist has confirmed.

The singer already has seven children whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014.  His 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York on Thursday, the singer’s publicist Bernard Doherty said.

A statement said Hamrick and Sir Mick were “both delighted” at the birth. It added: “Mick was at the hospital for the arrival.

“Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”
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Sir Mick began dating Hamrick after the suicide of L’Wren Scott in 2014, his partner of 13 years. The music star had his other children with Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall and Luciana Gimenez Morad.

He has five grandchildren and became a great-grandfather in May 2014 when his granddaughter Assisi, daughter of Jade Jagger, gave birth to a baby girl.

The Rolling Stones recently released a new blues album called Blue & Lonesome.

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Posted December 8, 2016 by markosun in Celebrities

The Jam “Heatwave”   Leave a comment


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The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the “angry young men” outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, “That’s Entertainment” and “Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?” remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

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Lead singer and guitarist Paul Weller left; bassist and singer Bruce Foxton right, drummer Rick Buckler center.

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Posted December 8, 2016 by markosun in Music

Concept Stealth Aircraft Carriers   Leave a comment


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These models and concept designs are strictly from the imagination of creative engineers. Something like this will not be around for many decades, if ever. But they are cool.

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Catapult launch decks along the sides is cool.

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This idea combines fighter capable (flight deck) along with amphibious capable (well deck). LCAC entering the flooded well deck at the stern.

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This design is straight out of Stargate Atlantis

 

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Posted December 8, 2016 by markosun in Military

Donald Trump Victory Tour continues…   Leave a comment


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Meanwhile back at the drawing board

 

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Posted December 7, 2016 by markosun in Politics, Satire

From out of nowhere, giant rogue waves   Leave a comment


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Posted December 7, 2016 by markosun in Nature