Recent content by thorr97

  1. WI: Pinochet Not Part of the Coup

    Lenwe, GauchoBadger, Try again. Pinochet was no saint. Nor however, was he the monster the Communists have tried to portray him as. Allende however, was a Marxist. Castro was one of his idols and Allende made no secret of his agenda to turn Chile into another "Communist Worker's Paradise"...
  2. WI: Pinochet Not Part of the Coup

    The Chilean Supreme Court ruled that Allende was acting unconstitutionally - governing by presidential edict in disregard of the legislative branch and raising his own personal military. The Chilean Council of Deputies approved a resolution calling upon the Chilean military to remove Allende...
  3. WI: NACA Modified P-38

    The Ryan company certain had no problems doing so...
  4. F5F or F4F. Did the U.S. Navy make the right choice?

    The problem with turboprops is that in order to get a good, efficient, and reliable turboprop engine you first have to figure out how to get a good, efficient, and reliable jet turbine engine. And if you've already got that good, efficient and reliable jet turbine engine then you really don't...
  5. F5F or F4F. Did the U.S. Navy make the right choice?

    That 4,000 fpm climb rate was how it earned the nickname "Skyrocket" and it was also why the Army was even willing to admit the possibility of a chance of a suggestion of an interest in one of the Navy's airplane designs.
  6. F5F or F4F. Did the U.S. Navy make the right choice?

    Go with the ultimate refinement of the Skyrocket - what Grumman called the P-50 - and you'd really have had something. Grumman learned a lot in its test flights of the XF5F and you can see that in the various changes to its engine nacelles and such. Elongating the nose not only gave more room...
  7. WI: NACA Modified P-38

    I actually prefer the "look" of the later P-38s to the earlier ones. The earlier ones without those "chin" mounted inlets always looked "under-developed" to me. The J/Ls look more refined and "right" to me. They're all still Lightnings however, and that means they're all beautiful to begin...
  8. No B-29s land in the USSR

    ObssesedNuker, /sigh... Okay, from the start... Assume you're a competent engineer and you've a competent manufacturing base to back you. In scenario A you're tasked with developing, from scratch, a large, highly complex, and almost entirely new heavy long range strategic bomber. In...
  9. No B-29s land in the USSR

    I think that's ignoring quite a few things there. It's one thing to have the technical ability to develop a sophisticated weapon system like a modern heavy strategic bomber. Clearly, the Soviets - as of 1945 - had an advanced aeronautical industrial base. Clearly, the Soviets could mass...
  10. No B-29s land in the USSR

    It'd be a better world indeed if the USSR did NOT get its hands on any B-29s. Yes, the Soviets would build their own equivalents but they'd only be able to do so years behind the US and the West. Thus the Soviet's ability to threaten the rest of the world would be less as well. And that...
  11. The Footprint of Mussolini - TL

    Seems like this is setting up for an eventual stalemate in China as the Communists fight the Western forces unto exhaustion. The end result would be a Communist northern portion of China with the Nationalists holding the rest. Skip forward a few years and you'll have a northern Communist China...
  12. AHC/WI: The Japanese monarchy gets removed from power after WW2

    Okay, so by '45 Akihito would be all of 12? The Japanese people would have no real connection with him. At least none on the same level as they did with Hirohito. Thus, if Hirohito is assassinated at about that time then it'd be the perfect time to simply declare the whole monarchical system...
  13. Lions of Babylon: the Third British - American War circa 1956

    "Benevolent?" No, not at all. There'd no doubt be plenty of Americans who earnestly believed that their intent of "making the world safe for Democracy" was absolutely pure and benevolent. And there'd be no few other Americans who were only all too happy to sing that same song - as long as the...
  14. AHC/WI: The Japanese monarchy gets removed from power after WW2

    Agreed. And that'd be the advantage of Hirohito's assassination. The US wouldn't be responsible for it but could take advantage of it by simply declaring the institution of monarchy to be at an end in post-war Japan. It'd be just the sort of hard stop that could allow for a clean break...
  15. AHC/WI: The Japanese monarchy gets removed from power after WW2

    Okay... how about Hirohito get assassinated by either some frenzied JCP member or an enraged IJA officer? This, after Japan had surrendered the US had already occupied Japan. The fault for the assassination wouldn't fall on the Americans but rather the Communists or an already disgraced...
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