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  1. Would 6 litres be enough to beat the Repco V8?

    For 1966 Australian Group A sports cars were given a 5 litre capacity cap, which was all well and good, a series of 4 Elfins were built with the alloy Olds, SB Chev and 289 Ford engines. But in mid 1967 the Repco V8 of Brabham F1 lineage became available for customers which was 4.4 litres in...
  2. AHC: Defend the Falklands

    IOTL the Argentine planners for Operation Rosario were told to capture the Falkland Islands but not to defend them. Your challenge is alongside planning to capture them planning be undertaken to defend them. The parameters are: Planning begins on December 15 1981 for an operation to occur in...
  3. West German Buccaneers and Lightnings?

    I've seen it mentioned that West Germany looked at both the Lightning and Buccaneer, but details on either deal are scarce. Does anyone know anything about them, numbers, dates, roles, bases etc? About all I know is the West Germans were interested in the SR177 until late 57 then changed their...
  4. My take on Skylab.

    We have to Skylab threads bubbling along atm. I like Skylab; I remember when it was falling to earth as a 7 year old and went through Skylab B in the Smithsonian in 2015 so I'll thrown my 2 cents in. Paraphrasing Astronautix after the completion of the Apollo, Skylab, and ASTP programs there...
  5. RAF air to air engagements Gulf War 91?

    I'm looking for the elusive air to air engagements of the RAF in the 1991 PGW. There are unsubstantiated reports that a Tornado GR1 was shot down on 19 January by an R-60MK missile fired from an Iraqi MiG-29 piloted by Jameel Sayhood, however this aircraft is officially recorded as having...
  6. AHC: HMS Ark Royal in Gulf War?

    In 1990-91 the RN deployed some 6-8 destroyers and frigates on the Armilla Patrol in the Persian Gulf. The Ark Royal was deployed to the eastern Med to free up a USN carrier to operate in the Gulf and/or Red Sea. What would it take for the Ark to actually fight in the PGW given she was so close...
  7. ATL Airbus?

    In a couple of recent threads I've learned that 1958-60 demands by BEA and BOAC during a temporary air travel slump caused DH and V-A to shrink the Trident and Super VC10, which appears to be directly linked to their lack of sales success against the 727/707/DC8. I've written a TL where these...
  8. A series of assumptions: a Britwank on a budget?
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    “All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics………..” – Sir Sydney Camm. Objectives - Prevention of Global War Winning the Cold War Maintenance of Britain's ability to fight limited war Chief of Staff guidelines for military policy 1956 UK war plans of the...
  9. Bespoke EE Lightning replacement 1977?

    A world where Britain buys twice as many Lightnings as OTL by 1965 to cover both fighter roles and Ground Attack/Recce roles is a world where the RAF doesn't have either the Phantom or Jaguar in service by 1977 when the Lightning fleet needs to be replaced. In this world Britain is still a...
  10. WI MkII V-bombers were adapted for low level?

    IOTL the Buccaneer was specced to fly at high subsonic speeds at ultra low level in 1952 and GOR339 asked for supersonic at low level in 1957 and was specced into OR343 by 1958 for the TSR2. In addition the 1957 White Paper stated the manned aircraft would be replaced by missiles, but not for...
  11. Joint RN-MN carrier fighter in the 60s?

    I've been thinking about how to solve the RAFs problems in the late 50s into the60s, which I think I can manage but it always leaves one problem outstanding: a Mach 2 carrier fighter for the RN with a max production of 140 and min of 50 aircraft in the 2nd half of the 60s. Recently there has...
  12. AHC: Conventional B58 bombing.

    Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to have the B58 Hustler conduct conventional bombing missions, service life extension and bespoke weapons are OK but not wholesale engineering changes to the aircraft (such as re-engine with turbofans, stretching the fuselage and the like) or...
  13. USA's "Project Cancelled"

    Britain's project cancellations and failures are pretty widely known, but thinking back from the end of the Cold War to quite recently the US has had a litany of serious project cancellations, or others that saw production but had them cut short for various reasons. For the Army I'm thinking...
  14. French heavy field artillery 1914.

    I've been thinking about this a bit recently, so I'll get it down and maybe this will be a discussion thread. In October 1913 Joffre began to put in motion a plan to reorganise the French heavy artillery arm, to have 5 artillery regiments of 2 different types; 4 standard regiments and 1...
  15. WI Tirpitz got his wish?

    Admiral Tirpitz occupied the position of Secretary of State of the Imperial Naval Office from 1897, equivalent of the British First Lord of the Admiralty, or the US Secretary of the Navy. He commanded no forces, he was in charge of budgets for the ship-building programmes amongst other things...
  16. Post Falklands and the Cold War

    After the Falkland the British, and the RN in particular, got quite 'prickly' in a short amount of time by picking up a bunch of new capabilities. The Sea Harriers got the twin sidewinder rails and 190 gal tanks, the Sea King AEW entered service, CIWS guns and harpoons entered service and a lot...
  17. Why did USN accept fast landing and take off F4s and F8s?

    Both the F4 and F8 ad simple airframe modifications to make them able to take off and/or land at significantly lower speeds. By 1964 the F4B was tested with the extended nose oleo strut (as eventually used on the RN F4K) which was found to reduce the wind over deck required by 9-12 knots, and...
  18. 'Reslience' infrastructure

    Maybe this is a particular Australian problem; huge country, small-medium population concentrated down in one corner, on the doorstep of South East Asia, coasts on Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans but I constantly read about how Australia lacks resilience. Right now it's COVID19 but last year...
  19. AHC: TSR2/F111 class replacement.

    With a PoD of 1964 have a 1000mn+ unrefueled combat radius strike aircraft replace the F111 and possibly TSR2 in service by 2000.
  20. How much did Ferrari spend?

    Something the movie Ford vs Ferrari and a couple of Docos on the subject have bought up is the huge amount of money Ford spent to win Le Mans in 1966-67, I think $9 million is quoted. This is a huge amount of money, Ford was going to pay $10 million for the entire Ferrari company, an F4E cost...
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