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  1. Vickers VC-7 in RAF service

    (Spin-off from a falklands thread) Ok, so I tried to crunch some numbers - with perfect hindsight of course. This suppose the VC-7 was not derailed and cancelled in 1954, got small orders from the RAF, then went on for a successful commercial career, let's say 400 build at the expense of 707...
  2. what aircrafts and what tactics to crush the Sedan bridgehead ?

    Inspired by the Gamelin thread Solution 1 Low level attacks by armored / fast assault aircrafts, either Breguet 693 or Il-2 (think Kursk) Solution 2 Large fighter bombers, either Typhoon with rockets or P-47 with bombs (as in Normandy) Solution 3 Low altitude heavy bombing by waves of...
  3. Awesome American aircrafts of WWII that never got a chance

    As said in the title. There were plenty of astounding aircrafts in America during WWII that never got a chance. first, existing fighters that were already awesome... and managed to get even better. North American P-51F/G/H/J Republic P-47J and P-72 Bell P-63D Curtiss...
  4. Hotter Formula One : six wheels, turbo and ground effect not abandonned

    Before I was born, and when I was a kid, my Dad bought that cool car magazine Sport Auto. Between 1977 and 1982 there were four amazing technological breakthroughs - Tyrrell and their six wheels car - Renault quest for the turbo - Lotus wing car - Brabham turbine car Of the four, turbo went...
  5. A guide to spaceflight

    How spaceflight works https://www.alternatehistory.com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:the_space_jockeys Spaceflight has its own rules that makes it unique. They can be obscure at times. This is kind of guide to try and make things a little clearer. Hopefully not too pedantic nor too loaded with...
  6. Nuclear powered Iowas - BB-65 and BB-66

    Whatif the two uncompleted Iowas BB-65 Illinois and BB-66 Kentucky were not scrapped by 1960, and then in 1980 they were completed with Nimitz nuclear machinery ? Instead of re-activation of the four others. Could they be in service today ? having Nimitz power plant may help. I wonder how hard...
  7. The third Audacious class carrier - what might have been ?

    As title says. Spinoff from the other thread I never realized there was a third ship in construction that was scrapped after WWII, 25% complete. Considering (with perfect hindsight of course) that Ark Royal and Eagle were the only carriers big enough for Phantoms, I wonder about that third...
  8. Post WWII RN - Centaur and Malta class carriers.
    Threadmarks: part 1 - introduction

    As the title says. The year is 1945. The Royal navy decides to scrap Tigers, Vanguard, and the collection of small and medium size carriers from WWII - by 1950. Or to sell them to foreign countries. There will be no Audacious-class either. Instead they will build all six Centaurs plus a pair of...
  9. A different path for civilian nuclear power history

    Excuse my (limited) understanding of the history of civilian nuclear power. I have that feeling that civilian nuclear energy history has been flawed from day one. By three major events / trends 1- Nuclear weapons come first (1945) and the enormously expensive Manhattan project infrastructure...
  10. AH challenge: Vought SLAM doomsday weapon in operational service

    Your challenge is to create a crapsack world, a dystopia bad enough to have the Vought SLAM enter operational service http://www.merkle.com/pluto/pluto.html http://jalopnik.com/the-flying-crowbar-the-insane-doomsday-weapon-america-1435286216 I think a World of laughter, a world of tears could...
  11. French President Lionel Jospin, 2002

    French presidential election of 2002 was one of the biggest screw up in political history, with lasting consequences even 15 years after. April 21, 2002. The day the FN came out politically and Jospin / PS sunk to the bottom. This still has consequences nowadays, just like Gingrich revolution...
  12. Hawker Henley, Miles M.20 and Martin Baker MB.3

    As title say. Those three lovely birds never got into service, and that's a shame. So I thought about a very rough outline to get all three in RAF service. First, Hawker gets a contract for the Henley circa 1938 and it replace part of OTL Fairey Battle force. Hardly a loss, particularly for...
  13. Madsen 23 mm gun for american fighter aircrafts

    As said in the title. Imagine if the 23 mm madsen gun had been adopted by the Army Air Corps in 1941. Two or four guns in the wings of P-51 and P-47 (which were already formidable with the machine guns). One gun in the nose of the P-38 lightning. I think the air war over Germany in 1943 - 45...
  14. Nuttier Vietnam war weapon concept

    In Vietnam the U.S military faced his worse adversary ever: the goddam JUNGLE in which NVA hide and raided SV. For many years I have been puzzled by all those stupid weapons the Pentagon dreamed about to get ride of North Vietnam. Agent orange is only the tip of the iceberg. It seems that any...
  15. Red Storm Rising – WWIII in 1986 - vignettes

    Those days I've been reading Tom Clancy Red Storm Rising (RSR) again and again. I'm fascinated by the first aeronaval battle, when Tu-22M Backfires thoroughly devastate a fleet of aircrafts carriers escorting a Marines amphibious force. Among horrendous casulaties Ticonderoga, Nimitz and Saipan...
  16. Whatif - USAF completed the X-33 (after 2001) ?

    WARNING: I say the X-33 mach 15 demonstrator, NOT the orbital VentureStar ! https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2006/01/x-33venturestar-what-really-happened/ http://www.hobbyspace.com/AAdmin/archive/RLV/2001/RLVNews2001-06-12.html (browse X-33) http://www.spacetoday.net/Summary/380 Whatif they...
  17. TO INFINITY AND BEYOND – A SPACE VIGNETTE

    «Our motto was - Mars by 1965, and Saturn by 1970. Also, interstellar travel at 10% of the speed of light - to Proxima Centauri in 50 years. » (Freeman Dyson) Five Four Three Two One Ignition ! Three solid rocket boosters awoke into life as explosive bolts released the big stack from...
  18. AHC: build Rombus and Sea Dragon to launch a nuclear pulse Orion

    http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4577.0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Dragon_(rocket) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) I'mv daydreaming about these three awesome space vehicles. They happened more or less at the same time (before 1963 for...
  19. Galileo space probe in orbit around Jupiter when SL9 comet strike

    As usual - a lot is said in the title. Background The Galileo Jupiter orbiter was funded in 1977 to be launched in 1982 but only launched in 1990. It got into orbit around Jupiter in December 1995. That, and the main antenna jammed and the mission was severely hampered. But... In July 1994...
  20. Fairey Gannet AEW-3 in Falkland war - From Hermes carrier

    Well, everything is contained in the thread title.:p I do know that Hermes had been stripped of its catapults in the early 70's to be used as a helocarrier only. Whatif the RN managed to get a handful of Gannet AEW out of the scrappyard and flew them aboard Hermes ? Of course this suppose...
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