@bman76 Yeah, that's why I love doing these still; even now I pick up something I hadn't known before. The Whale being a stealth test bed I knew, but the connection to JSTARS was something I had not known until now.
"All Change Points, from Xerxes to the last presidential election, create worlds with clean, efficient Zeppelin traffic. Changing history may produce Zeppelins as an inevitable by-product, much as bombarding uranium produces gamma rays. Often, the quickest way to tell if you are in an Alternate History is to look up, rather than at a newspaper or encyclopedia. From this premise, it is not outside the realm of Plausibility that our history between 1900 and 1936 was, in fact, an Alternate History. It would, at least, explain a lot."
— Kenneth Hite, "An Alternate-Historical Alphabet," January 14, 2000
Often abbreviated as Hite’s Law: Alternate histories always have Zeppelins.
@ttyymmnn Yeah, planes are, in general, larger than you'd expect, and getting the size of even fighters across is hard sometimes. I also try to limit myself to royalty/copyright-free images, so that makes it challenging. Here's a shot off Flickr that kinda does a better job:
Really, an unspeakable tragedy all the way around. I wonder if it's a bit like the unbelievable slaughter on that road out of Kuwait. The allies knew they had won, it was pretty much over, but there were still lots of bullets to be fired. And nobody could stop them.
I've never read his work. The reviewer does call him out for a few things, and it sounds like you might agree with him. The educated reader, though, will be able to see through the hyperbole to find the meat inside. Hopefully he is at least an engaging writer.
An F-22 made a slow, low pass over the exhibit area at an EAA convention. I nearly flattened myself on the asphalt by reflex, it was unexpected and the noise was so loud. I had thought the pilot specifically turned on afterburners or something to make extra noise. But maybe they're normally just louder than other fighters for some reason?
@rusty-vandura Pretty much. Of course, there's a fix for that too, directed infrared countermeasures. Leonardo doesn't make the setup used on the Osprey (Northrop Grumman does), but this video shows the general principles of how that works
@facw The Bismarck was 300 miles from Brest, but in terms of time, it was less than a day from being in safe waters. At the rate that attacks were occurring, one day was not much time. If the Swordfish hadn't cause the damage, the Bismarck had a good chance of getting into safe waters before the next attack. The torpedo hit it on May 26th and the British fleet didn't get to the Bismarck to finish her off until the 27th.