@pip-bip@facw it isn't just spare parts but sending parts back to be recertified by the engine manufacturer. I worked for a company partnered with a manf and remember a part showing up at receiving. Barely made it in the building before being flagged. It was an obscenely late/out of date part from a blacklisted airline and was told it was going in the scrap bin.
"The Ukraine girls really knock me out (... Wooh, ooh, ooh)
They leave the West behind (Da, da, da)
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout (... Wooh, ooh, ooh)
That Georgia's always on
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my mind"
The official Twitter account for the President of Russia follows only 22 accounts. Arnold is one of those accounts. Hopefully deep down in that dark soul of his something was moved, but I doubt it. They haven't unfollowed him yet so at least that is something right?
@EngineerWithTools There was also the whole pie in the sky dreams of globalization promoters over the last 30 years, who believed that closely intertwining nations' economies with each other was an assurance of world peace, since countries would become too dependent on each other and the continued smooth flow of goods to risk damage to themselves by disrupting it. Well, Russia has proven that to not be the case, when you have a leader who just plain doesn't care what happens to his people or his economy or his companies, as long as he gets a shot at recovering some vague notion of "national prestige" through territorial conquest
@Cé-hé-sin IIRC Mi-35s carry 2-3 crew and up to 8 passengers. Watching this video is watching between 2-11 people die, plus whoever was on the ground, because it looked like they were heading towards a house. War is horrible and should be avoided at all cost.
@bison78 Broadcast cameras / lenses are much different than the cameras most people have been exposed to. They usually use (at most) a 2/3" sensor and to get even the minimally shallow depth of field (you can see it best on the facing front shot), requires a lot of light, an open iris, and the camera to be essentially in the front row (as seen in the reflection).
Btw, that tweet has been pulled off Twitter because it was obviously fake.
@DipodomysDeserti People may not be impacted by the individual on a personal level, but we are all impacted by the regime they lead and represent, which is what might rile people up. We're all still dealing with the devolving societal impact of multiple aspects of the Reagan years, Daddy Bush and Clinton's stupid trade policies, Baby Bush's criminal foreign policy, Obama's tolerance of a certain someone which can be linked to today's horror, Trump's incitement of deplorables and dumb tax policy which will almost certainly just make things worse in the future (not to mention his coddling of dictators like a certain someone), etc. I think this is why people pay close attention to individuals.
Also still amuses me how I have never seen a convoy of Biden or Hillary stans and seldom saw more than a single sticker or sign, but Trumpkins are still parading around, often not in areas where they actually reside, clinging to the big lie, bedazzling themselves with signs and flags and anything else to aid in their need for an identity and to own the libs even if it means harakiri. That's the odd fixation.
Do they? I mean I know they claimed that this morning but it seems like it's still contested space. Dog fights, Russia flying at low alt, and still losing Hinds makes it look like it's still not theirs. TB2 drones still flying around and RUS seems to be struggling to get ground based systems up and running. With all the Stingers there and more incoming it's going to be a bumpy road but likely short lived. Once they take out the runways it'll be over for sure. So soon, but not yet.
I get that it's probably packed with shit for staging reasons, but at least give a damn measurement side to side and front to back. My friend has a 2 car garage that is probably 20x20. I also have a 2 car garage, but it's more like 26x32...that's a massive difference that you simply would never know based on most listings.
But if you really want bigger than expected, take note of the two Mi-26 helicopters next to the Buran at bottom:
Those are ~100ft nose to tail. Big:
Flogger pilots were confident that they could defeat USAF F-4 Phantoms, but the new F-16 Falcons were judged to be a fair match, and the F-15 Eagles were feared.
Funnily enough the -23s that aren't the export specials might have come out ahead of the Viper, since early Vipers didn't have BVR capabilities, strike fighter first and all that.
The Flogger's advanced design and ongoing QC issues
The cockpit design isn't very good, although it is from the age before ergonomics were seriously considered in aircraft cockpit design. Early variants also handled horribly at high angles of attack. Some Constant Peg accounts go as far as to say that it tried to kill them every flight... and one actually killed General Robert Bond, although stupidity on his part also did a lot of work (pretty surprised you didn't manage to wedge that in).
@otto 380 575 Nysy (Nysas? Polish plurals in English are always an issue 😉 ) were made up until production finished in 1994, but they were generally worked pretty hard so not that many remain. Still, while definitely more uncommon than its twin Żuk as @RallyDarkstrike said, they're not yet unobtainium. For an extremely rough pricing breakdown: for a complete rustbucket you're looking at up to 5000 zł (~$1300), above that you can expect to pay up to 15000 zł (~$4000) for ones with good potential, and up to around 40000 zł (~$10500) for completely restored ones. Parts are still relatively plentiful but getting more expensive. Engine wise pretty much any Nysa you find is going to have the 70hp 2.1 S-21 engine, which is a fairly solid, simple workhorse, albeit prone to various leaks. If you somehow miraculously manage find a Nysa with the old 50 hp M-20 flathead engine, while it'd be a cool curiosity it's probably not worth bothering with for anything other than creating a museum piece.
As for common issues, rust is definitely the biggest one, which is to be expected. Luckily the bodywork is extremely simple. Additionally, the front suspension on any Pobeda/Warszawa derivative is enough to cause lifelong PTSD in any mechanic. It's this complex multilink pre-war design with enough bushings to make sorting it out a proper nightmare, especally as it was not really designed with the difficult life of a communist era van in mind. You can expect any mechanic you hire to work on it to absolutely hate your guts afterwards. Other than that you can probably count on some odd things stemming from poor build quality or low quality parts popping up but likely nothing that'll leave you stranded.
Final Nysa rolling off the production line:
@facw No. They are very social and always over someone else's house. Then the drinking starts and ends about 4 to 5 hours later and everyone goes home. Rinse and repeat every weekend and even weekdays.
@pip-bip In true Russian fashion, the "new" one is still just a heavy facelift of a decades-old model, with the current Niva actually dating all the way back to the Yeltsin era, 1998. The classic Niva that we all know and love doesn't seem to be dead just yet, they just don't call it that.