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(NASDAQ)   Air Force is moving ahead with plans to test helicarriers. Where the heck is my flying 1962 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible?   ( nasdaq.com) divider line
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2018-01-01 04:45:03 PM  
Red?  Subby sounds young.

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2018-01-01 05:00:02 PM  
It's right here in this rocket, Subby.

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2018-01-01 05:11:00 PM  
Hail Hydra.
 
2018-01-01 05:25:19 PM  
Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?
 
2018-01-01 05:26:51 PM  
Heavy Metal Soft Landing Corvette 1959
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I pictured this '60 in white.
 
2018-01-01 05:32:04 PM  
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Everything old is new again.
 
2018-01-01 05:35:01 PM  

lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?


Gremlin drones are the obvious targets and where the enemy will deploy their assets to defend against, the unreported in the article stealth drones are the ones that really do the damage.  Sometimes you have to make up shiat to go between the lines.
 
2018-01-01 05:55:27 PM  

lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?


Range. Small stealthy drone likely would not have the range for the missions they are envisioning.

This type of system's Achilles' Heel will be susceptibility to electronic warfare which the US is sadly quite a bit behind on. If Iran can manage to hijack one of our drones and reverse engineer it then what is the likelyhood of losing one (and all its secrets) when we field these en masse against a near-peer.
 
2018-01-01 05:56:39 PM  

hashtag.acronym: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Gremlin drones are the obvious targets and where the enemy will deploy their assets to defend against, the unreported in the article stealth drones are the ones that really do the damage.  Sometimes you have to make up shiat to go between the lines.


Wouldn't a pinto drone br more efficient?
 
2018-01-01 05:58:04 PM  
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But have we have enough pylons to power them?
 
2018-01-01 05:59:16 PM  

Vermithrax Perjorative: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Range. Small stealthy drone likely would not have the range for the missions they are envisioning.

This type of system's Achilles' Heel will be susceptibility to electronic warfare which the US is sadly quite a bit behind on. If Iran can manage to hijack one of our drones and reverse engineer it then what is the likelyhood of losing one (and all its secrets) when we field these en masse against a near-peer.


They could just duct tape an M67 to a phantom 4 and air-drop them as an anti-personel weapon. Be a lot cheaper than a JDAM.
 
2018-01-01 05:59:33 PM  

alechemist: hashtag.acronym: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Gremlin drones are the obvious targets and where the enemy will deploy their assets to defend against, the unreported in the article stealth drones are the ones that really do the damage.  Sometimes you have to make up shiat to go between the lines.

Wouldn't a pinto drone br more efficient?


Their engines catch fire and the cops pull you over because they only have lap-band seat belts.  Being 5 was fun.
 
2018-01-01 06:00:02 PM  
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2018-01-01 06:18:36 PM  

alechemist: hashtag.acronym: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Gremlin drones are the obvious targets and where the enemy will deploy their assets to defend against, the unreported in the article stealth drones are the ones that really do the damage.  Sometimes you have to make up shiat to go between the lines.

Wouldn't a pinto drone br more efficient?


Sure, but (a) 'splode-y-ness, and (b) the soundtrack isn't as good.
 
2018-01-01 06:39:18 PM  

lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?


Or they could have drones that form a little Voltron.  They're awesome.

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2018-01-01 06:43:29 PM  
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2018-01-01 06:52:02 PM  

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Loved that game.
 
2018-01-01 06:56:49 PM  
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That's helicool.
 
2018-01-01 07:08:11 PM  

Vermithrax Perjorative: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Range. Small stealthy drone likely would not have the range for the missions they are envisioning.

This type of system's Achilles' Heel will be susceptibility to electronic warfare which the US is sadly quite a bit behind on. If Iran can manage to hijack one of our drones and reverse engineer it then what is the likelyhood of losing one (and all its secrets) when we field these en masse against a near-peer.


Unless, of course, the drones are autonomous hunter-killers which use the same simple algorithms used by say, Weaver Ants, and are not radio-controlled.

Which would be a very very bad idea, IMHO.... But someone's gonna do it, so it might as well be us.

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2018-01-01 07:22:45 PM  
Neither red nor a '62, but maybe this will work until subby finds his?
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It does fly...
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2018-01-01 07:33:07 PM  
flying, warlike Roombas

Oh God, the TFD threads will never end.
 
2018-01-01 07:43:07 PM  
Like cruise missles that return to their pylons.
 
2018-01-01 08:07:49 PM  

lycanth: Why not have stealthy drones?


The drones we're making today and in the near future aren't really for fighting developed powers.  They're so we can blow up desert fanatics while minimizing civilian casualties and risk to our own personnel.  The point of launching them from a purpose built stealth cargo plane *I'm not calling a C-130 or anything based on it a "carrier"* is so that the desert fanatics don't have the heads up to make a run for it.

Stealth is really expensive, not just monetarily, the costs cut into the capabilities of the aircraft.  EG an F-35 is slower, lower flying, as agile *that's limited by the pilot, not the plane*, and carries less of a punch than an F-15.  For an air supremacy fighter we're betting on those costs in performance to be worth it, but for an expendable drone... nope, not even close.

Besides, once the drones are flying they're going to be in radio communication with their pilots... so stealth is kinda moot.  We could make them fully autonomous, but that's how you get Terminators.
 
2018-01-01 08:15:43 PM  
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2018-01-01 09:13:39 PM  
HELICARRIER FLIP – RC STARFOX – FLASHBACK | VLOG0018
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2018-01-01 09:28:49 PM  
60lb payload? That's not a drone, it's a missile that can be called back.
 
2018-01-01 09:29:26 PM  
I'll take a 1964 Chevy C-20 any day...
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2018-01-01 09:42:14 PM  
We already have two battlestars in orbit, so why not.
 
2018-01-01 09:53:24 PM  
No one touches Lola.
 
2018-01-01 09:57:56 PM  

some_beer_drinker: We already have two battlestars in orbit, so why not.


Let me know when we also have gunstars, preferably with the experimental systems installed.
 
2018-01-01 10:36:03 PM  
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2018-01-01 11:06:36 PM  

foo monkey: Red?  Subby sounds young.

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Eh, the new one looks better:
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2018-01-01 11:29:34 PM  
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2018-01-02 12:54:44 AM  
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 Would like a word
 
2018-01-02 01:18:40 AM  
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I'm the first? I feel old.
 
2018-01-02 02:28:22 AM  

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I'm the first? I feel old.


No doubt the inspiration for this:

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2018-01-02 02:28:51 AM  
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2018-01-02 03:13:30 AM  

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I didn't understand that reference.
 
2018-01-02 06:30:37 AM  
Yeah, I've seen this before. It's a neat concept, though it didn't work out very well at the time.


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2018-01-02 08:17:30 AM  

foo monkey: Red?  Subby sounds young.

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What, no minigun in the central console?

/Loved Winter Soldier, but that bit was so farking dumb.
 
2018-01-02 09:35:05 AM  

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This video shows successful takeoffs from a flying helicarrier and "successful" landings

Will it Fly? - Avengers Helicarrier | Flite Test
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Bonus: Lego Avengers on deck
 
2018-01-02 10:06:26 AM  

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I'm the first? I feel old.


I'm older.....

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2018-01-02 10:40:19 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Vermithrax Perjorative: lycanth: Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

Why not have stealthy drones?

Range. Small stealthy drone likely would not have the range for the missions they are envisioning.

This type of system's Achilles' Heel will be susceptibility to electronic warfare which the US is sadly quite a bit behind on. If Iran can manage to hijack one of our drones and reverse engineer it then what is the likelyhood of losing one (and all its secrets) when we field these en masse against a near-peer.

They could just duct tape an M67 to a phantom 4 and air-drop them as an anti-personel weapon. Be a lot cheaper than a JDAM.


Dude.  Just drop a Loc-Nar on 'em.

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2018-01-02 10:42:04 AM  

t3knomanser: I'll take a 1964 Chevy C-20 any day...
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1967 Chevy Malibu, wasn't it?
 
2018-01-02 10:45:40 AM  

jayfurr: t3knomanser: I'll take a 1964 Chevy C-20 any day...
[YouTube video: Repo Man (10/10) Movie CLIP - A Cosmic Ride (1984) HD]

1967 Chevy Malibu, wasn't it?


'64
 
2018-01-02 11:57:23 AM  
It's the only way to extend the F-35's range. Make the airfield fly to the target area. If you can think of a better solution (uses more taxpayer dollars) I'd like to hear it.
 
2018-01-02 04:24:51 PM  
Back in the 70s, Boeing had plans to turn 747s into flying aircraft carriers...

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