Deathstars and Star Destroyers, Aircraft Carriers(and DDGs) and LCSs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

If you’re a milblog nerd, you probably saw the “article” on the poor state of the Deathstar program in the Star Wars trilogy by a LTC in the USAF last week. There were a few whoppers in the article, not the least the claim that the second Deathstar didn’t fire it’s primary weapon. It also […]

Categories: Oops, Plotholes, Science Fiction, Space

The Little Crappy Ship I

Monday, September 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Recently Galrahn over at Information Dissemination has been on a tear trashing the LCS for the last week or so. The latest one is HERE That post failed on several levels. He focused on rather ludicrous problems with the LCS; such as the glassed in bridge being vunerable to enemy fire, or the fact that […]

Categories: Oops, Ships

The fine art of soft power.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Though I’m done with the navy, I was pleased to see that my old ship is on it’s way to Haiti. This puts me in mind of the Asian Tsunami relief and the time we spent off the coast of Sumatra. I expect the BKH will be spending a lot of time helping with air […]

Categories: Oops, Ships, Strategy

Killer robots from the future

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:42 pm

As always, xkcd doesn’t fail to disappoint.

Categories: Aircraft, Oops, Plotholes

The winner by virture of drawing oxygen.

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

In 1906 the sitting U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for successfully using the good offices of the President of the United States to mediate between Russia and Japan, bringing about the end to the Russo-Japanese War. The action gave both powers a chance to exit from a war that […]

Categories: Oops, Plotholes

Why the F-35 will continue to stumble forward

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Despite the many difficulties with the program, there are only two other “4.5+” generation Western aircraft out there on the open market besides the F-35 family, the Typhoon and the Rafale(I suppose one could include the F/A-18E/F and Gripen as well). The “Stealth Eagle” isn’t in production, and the F-22 is forbidden from being sold […]

Categories: Aircraft, F-35, Oops

Don’t Get It Wet I

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Here is an interesting alternate turn of events in August 1945: The Enola Gay loses an engine on takeoff, and goes into the drink offshore at Tinian — the Mark One device onboard — (“Little Boy”) — initates, and Tinian gets beaten around some. This was a concern to the Target Committee Meetings that met […]

Categories: Nuclear Weapons, Oops