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EDIT TO ADD INFORMATION REQUESTED. If a helicopter is flying low, and not "squawking", there is no way that any civilian radar will pick it up. Especially in a mountainous region such as Pakistan. Simple mechanics of radar as illustrated by this picture from Answers.com. Note that mountains between the radar site and aircraft will further block the ...


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Yes, when George H. W. Bush became a pilot, on June 9, 1943, 5 days before his 19th birthday, he was briefly the youngest pilot in the US Navy. However, a month later, Chuck Downey became a pilot on July 16, 1943, 17 days before his 19th birthday, taking over the record. On Friday, 89-year-old Chuck Downey sat down with President George H.W. Bush and his ...


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Yes, yes, and maybe. The island in question is Hans Island and is disputed territory between Canada and Denmark due to some historical quirks, According to World Atlas, Hans Island is located in the middle of the 22-mile wide Nares Strait, which separates Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, from Canada. Due to international law, all ...


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Mechanical Resonance Certain types of bridge are susceptible to mechanical resonance effects even when marching soldiers are not involved. Mechanical structures usually have one or more frequencies at which some part of the structure oscillates. A tuning fork has a well-defined natural frequency of oscillation. More complex structures may have a dominant ...


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First of all, a concise yes/no answer heavily depends on: What the timeframe was? Do you include pre-Roman Gauls? Frankish kings? Medieval period? Post-Westphalian nation state only? Modern era only? (e.g. post late 18th century) How you define "French"? This is somewhat tied in with timeframe? Do you include only post-Westphalian-soveregnity nation state?...


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By most standards, the answer is no. A navy, strictly defined, is an armed force for prosecuting warfare on bodies of water. The Walt Disney Company has no known ships that would meet this definition. For the sake of discussion, of course, we'll take navy as a jocular synonym for fleet, giving them a foot in the door. A second consideration is that a navy ...


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I submitted this story to Snopes, and was notified that today they released an article about the incident, claiming it is verified to be false, in short because no female member of HMX-1 was in a position to have met Obama under the circumstances described in the story. The most relevant bit from the Snopes article: We contacted the U.S. Marine Corps ...


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First, let me clarify some distinctions; a Marine is certainly not a Soldier. Soldier is Army, Airman is Air Force, and a Sailor is Navy. Second, the story is false. As someone with an 'inside scoop', the President wouldn't (and cannot) 'relieve' an enlisted military personnel on the spot. The closest I could find to this story is this article. A 26-...


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The original web-site provides references to both claims. From those references, we can see that the idea that the former claim is inaccurate, but the latter claims are accurate. It is not that the bibles themselves were too offensive (emphasis mine): volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally ...


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This graphic appears to be close to the source and lists items but not individual costs. I was able to find a breakdown from 2002 Here’s the breakdown: helmet, $322; uniform, $67.65; body armor, $1,620; nuclear, biological and chemical gear, $341.75, walkie-talkie, $578; boots, $105; M-16 rifle, $586; ...


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According to John McCain: A Biography (2009): His target that day was a solid one—the power plant in Hanoi, the heavily defended capital of North Vietnam John McCain (2001) has an aerial photograph of the target with the caption: The view from the air the day John McCain was shot down. His target, a power plant, lies on the right side of the lake, ...


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I agree with DVK's analysis that the question requires knowing (a) who are the French? and (b) what is winning? Nonetheless, France was until its loss to the Prussians in 1870 the pre-eminent military power in Europe, which is why it generally fought alone against coalitions, and, also, why coalitions were formed to contain it. Until 1870, it was the French ...


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Of course there is a secret colony on Mars. The same people that kept the secret that we faked the moon landing are also keeping the secret that we went to Mars and established a colony... Okay, in all seriousness, please select a launch that was supposed to have sent anything off to Mars that included people or the equipment to support those people. Here ...


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Ask Pat Tillman. There is an entire Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers too. And then there is me (although I wasn't ever in a foxhole, I did my combat from 30,000 feet). The saying comes from a misconception or personal projection that great stress will cause people to retreat to something comfortable. I can personally state that in combat ...


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A torpedo does NOT penetrate the hull of a target vessel, it will have a proximity fuse with possible backup contact fuse and probably a timer fuse as well. So that's one claim already debunked. Wikipedia on the Mark 48 Torpedo Can't find independent verification of this (it's most likely classified what exact fuzing modes exist), but it is consistent with ...


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This story is sourced to Tyler Blake, professor CSU Northridge. The story is printed in Advances in Human-computer Interaction (1995) at page 94, and the reference for the story is given as Blake, T. (1985). Introduction to Principles and Techniques for Interface Design Tutorial Notes for CHI'85 tutorial. This corresponds to a tutorial by Tyler Blake ...


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The following answer is from "Expert Opinion" as a USAF Pilot, acquisition officer, and all around guy in the know. ;) I will endeavour to dig up actual links and such to support this. Bear with me before up or down voting. Well, there is sort of a partial truth in that. Groom Lake has indeed been a classified location for a very long time. The US Air ...


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While there's no proof, this seems like an incorrect assertion. Based on the wording, this most likely seems like either a typo (or simply a rather grammatically-challenged typist); or simply two independent targets to give certificate to (probably, the vendor and the asking unit). The latter appears to have evidence backing it up by a series of similar ...


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There some additional photos of this round hole at this page (in russian): Good quality shoot from unknown source. Text in russian is: "А что значит это отверстие в правом боку подводной лодки" - "And what is meaning of this hole in right side of the submarine". It is clearly seen that hole has very sharp edges on its top and left sides. Also we can see ...


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The America’s Military Population report (p. 25) gives the following statistics on religion: Civilians Military 20-39 18+ Protestant 35% 45% 53% Catholic/Orthodox 22% 26% 25% Other Christian 11% 3% 2% Atheist/no religion 21% 19% 14% Jewish -- 1% ...


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I started researching this out of interest and found essentially two stories. You'll have to decide on your own which you want to believe, because there's too little information to say conclusively either way. The Russian Story On the 21st Of April 2014, the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency reported that: Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest ...


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Unclear, but a still considered a serious problem. With the parameters of the statement provided, it is difficult to definitively confirm or refute it. In order to do so we would would need to know the time frames involved (e.g. one year versus the entire campaign) along with what "attacked by the enemy" means. The latter could be resolved through the use of ...


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I recall Mathias Rust landing a plane in the middle of Moscow during the Cold War, completely undetected and unknown to the Soviets. I'm thinking Pakistan's surveillance is probably not as good as the Soviets. In any case, by the time Pakistani authorities would have been notified about it and had time to do anything, they were already out of the country ...


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King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of criminals sentenced to death, to commit suicide by decapitating themselves. Unfortunately, Wikipedia did a poor job in translating Shiji. As pointed out by the OP and Wikipedia, the exact corresponding sentence in Chinese (second sentence of second ...


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The Ming period Great Wall, which is the impressive one that tourists visit, generally has battlements on the north side, and parapets on the other so that the guards don't fall off. At Mutianyu, indeed, there are loopholes on both sides. However, even at Mutianyu, the crenels are often only on the north side, as you can see in this photo: Tourist websites ...


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Tongue-in-cheek but true, this Cracked article pretty much sums it up They've won 109, lost 49 and drawn (or as close as you can "draw" a war) 10 times. And for references, there is this page on French military action And some examples still unquoted here The battle of Maregnano, and its legendary swiss-kickings The French revolutionary wars, where ...


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Yes, at least sometimes. In the 2nd episode of the 2nd season of the British TV show Scrapheap Challenge the challenge was to build a cannon. They tested the cannons in a DERA facility where "real" cannons are tested, and the test was supervised and lead by DERA personal. When firing the second time, the host of the show asked the DERA person that was in ...


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Avionics do not allow a total override of a weapon system as these articles claim. As someone who not only designs aircraft avionics, but also flew military aircraft, I can state this with certainty. It's a silly claim. It is purely propaganda and headline generation, nothing more. If such technology existed, don't you think that it would have been used to ...


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Somehow, most of my answers tend to begin with "this is a complicated issue". As ChrisW suspected, there are no indications that NATO, as an organization, has made any formal promises; but there is plenty of evidence that top-level Western officials made public and private promises that NATO would not expand eastwards. The German magazine "SPIEGEL" has run ...


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The big complication here is that an individual soldier might have have a lot of equipment allocated to them which isn't necessarily in their possession or immediately available to them at any one time. One example is NBC protection equipment. For example a soldier may be issued with a respirator and a protective suit, respirator filters, decontamination ...


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