Europe bounces back !!!!

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Europe bounces back !!!!
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 12:25am
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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:16pm

>>> The Romans made the same mistake we are lack of R&D.

Sorry, that's laughable. R&D has ALWAYS been going on...from the invention of the wheel, to the light bulb, to the Snuggie. one difference now, is that Obama thinks he can legislate innovation...he can't.

>>> They thought that they had all the knowledge. Had they been wiser they would have established schools to bring technical education to the Empire. (remember that communication was much more difficult then)

Well, first of all, the Romans did have established schools. The government and the wealthy, then as now, also patronized the arts and supported technological innovation.

>>> In that time much of the developments happened by accident and that the inventor kept it secret as there was no patent office available.

Inventions at the time happened the same way all developments have always happened...some through experimentation, some through accident, some through inspiration. And no inventors are keeping their inventions secret. All through history, there have been incentives for invention and innovation...it's kind of why there has been a constant flow of invention and innovation.

>>> The Arrow had competition from British designs and most nations are under political pressure to built it here etc. This was also the time of the missile and it's "wonders". The Bomarc was to have had nuclear warheads which really went over oh so well that it caused the collapse of the government.

The Arrow had "competition?" But you said the Arrow was "35 years ahead of it's time." Are you now suggesting that the US and the British also had aircraft on the boards that were "35 years ahead of their time" too?

And as far as the Bomarc is concerned, when Canada couldn't afford both, it simply made more sense to opt for a defensive system that was coordinated with a strategy shared by the US and NATO. And while a nuclear payload was obviously controversial in Canada, the Bomarc did carry nuclear warheads through the life of the system.

>>>Why would the Canadian government spend more money on the F101 when they had the super-duper, technologically advanced CF-105 Arrow sitting in a dusty hanger somewhere? Hmmm...<<<<

>>> Because there were Political considerations as well as agreements with the US. The Canadian economy was not ready for antimissile and the rebuilding of the radar sites. Bomarc caisrd a giant waste of money as no one was happy about nuking their own cities as defense against bombers. Later it was found that the "great Bomarc" was also obsolete before it could be deployed.

Actually, the Bomarc was in operation for many years...but you're trying to tell us that the "35 years ahead of it's time" Arrow, developed by a Canadian company, was scrapped so they Canadian government could buy crappier planes from the US? Seriously?

>>> My error it was the siege of Syracuse.

And what "energy" weapons were used at Syracuse? I sure hope you're not referring to Archimedes alleged "heat ray." First of all, there's no evidence it actually ever existed...and even if it did, I don't think you can call a "mirror" an "energy weapon."

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:08pm

Roman patron of the arts is a fay cry from R&D.
Schools for the rich were not engineering.
technical knowledge was not widespread and usually closely guarded secrets of the inventor or their family

>>>>The Arrow had "competition?" But you said the Arrow was "35 years ahead of it's time." Are you now suggesting that the US and the British also had aircraft on the boards that were "35 years ahead of their time" too<<<<<<
Yes that is correct. No one said national pride had intelligent thought behind it

>>>>>>>Why would the Canadian government spend more money on the F101 when they had the super-duper, technologically advanced CF-105 Arrow sitting in a dusty hanger somewhere? Hmmm...<<<<
Because John Diefenbaker had the tooling and prototypes destroyed. That was an OOPs moment.
The rumor is that American political leaders made a deal
and it has yet to be substantiated.
Combat aircraft at that time were produced by only a few nations
Sweden,Soviet Union,US,France,Britain. Add Canada to the mix that would make 6 with that capability. Of the aircraft in prototype the CF105 was superior. But Nations do not always go with the best product.

Sweden had a policy of not selling to potential belligerent nations. But their Draken did sell to Denmark,Austria,Finland as well as Sweden.
Superior aircraft will always Dependant on the usage that is needed.
This was an interceptor NOT a dog fighter more like the much later MIG 25-31 series. Or the much later European Tornado.
If a country was seeking a dogfighter then they would not choose a CF105.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogfighter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_35_Draken

French: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Mirage_III

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Super_Mystère

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_hunter

>>>>Actually, the Bomarc was in operation for many years...but you're trying to tell us that the "35 years ahead of it's time" Arrow, developed by a Canadian company, was scrapped so they Canadian government could buy crappier planes from the US? Seriously?<<<<<
Yes it would not be the first nor the last time such happens.

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