Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The evacution test of the A-380 was less succesful as Airbus describes : 30 persons injured, a woman broke a leg and some technical details failed.But overall it was good enough for the 'seal of approval'.

When I was a kid, my father took me to many airshows.
I kept the fascination for flying things over the years.

But moraly it became harder, especialy since most planes and the tecnology involved are military. I could do diary's about modern military planes like the Eurofighter, the Rafale, the Viggen, the JSF,Hawk,the variants of the Mig and Sukhoi and many others.

There is a fascinating world of communication, radar, navigation an weaponsystems involved.
The Russians proved their technology was in many fields superior to the rest of the world, yesterday the Soyoez  returned safely from a mission to the International Space Station.

Today we see the European country's developing newer and more advenced flying systems like the A400M I describe in this diary. The EU doesn't spend as many resources as the US on this developements, but still it is about huge amounts of money and other resources for facilities, training people and so on.

Belgium has 45 updated , state of the art F-16 supersonic jet fighters. They fly in 17 minutes from the coast to the German border, which is the longest possible distance in Belgium in one straight line. This is ridiculous. They are also capable to drop atomic-bombs of wich several are stored in a US-base in Belgium. This situation doesn't make me feel safe at all.

On ET the main topics are about economics and the policies behind . Military spending is part of it and exposes true meanings of policies. Maybe I should start a diary about this.


The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 06:38:52 AM EST
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