The future of air power

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DBII

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Ran across this video of a carrier launching.
https://video-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.25447-2/317915035_831315168093476_3991909876699857673_n.mp4?_nc_cat=104&vs=d94c8d7eca86f562&_nc_vs=HBksFQAYJEdKdi04aElrWlVxbEUtUUNBQW1ERVFEaUhHWTNibWRqQUFBRhUAAsgBABUAGCRHQWdSOXhMSEZBWVpnbzRBQUItX1BRcDRhMmNhYnJGcUFBQUYVAgLIAQBLB4gScHJvZ3Jlc3NpdmVfcmVjaXBlATENc3Vic2FtcGxlX2ZwcwAQdm1hZl9lbmFibGVfbnN1YgAgbWVhc3VyZV9vcmlnaW5hbF9yZXNvbHV0aW9uX3NzaW0AKGNvbXB1dGVfc3NpbV9vbmx5X2F0X29yaWdpbmFsX3Jlc29sdXRpb24AHXVzZV9sYW5jem9zX2Zvcl92cW1fdXBzY2FsaW5nABFkaXNhYmxlX3Bvc3RfcHZxcwAVACUAHAAAJpr93%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%2BARsHiAFzBDU2MDACY2QKMjAyMi0xMi0wMwNyY2IHMTQ1OTAwMANhcHAPVmlkZW9zIG9uIFdhdGNoAmN0GUNPTlRBSU5FRF9QT1NUX0FUVEFDSE1FTlQTb3JpZ2luYWxfZHVyYXRpb25fcwcyMDAuNzA0AnRzFHByb2dyZXNzaXZlX29yZGVyaW5nAA%3D%3D&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=9c0330&efg=eyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6Im9lcF9zZCJ9&_nc_ohc=v01cQ7MS0bYAX8c9Ir2&_nc_rml=0&_nc_ht=video-dfw5-2.xx&oh=00_AfBaUZuV3fMAktJSH72QQH4GlCDQ44QbgvD2TFQlJpc0_Q&oe=63987136&_nc_rid=451579694324355
 
My father is in his mid 80s. I know some of the members are in the same age group. I am amazed at how technology has changed in your lifetime. Bi planes, monoplanes, jets, rockets, super Sonic travel, space travel, hyper Sonic vehicles, space planes and drones.
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My father is in his mid 80s. I know some of the members are in the same age group. I am amazed at how technology has changed in your lifetime. Bi planes, monoplanes, jets, rockets, super Sonic travel, space travel, hyper Sonic vehicles, space planes and drones.
:occasion5:

63 years [edit -- 66 years, math-fail on my part] after the Wrights first flew 120 feet or so, Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon 240,000 miles away.

You're dead right, the progress has been amazing.
 
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The drone launch reminds me: when Unoccupied (perish-forbid we say Manned) Aerial Vehicles began testing aboard carriers, aviators demanded to know if drone drivers would be eligible for Centurion patches!
Far as I know the issue remains unresolved.
 
Something from years ago:

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