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Photo Series #13

One of the most known multirole fighters of the world is here, yes, it’s the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
This beast of an aircraft is a twin engine, multirole, carrier-based fighter with one seat for the E variant and a tandem-seat for the F variant. The Super Hornet was developed from the F/A-18 Hornet, it is bigger and more advanced, one of it’s features is the capacity to carry 5 external fuel tanks and be configured to act as an airborne tanker with the addition of an external aerial refueling system.
It also has an internal 20mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles as well as bombs, the newest weapons in the US Navy can be installed on the Super Hornet including the AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120D AMRAAM, AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), AGM-84 Harpoon, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), JDAM and others.
The Super Hornet entered service in 1999 with the United States Navy (USN) to replace the F-14 Tomcats which was fully retired in 2006, it currently serves alongside the F/A-18C Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also operates F/A-18A Hornets but in 2007 the Super Hornet was ordered to replace the older F-111C the RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.
It’s capacity and technological advancements makes the Super Hornets be one of the most efficient and effective carrier-based multirole aircraft in the world.

That’s it for this photo series, as always don’t be shy to send me suggestions or contributions for future photo series!
Have a great day, everyone!

In the Vietnam War, for example, the picture most people had was of middle-class radicals, the New Left, fighting against the war and the hard-hats supporting it and beating up the antiwar students. Yet more war production was stopped by workers carrying on ordinary strikes in the course of their lives in the plants than by the whole antiwar movement put together. There were strikes at Olin-Matheson, which made munitions, at McDonnell-Douglas, which made fighter planes, on the Missouri Pacific railroad, which transported war materials for shipment from the Pacific coast. In a few instances, strikes lasted a couple of weeks, and the shortage of planes and war material reached the point where the Johnson administration was getting ready to take over the plants to stop the strikes. 

This was not because the workers were anti-war. Many workers were, but many weren’t. What the workers were doing was trying to live as human beings in the process of production. It is important to understand two things about working-class struggle. First, it is an inherent necessity and takes place all the time whether the means are socially approved or not. And second, the bourgeoisie is constantly aware of that fact, and the related potential for major social upheaval, and goes to great lengths to protect against it, to derail it, and to prevent it.

—  Martin Glaberman
EMP, Planes, And What It All Means

I would like to come back again to this Twitter exchange X from February between Twitter user JP, Arwel Wyn Jones and Douglas Mackinnon:

This took place at a time when we just started to think about an Extended Mind Palace including parts of HLV. And the director of TAB himself raised a question most of the casual viewers - and some in the fandom as well - had not even considered, i.e. that all modern scenes in TAB might be Sherlock’s imagination. I never believed that the modern scenes were real. For once, I am not sure that they would mix real and imagined modern scenes. And the argument that only the last plane scene is real does not hold either because of the list. 

So we have a director telling us to question the reality of the plane scenes. But there is more because JP states: If the differences are intentional, the scenes are imagination. And Mackinnon answers: Do you really think we’d do anything unintentional? To me this is saying: Yes, they are intentional, yes, the scenes are imagination. 

So far, so good. But this leads to another point: If all the plane scenes are Sherlock’s imagination, there are two options:

  • HLV was real until the end, e.g. the plane is still returning, John and Mary waiting for the East Wind, Moriarty is on air, and we have no idea what will happen after the landing. There are no drugs, there is no OD, no list, there is no MI5 Mary and no caring brother Mycroft. 
  • HLV already ended in Sherlock’s mind and TAB was just a continuation of this. 

I leave you to your deductions. 

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“Douglas TBD-1 Torpedo Planes of Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) parked on the after flight deck of USS Yorktown (CV-5) at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, in June 1940. Three of these aircraft are painted in an experimental color scheme used during Fleet Problem XXI.”

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