German government urges citizens to stockpile supplies in case of “catastrophe or attack”

All seems to be well in Germany. All is so well in fact that the German government plans to ‘encourage’ citizens to stockpile food, water, money and a means for power for the first time since the end of the cold war.

The 69-page report further stresses the need for a reliable alarm system, improved structural protection of buildings and an increased capacity of the health system.

The plan is set to be discussed next Wednesday by the cabinet, and presented by the Minister that afternoon.

The precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” it adds that a further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians. FAZ news suggests even reinstatement of the in 2011 suspended compulsory military service might not be off the table, either.

Earlier this months plans were also presented for more combined training between police and the army, specifically for potential large-scale militant attacks, as the countries Defense Minister stated “[…] we are now pragmatically preparing for situations that we could not imagine before the attacks in Paris and Brussels. We all know that Germany has long been in the crosshairs of terrorism. We have to be prepared.“

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This Day in Aviation History

August 23rd, 1983

First flight of the Boeing Skyfox.

The Boeing Skyfox was a twin-engined jet trainer aircraft, a highly upgraded development of the Lockheed T-33. It was designed as a primary trainer to compete with and replace the Cessna T-37 Tweet. Besides its primary role as a trainer, the aircraft was envisioned to have other roles as well, including ground attack. The program was started by the Skyfox Corporation in 1983, and was acquired by Boeing in 1986.

The program included the replacement of the Allison J33-A-35 turbojet by two Garrett TFE731-3A turbofans. It also included an extensive redesign of the airframe. Only one prototype aircraft was built, and the program was later canceled due to lack of customers….

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This Day in Aviation History

August 23rd, 1954

First flight of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medivac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.

The C-130 entered service with U.S. in the 1950s, followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in numerous military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft—after the English Electric Canberra, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, all designs with various forms of aviation gas turbine powerplants—to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is one of the few military aircraft to remain in continuous production for over 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules….

Source:

Wikipedia, Lockheed C-130 Hercules: http://gstv.us/1LpS2r9  

YouTube, YC-130 First Flight: http://gstv.us/1LpS5Da  

YouTube, Great Planes - Lockheed C-130 Hercules: http://gstv.us/1LpS9CM  

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