Recent content by Shevek23

  1. AHC: Protestant Austria

    But what if it isn't cynical? That is, what if we have a religious-philosophical POD, in which some ATL Nth party reformer advocates for Luther, or rather for reformism in general, on grounds that appeal both to the Habsburg interest and their sincere faith? Something like a meta-Anglicanism...
  2. Ever Sunrise Bound: A True Account of our Oriental Odyssey. By Apollon Anthroides.

    Just saw this last night, Watched! I have some thoughts about a scenario leading to the situation you describe--though I would have thought the Vandal Christian realm would have moved to take Egypt, which would I think explain a lot of things. But I will try to write a PM with my notions to run...
  3. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    Well, a year out then. I suppose Khrushchev is probably circling the drain inevitably, and maybe that's for the best. After all if UK voters a year hence might shift their votes toward the Tories, somewhat, if reminded of the Cuban mess--well, is it good or bad news to know the man who was most...
  4. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    Some enhancement of the rhetorical position of more radical Black Power advocates seems pretty close to inevitable with every month of delay. "Justice deferred is justice denied" after all. But perhaps we should not underestimate the good that McCormick, and perhaps even a suitably sobered J...
  5. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    I wish I were currently up on my historic Kremlinology to remember how close this moment already is to the one where Khrushchev was removed from office OTL. The reasons the Politburo turned on him all related, OTL, to stuff that was already done by this point--the outcome of the "Caribbean...
  6. 1935-45: alternative airborne weapons

    Gosh, I was hoping to be the first to reference the C.O.W. gun, but I can at any rate add that this Westland was just one of two responses, the other being a much weirder airframe by Vickers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Type_161 Quoting the above link, Too bad, as the Germans had...
  7. WW1 German Aircraft carriers break blockade

    OTL, the Germans did have Zeppelins (and a relative handful of other rigid airships built by the rival firm Schuette-Lanz) and the navy got most of them. Naval Zeppelins (the Navy found the SL ships not too useful as they were made with plywood, which warped in moist oversea flights--perhaps SL...
  8. WJB Doesn't win the Democratic Nomination in 1892, how well does he do as a Populist?

    Um, while from the "two parties are normal, third parties are lunatic fringe" perspective of the mainstream of American thought perspective, WJB was a "Populist," from a Populist perspective he was a Democrat who might possibly incrementally champion a more Populist momentum in the big party. If...
  9. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    Yes and no, but mostly no. If an object is at EM-L1, it has two hurdles to cross to get to an orbit that comes close enough to Earth for a Soyuz capsule to skim the atmosphere and be braked to a landing on Soviet soil... 1) it is still some moderate but still not inconsiderable depth into...
  10. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    To push 8.4 tonnes through a 3 km/sec delta-V from Lunar surface to Earth transfer orbit is a mass ratio of 2.32, which implies an Isp in seconds of 363, corresponding to effective exhaust velocity of 3562 m/sec. That's actually pretty high even for a very efficient and advanced ker-lox engine...
  11. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    Pretty much exactly what I was thinking--at least re the "'Stans." Ukranians, along with the Baltic peoples, had some pretty strongly separatist sentiments and retaining them would require either very convincing conciliation by the Russians or some strong-arm methods. I am not sure Ukraine could...
  12. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    The idea of using monopropellant decomposed hydrogen peroxide for the entire range of delta-V from final descent to ascent back to TEI really seems odd to me. I can certainly understand why a portion of descent thrust must be finely controlled and that points to some kind of rocket that can be...
  13. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    the OP specified V/STOL, which means at least some vertical lift at zero ground speed capability, which narrows down the field. And in the long period between their question and today, no one responded with any of these options. So my "confusion" is to read it as specifying jet propulsion...
  14. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    Some third thoughts--- What if we take the Lockheed "Hercules," which has after being deployed in the 1960s become a mainstay ubiquitous machine around the world, accomplishing pretty high subsonic speed and high payload and good short/poorly developed STOL capabilities, and try to stretch it...
  15. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    Walking away and thinking about it more, while the Do-31 is the only attempt to design a VTOL subsonic jet transport, we are all generally aware I suppose of many forms of prop/helicopter forms attempted. At low subsonic speeds props and rotors are superior because the wider air intake moves a...
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