Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The China’s J-11 Fighter Looks Awfully Familiar

Russia might not like this. 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Russia won’t be happy. 

The Shenyang J-11 is a Chinese copy of the excellent Russian Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” multirole fighter. In fact, it was at first an authorized copy—but Chinese ambitions to adapt it with locally produced technology transformed it into a reverse-engineered headache for Russian industry.… Read the full article.

NASA’s in the market for quick taxi rides to and from International Space Station

By Alan Boyle | GeekWire

An artist’s conception shows a Boeing Starliner space taxi approaching the International Space Station. (Boeing Illustration)

(This article first appeared on November 27, 2019)

NASA already has committed billions of dollars to procuring regularly scheduled rides to and from the International Space Station from commercial space taxi operators — but now it says it’s interested in buying short-term trips as well.… Read the full article.

Boeing says 737 MAX approval delays could hit production

By Eric M. Johnson | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Aerial photos show Boeing 737 Max airplanes on the tarmac in Seattle

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Significant additional regulatory requirements or delays in returning Boeing Co’s 737 MAX to commercial service could cause it to cut or temporarily halt production of the aircraft, it said in an Oct.… Read the full article.

Death Match: What if America’s F-15 Battled Russia’s Su-35?

Let us take you through this hypothetical. 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: When every point is weighed, the Su-35 comes out on top.

I have been asked to compare the venerable American F-15 Eagle fighter to Russia’s new competitor for the crown of best Fourth Generation fighter, the Su-35S “Flanker E.”

The former is the airplane that in many ways defined what a Fourth Generation fighter can do.… Read the full article.

How the F-35B Stealth Fighter Will Transform the Navy’s Aircraft Carriers

A massive boon to the Pentagon.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: The F-35B will turn even small ships with a flattop into carriers.

Naval aviation has from the beginning been a challenging and expensive endeavor. Until recently, fewer and fewer countries found they had the resources to operate even a single aircraft carrier capable of operating fixed-wing aircraft.… Read the full article.

World’s best sushi restaurant dropped from Michelin Guide after refusing to serve public

By Rozina Sabur | The Telegraph

The world’s best sushi restaurant seats just ten people and is famously housed in a Tokyo metro station. 

But despite its cult following, the famously exclusive restaurant has lost its listing in the Michelin Guide, not because the quality of the food has dropped, but because it is no longer open to the general public. 

Sukiyabashi Jiro, run by the renowned nonagenarian Japanese chef Jiro Ono, has been recognised with three Michelin stars each year since the culinary guide launched a Tokyo edition in 2007. 

But this year’s Tokyo edition of the Michelin Guide declined to include it within its pages, saying it is “out of their scope” because of its decision to only offer reservations VIPs and return customers. 

“We recognise Sukiyabashi Jiro does not accept reservations from the general public, which makes it out of our scope,” said a spokeswoman for the Michelin Guide after the decision was announced on Tuesday. 

She added that “it was not true to say the restaurant lost stars but it is not subject to coverage in our guide,” rather that the guide’s “policy is to introduce restaurants where everybody can go to eat.” 

Jiro Ono’s restaurant has become a cult classic

With former diners including US president Barack Obama, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and a host of Hollywood celebrities, booking a table has never been easy. 

But now prospective diners must be regular customers, be part of an elite network or book through the concierge of a luxury hotel – as well as stomach the 40,000 yen (£285) price tag for the chef’s selection menu. 

Sukiyabashi Jiro said it was “currently experiencing difficulties in accepting reservations” and apologised for “any inconvenience to our valued customers” in a statement on its website. 

It added: “Unfortunately, as our restaurant can only seat up to 10 guests at a time, this situation is likely to continue.” 

The restaurant opened in 1965 but has gathered a cult following in recent years, particularly since the release of a 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of  Sushi”, which follows the life of its star chef and owner. … Read the full article.

New C7 Chevy Corvettes Are Really Cheap Right Now

We found discounts as high as $16,000 off MSRP, and several Stingray models under $50,000.

By Joey Capparella | Car and Driver

  • Production of the C7 Corvette ended earlier this year, but thousands of 2019 Chevy Corvette models remain in stock across the country.
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