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While I don't agree with others on spending the money on NASA and space travel, I would like to see this money being used to the betterment of US citizens and increased or cheaper health benefits.
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post #162 of 177
V for Vendetta is what comes to mind after reading a few comments tongue.gif
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I used to have to work sometimes on Langley AFB where they fly the F-22. They are extremely impressive machines to see fly in person. I live near a Navy air base and see F-18's all the time. They look like old technology compared to the F-22. The best I've seen was a B-2 Stealth Bomber fly right under a commercial flight I was on. We were around 30K feet and the B-2 was going perpendicular to us a few thousand feet below. You do a double take when you seen one of those, because it doesn't look "of this planet" at a quick glance.
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you sire are showing a great deal of patriotism and false sense of superiority which is not bad n all(we all have it) but better keep it to urself and even better in your mind if ya don't mind rolleyes.gif

You comment is worthy of being ingonred,but i a am a good person and let you know how bad it is biggrin.gif

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I'm fairly certain it was the English who broke the enigma code.
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UK actually decrypted the Enigma, not US.

Oh my bad,you are right,not very well informed about WW2
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To be honest I am not found of this multirole design. Part of the reason why F-35 suffered constant delay and cost overrun is because they need to keep everyone happy with a common airframe.

Well the airframe is certainly an evolution from any other design in the world, it is superior in maneuverability while maintaining a almost complete stealth capability.
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If that's what it takes for F-22 to be combat ready, imagine our yet ready F-35. China is catching up pretty fast.

Yes they are smile.gif
Edited by Eduardv - 3/29/12 at 7:31am
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post #165 of 177
The F-35 literally fills no gaps in the U.S. air combat garage. I can't get a grasp on what exactly they are going to accomplish with it.

The U.S. has so many purpose-built aircraft that do their jobs excellently, the F-35 will end up simply end up doing a mediocre job at all of them.

Bah. I guess it's nice that F-35's on a bombing run can start back home, and then get a call to assist engaged F-15's nearby and actually support them.

Hope for the best, I suppose.
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post #166 of 177
F-35 is meant to replace F-16/A-10.

Everyone keeps saying that "this doesn't help us at all right now" - But at the time it did, and it's securing out safety from other nation's airforces for a conceivable conflict until someone builds a better 5th Generation. Or anyone builds another 5th Generation for that matter.

People can say it's pointless because China and Russia are developing their own - but their twenty years late. And that's twenty years of dominance and security.
I'd rather feel safe for twenty years for a price than have an "oh ****" moment and lose something important for free. That's how defense works. It's why every nation holds a standing army of some sort whether or not they have plans to go to war.
    
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F-35 is meant to replace F-16/A-10.
Everyone keeps saying that "this doesn't help us at all right now" - But at the time it did, and it's securing out safety from other nation's airforces for a conceivable conflict until someone builds a better 5th Generation. Or anyone builds another 5th Generation for that matter.
People can say it's pointless because China and Russia are developing their own - but their twenty years late. And that's twenty years of dominance and security.
I'd rather feel safe for twenty years for a price than have an "oh ****" moment and lose something important for free. That's how defense works. It's why every nation holds a standing army of some sort whether or not they have plans to go to war.

Meant to replace the A-10?

F-16 makes sense, but the A-10 is far too good at it's job...
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Meant to replace the A-10?
F-16 makes sense, but the A-10 is far too good at it's job...

Yea, that blows my mind too. I used to live about 10 miles from Whiteman AFB, which had a pretty large detachement of A-10's and they used to use fishing boats at Truman lake as dummy targets. lol. Scare he living hell out of you when they start diving.
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A-10's are amazing no doubt, the Warthog can survive about anything, and it's built around that damn gun.

But yes, one of the stated missions of the F-35 is to replace our A2G role.
    
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The reason why it took so long was because the people working on it couldn't find the plane half the time... so stealthy it was.
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