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Very good point that people often forget, the pilot is the weakest link the in chain when it comes to maneuvering.
In bombers. Like this aircraft is. Not so much. The plane will break apart long before the pilot blacks out most of the time.
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post #42 of 69
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In bombers. Like this aircraft is. Not so much. The plane will break apart long before the pilot blacks out most of the time.
Yes, in past bombers absolutely, that doesn't mean that will remain true in future bombers.
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Yes, in past bombers absolutely, that doesn't mean that will remain true in future bombers.
Meh we already have cruise missiles. Tell me what the point is. Apart from wasting even more tax payer money.
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would you like to fly the B-2 46 straight hours?
They do, and its not fun. I can see something like this penetrating hostile air space, collecting intel, and if the bad guy is there, knock on his door.
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Very good point that people often forget, the pilot is the weakest link the in chain when it comes to maneuvering.
The plane could also be the weakest link in the chain, if you put a PC Gamer behind the controls I'd be willing to bet the UAV or this Unmanned Stealth Bomber would go down due to the inability to handle the extreme maneuvering.

It's not like technology has surpassed the superiority of the Human Brain, I don't care how fast it can calculate, it cannot think. Trained responses (AI) is not the same thing, not even close...

Despite the pilot being the weakest link, like you say, it is a very necessary link...

I wonder if Pilots can maneuver better without being in the plane, it would seem likely that they would lose their "feel" while actually flying... Like a generic response, lack of intuitions, and all sort of foreseeable short comings.

How does one turn their head to see the enemy? Do they put a camera in the rear? You may see them on the camera, but you wouldn't feel their position, or you would have to take a second to mentally place them there, but in that second, they could have maneuvered into another position...

See my point?

NEVERTHELESS, this is a bomber, not a UAV which is all about camera guidance, and a bomber has a very specific task in mind, fly high and lay waste to anything that lays below you...

I couldn't see this being a viable option for a Fighter Jet, and despite the added alleged maneuvering capabilities, it wouldn't seem a viable benefit to a bomber...
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post #46 of 69
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This was called the aurora when it was being created, has 3 diffrent types of engines, scram, ram, and regular jet. It's speed is pretty insane, much faster than a person could survive. I think speed is nearly 7,000 miles an hour, would make a good grocery getter, FROM THE MOON!
The Aurora was/is a program to develop a pulse jet engine to achieve manned hypersonic flight. But. Okay. And people already survive mach 25 descents in the Space Shuttle.

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Who is talking about wasting tax payer money? The "cost" of a human life aside, we could send a fleet one one hundred (random number) unmanned bombers for the price of a single B-2.
    
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They do, and its not fun. I can see something like this penetrating hostile air space, collecting intel, and if the bad guy is there, knock on his door.
That seems like a very viable use for a plane with stealth capabilities..
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Why in the hell did they name it JUST like the XB-47??? Sometimes I think defense contractors that develop machines like this don't read history books. Why not name it, oh, the B-3 stealth UAV bomber???
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The Aurora was/is a program to develop a pulse jet engine to achieve manned hypersonic flight. But. Okay. And people already survive mach 25 descents in the Space Shuttle.

Also:
Who is talking about wasting tax payer money? The "cost" of a human life aside, we could send a fleet one one hundred (random number) unmanned bombers for the price of a single B-2.
+ Rep, I didn't realize they are so cheap!!!

This of course would make A LOT of sense, now you have an army of unmanned bombers which would be capable of a massive air attack, man this is huge!

How big is this plane? (Would it be smaller or larger than a Fighter jet?)
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post #50 of 69
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Who is talking about wasting tax payer money? The "cost" of a human life aside, we could send a fleet one one hundred (random number) unmanned bombers for the price of a single B-2.
After the price and R&D, deployment, training, and who knows what else? I very much doubt it. A cruise missile can do the exact same job we already have them, and they are probably cheaper.

With the annual amount of money the DoD the US spends on toys annually to blow things up we could outright in one year pay for single payer healthcare for all.
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