posted on Mar, 21 2015 @ 08:26 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
Somewhere floating around I have a great picture of a B-2 on the taxiway with a Japan Airlines 747 right behind it.
I would have had the best picture of one if my phone would have been fast enough to give good quality. One did a practice radar-commercial air traffic
avoidance run about 100 feet off the deck following the winding river my parents live on. They were so low I waved at them as they were banking to
turn and easily seen me. Would have made big money off that picture lol. They probably would have got hell for what they did (from their higher
ups)but who is going to complain when they did not brake glass and gave everyone such an awesome sight to see? Never mind these guys pretty much have
the rule of the skies to do what they want to avoid traffic.
They literately went right under the planes big commercial planes coming into Tampa International and when they got out of the lanes to the east they
turned north and that bird went completely quiet just like it had been as it was coming towards me. I heard a slight whine from its engines and looked
up and to my right, it was on me in no time. When it went by it sounded just like a B-52 lol. Loud was an understatement but so dam cool to see like
I cant wait to see the new bomber, just pray the idiots in Congress do not kill the project before ALL of them are purchased unlike the B-2. If they
would have bought the full quantity of bombers that was originally intended they would not have been a billion a piece, they have pulled the same
stunt with the F-22.
All I know is that it better be a great oh wtf is that aircraft because the B-2 and the B-1 were both Castrated do to pure stupidity.
I really wish they would kill the F35. Only Lockheed would make a plane that overheats on the runway in midwest temps and fix it by painting the
military fuel trucks white. Morons, what are they going to do in the middle east, Pack the fuel trucks in Ice? If Lockheed gets the bomber contract we
are screwed. Northrop Grumman is the only company that has built more than few GREAT planes, that do not need major fixes just so they can go to
Dump the F-35 and build the formerly proposed Super Tomcat, that would be a bad ass plane. That is what we should have got for Billions of OUR
dollars. Just for those who have never heard about what they could have built with all that money, instead got a turd that does nothing good.
The Attack Super Tomcat 21 (ASF-14) would be a new build, highly updated version of the legendary F-14. A true “Super Tomcat” in every
sense of the word, the machine would boast a large increase in internal fuel (over it’s already massive capacity) via thicker wings and larger over
intake “shoulders.” The jet would have an all new digital flight control system with larger surfaces, dropping its minimum speed by upwards of
20kts. It would utilize the more powerful GE-F110-129 afterburning turbofan for it’s powerplant, allowing sustained supercruise of mach 1.3+.
Airframe enhacements would allow the jet to reach over 77 degrees of sustained AoA but thrust vectoring was also to be part of the new design, which
would have made it the most maneuverable US fighter ever. There was also talk about the airframe being able to later receive the F-22s F-119 or F-120
derivative motors, resulting in a predicted supercruise of mach 2.0 or more!