posted on Feb, 23 2016 @ 01:02 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I was only thinking in terms of how "exotic" the platforms that this aircraft will be training pilots for are.
These other trainers seem alright for training European or Korean pilots to fly 4th gen aircraft, just as the T-33 was fine to train pilots to fly 1st
and 2nd gen fighters, the Fougas, Provosts, etc were fine to train pilots to fly Mirages/Buccaneers/Jaguars, and the Hawks/Alpha Jets were fine to
train pilots for Tornadoes and Typhoons.
I understand that the USAF is crunched for cash, and while simulators can help a bit, it just seems like there's a huge technology/complexity gap
between the T-X contenders we've seen so far and the 5th (and 6th) generation aircraft that they will be training pilots for.