a reply to: BigTrain
NG didn't have crap, except a contract to put booms on. EADS had the contract, and their tanker has had as many developmental problems as the KC-46,
if not more. Their tanker wasn't ready. It was just certified to use the boom for refueling two months ago, and still have a few issues being worked
Wow, I love your logic. One F-117 gets shot down, and despite them flying thousands of combat missions, through some of the most defended airspace in
the world with no problems, stealth is a joke that sucks. Jesus, that's amazing.
Let's look a little deeper at that amazing record of the B-1 (which has never flown into combat supersonic, or at low altitude, both of which it was
supposed to do).
Desert Storm, B-1s were grounded and restricted from any combat roles because of engine problems. Operation Iraqi Freedom, day two over Baghdad,
against defenses that were already still degraded from previous years, and had been hit the night before. In 2001, while heading to Afghanistan, a
B-1 out of Diego Garcia crashed into the Indian Ocean after suffering mechanical problems.
There have been multiple groundings of the fleet, because of maintenance issues. Four B-1s made an emergency landing at Hickam, with engine and/or
fan blade changes because on departure from Singapore, they had to choose between deicing the engine intakes, or having their navigation equipment
running. During the flight ice buildup on the intakes broke loose and went through the engines damaging them.
A B-1 crew chief once told me that there is no such thing as a B-1 that is not broken in some way, and they have to pick and choose which systems
work, and can't get anywhere near the top speed listed.
Now look at the F-117 combat record. They flew 1,300 missions over Iraq in Desert Storm, hitting 1,600 targets, with an 80% hit rate. They were the
only aircraft that were cleared to fly over downtown Baghdad because of the defenses. Over Yugoslavia, the F-117 and B-2 both flew hundreds of
missions, through multiple layers of defenses, and lost one aircraft, mostly because the planners and commanders were stupid, and the battery
commander was very smart. After 2001, the F-117 again flew thousands of missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, against some pretty stiff defenses, once
again for no losses. So with probably at least 3,000 combat missions, against defenses that other aircraft wouldn't go near they lost one aircraft.
Tell me again how stealth sucks, because B-1s that went against largely degraded defenses, and didn't even fly combat in two of the biggest operations
hasn't been shot down, while flying a profile that any other bomber in the inventory would fly.
The F-22 not being ready for combat is irrelevant, since it hasn't had any combat situations that fit its mission. It's supposed to be an air
superiority fighter. Which theater has had fighters flying that it would have had to be used for again?
So again, you are an expert aerospace engineer, and know what you're talking about? Do you even begin to understand the problems they had developing
the SR-71? Or the problems that aircraft had until the day it retired?