Well just a tidbit here..
First the F22 was on the drawing board when I joined......it was called the ATF then. It was stretched and stretched out for years. When it finally
flew it was the Cats Ass and still is. I have seen what it can do...
Could we have used 400 F-14D's then? How would they stack up today? I would bet better than the F-18E/F to some extent.
What people seem to forget it that in the 90's when it was in the late stages 100 million bought you something. Today 300 million is probably close.
F-15s are 70 mill now...Inflation is a bitch.
The $800 toilet seat comments crack me up, $75 was for the seat and the $725 was hidden, but that is beside the point.
I am torn with this decision, the F22 has NO peer at this time and when folks bring up the PAK and the Chinese #, then I giggle a bit but understand
the ignorance...they are 10-15 years behind what the F22 was 5 years ago IMHO. The F35 has promise but it would not necessarily be able to tangle with
Flankers these days. I mean do not forget the Russians are practical folks and they use pencils in space not million dollar ink pens. They have tricks
up there sleeve and there electronic warfare skilla are pretty damn good if you ask me.
Think of it this way, a PLC5 is a beast, they just freaking run and run. However you find it comes a point in time to move on to a Control Logix, 100
times faster and 10X cheaper. How you say...numbers. Economies of scale is the ticket and with our Business's on board and the bull# red tape out of
the way we can have the F42 for the Navy in less than 10 years and the F43 in about 12 for the AF and that is a stretch in time...1/3 that if needed
but no one lines the pockets then.
Look, the F22 is the Cats ass right now but there is only 120+ of them. Against Su27s 10 -1 they might stand a chance but that defeats the purpose.
DOMINANCE - that means that what ever the Russians have on the boards now is already outdated.
How do we do this? Well # 1 quit limiting industrial companies with bull# regs. A good example is Boeing and the 787, seems like Airbus got the shaft
on that one..We can do it if ALLOWED to do it.
Still NO one can compete with US Technology and we need to keep it that way, we just need to have good managers in place to make sure the cost
overruns are avoided...easy to say it I know but I have done it, not to that scale but in the 7 figure range with 40% left OVER after extras.
I think we already know that there is stuff on our boards that will make the F22 regulated to low threat environments. Just get the red tape out of
the way and let us do what we Americans do, we design # and when needed the best stuff.
SR71 anyone? How over budget was that one? You see now that would be impossible to do under the present climate.
The Navy needs a Superbug replacement and soon...do not waste any more time. Bid it and hold them to it..Vought and Fairchild went out of business,
So I would like to see the F22 upgraded and if need be by a couple hundred F-15X and F16Z for now....Stop gaps..
If we want the F22 line reopened let the Japanese pay for it and we will take a few while waiting for what is next. They want 200 of them, sell them
It amazes me when you thing the F22 has Pentium 3 technology on board..
I wonder if Power Plants and NASA still want 8086 chips?
We can do better and Mr. Trump I expect you to make it happen....Reagan got the B1 back and some sit in the boneyard now so it is possible.
Btw...You think Boeing could make some more BUFFs for $5 mill a copy nowadays?
I need another beer