The Ethiopian aircraft in London showed just how far they've come with composites. The fact that they were able to repair that much damage, on a
largely composite airframe, and return it to service, faster than expected would be amazing enough. Add that to your points, and it sure looks like
they're a lot farther with them than anyone is comfortable admitting to.
I'm sure that was one of those of "start by laying twice as many layers of bonding glass as you think you should need, then lay twice as much as that"
sorts of composite repairs. The replaced section is probably the strongest part of that aircraft by a considerable margin now.
I'd also imagine something to do with the Pacific range right out there. Lot's of airspace and water to interface with other missions. SEALs is a good
guess but it could be anything PACOM related. Did anyone notice FOAL EAGLE this year had some new intelligence players??
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