posted on Aug, 6 2018 @ 04:05 PM
I remember when the accident happened and little information was released. I hadn't realized it was a A-29 in testing.
I'm glad to hear it didn't cause the program to be canceled, and that they plan to move ahead with acquisitions.
The little kid in me hates this program, as I go back to my 5-year-old self first seeing the F117 and it becoming the face of the first Gulf War.
Made my heart pump, and my child-self proud to be an American. Same with the B2, F22, and thinking of our other black projects and bleeding edge
The poor, broken, adult me now admits that most of the environments we're likely to be involved, we'll be fighting guys hiding in caves using donkeys
as transports. It doesn't make financial sense to spend 500+ mill per aircraft when a Cessna-150 flying slow, cheaply produced & maintained in harsh
climates, that contains the needed sensor suite and electronics upgrades, and has a couple hellfires /GBU-39s under the wings fits the need.
Maybe saving the cash on a fleet of low-cost, easily maintained, aircraft for low threat areas will free up the funds for use in other areas. Keep the
cool toys for the rare cases they are needed, the first week of aggression, if the air is contested, etc. Use the saved cash to maintain the fleet of
expensive aircraft currently held together with gum and glue. Maybe buy a few more primary weapon systems use in a high-intensity conflict.
Now let's just hope military purchasing doesn't find a way to make these aircraft cost the same as a F-16/FA-18....