posted on Jul, 12 2019 @ 09:34 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
He was Commander of ACC when they canceled the Raptor. I partially blame him too then. I understand they canceled it to fund other programs that were
arguably just as important. They were close to the 2025 estimate. Who out there has a fifth gen? China’s? They couldn’t foresee the hacking and
espionage so they were pretty close.
There was an old saying: the raptor killed the Air Force and the 35 will kill the DoD. Such an expensive program.
Didn’t they get more 35s this bill than planned? The lessons were learned he must’ve forgot. The Raptor is flying it’s ass off. Adding hours to
its airframe and not doing anything of substance. Peanut butter spread the 35s for a decade or two. Keep making them better slowly. Build the B-21.
Build a metric # ton. The AF is going to lose a ton of eagles for age soon. But they want them to keep flying for another 20 years. The SLEP costs as
much as a new jet and reduces capability since it’ll take a long time for a jet to slep. Replace the C with the EX. In another decade after that
they’ll be fully two seat multi role and not single seat flown. E model dudes and wsos will finally have a Gaurd base to go to. The EX can travel to
nations and show air superiority where we can’t fly fifth gen at. Smaller footprint. Makes sense. This has been in the works for a long long time.