posted on Feb, 11 2003 @ 11:32 AM
"KEEP OUR BOMBERS"
Sometime last year, before September 11th, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, (OSD), made a decision to cut 32 B-1 bombers from our arsenal from
the 92 we presently have to 60 and mothball the rest at the graveyard for our military aircraft, Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Ten of the
planes would be put in INVIOLATE storage and could be pulled back out of storage but would have to be upgraded later at considerable expense. The OSD
chose this plan from the options the Air Force offered as a way to pay for the cost of the B-1 upgrades that are presently being done. It could be
assumed the Air Force was not expecting them to take this option.
OF 180 COMBAT-READY BOMBERS, 32 B-1s AND 18 B-52s WOULD BE CUT
We presently only have 207 long range bombers B-52ís, B-1ís and B-2ís in our entire national arsenal of which only 180 are combat ready.
The OSD is also planning to cut 18 B-52ís. This would mean a total cut of almost 25% of our long range bombers - with the increasing threat of Iran,
Iraq and North Korea - all of which have much stronger surface to air missile threat than did Afghanistan.
NO MORE BOMBERS WILL BE BUILT UNTIL 2037
There are 94 B-52ís in service built in the 1960ís with 1950ís technology. There isnít another long range bomber scheduled to be built until 2037 when
all of our current bomber air frames structurally will begin to wear out, which means we could be trying to fight a war in the 2030ís with bombers
equivalent to Model Tís. The B-1 bombers were fought for by President Reagan and pushed through in the 1980ís ahead of normal lead times for
development and testing causing early deficiencies that would have been caught in a normal production cycle causing them initially to have a poor
reputation. In addition, they have been disparaged to some degree by the Air Force because they wanted more B-2ís of which only 21 were built in the
1990ís. The truth is that the B-1ís are a great airplane, supersonic and can carry the most payload of any of our bombers. They are reliable and the
bugs have been worked out