posted on Dec, 3 2009 @ 01:55 PM
A couple of things here I would like to add to this. To those that say this was posted out of dislike of Obama, you couldn`t be farther from the
truth. I DON`T like Obama, or Bush, or Clinton... I also don`t think he had anything to do with this. What pissed me off was some pissant little
staffer throwing his weight around.
To those that say the Raptor isn`t needed, you couldn`t be farther from the truth. The average age of our fighter fleet is in the 20s (F-15
approaching 28, F-16 approaching 20+). About 8% of the older F-16s have cracks in the wings and 3% have bulkhead cracks. Approximately 183 F-15s
were permanently grounded after one broke up in flight. Add to that the fact that for several years in the near future several ANG bases will have NO
aircraft between their F-16s being retired and the F-35 coming online and we need the F-22 in a bad way.