Interesting article on how the U.S. Air Force wants to axe ALL of the U-2 and F-117 fleets and cut the overall # of B-52s in half to provide more funding for production of additional F-22As.
While I am in favor of making a 'necessary sacrifice' to fund production of more Raptors, I worry that the total loss of F-117s will hurt the U.S. in the short-term. The F-22A IS operational, but, still in a very small number. I think that we still need a 'backup' stealth platform until there is a larger # of F-22s (and the JSF comes on-line).
Team Stealth...when it absolutely, positively HAS to be taken out overnight!
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4385 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
I can understand retiring the B-52s and F-117s in favor of more F-22s, but retiring the U-2 doesn't make any sense. Are they going to buy Global Hawks or another manned platform to fill in for the U-2?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6226 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
Quoting CX747 (Reply 1): I can understand retiring the B-52s and F-117s in favor of more F-22s, but retiring the U-2 doesn't make any sense. Are they going to buy Global Hawks or another manned platform to fill in for the U-2?
In theory, the Global Hawk fits the U-2 niche very well, so that is a possibility. It's been mentioned before.
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Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
Underscoring the difficulty that the Air Force may face in selling this
plan to Congress, the fiscal year 2006 defense appropriations bill,
signed Dec. 30 by President Bush, includes $9..4 billion to maintain the
fleet of 52 F-117s.
Atmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 39 Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 9): Is it me or is the Raptor not as "stealthy" as the F-117. I have a hard time believeing they are similar in radar signature
The amount of computing power available at the time the F-117 was designed was a limiting factor in creating a profile that was stealthy, resulting in the boxy look. One would think that a decade's worth of advances in computational power would let them solve the problem of making a much more aerodynamic design as stealthy.
[Edited 2006-01-14 03:54:02]
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