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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Effectiveness of simple drones against tanks, targets, long term consequences
Replies: 17
Views: 1778

Re: Effectiveness of simple drones against tanks, targets, long term consequences

You will likely see Apaches, attack helis become command nodes and even launchers for loitering munitions. The US Army is already testing concepts for launching drones from helicopters I imagine there are many advantages to commanding the drone from the ground, if you can maintain a radio connectio...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 18289

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

I didn't say it was unfair. I said it was ineffecient. You can tell because I didn't write "it's unfair". Instead I wrote "it's ineffecient". Right in the part you qouted. Having the military decide the right amount that a space company ought to contribute to the local loan-out-...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 18289

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

I can't fathom how anyone would find this unfair unless the underlying conviction is that businesses should be allowed to do as they please with the environment with no interference from the community they operate in and profit from. I didn't say it was unfair. I said it was ineffecient. You can te...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 18289

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

I can't fathom how anyone would find this unfair unless the underlying conviction is that businesses should be allowed to do as they please with the environment with no interference from the community they operate in and profit from. I didn't say it was unfair. I said it was ineffecient. You can te...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 85674

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

Hungary 2 Portugul 5 Netherlands 5 This is what happens when there are local jobs in it. Countries in EU end up with a lot of different types of planes, some imported from outside the EU, and there is no coordination or overall plan, as all act in their own short-term interest. It's not different h...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline

I know we live in a different world, but I still find it strange these numbers are so easy to obtain. Imagine what the USSR would have done to try to get this information 40 or so years ago. Democracy means informing voters. Now try and get these numbers from the Luftwaffe or the RAF. I'm glad we h...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline

Lots of numbers, there’s some truth, some politics. Aug 1990, we were still converting to C-5, lots of beat up old A-models, about 50% termed MC. We were tasked with generating all available planes, by the next evening at 1am, I left with the last of 12 on the ramp. Peacetime v. wartime. I'm intere...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline

Interesting number for me is the 95% staffing of the maintenance positions, how did the US Air Force get to use staffing as a reason for mothballing the A-10 fleet? If the F-35 was at 95% where were the A-10 maintainers going to go.......like they say, numbers...statistics.....etc etc etc. Probably...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

Re: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline

Interesting number for me is the 95% staffing of the maintenance positions, how did the US Air Force get to use staffing as a reason for mothballing the A-10 fleet? If the F-35 was at 95% where were the A-10 maintainers going to go.......like they say, numbers...statistics.....etc etc etc. Problem ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jun 17, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline
Replies: 16
Views: 1145

US aircraft readiness rates in multi-year decline

https://www.thedrive.com/uploads/2022/06/16/Screen-Shot-2022-06-16-at-8.43.15-AM.png?auto=webp&optimize=high&quality=70&width=1440 Reading page two of the report ... it looks like they did NOT cherry-pick the worst of the data. But instead, they picked some aircraft types via a criteria...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 294
Views: 85674

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

Total sales now ...

Brazil 22
Hungary 2
Portugul 5
Netherlands 5
Total 34

Even if the KC390 is better for my mission, I'd be SUPER reluctant to buy a plane that only has 34 orders.

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by kitplane01
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 18289

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

They're 'placating' groups which seek to bolster environmental and historical conservation and education. There's something to be said for not letting corporations just come in and do anything they want with any site they purchase anywhere and the area around it, even if the compensation mechanisms...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 155
Views: 18289

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Before Space X can launch its Starship in support of NASA, the Department of Defense, and the greater goal of bringing humanity to the stars, the FAA has required that SpaceX must (among other requirements): * Prepare a historical context report (i.e., historical narrative) of the historic events an...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jun 13, 2022 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 127
Views: 15067

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022

Load Factors for February 2022 at GRR American: CLT: 90% MIA: 89% PHX: 88% DFW: 88% ORD: 81% DCA: 79% PHL: 76% Allegiant: SFB: 94% AZA: 93% PGD: 93% PIE: 93% SRQ: 90% FLL: 89% LAS: 80% VPS: 71% JAX: 63% (79% outbound, 46% inbound) Delta: ATL: 90% MSP: 82% DTW: 79% LGA: 68% Frontier: RSW: 95% MCO: 9...

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by kitplane01
Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 127
Views: 15067

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022

Load Factors for February 2022 at GRR American: CLT: 90% MIA: 89% PHX: 88% DFW: 88% ORD: 81% DCA: 79% PHL: 76% Allegiant: SFB: 94% AZA: 93% PGD: 93% PIE: 93% SRQ: 90% FLL: 89% LAS: 80% VPS: 71% JAX: 63% (79% outbound, 46% inbound) Delta: ATL: 90% MSP: 82% DTW: 79% LGA: 68% Frontier: RSW: 95% MCO: 9...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jun 10, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

Why do you think the airbus a 330 MRTT did not attain full operational capability until 2017? And why do you think the plane had any operational deficiencies before 2017 I posted the link to the Australian Defense Ministry statement above. I read that. It does not say the airplane had any deficienc...

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by kitplane01
Fri Jun 10, 2022 10:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I consider them both to be comparable in quality and capability, in final form, but due to large difference in size, they are optimized for different missions. That is the true discriminator. If "in final form" means "once it works" then that's an uninteresting observation. I be...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I consider them both to be comparable in quality and capability, in final form, but due to large difference in size, they are optimized for different missions. That is the true discriminator. If "in final form" means "once it works" then that's an uninteresting observation. I be...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale
Replies: 56
Views: 8956

Re: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale

Yet as we look to the future, FCAS with France and Germany is seemingly making the same mistakes that Eurofighter made in its design. Mainly the political squabbling of what either nation wants. But it would appear that Britain & partners with the Tempest have learnt their lesson. Weird how all...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 09, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I thought it might be interesting to compare the two programs. I've started their timelines at program start. KC-46 Development started 11 years ago. First flight took 3 years after program start First delivery to the air force took 8 years after program start Might be cleared for combat operations...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 09, 2022 8:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I thought it might be interesting to compare the two programs. I've started their timelines at program start. KC-46 Development started 11 years ago. First flight took 3 years after program start First delivery to the air force took 8 years after program start Might be cleared for combat operations...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jun 09, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I thought it might be interesting to compare the two programs. I've started their timelines at program start. KC-46 Development started 11 years ago. First flight took 3 years after program start First delivery to the air force took 8 years after program start Might be cleared for combat operations ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

Imagine how bad things would be if Boeing didn't have all those decades of tanker experience. :duck: As many here have tried to explain, the KC-46 is not the KC-135, it's significantly more advanced, as requested by the USAF. The decades of experience with the KC-135 won't overlap very much with th...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jun 08, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

The "foreseeable" part is TWZ being disingenuous, as they know the new RVS is being rolled out next year, and will begin factory integration the following year. I believe they spoke to exactly that issue, complete with quote from the USAF officer. "Whatever the case, the KC-46A remai...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jun 08, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

Also "emergency need" just means lack of availability of another refueling asset. The KC-46 could step in at any time. As the USAF officials said, you will see them operating in combat theaters during exercises and training, but won't be dispatched there for routine operations. Another wa...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jun 08, 2022 5:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 88
Views: 12683

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that it is still not using its fleet of KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers to support combat operations, and will not for the foreseeable future except in response to "emergency need." This is despite the service recently touting that these aircraft c...

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by kitplane01
Mon Jun 06, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 127
Views: 15067

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2022

Delta has dropped Marquette -> Minneapolis. Marquette is right between the hubs of Detroit and Minneapolis and now only one is accessable.

Has traffic out of Marquette dropped? Why did this happen?

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by kitplane01
Wed Jun 01, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale
Replies: 56
Views: 8956

Re: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale

LHAM wrote:
Rafale has a backlog of about 200 frames. The Typhoon I believe is around 50.
Plus there is the pending large orders for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy with the Rafale being a strong contender for both.


When I started this thread I found 176 orders. See first post.

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by kitplane01
Mon May 30, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6471

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

Eh, it's all relative. They're much slower than the much cheaper aircraft and missiles that hunt them. That's exactly what I meant. A salvo of 30-40 long range missiles targeted at a carrier is a perfectly plausible scenario. Each carrier is protected with at least one Tico and two Burkes. So, you'...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 28, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale
Replies: 56
Views: 8956

Re: Future of the Typhoon vs Rafale

Does anyone know which aircraft "most" pilots would rather take into combat - the Typhoon or the Rafale? Let's use eastern Ukraine as the theatre and the aircraft being operated by the Ukrainians with their support assets. Which aircraft is better has been widely debated ... but the conse...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 24, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 9584

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

What fuel does the Starliner use. Not the launch vehicle,but the actual capsule? (Googling does not reveal an answer.)

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by kitplane01
Sun May 22, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 9584

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

Can someone compare Starliner vs Crewed Dragon in terms of development cost and time? Everyone says SpaceX is best, but where they better in this case?

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by kitplane01
Wed May 11, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favorite Military Blogs
Replies: 6
Views: 1120

Favorite Military Blogs

These are my favorite military blogs. Can anyone suggest more/better ones? https://news.usni.org -- Authoritative naval stuff https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone -- General military stuff by professionals willing to state opinions https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/ -- longer articles from a british p...

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by kitplane01
Wed May 11, 2022 6:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

About the LCS ... The entire class, all of the ships combined, were able to generate 6 deployments in 2021. Fewer in 2020. Fewer in 2019. The ships cannot deploy. https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/us-navy-to-deploy-6-littoral-combat-ships-by-year-end/ The GAO report on the LCS ship (Feb 2022) starts ...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 09, 2022 8:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

The US Navy is retiring LCS hulls as fast as it can. The biggest constrain is whether Congress will let the USN retire ships that are so new and cost so much when built. I won't join in but I see you are getting a lot of push back from others on this subject. I politely don't think that's true. I t...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 09, 2022 5:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

About the LCS ... The entire class, all of the ships combined, were able to generate 6 deployments in 2021. Fewer in 2020. Fewer in 2019. The ships cannot deploy. https://thediplomat.com/2021/07/us-navy-to-deploy-6-littoral-combat-ships-by-year-end/ The GAO report on the LCS ship (Feb 2022) starts w...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 09, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Please forgive me if I come off as naive in this, I am not a Navy guy, but I am interested in this subject. ... LCS would be an ideal drone platform and drones certainly are going to be a large part of 21st century warfare. The US Navy is retiring LCS hulls as fast as it can. The biggest constrain ...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 08, 2022 4:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

If they wanted a ship to run with a carrier why did they ever fund the LCS? They offer nothing to a carrier group, nothing on offense, nothing on defense. I have read the Wikipedia description of the Constellation class frigates and two things stand out; the first is that these ships are to be part...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 08, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

You must be surprised that Navy is decommissioning so many LCS so early. And moving on to a new platform. If they USN thought the LCS was worth having they would repair the ones that need repair, and would not be decommissioning the ones they have. Fact check: 9 LCS have been proposed for retiremen...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

LCS gets kicked around but they are out there serving every day, and crews like them. Their concept is just different than the traditional categories of warships. They were designed to replace three classes of ships, and are successful at two of them. The need for a more lethal frigate has reemerge...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

There is always a need for more capacity, but not an unlimited budget. The KC-46 also gets kicked around, but it too is now forward deployed, and is very active even without RVS 2.0. If conflict with China broke out tomorrow, the B-2 fleet would be essential. Hence the need for B-21 to replace them...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

This is a specious question. At the time it was being developed, the need for this aircraft was very real, and to this day, its very existence affects the behavior of the two main adversaries. The fact that the need continues is illustrated by the B-21 following in its footsteps. Then it’s not a sp...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF High-Speed VTOL program
Replies: 32
Views: 3448

Re: USAF High-Speed VTOL program

Sikorsky ought to revisit the X-wing concept that they investigated with the S-72. It would be less draggy, have far superior disk loading, and capable of higher speeds than Bell's folding rotors concept. https://www.sikorskyarchives.com/X-WING.php This is Sikorsky's to lose if they go this route. ...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 5:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

This is a specious question. At the time it was being developed, the need for this aircraft was very real, and to this day, its very existence affects the behavior of the two main adversaries. The fact that the need continues is illustrated by the B-21 following in its footsteps. Then it’s not a sp...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 2:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

Re: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

My answer: (1) The Oliver Hazard Perry frigate production was just ending. A successor of similar size but more modern capability produced just after the year 2000 would be nice to have now, even if they would be getting on in years. Also, anything that avoids the LCS debacle is a good. (2) The 767 ...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would you have spent the B-2 money on?
Replies: 108
Views: 5834

What would you have spent the B-2 money on?

Between 1988 and 2004, the USAF spent $72B on developing/producing the B-2 bomber. (inflation adjusted, $44B nominal)

What should the US military have spent that money on?

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by kitplane01
Sat May 07, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF High-Speed VTOL program
Replies: 32
Views: 3448

Re: USAF High-Speed VTOL program

We super-a-whole-bunch don't see the world the same way. You REALLY believe the LCS was cancelled when they understood it was a bad idea? Did you know there are still 11 ships under construction and/or waiting to be commissioned? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littoral_combat_ship#List_of_littoral_c...

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by kitplane01
Fri May 06, 2022 3:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF High-Speed VTOL program
Replies: 32
Views: 3448

Re: USAF High-Speed VTOL program

One thing the US is good at is predicting the future. The US has the guts to cancel expensive programs when it no longer suits the future B-2, F-22, Commanche, FCS, LCS, Zumwalt etc. They will presist with troubled We super-a-whole-bunch don't see the world the same way. You REALLY believe the LCS ...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 05, 2022 12:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF High-Speed VTOL program
Replies: 32
Views: 3448

Re: USAF High-Speed VTOL program

We're arguing that if you cannot maintain a FOB you're already losing the war. A country can win a war and still suffer high casualties at their FOB. The whole point of heavy vertical lift is to reduce casualties. 3000+ fuel truck convoy drivers deaths is a start. You're not arguing against me but ...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 05, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 967
Views: 132896

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

No, not a decision. An accomplishment. Switzerland is the only soil in central Europe, where since 1803 no foreign armies marched. And the reason why Switzerland was neutral since then is, because the large European powers mandated it in 1815. In the congress of Vienna, neither of the large powers ...

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