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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Smallest Mach 2 fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 3216

Re: Smallet Mach 2 fighter

kitplane01 wrote:
What is the smallest Mach 2 fighter?

Ranked by empty weight
Has to go Mach 2 in level flight
Has to have a weapon


One suggestion: A Mirage III weighs only 15,500 lbs empty!

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Smallest Mach 2 fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 3216

Smallest Mach 2 fighter

What is the smallest Mach 2 fighter?

Ranked by empty weight
Has to go Mach 2 in level flight
Has to have a weapon

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Do you think the average number of flight hours equals the flight hours per pilot? The pilot pool for one type per aircraft could be bigger than the other. I've never seen that data. If there are more A-10 pilots per plane than AV8s, that would be interesting. I don't know where to find such data. ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 15, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Questions: What is it about the B-2 that requires so much more training hours than the B-1 or B-52? F-15E/Fs fly more than any other fighter. Can their training requirements really be so high? Shouldn't their mission require about the same training hours as an A-10? What are they doing that A-10 ai...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Common phrase, Hope is not a Strategy. The line items are Operations & Maintenance; pretty loose after that in breaking it down by MAJCOM or service. My wing got about 4100 flight hours for 56 UE pilots. 1100 had to be “[email protected] by flying ASIF (TWCF) live missions- scheduled channel, SAAM, conti...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Another thing to consider that all "training" flights aren't actually training. That's just the phrase that they use in peacetime. C17s flying deploying units around the world is included. So are P8s tracking Russian or Chinese subs. So are Alaskan Air Command fighters that patrol the bor...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

You’re making a huge assumption, incorrectly in my opinion, that training is the driver of flight hours. It isn’t, it’s budgets. Training is the base argument driven by experience levels, aircraft mission, training areas, exercise deployments, etc. Then it all goes into budget line items and “meat”...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

It was an improvement on what started as an experimental aircraft, which became a specialized attack type for the RAF in NW Europe from 1969, procured with maritime mods and simplified avionics for the USMC in 1972. A maritime multi role version with the RN effectively won a war 8000 miles from hom...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

You’re making a huge assumption, incorrectly in my opinion, that training is the driver of flight hours. It isn’t, it’s budgets. Training is the base argument driven by experience levels, aircraft mission, training areas, exercise deployments, etc. Then it all goes into budget line items and “meat”...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Are you really comparing a VSTOL, often deployed from small assault carriers, type which is now ageing, with a widely used though also mature but built in much larger numbers conventional fighter and a converted airliner? What ‘leaps out’ is a lack of context. If I'm the Marine Corps, I might have ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Re: Flying hours per Aircraft

Are you really comparing a VSTOL, often deployed from small assault carriers, type which is now ageing, with a widely used though also mature but built in much larger numbers conventional fighter and a converted airliner? What ‘leaps out’ is a lack of context. If I'm the Marine Corps, I might have ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... 3-106217-1

An AH-64 costs about 1/3X per flight hour as an A-10 or F-16.
I don't know how it compares to your favorite drone.
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According to https://www.documentcloud.org/documents ... 3-106217-1

An AH-64 costs about 1/3X per flight hour as an A-10 or F-16.
I don't know how it compares to your favorite drone.

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Flying hours per Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 2398

Flying hours per Aircraft

Questions: What is it about the B-2 that requires so much more training hours than the B-1 or B-52? F-15E/Fs fly more than any other fighter. Can their training requirements really be so high? Shouldn't their mission require about the same training hours as an A-10? What are they doing that A-10 air...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Wikipedia says the missile detection systems were installed on Mi-24s during the Afghanistn wars in the 1980s, in reaction to the US supplied Stinger missiles. Both Wikipedia, and airforce-technology.com say it has flares. You can find a picture of the flare dispenser for the Mi-24 at https://commo...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

I find this very hard to believe. An F-15E has about 3x as much structure (empty weight). An AC-130 has about 7x as much structure (but it's OK if you didn't consider that oddball aircraft). Even an Mi-24 is a bigger helicopter, with armor. Can you offer a citation please? (Yes, I know structural w...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

3) They have no missile detection systems. 4) They deploy no countermeasures. Wikipedia says the missile detection systems were installed on Mi-24s during the Afghanistn wars in the 1980s, in reaction to the US supplied Stinger missiles. Both Wikipedia, and airforce-technology.com say it has flares...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The Apache is not fragile it could take more bullets than any fixed wing aircraft besides an A-10. So out of the thousands of flying things in the world the Apache is number 2 least fragile. I find this very hard to believe. An F-15E has about 3x as much structure (empty weight). An AC-130 has abou...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 01, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

In short, though there are less aircraft, they can generate more sorties per day because they have more room on the carrier to efficiently handle aircraft on the deck. On top of that, Hornets require less maintenance time than the old F-14 and Intruders, so their readiness is higher. Range is a bit...

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by kitplane01
Mon Oct 31, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

In short, though there are less aircraft, they can generate more sorties per day because they have more room on the carrier to efficiently handle aircraft on the deck. On top of that, Hornets require less maintenance time than the old F-14 and Intruders, so their readiness is higher. Range is a bit...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 28, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Their air forces--yes. Their navies--maybe. Their armies--probably not. The Ukrainian army can fight the Russian army to a standstill. I would expect our army has more capabilities than the Ukrainian one. Did you miss the part "without the US"? Durp. Yes. I still think European NATO has a...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 28, 2022 1:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

johns624 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Even NATO without the US could handle Russia now.


Maybe…
Their air forces--yes. Their navies--maybe. Their armies--probably not.


The Ukrainian army can fight the Russian army to a standstill. I would expect our army has more capabilities than the Ukrainian one.

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The British Empire put its money into the Royal Navy. True, but even at Trafalger it was at a pretty serious numerical disadvantage. My argument is the entire “peer” or “non-peer” idea is false because a lot more dictates combat outcomes than counting technology. And all of it is very hard to asses...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Manpads are clearly shooting down Russian helicopters. Several examples are available on Youtube. Peer advisory: Has equipment at about the same technology level, and a force of about the same size. Not every enemy is a peer. The Vietnamese military was not a peer to the US military because they di...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Meanwhile, in the real world: Russia has lost 52 of its own, higher-flying helicopters. (…) the gunship crews face extreme risk … and a shockingly short life expectancy. I remember the Russian combat losses being posted by Ukraine in the first 2 weeks of the war. The person fabricating the numbers ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

More survivable than the tank? A tank with active armor? Definitely more survivable than a tank. A pair of F-35 with small diameter bomb and you have a whole tank.comvoy missing their turrets. A pair of F-35s easily kills tanks. It also easily kills helicopters. And it detects helicopters in the ai...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

Every enemy is a peer, if they want to be. Peer advisory: Has equipment at about the same technology level, and a force of about the same size. Technology or access to it doesn’t alone describe peers. That is a armchair view, not reality. I think the definition of "near peer" in military ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

MANPADS weren’t what shot down helicopters, old fashioned riflemen did the it. Manpads are clearly shooting down Russian helicopters. Several examples are available on Youtube. Every enemy is a peer, if they want to be. Ask Russian last January if they considered UKR a peer? Ask them now. Peer advi...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta loses lawsuit on dismissed pilot on safety concerns
Replies: 76
Views: 10161

Re: Delta and the Psychiatrist Take a Great Fall

Disgusting that there appears to be no significant consequences for those responsible for this. Management in companies with safety critical operations should be licensed, just like pilots are. Such actions, where people might feel that raising safety related concerns with management could get them...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 1:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

How were losses of western Helicopters in Afghanistan and Iraq?

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 27, 2022 1:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

How do you feel about the future of the modern attack helicopter? The future looks excellent. The attack helicopter is fast becoming the most survivable platform on the battlefield which is why the US is investing so much money. Militaries around the world are placing large orders of attack helicop...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta loses lawsuit on dismissed pilot on safety concerns
Replies: 76
Views: 10161

Re: Delta and the Psychiatrist Take a Great Fall

Three different courts agreed she was treated wrong. The doctor involved gave up his medical license because of his actions.

These people have more data than us.

That's serious evidence she was treated wrong.

(If you want to argue the system was rigged go ahead.)

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 7216

The future of attack helicopters????

"In the eight months since launching its all-out invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost more than a quarter of its total in-service fleet of Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters sent to Ukraine for the war, ... At least 23 of Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator helicopters have been shot down or lost since th...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

Why would you have a 20 billion dollar asset putting itself at risk to get close enough to a bunch of gunboats so that your Sierras can do battle? As for its other roles sure, CSAR, evac and VERTREP is useful but Im not sure you would need all that many of them. I suppose since the carrier has the ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

With the Romeos and Sierras that all changed. HSs (and HCs) became HSCs, and the HSLs became HSMs. More of both also stood up. You now see them deploy together aboard a Carrier, then send birds to ships within the Battle Group. I'd bet that they each take as many as eight birds apiece on deployment...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 176
Views: 12495

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

About the Apache as the anti-drone platform of choice: That platform cost $8,500 per hour, and that's likely an underestimate and without ammo. If drones become a more serous threat, a lower cost platform would be easy to produce. No need for the armor, maybe no need for a two-person crew. An OH-58 ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 26, 2022 12:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 176
Views: 12495

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

Perhaps the mission is not to defend every single square mile of some large nation. Costs might force one to defend only the critical places. Does this mean the enemy might blow up a sewage treatment plant or local electric transformers? Yes. Also, war sucks. Also, you can blow up their stuff too.

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by kitplane01
Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

There's a reason that the Ticos and Burkes have such a large SM and ESSM loadout and why there's always at least 2-3 of them with every CBG. Two problems that are now becoming apparent to the everyday Joe. 1. The Tico's (cruisers) are not being replaced, the Navy and politicians along with vendors ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 23, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

I don't think I was being 'absolute'. I'm doubting the ability to stay 1) close enough so that the carrier air can reasonably get to the target 2) far enough away the land based assets have a hard time reaching out As Chinese tech gets ever closer to our tech .. the difference between 1 and 2 vanis...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 23, 2022 4:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

I'm not clear on what you're telling me??? Does the USN want to stay out of missile range: yes Is missile range ever-increasing: yes Is the Pacific Ocean increasing in size: No (it's actually shrinking by about 1 inch per year) Two mistakes a lot of people make when it comes to stuff like this is t...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

In a combat zone like the South China Sea the Navy needs longer range reach, to keep them out of range of missile threats. I dunno. Seems like missile range is ever-increasing, and that eventually there will be no useful station out of missile range. In order to be effective in the vast distances i...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

This is all an extremely high amount of cost to get a (nearly?) trillion dollar manned asset (carrier battle group), to a thousand miles from china. The logical/non-emotional option would be to move to a more distributed/less vulnerable asset. What CVN ‘power’ needs to really be projected in the we...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 20, 2022 6:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

If I had to guess I would say it would grow slightly and there would be some adjustments. Later blocks of the F/A-18 are extremely advanced and vastly underrated planes. Their one and only drawback is lack of range. F-35C has the range and will probably have even more range in the future if any of ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 19, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

What's the future of the Carrier Air Wing? Are the MQ-25s and F-35s in addition to the existing aircraft, or in replacement? Will the future air wing be bigger?

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

The mid 80s air wing often had 87-90 aircraft. Long range PGMs, newer air frames have much better readiness rates, and the fact that F/A-18s and F35s are truly dual role means the CAW of today is in some ways far more potent and capable than that of 30 years ago. The two biggest drawbacks in my opi...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 7:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

STT757 wrote:

In a combat zone like the South China Sea the Navy needs longer range reach, to keep them out of range of missile threats.


I dunno. Seems like missile range is ever-increasing, and that eventually there will be no useful station out of missile range.

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

STT757 wrote:
The Carrier Air Wings are in transition.

Being added now are the F-35Cs and CMV-22B.

By 2026 they will also include MQ-25A Stingray aerial refueling UAVs.


Are these in addition to or in replacement of other aircraft?

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 3:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7803

Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

A Carrier Air Wing in 1993 was 2 fighter squadrons (VF) of 10–12 F-14 Tomcats 2 strike fighter squadrons (VFA) of 12 F/A-18 Hornets 1 medium attack squadron (VA) 10 A-6E SWIP/TRAM intruders 1 tactical electronic warfare squadron (VAQ) of 4–6 EA-6Bs 1 anti-submarine squadron (VS) of 8 S-3A/B Vikings ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 13, 2022 4:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 53298

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Boeing has publicly mentioned doing digital design for T-7A pylons in one of my previous links. I looked in https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/att-usaf.htm and https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/t-x-the-sequel-new-tactical-trainer-solicitation-could-reignite-rivalries/ and co...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 13, 2022 3:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 53298

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Why "avoid the FA-50"? That plane seems to be right in the middle of the potential figher-varient-of-the-T-7A market. Any one buying the T-7A fighter variant will of course compare with the FA-50. Maybe the T-7A-light-fighter wins, but it will be in a competition with the FA-50. The answe...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 12, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 53298

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

That sounds like what a well run company might do, but not what the Boeing of today does. All your "bad Boeing" examples are programs coming out of the Puget Sound area. I harp on this often because it's true. BDS and BCA has different operational leadership, so often their performance do...

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