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#1581 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 0137 AM

Thats right. Though I guess if you can put the entire aircraft off boresight, its not THAT much of a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

Few more shots here.

 

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If I didnt know better, Id say the USAF was quietly lobbying to have their aircraft put out of their misery.

 

aren't those pics of the demo team though?

 

 

It is, but what is it saying that they are putting aircraft like that in front of the public? Its not sending a particularly great signal.

 

 

or it's saying we aren't wasting the limited funding or time to do the up-keep to keep it 'combat' ready.....?

 

or who knows, maybe at of the show season they go in for extensive skin 'repairs'...?

 

Well they built less than 200 airframes. What is the USAF saying that it doesnt need to keep all of the pitifully small number it has combat ready?


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 2051 PM

187 airframes isnt pitifully small compared to any other organization that isnt Chinese. How many typhoons are there? How many MiG-35s?
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 2124 PM

187 airframes isnt pitifully small compared to any other organization that isnt Chinese. How many typhoons are there? How many MiG-35s?

China does not have much that is modern though. The J-11 build was only around 250.


Edited by KV7, 13 August 2019 - 0550 AM.

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#1584 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 0122 AM

187 airframes isnt pitifully small compared to any other organization that isnt Chinese. How many typhoons are there? How many MiG-35s?

 

Yes, but European nations dont have to guard 2 Oceans with them. Add up all the European airforces with them and you are looking at close to 500 airframes.

 

Compared to the amount of terrain the US has to cover, yes, 200 airframes is pretty pitiful.  Add up how many they have up in the Pacific, and compare them to how many can quickly deploy to Europe if they need them. There is an obvious problem.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 1003 AM

187 airframes isnt pitifully small compared to any other organization that isnt Chinese. How many typhoons are there? How many MiG-35s?

Why MiG-35 is even in discussion?
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Posted 12 August 2019 - 1214 PM

Is it meaningful to add up all European Typhoons (or other aircraft) as a comparison to USAF F-22s? These European planes are not even placed under a unified command, which the F-22s are. In addition, the F-22s are not exactly the only modern fighter aircraft in the US armed forces. 


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#1587 Nobu

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 1222 PM

The picture that may be coming into focus is the readiness level not matching the threat level being used to justify the expenditure level.


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