To: Cobra64; Aeronaut
posted on 12/22/2005 2:07:19 AM PST
by F14 Pilot
(Democracy is a process not a product)
To: F14 Pilot; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...
posted on 12/22/2005 2:12:39 AM PST
(It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.)
To: F14 Pilot
The Raptor is designed to be especially proficient at taking out such ground-launched missiles because of its speed and stealth. That's something military leaders say could be needed in a fight against potential enemies including Iran or North Korea.
"We want to kick the door down so the air space is clear for any (aircraft) you want to go in," Krumm said. "Someone could come in flying a Cessna 172 with a pistol if you wanted after we're done."
The Raptor's dogfighting capability adds a new dimension to the Air Force's fleet of stealth aircraft. Krumm compared the earlier F-117 Nighthawk and B-2 Spirit to cockroaches.
"They want to sneak in, drop their bombs, and sneak out again. They have absolutely no wish for a fight," he said. "They don't have air-to-air missiles, they cannot maneuver that well or anything else. Our airplane is entirely offensive. Not only am I stealthy, but I'll also hunt you down and kill you if you get in my way." And then there is the Raptor's super cruise capability that lets it fly at supersonic speed without using fuel-guzzling afterburners as required by other fighters. "That saves us a lot of gas and opens up a whole host of things when you start talking about dropping bombs," Krumm said.
Cessna 172 and a pistol, you say? Hell, I'll volunteer!
By the way, does anyone else think this guy Krumm is reminiscent of this guy?:
Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
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