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Lawmakers warn Navy, Marines face large fighter jet shortfall
The Hill ^ | 3/22/10 | Roxana Tiron

Posted on 03/22/2010 8:56:56 PM PDT by Nachum

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To: Tallguy

Yes, I really mentioned the F-4 in jest as all airframes wear out. Even the venerable 737-100’s and 200’s (along with the early 747’s) are being converted to beer cans now. Sure, they could have been rebuilt indefinitely, but eventually it is cheaper to build new which was rather my point.

I know a lot of folks have a certain ..... romantic attachment to particular airframes, but support of antique systems (ie. F-14s) becomes hideously expensive as well. My father-in-law was horrified to discover that the early B-52’s were getting chopped up in Tucson. I pointed out that those things have EIGHT engines, and weren’t really worth keeping around. Still, he’s a romantic, and remained unconvinced.

My point is that they might look nice in a park (or on a “stick” up here in Colorado Springs), but one really shouldn’t try to keep them flying as long as they’re using my money to do it.


21 posted on 03/23/2010 6:31:03 AM PDT by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: Tallguy
Later on they detected cracks in the wing boxes and they had another decision — re-wing them again, or scrap them.

And they decided to do both. Rewinging the A-6Es, then scrapping them as they came off the rewing line.

At least that's how it turned out.

There were improved versions of the Tomcat/Intruder (F-14D, A-6F)ready for production but some Dick decided to go with the vapourware NATF and A-12 instead. When those crashed and burned, the golden plane was the A/F-X, with rebuilt F-14As and A-6s filling the gap.

When the A/F-X was cancelled the only alternative was the F/A-18E/F. Which meant the F-14A, A6E rebuilds had to go (even though much of the actual parts production had been don).

But no worries, the New Wonder JSF would be available to fill any gap from 2010, right?

22 posted on 03/23/2010 7:30:23 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong.)
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I remember the A-12 Avenger II fiasco. When that program crashed it very nearly took the entire naval strike capability with it. Left us with nothing but the F/A-18 Hornet, which was only a ‘light’ strike aircraft.


23 posted on 03/23/2010 7:50:18 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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24 posted on 03/23/2010 8:06:22 AM PDT by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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