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Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force
Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013

Posted on 09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT by ClaytonP

One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers.

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However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

There aren’t many bombers left.

All of the bombers are old.

No new bomber is waiting in the wings.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: airforce; b1; b2; b52; bombers
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1 posted on 09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

I don’t want this POS regime to have any more power than it already has. We’ll rebuild once the $h!7 is flushed outta offlice.


2 posted on 09/21/2013 2:07:19 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Can new B-1’s be built at all?


3 posted on 09/21/2013 2:09:25 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: ClaytonP
Translation...Boeing and GE need new contracts to build more factories in China.


4 posted on 09/21/2013 2:11:17 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Don’t take my word for it, these are my opinions...Do your own Homework)
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To: ClaytonP

It’s a miracle the B-52 is still flying. Under Obama America’s Air Force will look like the patched up fleet of 1950s autos still plying the streets in Cuba.


5 posted on 09/21/2013 2:12:08 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Vaquero

The youngest B52 is older than me. And I am on my second midlife crisis.


6 posted on 09/21/2013 2:16:03 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: ClaytonP
Missiles rock.

Plus the nuking from Space is a Sure Thing.

(faster too)

7 posted on 09/21/2013 2:16:41 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: ClaytonP

Ps: your link hits a 404 error.


8 posted on 09/21/2013 2:16:52 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: The Great RJ
"..it’s a miracle the B-52 is still flying."

Sometimes GREAT design (and designers) transcends.

9 posted on 09/21/2013 2:18:12 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: ClaytonP
There aren't many battleships left, either. Or horse cavalryman. Or mailed knights.

The next war will bear no resemblance to the previous ones, though some entities continue to profit mightily from selling outdated tools to governments who believe it must be fought the same way.

10 posted on 09/21/2013 2:18:16 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: The Great RJ
Aren't the H's from the 60's?

We chopped a buncha older B-52's to make the Ruskies happy.

11 posted on 09/21/2013 2:19:49 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Vermont Lt
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2013/08/16/some-disturbing-facts-about-americas-dwindling-bomber-force/
12 posted on 09/21/2013 2:20:49 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: Hardraade

I kinda like the B-2’s.


13 posted on 09/21/2013 2:20:57 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: ClaytonP
In a House hearing, the AF implied it might have to cut all the B1s due to sequestration.

All branches said they cannot function in any wartime scenario or even minor spats like Iraq if sequestration is fully implemented.

After the fire, the Navy will scrap the brand new USS Miami which would cost 400 mil to repair.

The Army cannot repair damaged vehicles because personnel cuts will make that impossible.

There is no money for infrastructure upgrades and little for repairs.

14 posted on 09/21/2013 2:25:35 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Hardraade
Can new B-1’s be built at all?

The last time I visited AMARC (aircraft boneyard in Tucson, AZ), the entire B-1 assembly line was sitting out in the desert under the sun and stars. Who knows if it is still useable? That was years ago. They have probably melted it down for scrap by now.

15 posted on 09/21/2013 2:34:49 PM PDT by Gritty (Nobody wants to hear about American exceptionalism when the issue is American ineffectualism-MSteyn)
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To: ClaytonP

Our bomber nuclear leg of the triad is B-52s and non-stealth cruise missiles (the AGM-129 being retired) and B2 with ancient B61 and B83 gravity bombs. I admit I am no expert, but gravity bombs? Against S-400 SAMs?
And concentrated at only three bases??? Maybe a “bolt from the blue” is unlikely, but why invite it with a tempting target?

It seems we are using old systems with old tactics against a SAM threat that continues to evolve, even against stealth if you believe the Russians.

Maybe it is time to retire the bombers, like the battleship, and focus on missile technology.


16 posted on 09/21/2013 2:35:41 PM PDT by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: ClaytonP

Thanks. Good read.


17 posted on 09/21/2013 2:36:56 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
It's a foolish and potentially fatal error to discard proven effective weapons systems and the means to replenish them.

While not deployed as cavalry, the boots and saddles Spec-Op warriors found that older methods sometimes served best.

I recall quite a few military pundits saying close quarter combat was a thing of the past so maybe we should abandon the bayonet. And yet....

18 posted on 09/21/2013 2:39:36 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Gritty

Just thinking out loud here, but if there were another war where long range bombers were needed, it would be over before we could dust off the blueprints.


19 posted on 09/21/2013 2:41:06 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: Hardraade

No. No tooling or manufacturing capability. Gone.


20 posted on 09/21/2013 2:43:09 PM PDT by Hulka
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