What happened? The military industrial complex got greedy. They get awarded contracts for aircraft and weapons concepts that they require 20 years of fat paychecks in order to produce a flawed product.
Nah, military got greedy.
Every weapon systems has to be ultra-high tech electronics, “integrated”, camouflaged, high speed, low altitude, deep-diving, smart bulleted, uni-sex, VTOL, etc. etc.
apparently, we can no longer rely on quantity to win a war, so we have to swing to the other side - the ultimate, bad-ass weapons, which, of course, the taxpayer can no longer afford, or can only afford a dwindling few.
The constituents demand $900 hammers so that the ordnance men don’t blow half the ship up using an iron hammer to tap out a fuse.
Defense contractors work within the law.
We test the crap out of it to ensure Johnny does not get killed.
The military industrial complex got greedy.
The complex was corrupt long before the 1960’s due to politics.
Strides in aeronautics have slowed due to physics. These days we make better advancements in avionics and materials that aren’t as easily seen.
Buck Adams. I haven’t thought about him for years. He was the 28th BMW commander when I was assigned to the 44th SMW at Ellsworth.
He was kind of obnoxious and not well liked even by some within his wing. He and the SMW commander both made BG on the same board and they didn’t like each other. The SMW commander pinned on a bit before him and was the host wing commander so his allocation of funds and projects didn’t always make Adams happy.