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#1 haven't the f-35s had some bad reviews of late?
Posted by chris 2013-04-07 01:02||
#2 F-16's & F-15's had their problems when they first came out.
That's the price of being at the cutting edge.
Posted by Blossom the Bunyip7551 2013-04-07 02:58||
#3 The F-15s would be a better fit, both operationally and financially.
Would not be surprised to see F-35 procurement numbers/rate drop quite a bit, if recent DoD rumblings are to be believed. Would also not be surprised to see it terminated ala A-12 due to budget woes. Civ pers furloughs keep getting pushed back, and any serious attempts to reduce acdu pay benefits is a non starter, so money has to come from somewhere.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2013-04-07 03:08||
#4 I thought the main threat to them was Nork artillery?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-04-07 06:19||
#5 ...The F-15 was a genuine horror show when it first came into service not only because of the usual teething troubles (as is the -35) but because the USAF made the premeditated decision to buy airplanes but nowhere near enough spares to keep them flying.
The F-35 isn't having any more problems than a plane of its advanced technology should be having. The problem is that because that technology is so advanced, even the slightest glitch will require a lot of money to fix it.
Posted by Mike Kozlowski 2013-04-07 08:06||
#6 given the artillery that Nork has and the massive human wave they'd likely throw at the south, I'd rather get A-10s. Tear those hungry bastards to shreds
Posted by Frank G 2013-04-07 11:47||
Posted by Besoeker 2013-04-07 12:47||
#8 The Lightning v1 would be good enough to beat the Norks in air combat.
I still like the fact there's a few Canberras flying around war-zones.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2013-04-07 12:53||
#9 This was Highway 80 [the highway of death].
Having had a (quite minor) role in that, I can add a few clarifiers.
The initial attack was done by an A-6 crew. Took out the head of the column, then the rear. The rest got bogged down trying to get around.
Most of the column wasn't armor, but transport and civilian vehicles (and booty) looted from Kuwait. The Iraqi troops were regular forces; conscripts of dubious quality. The Republican Guard had left nearly a day earlier.
After the initial attacks, anything with wings that could carry a bomb was sent out.
It was a singular oddity and quite unlike what a NorK assault would be.
Posted by Pappy 2013-04-07 13:10||
#10 Building on pappy's statments: I was on the Ranger (CV-61) during that time, w/ VA-155. VA-145 was the other Intruder squadron. Ranger was assigned night bomb runs, another CV had days. While shooting them off full and catching them empty wasn't new, watching the explosions on CNN was.
Bring back Rockeye!
Posted by USN, Ret. 2013-04-07 21:29||