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Comment: Re:Shocked! Shocked I say! (Score 2) 401

by Sand_Man (#46057187) Attached to: More Bad News For the F-35

"Did you know though that the excellent F-14 was built in large part from spare parts (radar, engines, etc.) from the turkey F-111 program?"

Ya, vaguely familiar. Spent my 20's at Miramar working on F-14A+'s.

"It makes a lot more sense to first build a plane for the navy, and then have the air force adopt it."

Never, ever happen. AF is a bigger contract and has WAY more political clout. They always trump the squids.

Comment: Shocked! Shocked I say! (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by Sand_Man (#46056371) Attached to: More Bad News For the F-35

When has this misguided notion that we can have 1 base A/C be all things to all branches EVER worked out?

F-111 anyone?

The F-14 was a great A/C. For the Navy. The F-15 is one of the best ever, but would be useless as a carrier based A/C.
Anyone around fro all the fun and games that was involved in the F/A-18A rollout, and what was required for that to become a useful platform?

This flawed paradigm is why the A-6 was around for so long, they couldn't field a suitable replacement.

I expect that by the time the F-35 is out and working for everyone, it will cost the same as 3 well run, more narrowly scoped projects.

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.