That shouldn't affect my calculus or physics literacy, right? Freedom of religion and all.......
Otherwise it is just a waste of money. Learned that the hard way
All CS or Engineering here.
Not to split hairs, but I meant 'Never,ever happen', not 'Never, ever happened'. Past tense vs present tense, and those examples are way past tense. I don't think that would ever happen now, that the AF would intend to let a A/C be developed for the Navy first and then adapt it for their use.
"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.
When has this misguided notion that we can have 1 base A/C be all things to all branches EVER worked out?
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.