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  1. Thread: X-47B is afloat

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    It sounds like the official word is that whatever...

    It sounds like the official word is that whatever UCLASS ends up being, it'll be different enough from the X-47B that there's not enough value in continuing to fly them. I'd like to see them go to...
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    I don't have the link, but I read somewhere this...

    I don't have the link, but I read somewhere this was basically a partial-order just to keep everything rolling until a final order was placed.
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    In concept, this is not very different from the...

    In concept, this is not very different from the EC-121/E-3 and F-4/F-15 relationship for the past 50 years.
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    As NATO stockpiles ran low, the US took over many...

    As NATO stockpiles ran low, the US took over many of the strikes that would have otherwise been flown by other NATO partners. If you want to pretend that running dangerously low on munitions less...
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    That's my impression from chatting with an Osprey...

    That's my impression from chatting with an Osprey pilot on another message board I sometimes use...if I could remember who it was I could ask. Unfortunately...

    But if the transmission fails on a...
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    It's probably basically the same as an Osprey;...

    It's probably basically the same as an Osprey; there's a connection between the transmissions to keep both rotors going. If you're asking about flight characteristics, I still think it's going to be...
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    It's perfectly normal for the pilot of a given...

    It's perfectly normal for the pilot of a given aircraft to be younger than the aircraft. If I had to guess I'd say that was more common than having an older pilot.
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    Yeah there's a big difference between sealing an...

    Yeah there's a big difference between sealing an aircraft up in the desert and keeping a ship from rusting into the sea.
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    That's not really a fair challenge.

    That's not really a fair challenge.
  10. It's off the table for Congress, and that's what...

    It's off the table for Congress, and that's what matters.

    But that would be the ultimate middle finger to the Marines, lol.
  11. You probably don't want to know how the US...

    You probably don't want to know how the US calculates the unemployment rates. Talk about seeing how the sausage is made...
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    I don't really know what you're arguing, because...

    I don't really know what you're arguing, because this is exactly the mindset they used while developing the F-35. It's not as stealthy as the F-22 because it doesn't need to be.
  13. The only AF asset being defended at the Pentagon...

    The only AF asset being defended at the Pentagon is the F-35. Even if you include personnel as an asset.
  14. Thread: F-22 Weapon Bays

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    The missiles look added. Looks like blur...

    The missiles look added. Looks like blur markings on the wing along the exhaust, and the missiles in the bays are very flat looking. My guess is we're looking at an airshow flyby.
  15. I don't know the gnat's ass details well enough,...

    I don't know the gnat's ass details well enough, but the idea of relying on INS in that situation gives me pause. Getting into CEP and whatnot. SDB2 is probably a decent choice, but going much...
  16. PGMs are hardly flawless. It doesn't take much...

    PGMs are hardly flawless. It doesn't take much to scramble a GPS signal. Bad weather can eliminate LGBs. Now what? F-35s in the weeds?
  17. I don't really disagree. AF regs are gnats-ass...

    I don't really disagree. AF regs are gnats-ass in the most inconvenient ways and there's a serious corporate mindset that is in MANY ways stifling. In the C2 community I've seen some glimmers that...
  18. That's good to hear. I never saw that level of...

    That's good to hear. I never saw that level of cooperation, but it was also never quite as critical so that might just be my cynicism creeping out.
  19. The Air Force will hand the A-10 keys to the Army...

    The Air Force will hand the A-10 keys to the Army before the Army or Marines let the JFACC use their helicopters.

    It's a nice thought, but in practice "joint" doesn't usually work that way.
  20. Actually that's exactly when those tasks become...

    Actually that's exactly when those tasks become crucial. And an A-10 is a better Sandy than an F-16.
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