About The Raptor is a horrible failure?
|August 19th, 2006||#1|
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The Raptor is a horrible failure? info
Stealth ability is less important than mobility?
In the future,Dog fight is the key of Air superiority?
Mass can defeat quality?
Human wave tactics is the best?
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.
Last edited by sandy; August 20th, 2006 at 18:14..
|August 19th, 2006||#2|
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Sandy, can you please post a source for that article? Thanks.
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which in truth, they are.
Gen. W.T. Sherman
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F-22 Test Team Perform Supersonic High-Altitude JDAM Drop
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.by Staff Writers
St Louis MO (SPX) Jun 14, 2006
The U.S. Air Force F-22 Combined Test Force team of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Air Force pilots successfully demonstrated the F-22 Raptor's ability to release a munition at supersonic speed, high altitude and standoff range during a recent joint developmental and operational test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
More at http://www.spacewar.com/reports/F_22...JDAM_Drop.html
|August 19th, 2006||#4|
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Several comments from my perspective:
1. The comparisons to the Me-262 are unfair. The Me-262 was introduced into WWII late in the war, when the Luftwaffe was short of experienced pilots and short on supplies (i.e., gas, ammunition, etc.). Had the Me-262 been introduced early in the war, in numerous quantities, and flown by experienced pilots, it might have made a tremendous impact in the aerial war; however, that's pure speculation and something we'll never know.
2. There will ALWAYS be a flaw in a fighter design; nothing will be perfect. The F/A-22 represents a compromise in design, based on today's realities. It's not as stealthy as the F-117A or the B-2A; it's probably not quite as maneuverable as the F-15C or the F-16C. It's a reality based on the fact that the United States has decided to stake its airpower on multi-role aircraft (whether or not this is a correct policy decision is an entirely separate discussion). The way you make up for that is in pilot training; currently, the US (as a whole) trains some of the best pilots in the world. I don't remember who said it (it might have been von Richthofen): "It's not the crate, but the man inside the crate that matters."
3. Where were these Fighter Mafia guys during the first Gulf War? Granted, the planes they pushed so hard for had their successes during the first Gulf War, but so did the F-117A -- if I'm not mistaken, I thought the Iraqis had superior radars and anti-aircraft defenses then the Serbs, and even if the Iraqis did spot the F-117A, none were shot down. For me, the results speak for themselves.
4. The F-117A that was shot down over Serbia was hit by a radar-guided SA-3, according to the colonel in charge of the AA battery. He declines to specify how his battery tracked the F-117A, but my guess is that he figured out a radar frequency that the F-117A is vulnerable to, or pushed the frequency closer to gamma rays.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -- Isaiah 6:8
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|August 24th, 2006||#7|
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From what I have heard, Congress and the Bush White House are forcing the Air Force to cut back on the F-22 program and instead buy the F-35A, which the Air Force has little to no interest in. Why could this be? Could it be because the F-35 will be filling a role currently being taken up by the F-16 which means the Air Force really doesn't see a need for the F-35? I think economics is coming into play here, the F-35 is an expensive program and in order to break even Boeing or Lockheed (Can't remember who is producing the F-35) needs to sell these aircraft to the Navy, Marines and Air Force, even though the Marines are the ones who need it the most with the Navy also having a need for it while the Air Force, from most of the stories I have heard, want next to nothing to do with this thing. In order to turn a profit the producers need to fill foreign orders too, it would look awfully odd to foreign militaries if the US Air Force didn't buy any of these aircraft.
Please note that 98% of what I say is my opinion and/or my "version" of the facts. Most of what I say is rumor with little to no evidence to back it up, just something I picked up somewhere.
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|August 25th, 2006||#9|
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I thought the Serbs used some sort of Pulse/Doppler radar to track it? Every now and then when the radar waves hit just right a slight return would be sent back, the radar operators tracked these pings, figured out the flight path, and basically threw a missile in the general vicinity hoping it would make contact, obviously there would be more to it, but like I said, that's just what I had been hearing.
|August 27th, 2006||#10|
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The person interviewed, Pierre C. Sprey, was one of the leading men in the aerospace field back in the 70s and 80s, dealing with the Pentagon on fighters. His criticisms are known as the "Pierre Sprey Buzzsaw", and the man worked extensively with John R. Boyd in the Energy-Maneuverability theory. He knows his material, and I have a great deal of respect for him, but I'll look further into the matter before forming an opinion on this.
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