Category Archives: Essays

When Cutting Edge Fighters Are Too Expensive To Operate

There is a serious bubble that is about to burst when it comes to the cost of cutting edge air assets which are bank breakingly expensive to purchase and budget draining to operate. I think air arms, including those in the … Read the rest of this entry

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The Chengdu J-20: CHINA’S BLACK DRAGON RISES WHILE AMERICA’S RAPTOR FALLS

We truly live in amazing times. If you were to tell me a decade ago that China would have developed its own indigenous stealth fighter I would have laughed and asked what straight to VHS sci-fi video they saw that plot on. … Read the rest of this entry

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THE KB-37: TRUELY PERSISTANT CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AT AN AFFORDABLE COST

  Why does the USAF choose to be totally dependant on aerial refueling? It is extremely expensive to fuel aircraft in the air, especially tactical jets. Not only do you have the cost of the tankers but you also have the … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: Sometimes The Better Design Doesn’t Win…

The YF-23, although being less representative of its production configuration than the YF-22 at the time of the flyoff, was faster and more stealthy by a substantial margin over the YF-22. The aircraft demonstrated blistering fast supercuise, and superior 360 degree stealth, although it … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE ATTACK SUPER TOMCAT 21

                    The F/A-18E/F became America’s next vanguard attack fighter aircraft do to the boondoggle that was the A-12 “Flying Dorito.” After massive cost overruns, weight increases and huge delays, then Defense Secretary Dick … Read the rest of this entry

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Voluntarily Losing In Libya

This administration’s murky, always changing, ever shallow engagement policy in Libya is mind-blowing. If we are in this thing for regime change, and acknowledge that this is the only acceptable result, WHY would you allow the Libyan rebels to get chased … Read the rest of this entry

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LIBYA: The Raptor’s Missed Opportunity

The Obama Administration missed a golden opportunity to send in our 70 BILLION dollar (total program cost) F-22 into an environment in which no other aircraft could have flourished. In fact, as anti-Gaddafi forces were knocking on Tripoli’s door, the American people were being … Read the rest of this entry

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