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    More: Interesting, F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, United States Navy, production of the legacy F, AIM-120 AMRAAM, A-18 program, F-35 Lightning II, F Super Hornet  
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2020-07-07 6:20:13 PM  
She's still quite a pretty bird, too. And, most of the jets from that era can still be retrofitted for more modern avionics in any case.
 
2020-07-07 6:44:22 PM  
The Russians are thankful, too, for the Mig-29's look-down radar system.

When I was int he Marines, stationed at MCAS Beaufort, in the late 80s, the story was that the Russians stole the design and the manuals, which were word-for-word translations of our own service manuals and the same illustrations.

Epic time... I got to see still operational F-4s fly out of that air station, as they phased them out for the F-18s... and later when I was sent to Okinawa, got to see "Habu" flying their final missions (SR-71)
 
2020-07-07 7:06:10 PM  
In before the maniacs start posting Warthog pics.
 
2020-07-07 7:47:06 PM  
The AEGIS program is another significant success story for the Navy, enough to make up for the LCS debacle
 
2020-07-07 7:57:59 PM  
Didn't realize they had been around that long. I've seen the F-35 on board but there aren't any deployable squadrons yet AFAIK. Anyway, here's a pic of one that I took during an air show while underway on the Lincoln. The plane is almost, but not quite supersonic.
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2020-07-07 7:58:21 PM  
We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.
 
2020-07-07 8:37:15 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.


Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?
 
2020-07-07 8:50:52 PM  

johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?


To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.
 
2020-07-07 8:54:07 PM  

LesserEvil: The Russians are thankful, too, for the Mig-29's look-down radar system.

When I was int he Marines, stationed at MCAS Beaufort, in the late 80s, the story was that the Russians stole the design and the manuals, which were word-for-word translations of our own service manuals and the same illustrations.

Epic time... I got to see still operational F-4s fly out of that air station, as they phased them out for the F-18s... and later when I was sent to Okinawa, got to see "Habu" flying their final missions (SR-71)


I still have a thing for F4's.  Guess because it was the plane in my youth.
 
2020-07-07 8:59:18 PM  
It had some pretty bad teething troubles. It lost to the F16 for the air force. It was only accepted for the navy because of favors and two engines.
 
2020-07-07 9:33:03 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.


Yes that's a very simple outlook not grounded in reality at all
 
2020-07-07 9:39:07 PM  
So, what's a worthwhile dollars-to-deaths ratio?
Or is it just something to keep the military budget inflated and give the Pentagon something to wank to?
 
2020-07-07 9:42:33 PM  

johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.

Yes that's a very simple outlook not grounded in reality at all


True. Only the victims of air raids are truly grounded in reality.
 
2020-07-07 10:03:38 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.

Yes that's a very simple outlook not grounded in reality at all

True. Only the victims of air raids are truly grounded in reality.


The primary mission of the F18 is defensive counter air, with secondary missions of offensive counter air and strike.

So, you are good with it now, right!
 
2020-07-07 10:20:37 PM  

johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.

Yes that's a very simple outlook not grounded in reality at all

True. Only the victims of air raids are truly grounded in reality.

The primary mission of the F18 is defensive counter air, with secondary missions of offensive counter air and strike.

So, you are good with it now, right!


We're talking past each other. To me the headline seems to celebrate raining death from the sky. That's what I was referring to in my original post. I thought others might notice that it is a pretty farked-up headline.
 
2020-07-07 10:20:59 PM  
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2020-07-07 10:40:27 PM  
I told my buddy, Farker Jubal T. Harshaw (lurks, posts maybe once a year) that he better get his ass into this thread and post something.

Back in the day, he helped develop the flight control software for the Super Hornet.
 
2020-07-07 10:54:24 PM  
Use the right tool for the job.

Naval Aviation? F-18
CAS? A-10
Air Superiority? F-15
Marines? Harrier (do they still use those?)

Try to make a tool that does everything? You have the F-35 program, which does nothing well including staying in the air.
 
2020-07-07 11:13:01 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.

Yes that's a very simple outlook not grounded in reality at all

True. Only the victims of air raids are truly grounded in reality.

The primary mission of the F18 is defensive counter air, with secondary missions of offensive counter air and strike.

So, you are good with it now, right!

We're talking past each other. To me the headline seems to celebrate raining death from the sky. That's what I was referring to in my original post. I thought others might notice that it is a pretty farked-up headline.


Which you absolutely allowed to distract you from the positive points of the article.

Welcome to Fark!
 
2020-07-07 11:51:14 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: johnny_vegas: AliceBToklasLives: We can still rain death from the sky. How nice.

Or not.  It's nice to have a choice, don't you think?

To rain death from the sky? No. I don't want that choice. To stop someone else from raining death from the sky? Yes. But I'm not interested in celebrating or geeking out over such a capacity.


This is just manly machinery worshiping, not all that much different than cars in that respect.
 
2020-07-08 7:36:43 AM  

Bluenosed Baker: It had some pretty bad teething troubles. It lost to the F16 for the air force. It was only accepted for the navy because of favors and two engines.


....And that was to be expected - the -16 had some nightmares as well.  My feeling though is that when you have development programs that pass fourteen gorram years between go-ahead and rubber on the ramp (looking at YOU, F-35) there better not be a damned thing wrong with that airplane.
 
2020-07-08 9:15:25 AM  
Nice try, the Hornet and Super Hornet are two separate planes. It was just given the old name to make it easier to sell to congress and were only put into service in 1999.
 
2020-07-08 9:36:13 AM  

mrlewish: Nice try, the Hornet and Super Hornet are two separate planes. It was just given the old name to make it easier to sell to congress and were only put into service in 1999.


Sort of. The Super Hornet is derived from the original Hornet.  As I recall, Purposely, because the Navy needed to field a superior replacement relatively quickly so they could not go through a true 5th gen design process.  They knowingly gave up stealth in order to field the jet more quickly and in numbers.

F18C's are still flying in the Corps and internationally also I'm pretty sure
 
2020-07-08 7:10:24 PM  
johnny_vegas:
We're talking past each other. To me the headline seems to celebrate raining death from the sky. That's what I was referring to in my original post. I thought others might notice that it is a pretty farked-up headline.

Which you absolutely allowed to distract you from the positive points of the article.


In your world, people can only do one thing at a time? in the real world we can be annoyed at a headline AND still read the article. Amazing, ain't it?
 
2020-07-08 7:37:46 PM  

FarkingChas: johnny_vegas:
We're talking past each other. To me the headline seems to celebrate raining death from the sky. That's what I was referring to in my original post. I thought others might notice that it is a pretty farked-up headline.

Which you absolutely allowed to distract you from the positive points of the article.

In your world, people can only do one thing at a time? in the real world we can be annoyed at a headline AND still read the article. Amazing, ain't it?


Subby's headline or the article's headline?
 
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