F-35 Takes Inaugural Production Flight

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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:12 | 1000170 snowball777
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This is you. This is you in a ball of fire. Any questions?

Lightnin', bitchez!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:28 | 1000210 Azannoth
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Will they be used against American Partisans(living in the hills) or Tea Party demonstrators?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:52 | 1000258 Pure Evil
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I dunno, lets storm Washington D.C. with our torches and pitchforks; all the while demanding that the corrupt criminals at the Eccles building be thrown out on their arses.

It seems we're only capable of re-electing criminals to the House, Senate and Presidency, but who elected the asshole in charge of the FED.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:16 | 1000317 Fish Gone Bad
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The plane is probably in full production in China.  Opium War III: The Payback.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:56 | 1000498 Harmonious_Diss...
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"Assembled" in the good ole' USSA

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:47 | 1000559 BigJim
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Bah. A cut-price, cut-feature F-22. So what?

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:25 | 1001044 Oh regional Indian
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Over-priced, over-engineered, over-hyped piece of engineering.

Was India's big Aero Show two weeks ago. Largest presence was USAUSA, f-18 doing loops for the audience. Eurofighter was there, Ruskis.... and all there wares looked the same and sad. 

No one can see that this paradigm of "war" machines is at it's limit... every incremental gain in "capability" is just plain EXPENSIVE.

Very interesting too, to look at salesmen selling killing machines, talking about kill zones and strike efficiency and spreads and  containment.

Oh, after the US, largest pavillion was the Israeli's. Know their largest display? Predator Drones. I saw at least 50 models. No surprise eh? Coward nation leads in making drones to kill.



Sun, 02/27/2011 - 03:17 | 1001262 Papi_Al-Mahdi
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spot on. The true purpose is exposed. 1984~ " The essential act of war is destruction, not neccessarily of human lives, but of human labor.... materials which might have otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence in the long run, too intelligent. Even when the weapons of war are not actually desroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed.... Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody.. the consequence of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural unavoidable condition of survival. War it will be seen, not only accomplishes the neccessary destruction but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In Principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labor of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quanities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society."

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 10:58 | 1001543 Flakmeister
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Tell us what you really think.. Don't suger coat it.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:52 | 1000262 snowball777
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We just wanted them to see their tax dollars at work, honest.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:08 | 1000656 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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Now that you saw it you must agree that they are a little dated. Let's manufacture 300 of them and send them to Israel so we can roll out the F-36. Makes sense.

All in favor say Ai.

Ai che wa-wa!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:43 | 1000378 pacu44
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No, no... That is what drones are for...

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:06 | 1000416 snowball777
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Just for "stragglers".

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:50 | 1000392 A_MacLaren
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Depends if they are being flow by:

A.  Puppet Pilots, or

B.  Patriot Pilots.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 11:29 | 1001572 FeralSerf
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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:33 | 1000223 Yen Cross
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COOL! In a smokin HOT way!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 23:23 | 1000928 Zero Govt
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America is a 'safer' place for the F35 ...the rest of the World likely not!

Let's hear it for "democratic government" that bombs places abroad with murderous regularity just because it can and can get away with it.

I notice the United Nations and its Human Rights Dept has its nickers in a twist over Kadaffi bombing a few of his own citizens, how noble of these diplomatic useless wasters... strangely mute for these windbags about what's been going on in Iraq and Afghan for oh, about 10 years???  

And Obumma has said any elite killing its own citizens should "leave". Presumably bombing other peoples citizens is alright then. Have you met your foreign policy yet Mr Obumma? 

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 01:38 | 1001141 Bolweevil
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No junking without a coherent (or ad hominem) response. +1 ZeroGovt

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 17:41 | 1002176 BigJim
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You seem to get junked even when you talk sense. Strange.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:15 | 1000177 gwar5
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So, is Charlie Sheen going to be an F-35 instead of an F-18 now? Can't hardly wait.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:44 | 1000244 snowball777
Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:49 | 1000393 Yen Cross
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That extremely long fuselage would be helpful. He needs to install hi-bipass turbofans though.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:50 | 1000493 Real Estate Geek
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From the article:

The cases are being prosecuted in a New York federal court because some of the cocaine was supposed to have been sent to the United States.



Sun, 02/27/2011 - 11:59 | 1001599 Antipodeus
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DC 2 1/2


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:18 | 1000181 duo
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"Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full."

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:41 | 1000238 snowball777
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I thought that's why we made the STVOL version.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:57 | 1000406 New_Meat
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"Yes, the program’s had its troubles and the Marines’ B-model is nowhere near ready for production..."

IOC="Initial Operational Capability."  That is years away in practical sense (deployable units).

Marines no fools.  They'll let the zoomies crash and then make sure the bird is actually flyable before trying to do unnatural acts with the STOL version.

- Ned

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:14 | 1000435 snowball777
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These are the same Marines that are okay with 'copters that fall out of the sky weekly?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:10 | 1000515 New_Meat
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OK, now ya gotta go into the corner and fuck yourself.  There is no OK, and yes, real recognition that flying crowd killers are just that.

but don't worry, while you're in the corner, no one in the world will be interested to watch.  eeewwww.

Where did you get weekly?

- Ned

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:29 | 1000680 snowball777
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If I could do that, would I be here? ;)

Weekly is hyperbole, but you can find pages upon pages of Google hits on the accidents...the only difference being the number killed in each crash.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:45 | 1000633 DosZap
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Yep, same tough SOB's..........wanna ride?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:18 | 1000596 Yen Cross
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V-STOL. Thanks 777. Always a respectful player.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:34 | 1000690 snowball777
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Tomato...to-mah-toe...the OV transposition was a result of my stellar typing skillz.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:21 | 1000187 Rodent Freikorps
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Bring back the F-22.

F35 is what you'd expect of an aircraft made by committee.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:52 | 1000263 Pure Evil
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I agree, the F-22 Raptor would out fight the F-35 any day of the week.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:06 | 1000287 Jasper M
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Agreed. It's a "Gary Hart" fighter. Stealthy, and (relatively) cheap, but badly outmatched if found. I have heard it referred to as a "bomb truck".

Oh, well, our forefathers managed with P-40s for awhile. 

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:30 | 1000347 Pure Evil
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And, we started the WWII with Shermans against German Panzers and Tigers.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:40 | 1000366 Flakmeister
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umm... more like Grants and Lees against PzKw IVs

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:42 | 1000375 Cpl Hicks
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We started with Grants! We ended with Shermans. A Tiger or Panther was thought to be worth 10 Shermans; the Allies usually had 11 or so Shermans around when it counted.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:46 | 1000387 Flakmeister
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Quibble: SOP was 5 Shermans to a Panther

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:53 | 1000401 PY-129-20
Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:15 | 1000436 Flakmeister
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Always had a weakness for the Jagdpanther

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 22:59 | 1000881 optimator
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And I'd have guessed it would be for the Virblewind (Whirlwind).  You know, the Panzer IV rebuilt with the quad 20mm rapid fire AA cannon?

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 18:52 | 1001103 Flakmeister
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Yeah...I could see how you might ;-)     Gimme an 88 though

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:15 | 1000438 66Sexy
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corpral.. your just a grunt... no offense

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:15 | 1000520 New_Meat
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"just a grunt"

+0311 and 11B

66, you might be messing around in zones where your posts, well, get you in Dutch.

- Ned

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 22:34 | 1000831 Terminus C
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Actually it was air superiority that made the Sherman "somewhat" useful as a tool of war.  My grandfather was a tank commander in Normandy and he said that the only advantage the Sherman had over the Tigers and Panthers was that you could shoot while moving and they had to stop to shoot.  When they stopped you got the fuck out of there.

Shermans were good infantry support, particularly against fortified positions but it was air power that broke the panzer's back

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 12:25 | 1001626 Antipodeus
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And 1/11 when it finished? Britain used your Lee/Grants, espedially in N. Africa, before Pearl Harbour.  Inadequate riveted armour, poor cross-counyrt performance (compared to something like the Panther, radio in the hull (along with extra crewman, limited-traverse sponson-mounted main gun, high silhouette.  A fairly poor bastard of a design, but a very welcome addition to the 8th Army's firepower.


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:02 | 1000411 New_Meat
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"It's a "Gary Hart" fighter."

Actually Boyd and gang.  Hart was aboard "Monkey Business" with Donna Rice and telling the press "catch me if you can."

They could and did.

P-40s?, SBDs?, Torpedo 8?, Bombing 8?, well, those forefathers sorta' didn't manage very well.

- Ned

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 01:51 | 1001156 Dave
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I wonder where Donna is now?

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