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The Air Force wants to get rid of B-1 and B-2’s and keep B-52’s and a new B-21 Bomber…

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Aviation Week looks at the wish list from the US Air Force in the new budget …

Of course Congress doesn’t always go along with whta the Air Force wants….

The U.S. Air Force plans to retire its fleet of Rockwell B-1B and Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bombers in a “Bomber Vector” roadmap that will be laid out in the coming weeks.

As Northrop’s next-generation B-21 “Raider” comes online in the mid 2020s, the Air Force wants to phase out the nuclear-capable B-2 and conventional B-1, according to two sources with knowledge of the budget discussions.

In its budget blueprint for fiscal 2019, the Air Force also will invest heavily in multi-domain command and control, defense of space assets, and buy a number of OA-X light attack aircraft for low-end warfighting, the sources said.  The President’s budget request for fiscal 2019 will be unveiled officially on Feb. 12.

In addition, the service will kill an effort to replace Northrop’s E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) surveillance and battle management fleet, and planned production rates of the F-35A will remain steady.

All of these efforts are subject to approval by Congress, and lawmakers likely will fight hard to keep the J-Stars re-cap effort alive.

There is no immediate plan to retire the Vietnam-era B-52 Stratofortress, the backbone of the Air Force’s bomber fleet, the sources said. The Air Force has spent more than half a century installing various avionics and weapons systems upgrades on the B-52, which came online in 1960 and 1961, allowing the aircraft to remain a critical contributor to the modern battlefield.

Most recently, the B-52 squadron fighting Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East received a key upgrade of the aircraft’s internal weapons bay, adding a conventional rotary launcher (CRL) that allows the bomber to drop eight additional smart bombs. The Air Force already has put this capability to use in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

Lawmakers recently have moved to bolster support for re-engining the B-52,….

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More on the B-21 Program….

image of the ole’ B-52…Boeing.Com

Watch the F-35B do Baby Carrier Vertical landings….

The Marine Corps airplane may have it’s issues…

But it CAN do vertical landings….

As the U.S. Marine Corps prepares to deploy the F-35B to Iwakuni, Japan, in January, pilots put the fifth-generation fighter to the test in a carrier proof of concept demonstration aboard the USS America Nov. 18-20. Sailors and Marines loaded the large-deck amphibious assault ship with 12 F-35Bs – the most F-35s aboard a ship, ever – two MV-22B Ospreys, one UH-1Y Venom and one AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the three-day exercise off the coast of San Diego, California.

The goal of the demonstration, which included pilot carrier qualifications and a simulated strike operation, is to explore the best ways to integrate a large package of F-35Bs into the Navy-Marine Corps construct, according to officials aboard the ship. Aviation Week hitched a ride on an Osprey to watch the F-35B in action Nov. 19.

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F-35 gets beat by an old assed F-16 Fighter…

Is it ever gonna stop?

The idea to create a single fighter to do mulyiple roles REALLY has NOT worked out….

The old true and tested F-15 and F-16 have to be smiling at the people in the Pentagon that KEEP trying fit a round peg in a square hole…

The F-35 is in front…The F-16 belly -up….ARS Technica photo

If it was me?

I’d let’m buy 200 or so just like the F-22 and be done with it…

And go for upgrades of the F-15, F-16 and F-18….

Save money, time and heartache….

At least you won’t have chuckleheads talking about changing the way you evaluate the damn thing….

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was outperformed in the type’s first basic fighter maneuvering exercise by a 20-plus-year-old F-16 fighter, according to a leaked Lockheed Martin report prepared by the pilot who flew the mission.

Inferior energy maneuverability (EM), a limited pitch rate and flying qualities that were “not intuitive or favorable” in a major part of the air-combat regime gave the F-16 the tactical advantage and allowed its pilot to get into both missile-launch and gun parameters over the F-35. Another drawback was that the large helmet and F-35 canopy design restricted the pilot’s rearward view.

Lockheed Martin and the JSF Program Office confirm that the document, originally leaked by the War is Boring website, is genuine but says “the interpretation of the scenario results could be misleading.” Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, director of the U.S. Air Force F-35 integration office, says that it is “too soon” to judge the F-35’s maneuverability.

JSF risk reduction and development have been under way since late 1996 and more than $80 billion has been spent….

Read it and weep…..

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