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  1. Clark Griswold

    Border crisis

    Drone threat on the border, small but growing sts. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/drones-swamp-us-mexico-border-but-federal-agents-powerless-to-stop-them
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    Hurricane Michael

    Most likely. Concrete walls, steel doors, build as tough as required. Rebuild; great location, great airspace and another location to launch from if shit goes downhill in Central/South America and 'Merica needs to respond. If another base is needed to spread assets to lower risk, I would expand Klamath Falls in Oregon for training ops with Eagles and positioned for a Pacific response if needed.
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Copy that Another reason why I was surprised LM/KAI didn’t win as from their propaganda they demonstrated LVC and as they make the only two 5th gens currently flown by the USAF, integrating 5th gen Training threat/capes emulation for a potential ADAIR version for their offering seemed like another reason to go with them Easiest as they own the systems the AF would likely want to integrate new tng capes into Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    That was one of the reasons I was surprised by the Boeing T-X win as T-50 has a first cousin that is a light fighter (F-50) with legitimate fighter capes already. File this under never gonna happen but the first F-35As (108 of them according to this article) might become "concurrency orphans" and not get upgraded to combat capable due to the cost being disruptive to the concurrency acquisition model and the models now in the current spiral for acquisition. Instead of making them combat coded, these first gens could be candidates for a 5th gen ADAIR with some operational capability, just not the full on F-35 ALIS based capes. We had F-16As for years with a CONUS sovereignty mission only, add the 5th Gen ADAIR mission with these tails distributed to ARC wings and you have a units that could specialize in simulating J-20s or Su-57s
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Couldn’t there be a training mode for the 5th gens to treat a 4th gen ADAIR as a 5th gen opponent? Not a perfect solution but thru software achieve low RCS, low EMCON opponents Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Copy that I can see the risk mitigation value for AR experience in the trainer model before doing it for real sts in the single seat but there is only so much time/events in a syllabus before it grows too much
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    As for AR in IFF, wouldn’t you want to fight tank fight or do you need the break between sorties for debrief? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    What book? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Didn’t know that and am pleasantly surprised Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Interesting write up from Tyler Rogoway on Boeing's T-X win: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/23898/boeings-t-x-win-is-really-much-bigger-than-just-building-a-replacement-for-the-t-38 He speculates on aggressor, light fighter and a naval variant. All possible I assume in later contracts but referencing my earlier two cents (on arguing for buying from different vendors occasionally as it promotes a health industrial base IMHO), I would still argue not for a one airplane to do it all plan... If I ran the USAF and could appropriate money VFR direct for acquisition: T-X for advanced trainer, eliminate T-1 and buy more T-X. IFF in T-X and a multi-engine trainer for UPT grads going to heavies (an "IFF" post grad course to cover crew concept, AR, NVG LL, T/O, Landing, short field landings), probably a C-12 or CJ4 with an NVG flight deck, UARRSI and hard points for pods to allow threat replication for an additional mission in some specialized dets at some fighter bases (as Cobham does for the RAF with Falcon jets). 0.69% chance of that happening. T-50 for aggressor & light fighter (allocate to ARC units tasked with ACA/ASA mission). 1.69% chance of that happening.
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    All true but a mono fleet also leads to a mono industrial base - fewer companies fewer innovative/different solutions to missions. We have to distribute contracts to give us more options than Big B or Lockmart Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Stop using common sense and lessons learned over the history of military aviation. Was surprised by Boeing / SAAB's win, seemed LM / KAI had the lowest risk option (jet with years of flying vs. new kid on the block) and from the released propaganda, pretty much all the bases covered for the requirements for T-X.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    No doubt. Passed thru Romania years ago and the talent was plentiful. Just a guess but I think that is the runway being not exactly smooth as glass and causing that pitot boom to go bipolar... Skip to the 5:00 mark for this MiG 21 landing (nothing special) and the same thing is happening
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    True. We've had ad nauseam examples of that but... we still kept up with development and eventually what didn't actually work eventually did. Crawl, walk, run. Start simple, develop the first generation with realistic capes for where the technology is and the actual requirement. My humble suggestion would be to work on a common air vehicle for an unmanned wingman and an RPA capable of operation in contested airspace. Radar or satellite link in the nose, your choice... wild oversimplification but that's the basic idea. Keep it real and don't demand unrealistic capes of the unmanned wingman or RPA versions like 9G load factor, supersonic, etc... but looking at the Avenger concept, a weapons bay for at least 4 missiles/stand off weps, combat radius + 35% of the F-35 to cover egress, etc... useful capes but not shooting the moon on the first gen...
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    HUD tape of a Split S to a landing in a Romanian MiG 21
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