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  1. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    From the article ref here the AT-6B is quoted at 14 million and A-29 at 21 million, seems a bit low for the AT-6B and the article is dated from 2014 with references, some are wiki so if you want to cite it I would follow it up but those numbers of the mid teens to low 20's seem reasonable for the turboprops. Guessing at $1500 a flight hour with everything factored. Scorpion is often quoted at 20 million a copy but I suspect with some more features that a customer would want (AR capability, Air to Air capable radar, defensive suite, etc...) that price would climb. Just a WAG but 25 million a copy seems reasonable. Guessing at $3000 a flight hour with everything factored. But for a mission requiring no AR support for Vul time, it's still a bargain.
  2. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    I know that feeling all too well You think you hate it now but wait till you fly it...
  3. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Copy all Quite the list of deficiencies.
  4. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Copy - did you fly the Super T or still do? Asked as I took a closer look at your account image (Super T initial cadre) Concur with AT-6B, avionics are more advanced (up to MIL STD 1760) and while built in .50 cals would be cool, I doubt they would be worth it vs. another platform that can employ the more advanced PGMs in the inventory. Not sure if this link has been posted but it is a pretty good side by side comparison of Wolverine vs. Super T: https://rhk111smilitaryandarmspage.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/the-a-29b-super-tucano-versus-the-at-6b-texan-ii/ I think the quoted price of AT-6B at 14 mil a copy is a bit low but it is cheaper than the Super T, better avionics, and some performance advantages. Plan to finally get this plane (about 14 years late but better than never...): - Pick the AT-6B at the end of Phase II of LAE in August - Plan on buying 175 for the AF and get the USN/USMC to buy 50-75. Half AD, Half ARC, FTU is a joint venture at a Guard unit with political pull to get the Guard friendly elements of the MIC to help push the rope. - Distribute the squadrons to retain some of the MQ-9 crew force by offering dual qual opportunities or homesteading, this would also be done in conjunction with an honest effort to improve QoL for RPA folks. More & better base choices across several time zones. 11s & 18s could fly pilot / cso respectively and for enlisted sensors, make a CCAF degree and a commander's recommendation enough for an OTS program with a designated follow on and flying opportunity in the cso station. - Before we lose all good will towards us, get some of the Allies that join us on foreign adventures to buy a LAAR also, up to them on which. But establish that when the West goes to fight long wars in the Arc of Instability, we are going to do it somewhat efficiently and not wear out the fast jets doing NTISR. Just buy it AF....
  5. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    That is some serious capes wish list, not saying it is a bridge too far but is that really necessary in one platform? Or could these MUXs be one common platform but have variants to specialize to keep from getting into the trap of it has to do every mission awesomely and likely command an awesome price tag. Returning to the AF Light Attack subject, second phase of the "experiment" is underway... http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1514033/second-phase-of-light-attack-experiment-underway/ Just pick one... and then actually buy it. Informal survey - which would you buy for the Big Blue? AT-6B or A-29. Unfortunately Scorpion is not an option nor any other design (L-159 ALCA, OV-10X, etc...) and it is one of those two (not that they are bad choices) but that is all there is.
  6. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    L-159 trying to get into OA-X / LAAR consideration: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/aero-vodochody-and-iai-pitch-revamped-l-159-for-oa-x-449391/ Has better endurance than I thought (quoted at 2+40 but likely only with clean wings) with the improved version (L-159 vs. L-39) via a new wet wing, ref here. Still way way short of a Scorpion Jet but another aircraft to consider, then not buy... Buy a jet powered OA-X / LAAR capable of some A-A threat or target simulation (cruise missile, slow flying enemy RPA, etc..) as an additional mission and train crew force to provide some Red Air for fighter units, profit. No doubt that it would not be as robust as a dedicated aggressor aircraft / crew but something is better than nothing. You get more missions out of platform you need to buy anyway and instead of min running the OA-X acquisition (if it happens) you get the jet bringing much higher levels of performance (speed, range, altitude) to its primary mission set...
  7. Clark Griswold

    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Not on AD so had not heard that, sad. All the more reason to reach back to our past and continue to develop well rounded aviators in tried and true ways, particularly those that spend a lot of time on autopilot, yours truly included. ACE was before my time but a good idea as relayed by the Lt Cols to me when a new Lt... continue developing airmanship and heaven forbid morale... Keep it real, no ejection seats and a prop but a Diamond DART 450 would be affordable and supportable... https://www.flyingmag.com/diamond-aircraft-dart-450-prototype-takes-first-flight
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Fair enough and rather than starting another round of Heavy v Fighter version 69,000 I will agree some T-1 trained could do it, some couldn't (sts) , I would just add that it would be the majority of T-1 guys and not the minority could rise to the challenge.... Sidebar, SUPT should end and the USAF return to UPT, coming up on 19 years in Big Blue and flying over 17, it (SUPT) is having a pernicious effect of creating and us vs them culture, I feel like it is always there and it just screws things up. Two cents paid.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Heavy drivers (T-1 trained) are just that bad / untrainable to become a T-38 IP later (or anytime) in their careers?
  10. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Copy all and agreed that LAAR + light carrier ops would have a high pucker factor to it If there was a desire for a lighter attack / ISR platform that was carrier suitable, I don't think you could get that much lighter/smaller than around 13-15k lbs (common weight for WWII naval fighters) and for some of the desired capes like range / endurance, it would probably grow to about the size of something like a Westland Wyvern or A-1 Skyraider, both just about 25,000 lbs max takeoff weight would be more likely but I imagine those probably all depended on catapult assist for takeoffs for those gross weights for an LHD (no cats) would likely be a good bit lower... Still, a carrier suitable efficient modern medium weight attack/reconnaissance aircraft not requiring AR support for a decent vul time and/or range would be a useful capability for a MAGTF
  11. Clark Griswold

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Semper maybe... https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2018/06/01/senators-want-100-million-new-marine-corps-light-attack-aircraft.html Doubt the USMC has even asked for this capability (didn't see it referenced in the article) but would it be reasonable / possible to operate an A-29 / AT-6B from an LHD with a 800+ foot flight deck? Modified for carrier suitability (upgrades airframe, gear, brakes, higher HP, better prop, etc...)
  12. Clark Griswold

    The Post-War Order Is Over

    Per usual, VDH is on target... https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/post-war-order-over-not-caused-by-trump-foreign-policy/
  13. The fat is hardest to get rid of and muscle the hardest to build, true on the personal level and institutional.
  14. Coming sooner rather than later unfortunately... https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/russia-quietly-conducted-the-worlds-longest-surface-to-air-missile-test.html?__source=twitter|main About that HVAA stand-off plan...
  15. Clark Griswold

    Concept aircraft

    Another iteration of a similar design, fictional F-59 Saber II.