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    Future T-38 replacement?

    T-X Program winner to be announced this week (supposedly, although not holding my breath). My money is on Boeing, if only because the .gov wants to keep Boeing-St Louis in business...... https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardaboulafia/2018/09/24/were-about-to-learn-the-winner-of-the-air-force-t-x-trainer-contract-four-things-you-should-know/#72c3065b33e2
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    From the article: The number of aircraft has not been specified. Any thoughts as to how many tails 1.8 bil gets you?
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    Oshkosh 2018

    I downloaded the FlightRadar24 app to my phone. You can zoom in on Oshkosh to see traffic. The below is from about 8:00 Central time this morning. Large mess of folks holding over Green Lake and Rush Lake to the SW of Oshkosh (in addition to everyone over Oshkosh itself).
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    Oshkosh 2018

    https://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=kosh Scroll about half way down, click on one of the options for: KOSH Fisk VFR Approach. Also using the free FlightRadar24 app on the phone to watch the lineup of airplanes coming in. Seems to have calmed down over the past hour. There was a big crush of airplanes this morning, but it's thinned out.
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    Oshkosh 2018

    Through the wonders of the internet, I can listen to the Fisk VFR approach while sitting at my desk. Action, adventure, comedy, drama. Can't beat it.
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    Latest Movies

    Equalizer II: Meh. Supposedly, the Equalizer saga is going to be a trilogy. I thought the first one was really well done. A great action/vigilante movie where every scene kept you engaged. Equalizer II? Still fun to watch, but not nearly as engaging. Some plot elements that didn't really go anywhere. Felt like a mish-mash of scenes, interspersed with Denzel Washington kicking ass.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Sounds like Sierra Nevada took a proven design and bolted on a bunch of extra stuff (some needed, some not), with no thought to the challenges of integrating it all together into a working system.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Damn. Didn't realize that. Always seemed like the A-29 was marketed as some "off-the-shelf" solution. Didn't realize Sierra Nevada had changed the design so significantly.
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    Columbus T-38 down

    Making sure the money gets spent. That's it.
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    Shhhh...Don't talk about the A-10

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-post-iii-8922ab127/ As of Sept 2017, he's a "Senior Adviser" to BGI LLC. Guess the calls from Lockheed and Boeing never came.
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    Close Air Support

    Since they couldn't retire the A-10, they're just going to fly the wings off them, while slow-rolling the wing replacement program. http://www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2018/air-force-leaders-deliberately-slow-rolling-a-10-refurbishment.html
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    Japan to Front Cost for F-22 Restart?

    Always did wonder--what was it about the F-2 that made it so damn expensive?
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I would love it if they were no-kidding fired, and walked off of the base with cardboard boxes in-hand. Previous experience has shown me that SES folks are never exactly "fired." They're just given new, less visible jobs elsewhere on the base.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Am I the only one shaking my head at all this? When OBOGS problems first cropped up, the very first thing that should have been looked at was the maintenance interval of the individual components. Based on the above, this all sounds like the Air Force is the proverbial idiot who never does any preventative maintenance on their car, then bitches when their brakes fail, or the engine blows. Firing some folks in the T-6 SPO sounds like a good start. As a next step, how about finding someone to do some tracking of the performance of the system after parts are changed? The airlines all have robust programs monitoring reliability of various systems, and making a cost/benefit decision on what should be replaced proactively, and what should fly-to-fail. Someone at the SPO should be doing this going forward.
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