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    US Air Force: Discussion and News

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    Post  Finty Sat Feb 19, 2022 12:21 am

    https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/rude-rams-deployed-to-europe


    Amidst fears of Russia invading Ukraine, the USAF sent a dozen 5th Generation fighter aircraft to Europe.

    On the afternoon of 16 February 2022, twelve Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron arrived at Spangdahlem air base (Germany).

    Based at Hill AFB (UT), the 34th Fighter Squadron, named the Rude Rams, were taken from the USAF's toolbox when additional forces are required for a designated Lead Wing, also known as Lead Wings in Extremis.

    USA 34th FS patch 320Recently, the 388th Fighter Wing with its squadrons, including the 34th FS, were assigned to provide enabling requirements when needed.

    At this moment Scramble Magazine assesses that Spangdahlem's 52nd Fighter Wing has become the lead wing. It is not known how long the Hill based F-35As will stay or even if they will stay at Spangdahlem. We assess that his will depend on further developments in Ukraine
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    Post  GarryB Sat Feb 19, 2022 4:28 am

    Sent them to Germany?

    Probably expecting to use them against Kaliningrad in a little tit for tat land grab if things get nasty?

    This could spread very rapidly if western powers don't take this seriously.
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    Post  lancelot Sat Feb 19, 2022 6:04 am

    GarryB wrote:Probably expecting to use them against Kaliningrad in a little tit for tat land grab if things get nasty?

    If NATO tries to take Kaliningrad the Baltics are gonski.

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    Post  Arkanghelsk Sat Feb 19, 2022 7:42 am

    They cant take kaliningrad or even use those F35s with the new S400s now sitting at Grodno and Minsk , Belarus changes the operational picture of eastern and even central europe

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    Post  GarryB Sun Feb 20, 2022 1:18 am

    You two know that, and I know that, but do western politicians actually believe the BS they spread or do they understand this too?
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    Post  Isos Sun Feb 20, 2022 1:21 am

    lancelot wrote:
    GarryB wrote:Probably expecting to use them against Kaliningrad in a little tit for tat land grab if things get nasty?

    If NATO tries to take Kaliningrad the Baltics are gonski.

    London and Washington are also gonski. They weren't testing their nuks today for a firework sow.

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    Post  PapaDragon Sun Feb 20, 2022 4:54 am

    lancelot wrote:
    GarryB wrote:Probably expecting to use them against Kaliningrad in a little tit for tat land grab if things get nasty?

    If NATO tries to take Kaliningrad the Baltics are gonski.

    Entire European continent is gonski and that's just the warning salvo

    Kaliningrad isn't Tartus or Karabah, it's Russian territory

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    Post  George1 Mon May 02, 2022 6:17 am

    The first Boeing T-7A training aircraft of an experimental batch for the US Air Force was built

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    Post  TMA1 Mon May 02, 2022 3:28 pm

    Hideous. Doesnt deserve to take the place of the lovely northrop t-38 talon. Ruskies now have the sexiest trainer aircraft. Used to be the opposite and we had the fairest gem while ruskies had the ugly czech l-29.
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    Post  lancelot Mon May 02, 2022 4:03 pm

    Calling it a Boeing is a bit of a stretch though. It was designed by SAAB. It is basically a neutered cost reduced Gripen and even uses the same engine. Supposedly the avionics are based on the ones on the Gripen as well.

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    Post  GarryB Tue May 03, 2022 4:27 am

    Their efforts to create something new and great have not gone well.... F-22 and F-35... so maybe a little off the shelf mature design (F-15 and perhaps modified new build F-16) is what they need going forward.

    I mean going all Star Trek is fine, but for most jobs older aircraft could already do the job just fine.

    Personally the prettiest LIFT I have seen is the Rafale... yeah I know it is supposed to be a fighter but it is so small and that fixed inflight refuelling probe makes it look like a LIFT.

    (Have always had a soft spot for the F-5 and though the F-20 should have done much better than it did... it could have been a KISS light cheap simple fighter with AAMs and a good cannon... the FSW F-29 looked interesting too... with the paddles thrust vectoring...)

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    Post  Belisarius Tue Jul 05, 2022 11:54 am

    out of 186 F-22 Raptor fighters, only about 93 are ready to fly at any time...
    https://topwar.ru/198538-parni-na-chem-voevat-budete.html

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    Post  TMA1 Tue Jul 05, 2022 9:50 pm

    Me too bro. As a kid the f-5 was my favorite. I used to hate Russian fighters as a kid, now they are my obsession. We used to make such lovely fighters like the f-104, f-105... damn thing looked like a cadillac with wings I love it. Our last glory was the teen fighters.
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    Post  GarryB Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:00 am

    I used to hate Russian fighters as a kid, now they are my obsession.

    I used to find some Soviet fighters a bit boring... the tubes with wings like the MiG-15/17/19/21 and Su-7/9/11/17/22, and even the Tu-128 and Tu-95, but that was probably because that was all we really saw most of the time. The Su-15 is a pretty plane and in many ways looks like a super F-5...

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    As an adult I have learned to appreciate more aircraft for what they do... the An-2 for instance... first flight in 1949 and still a very good aircraft for the job... if they found a warehouse with brand new aircraft you could continue to use them another 70 years because they are simple and cheap with astounding flight performance. In a strong headwind they can almost hover above one point on the ground.

    The MiG-25 is just the other end of the spectrum and is a rocket ship.
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    Post  JohninMK Fri Jul 08, 2022 1:11 pm

    By Ryan Finnerty7 July 2022

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    The US Air Force (USAF) is partnering with the UK’s Reaction Engines to improve the performance of hypersonic and near-hypersonic engines.

    The partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Oxfordshire-based Reaction will focus expanding the performance envelope of a cooling technology that enables high-Mach engines to function more efficiently, the company says on 7 July.

    J79 and GSE

    Source: Reaction Engines

    Reaction Engines has been testing its hypersonic cooling system in Colorado using a GE Aviation J79 turbojet engine, which formerly powered the Vietnam-era McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

    Reaction Engines specialises in developing methods for managing the build-up of heat in a variety of aerospace functions, including hypersonic-capable engines. That is generally defined as flight at speeds of Mach 5 (6,174 km/h) or above.

    Although the US military typically develops sensitive new technologies with domestic companies, the Defense Department’s Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme provides a path for non-US companies with ground-breaking technology to work with the Pentagon.

    “FCT demonstrates US commitment to a ‘two-way street’ for defence procurements with both allied and friendly nations,” says USAF FCT manager William Reed. “Reaction Engines technology is world-class and is a great fit for the FCT programme.”

    The company is developing the Synthetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction says can function at speeds in excess of M5.

    Key to the operation of SABRE at hypersonic speeds is a proprietary coolant system, known as precooler, which can rapidly reduce the temperature of intake air from 1,000°C (1,832°F) to ambient levels, according to Reaction.

    The company says SABRE has the potential to provide air-breathing thrust from standstill on the runway to speeds more than five times the speed of sound in the atmosphere. The engine also has potential applications in space propulsion.

    Individual components of the engine have been successfully demonstrated on the ground.

    The latest test programme aims to further expand upon those capabilities. Reaction says the goal is to increase the delivered air mass flow rate of its cooling system, which it the company hopes “will result in a three-fold increase in the total energy transfer”.

    Andrew Piotti, Reaction’s US engineering manager, says if the new test programme goes well, the precooler technology could help boost the performance of existing jet engines

    “The exciting outcome that I am looking forward to over the coming weeks is the validation that our technology could enable current jet engines to operate from takeoff up through Mach 4 and beyond,” Piotti says.

    Reaction Engines has been conducting research testing at the Colorado Air and Space Port near Denver.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/engines/us-air-force-partners-with-reaction-engines-on-high-mach-engine-testing/149320.article
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    Post  walle83 Tue Jul 12, 2022 8:47 pm

    lancelot wrote:Calling it a Boeing is a bit of a stretch though. It was designed by SAAB. It is basically a neutered cost reduced Gripen and even uses the same engine. Supposedly the avionics are based on the ones on the Gripen as well.

    Saab also developt the software for the airplane. Probably more a Saab project then a Boeing if you look on every detail. But Boeing is paying so they get top billing.

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