Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs

I have been wondering about this myself………………………….

‘Twin engines, dual redundant hydraulics … those are the things I don’t want to give up in flying to remote places or even in combat, because those are the things that’ll bring you home.’—Super Hornet chief test pilot Ricardo Traven

4 thoughts on “Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

  1. An old Commander from the A-7 community once said “They Navy’s done buying single engine shipboard aircraft.” It made sense. He was almost right. An axiom relevant to a number of arenas, two is one and one is none.
    Whisper used the word ‘bastardized’ in reference to the missions and capabilities of the F-35, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. It seems the platform was designed with little in mind regarding capability to deliver any quantity of weaponry, and was intended to sneak in to fire a first shot, or two, and then run like hell for homeplate.
    What a utter goddamned waste of our tax dollars. Sell the hell out of the Super Hornet, I say, and cut the losses of the F-35 program.

  2. Mongo is correct, and in fact the Navy version of the F-35 (according to what I hear), is over weight, and having major problems.

  3. From what I have read iin trying to compromise and give all the services a different version, they all ended up getting something less than what they could have received. For the Navy, a combat radius of only 600 miles – considerably less than the Hornet I believe – meaning their carriers have to come so much closer to bring the planes into range. That and they are way over $300 million apiece. The list of procurement mistakes is long and not so distinguished.

You may fire when ready, Gridley

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