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    Thumbs down Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    Or rather, trying to buy more...

    AF seeks F-16 fleet upgrade, requests 19 more F-35As

    The Air Force plans to upgrade all 1,018 of its F-16s and 175 F-15C/D Eagles to keep them flying until the F-35A joint strike fighter is fully operational and new weapons systems on the F-22 Raptor are installed, according to the 2014 budget request released April 10.

    While the F-16s are being upgraded, the service is requesting funding to purchase 19 more F-35As in fiscal 2014 to add to the 11 that have already been delivered. This funding is part of a $15.7 billion request for the “global precision attack” capability, which also includes upgrades to the F-15E, B-1B Lancer, bombs and the continued development of the next-generation long-range strike bomber.

    Maj. Gen. Ed Bolton, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for the budget, said the planned purchases of the F-35As do not take into account the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, which would force the service to cut planned acquisitions of the jet.
    http://www.airforcetimes.com/article...19-more-F-35As
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    Default Re: Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    good thing they're still spending money on the F15/16s... since it would seem the 35 is a money pit that will never live up to its hype.
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    Default Re: Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    Or rather, trying to buy more...

    AF seeks F-16 fleet upgrade, requests 19 more F-35As



    http://www.airforcetimes.com/article...19-more-F-35As
    Money well-spent on the F-16s, F-15s, and B-1s. The F-35A would be money well-spent if it had been a program of integrity and trust. Instead, it's become a stereotypical government fiscal black hole.

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    Default Re: Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    We need more F-35s so we have something to cannabilize parts from.
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    Did AF get its money out of F117's, me thinks not.

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    Default Re: Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    We could always rent some F-22s...

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    Default Re: Who says we are broke...we are buying more billion dollar paperweights...

    Now that the F-22s have shaken the North Koreans' war resolve with their mighty deployment of 2 airframes to Osan for static display, what will be their next spectacular mission? This is problematic, now that the Thunderbirds have been stood down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Hog View Post
    Now that the F-22s have shaken the North Koreans' war resolve with their mighty deployment of 2 airframes to Osan for static display, what will be their next spectacular mission? This is problematic, now that the Thunderbirds have been stood down.
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