Sources: Lockheed Martin, F-16.net, flight global
quote: One engine? So what? Just don't get hit! ;)
quote: It all came down to avionics, radar, and weapons. This is why stealth is becoming more and more important, obviously.
quote: No way in hell can you "outfit" a MiG for $100K. LOL Avionics are what are costing us a ton to upgrade. Granted, the DOD pays way too much for a lot of aircraft parts. I swapped out an alcohol filter the other day that DynCorp said was $400...
quote: An AMRAAM missile like the one Rodriguez used over Kosovo was a major step forward because it frees the attacking plane from having to keep its radar pointed at the target. The American plane can launch a missile from outside the WEZ, turn, and kick on its afterburners before the target has a chance to even shoot.These tools rely, of course, on radar, which can be jammed.“If you can’t match your enemy’s technology, you can always subtract from it,” says Wayne Waller, a Virginia contractor who designs radar systems for the F-15. “You may invent something that gives you an advantage, but you can’t hang on to it for very long. Our radar used to be difficult to jam, but the capability to do that has improved geometrically. That knowledge is out there. And the jamming advances cost a lot less than improving the radar.”
quote: A small country can buy a MiG-21 on the world weapons market for about $100,000, put in a better engine, add more-sophisticated radar and jamming systems, improve the cockpit design, and outfit it with “launch and leave” missiles comparable to the AMRAAM. These hybrid threats are more dangerous than any rival fighters America has seen in generations, and they cost much less than building a competitive fourth-generation fighter from scratch
quote: I built my own "replica" of Clint's Firefox out of Legos :)
quote: But the Right Stuff. That is just epicness upon epicness.
quote: So true. I think Liberals should be beaten, water-boarded, and chained to a chair with their eyelids taped open and The Right Stuff playing on a loop for about 5 days. That might work...hmmmm :P
quote: So true. I think Liberals should be beaten, water-boarded
quote: - Liberals = Liberty = Freedom (read a dictionary)
quote: And then you blew it... :(
quote: I still to this day associate the Spencer Group's song, Gimme Some Lovin' with dropping bombs on targets. That whole scene in Iron Eagle where he pops the cassette in, flys over the airbase and bombs the crap out of them with MK-82's... Soooo classic!
quote: Top Gun was euphoric to me when it came out and I even saw it twice or more in the theater. It redefined me forever after watching it and from that day on I wanted to fly jets and drop bombs on heads for a living. Unfortunately my health always prevented it but at least we have simulators to make up for it... sort of (but not really).
quote: You're sooo right. It is a darn shame we have no good aviation movies these days. People are so anti-military it is just "uncool" to make them.
quote: I'd looove for a good, new jet jock film to come out--maybe someday.
quote: I noticed things like them replaying the same barrel roll clip about 10 times.
quote: Ironside was recalling that in the scene when Mav had to buzz the tower, all the actors were watching from a nearby window. When the Navy pilot crossed the tower, Ironside said his left wingtip couldn't have been more than 20 feet higher than they were. That's LOW and fast too. Not much margin for error.
quote: We're selling them to Iraq? Are they f*cking crazy?
quote: Although the F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", it is known to its pilots as the "Viper", due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake