When it comes to air superiority, the U.S. Air Force has a complement of aircraft that can take on any role needed in a modern combat situation. One of the newest aircraft in the fleet is the F-22A Raptor, which is widely held to be the most advanced fighter jet in the world.
Bloomberg reports that a U.S. Air Force F-22A stealth fighter crashed Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m. local time in California. The pilot of the Raptor, test pilot David Cooley, was killed in the crash. Cooley was a 21-year Air Force veteran reports Bloomberg.
The cause of the accident remains unknown at this time – all that’s known is that the Raptor took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and crashed about 35 miles northeast of the base.
The last crash of a Raptor was in December 2004, but the pilot in that accident was able to eject safely. In December of 2007, the F-22 was certified for full operational capability.
DailyTech reported in August of 2007 that the Air Force was developing a new software product called Auto-GCAS that was to be integrated into the F-22. The purpose of the software was to help prevent controlled flight into the ground by taking over controls if the pilot failed to do so.
The Air Force has ordered 183 Raptor fighters and is looking to add more of the fighter to the order. President Obama is set to decide next month if additional aircraft will be ordered reports Bloomberg.
Analyst Richard Aboulafia from the Teal Group told Bloomberg, "The timing isn’t great for the aircraft’s advocates, but I can’t imagine one crash being an effective argument against additional procurement. I can’t think of a modern-generation fighter that hasn’t crashed either in operational use or in testing."
An Air Force spokesman Vince King said, "Aircraft that fly at Edwards Air Force Base fly test missions to evaluate everything from airframe structures to propulsion and avionics and electronic warfare, all with the aim of ensuring weapons systems are suitable for their intended combat missions."
quote: Given the choice, I'm sure most Americans would choose peace. We don't get to make that choice though.
quote: Air to air combat isn't much of a requirement any more but air to ground delivery of sophisticated guided weaponry is a must. I'm a Vietnam vet and I doubt you can replace a pilot for air support of ground troops.
quote: The beginning of the oath of enlistment for the US military states that you swear to defend your country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
quote: It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of the United States of America; the Federal Government of the United States; and all the State & local governments and Territorial Administrative bodies contained therein.
quote: You really need to wake up and visit Arlington National Cemetery sometime VERY soon. It will give you a small hint at what the cost of your freedoms were.
quote: One of the newest aircraft in the fleet is the F-22A Raptor, which is widely held to be the most advanced fighter jet in the world.
quote: “The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”
quote: We were supposed to build 750 to replace over 1500 aircraft I believe. But making sure illegals get free health care, keeping drug addicts on welfare, and paying people's mortgages is far more important.
quote: But Obama views it as one of those unnecessary Cold War weapons systems.
quote: Here's the thing, it only takes 1 software bug to crash an unmanned airplane... now, don't start arguing that a real bug, however likely, could make a real pilot crash, because I know someone somewhere was already thinking that.
quote: The technological principles for an unstable design, which is intended to increase agility, were known before the F-16. However, there were probably a few reasons for not having this technology implemented into a program earlier. On the one hand computers were not powerful or small enough to be used as regulators on an aircraft, on the other hand redundancy could not be secured.While there have been regulators installed in aircraft before, mainly in order to improve dampening which has a positive effect on the aircraft's handling, the demands placed on reliability and speed are much higher with unstable designs. Without a regulator the aircraft cannot be mastered, since the human reaction at the controls are too slow.The main benefits from this new technological includes a much higher aircraft agility and a considerably lower drag. Since agility is important for fighters, unstable designs have so far only been used for military aircraft applications. Furthermore they were only deemed practical for movements along the pitch axis.
quote: The YF-16 was the world’s first aircraft intentionally designed to be slightly aerodynamically unstable. This technique, called "relaxed static stability" (RSS), was incorporated to further enhance the aircraft’s maneuver performance. Most aircraft are designed with positive static stability, which induces an aircraft to return to its original attitude following a disturbance. However, positive static stability hampers maneuverability, as the tendency to remain in its current attitude opposes the pilot’s effort to maneuver; on the other hand, an aircraft with negative static stability will, in the absence of control input, readily depart from level and controlled flight. Therefore, an aircraft with negative static stability will be more maneuverable than one that is positively stable. When supersonic, a negatively stable aircraft actually exhibits a more positive-trending (and in the F-16’s case, a net positive) static stability due to aerodynamic forces shifting aft between subsonic and supersonic flight. At subsonic speeds, however, the fighter is constantly on the verge of going out of control.To counter this tendency to depart from controlled flight—and avoid the need for constant minute trimming inputs by the pilot—the F-16 has a quadruplex (four-channel) fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system (FLCS). The flight control computer (FLCC), which is the key component of the FLCS, accepts the pilot’s input from the stick and rudder controls, and manipulates the control surfaces in such a way as to produce the desired result without inducing a loss of control (known as "departing" controlled flight). The FLCC also takes thousands of measurements per second of the aircraft’s attitude, and automatically makes corrections to counter deviations from the flight path that were not input by the pilot, thereby allowing for stable flight. This has led to a common aphorism among F-16 pilots: “You don’t fly an F-16; it flies you.”Unlike the YF-17 which featured a FBW system with traditional hydromechanical controls serving as a backup, the F-16’s designers took the innovative step of eliminating mechanical linkages between the stick and rudder pedals and the aerodynamic control surfaces. The F-16’s sole reliance on electronics and wires to relay flight commands, instead of the usual cables and mechanical linkage controls, gained the F-16 the early moniker of "the electric jet". The quadruplex design permits “graceful degradation” in flight control response in that the loss of one channel renders the FLCS a “triplex” system. The FLCC began as an analog system on the A/B variants, but has been supplanted by a digital computer system beginning with the F-16C/D Block 40.
quote: Yeah, cause all are current engagements have had HUGE air battles. The United States has not fought a major air engagement in the last 50 years.
quote: 1. Increase taxes:This clearly isn't going to help the economy since you just reduced consumer spending.
quote: 2. Decrease spending in the rest of the budget:This sure as hell does not help the economy either. Arguments over wasteful spending aside, you will have effected industries that employ millions of people.
quote: 3. Print money and increase your debt.Well, you've basically created inflation, and merely sidestepped the issue... Now your children will have to pay for the war in the future, and probably with higher taxes to boot. And let's not forget that the veterans will have to be cared for as well. Unless you ignore them that's no small amount.
quote: Yes, an increase in taxes DOES decrease consumer spending, however, the multiplier effect for government spending is much more powerful than the decrease in consumer spending caused by higher taxes
quote: This is not to say that you can increase taxes however high you want so long as the government spends more (everything in modesty.)
quote: so long as the government spending that is in question for being cut is being spent on industries outside of the US (although that can also help, depending on the global scale of the problem.)
quote: Wow, is that a .edu I see?
quote: Here is the interesting thing though, every single war has been filled with positive GDP growth
quote: but the data is ultimately correct, and that is what is important.
quote: Wartime increases the demand for goods and services by the military, causing economic expansion. Note the growth in real GDP that occurs in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War .
quote: We've heard all of this trickle down economics stuff before. Look around you... it doesn't work!
quote: Financially crippling? How so? Please, explain how our economy is any worse BECAUSE of war.
quote: I hate to admit it but we have a huge war industry, like how Russia did, except they shut down and see how that worked for them.
quote: So really, bring the boys home or not, I will support what they do as long as they are doing it. It is a sad day when people risk their lives doing what many of them believe is right, then to come home and find out no-one even wants them there. Its prolly a huge slap in the face.
quote: Name one war since WWII in which we attacked another country that attacked us first
quote: Do you have any idea what we've had to borrow from China and Saudi Arabia to finance our military empire and welfare schemes?
quote: In Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, we attacked only those that first attacked our allies.
quote: We're borrowing much more to finance our welfare schemes than we are to fund the military. How about we give up welfare first, then you can attack the military?
quote: It is not the duty of American children to go die in civil conflicts fighting enemies that pose no threat
quote: Maybe you'll feel differently when your son or daughter gets sent to die in some godforsaken jungle
quote: This is clearly not true because North Korea did not lose
quote: and Vietnam actually won
quote: Nor were the soviets and chinese friends...
quote: When the Soviet Union allies with China and attempts to take over the entire Asian continent, that's a threat to the US.
quote: How many sons and daughters have you lost? Or were you simply using an appeal to emotion to try to score cheap points?
quote: The US already beat the bad guys and are just sweeping the rest out.
quote: The US already beat the bad guys and are just sweeping the rest out.
quote: Yeah, cause all are current engagements have had HUGE air battles. The United States has not fought a major air engagement in the last 50 years .
quote: I do however feel sorry for the pilot and his family.
quote: The missions going on in Iraq and Afghanistan are not going to be noticeably better if one has an F15 or an F22a.
quote: before being given the vote.
quote: limited to those who have some minimum of intelligence
quote: Although I would like to see democratic expression limited to those who have some minimum of intelligence. ie, people should demonstrate reading comprehension and basic mathematical skills before being given the vote.
quote: The missions going on in Iraq and Afghanistan are not going to be noticeably better if one has an F15 or an F22a
quote: Hey, how about educational spending along with free breakfast/lunch programs at elementary~high school? That's the sort of thing that will help America keep its edge more than anything. Education is a primary key in keeping the west ahead.
quote: When terrorists are able to shoot down F15s, well, then it's time to build the machines that they can't. Until then, save the money for more important things.
quote: it is indeed a good thing you do not make strategic decisions for the US military--or we'd be overrun within 20 years.
quote: When was the last time US soil was even seriously threatened, Cuban missile crisis??
quote: What the hell is the airforce going to do about those missiles? And regardless, what kind of scenario are you envisioning here, Red Dawn?! The Russians land infantry in some god foresaken town in Colorado?
quote: What the hell is the airforce going to do about those missiles? If nuclear war did break out scores of F-22s wouldn't be a solution
quote: War is different now.
quote: When was the last time US soil was attacked?
quote: A single F-22 could pay for body armor for how many troops?
quote: Other "idiots" like me died so you could do so.
quote: Fighting a war to defend a nation is something a lot of liberals would support. Fighting a war to get another country's oil is usually what we're against, or spending too much on military arms in times of peace at the neglect of social programs.
quote: Politics is not that simple Reclaimer. Although the US has done great things to assure stability for a century, the US also undermines that same stability to keep the cash flow going. In all honesty , the liberal pacificsts are the ones trying to create that stability (even with the best weapons) while the (neo)conservatives are more like the fundamentalists in israël or the fundamentalists in islamic countries. They just want to make a profit over corpses.
quote: Our government just spent 3 trillion dollars it does not even have yet. William, do you honestly think we need wars to "keep the cash flow going" ? No, all 'we' need are people stupid enough to keep voting in radical socialists. They figured out long ago there is more the enough wealth in the United States alone, they just needed to figure out a way to steal it err I mean "tax" it.
quote: Calling conservatives kin to "fundamentalists" ( a fancy word for terrorists ? ) is the most blatant slander and character assassination one could even think of.
quote: Though I prefer peace by all means necessary
quote: Go figure that some people would prefer to spend that money on the living rather than on unnecessary machines
quote: whose only purpose is to kill people.
quote: but having 200 of these overpriced machines is retarded when much more economical models can be had that can do the same jobs.
quote: I assume you wouldn't be dropping your 18 yr old off at the airforce recruters office when the sign out front reads,
quote: People like him would rather protest the presence of the military than join it.
quote: having 200 of these overpriced machines is retarded when much more economical models can be had that can do the same jobs.
quote: Where are these enemy fighter wings going to come from? Canada? Mexico?
quote: Yes, the Mexican airforce is going to attack us with their 10 F5 fighters.
quote: This allows you to intercept them using the navy
quote: Or do you mean if China decided they want to have all the shipments of oil sent to them rather then us?
quote: could shoot down every fighter we have and it wouldn't matter, there would be a nuclear warhead headed their way if they did
quote: Yes, I'm sure there will be regional conflicts with use of airpower.
quote: Nukes make for a good deterrent
quote: say a saudi citizen sneaks a suitcase bomb into a big city and blows it up... what are you going to do?
quote: People on the street could have told you that Iraq would not turn out well, but they still insisted that it would be a short, quick campaign
quote: They have such a poor grasp of the region that no one stopped to think whether taking out Saddam could destabilize the region, and weaken the country
quote: So it's completely inconceivable that a warhead could go missing somewhere?
quote: Your an idiot, Bush cut the order, not Obama. Obama is reconsidering it to possibly get more
quote: Our Air Force is going to have serious issues maintaining air dominance in 30 years if we don't get these new planes built. The F16/F18 are 30-50 years old. Even the F22 is already based on 20 year old technology(going from when they actually started work on the plane after the government made their selection on which plane they wanted).But Obama views it as one of those unnecessary Cold War weapons systems.
quote: it's a classic pundit blunder to assume our systems are "cold war only".
quote: Has Air Superiority been a question?
quote: That's because it's kinda 26what the F-22 is... the F-22 is designed as an air superiority fighter for a war against a nation of technological "equality". Right now, there really isn't a country that comes even close to fufilling that role. The testing on the F-22 suggests that even 150 fighters are the equal of ALL the current and disclosed as planned fighters of every other nation with even remotely anti-US policies.
quote: But making sure illegals get free health care, keeping drug addicts on welfare, and paying people's mortgages is far more important.