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Old 05-10-2012, 09:02 PM   #2956
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We needed a modern version of the A-6.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #2957
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That Boeing design just flat fell short on too many areas. It was simpler, yes, but it was also nearly entirely wrong... or poorly thought out.

I'm not Lockheed fan-boy, but when there are only two choices and one is just a total WTF moment, the other will win.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:11 AM   #2958
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pict...-in-Egypt.html

Kitty Hawk found in teh desert

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Old 05-11-2012, 05:23 AM   #2959
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We needed a modern version of the A-6 for a strike fighter. A dump truck, not a Ferrari. What a mess.
Why not just update the F-4 with increased payload and some stealth trickery?

It'd be the best of both worlds.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:07 AM   #2960
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When did Boeing make their last production single seat fighter?

P-26? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_P-26_Peashooter

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #2961
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Why not just update the F-4 with increased payload and some stealth trickery?

It'd be the best of both worlds.
The X-32 had vertical landing capability and stealth characteristics. Perfect dumptruck of a strike fighter.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:21 PM   #2962
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When did Boeing make their last production single seat fighter?

P-26? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_P-26_Peashooter

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they had some perfectly good designs, but they focused on heavy bombers for efficiency's sake.


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Old 05-11-2012, 07:22 PM   #2963
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That Boeing design just flat fell short on too many areas. It was simpler, yes, but it was also nearly entirely wrong... or poorly thought out.

I'm not Lockheed fan-boy, but when there are only two choices and one is just a total WTF moment, the other will win.
What exactly was wrong with it? I would much prefer the lift arrangement...more like the proven Harrier. They had flying prototypes that proved to be satisfactory.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:26 PM   #2964
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Which would have been great if the specs were just for a Harrier replacement. But it was for an "everything with an F or A prefix designator" replacement. In that the X-32 had no chance.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #2965
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NOVA episode

There is a great NOVA episode called the battle of the x planes. Im sure you can wathc the video on the PBS website.

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Old 05-11-2012, 10:42 PM   #2966
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Which would have been great if the specs were just for a Harrier replacement. But it was for an "everything with an F or A prefix designator" replacement. In that the X-32 had no chance.
Please explain.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:46 PM   #2967
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No. Go Wiki yourself.
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:39 AM   #2968
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:27 AM   #2969
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There is a great NOVA episode called the battle of the x planes. Im sure you can wathc the video on the PBS website.

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If its the one i think it is, its on netflix.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #2970
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When did Boeing make their last production single seat fighter?

P-26?
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Actually, I work these guys on Boeing production test flights pretty regularly...

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