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Reply #45 on: September 19, 2018, 12:31:58 PM
Too many things to go wrong - maintenance to keep 'em flying must be a nightmare, especially under operational conditions. Bring back the Harrier, I say.

I still can't understand why they didn't go for a conventional carrier with modified Euro fighters. I gather that the Typhoon would have been perfectly capable of being modified for carrier use.

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Reply #46 on: September 19, 2018, 12:41:52 PM
I still can't understand why they didn't go for a conventional carrier with modified Euro fighters. I gather that the Typhoon would have been perfectly capable of being modified for carrier use.

I don't really get that either. I guess it was a cost issue for the carriers. A CATOBAR system is a lot more expensive than adding a ski-jump ramp to the bow flight deck.

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Reply #47 on: September 19, 2018, 01:31:30 PM
Unfortunately, given on how the cost of the F35 has escalated, it has probably proved to be false economy.

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Reply #48 on: September 19, 2018, 01:38:14 PM
I suspect the RN was focused on getting the carriers funded first and worry about the air wing later.


You Brits may have a worse budgeting and procurement process than we do. Probably better than the Canadians though  :D
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Reply #49 on: September 19, 2018, 01:40:35 PM
Anything is better than our procedure....  :idiot2:

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Reply #50 on: September 19, 2018, 01:42:15 PM
Maybe so, but successive governments couldn't make up their minds about what config carrier to build. You have to wonder how closely the RN was consulted about what they wanted. One suspect some gov palms were greased.

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Reply #51 on: September 19, 2018, 01:43:53 PM
Maybe so, but successive governments couldn't make up their minds about what config carrier to build. You have to wonder how closely the RN was consulted about what they wanted. One suspect some gov palms were greased.

I am shocked. SHOCKED I say!  ;)

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Reply #52 on: September 19, 2018, 01:52:18 PM

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Reply #53 on: September 19, 2018, 03:59:49 PM

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Reply #54 on: September 19, 2018, 04:50:34 PM
The 'Stringbag' - we've been lucky enough to see it in flight a couple of times.


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Reply #55 on: September 19, 2018, 04:58:28 PM
^Very nice!

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Reply #56 on: September 19, 2018, 07:09:10 PM
The STOVL version the Marines operate is a very complicated machine.

Marines playing with breakables... what could go wrong, right?  ;)

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Reply #57 on: September 19, 2018, 07:56:29 PM
Bring back the Tomcat  :'(




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Reply #58 on: September 19, 2018, 08:00:26 PM
Say 'F-14' three times and you know who will appear...

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Reply #59 on: September 19, 2018, 08:23:50 PM
I doubt he could pull himself away from his 'art film' shoots long enough to respond! :)