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Stealth jets bound for the "boneyard"

I remember when they displayed the first F-117A to the public.

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The aircraft was made with off-the-shelf parts: the landing gear from an F-15, the engines are from F-18s, and the controls F-16 and on and on. Some of those parts might not even be manufactured now because some of those aircraft have been retired from the fleet...
Didn't know that. Has one ever been shot down?

I often wonder what sort of black aircraft they're developing right now, not to be unveiled for years.

And then there's this asshole...
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Yes, one was shot down over the Balkans during that illegal war.
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Have been wondering how long this would take. They(among a few other of our military aircraft) have been obsolete for years.....
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Wow, I never thought about the fact that these planes were 20 years old. These things have been around for 2\3 of my life. I guess it is time to retire them over to new technology.

But why in the world would you want to scrap such an unbelievable piece of machinery? I think we should keep the things in use for small missions.

Is the maintenance cost really that big?
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F-117 is old news.

Enter.........F22 Rator.......

Wait, lets not forget about F-35 JSF......
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The JSF contract got given to the wrong company IMO. Boeing's design would have been such a better aircraft for all applications but I guess when all the government is concerned about is the bottom line cost wise you hardly ever get what would have been the best..
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Wow, I never thought about the fact that these planes were 20 years old. These things have been around for 2\3 of my life. I guess it is time to retire them over to new technology.

But why in the world would you want to scrap such an unbelievable piece of machinery? I think we should keep the things in use for small missions.

Is the maintenance cost really that big?
The boneyard is also used as a used parts warehouse. So if one got ripped up bad enough with flak etc. it might make more sense to part it out than to fix it.

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The F-117 was designed over 20yrs ago. It's a dinosaur inside.

Keep in mind that it flew in the first Gulf War in the early 90's.

You're all getting old, you just don't realize how fast time has gone by.



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Old or not, it's still a cool looking plane. I'm sure it has surved its purpose though. With bombers such as the B2 and the couple planes that we don't even know about there probably is no need for such old tech anymore. RIP
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The JSF contract got given to the wrong company IMO. Boeing's design would have been such a better aircraft for all applications but I guess when all the government is concerned about is the bottom line cost wise you hardly ever get what would have been the best..
From the show I watched (Battle of the X-Planes maybe?) it looked like the Lockheed entry handled the VTOL a lot better. The Boeing looked cooler with its delta wing and big-ass mouth.

And then there's this asshole...
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The F-117 was designed over 20yrs ago. It's a dinosaur inside.

Keep in mind that it flew in the first Gulf War in the early 90's.

You're all getting old, you just don't realize how fast time has gone by.
Thanks DUX, I feel much better now.
I guess I need to recheck the will, make sure the grave plots are secure, and make my last wishes known.
(Oh wait, I ride therefore my wife has already made sure that was done.)

Now where did I put my cane, tri-focals, and metamucil? Is geritol supposed to................... Nevermind, I forgot what I was going to say. I guess age will do that to a person.
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Thanks DUX, I feel much better now.
I guess I need to recheck the will, make sure the grave plots are secure, and make my last wishes known.
(Oh wait, I ride therefore my wife has already made sure that was done.)

Now where did I put my cane, tri-focals, and metamucil? Is geritol supposed to................... Nevermind, I forgot what I was going to say. I guess age will do that to a person.
If it makes you feel any better, the oldest trainer I flew was built in 1957.

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At my age, the 30 somethings look pretty good too!

Now back on topic...I'm surprised by a few things. The parts bin assembly is probably the first. I understand why, but never expected that with such a specialized aircraft.

I'm also surprised by its longevity. I figured it was obsolete when it was 'uncloaked' and the public was informed of its existence.

I am also surprised there are only 52 in existence. I would have thought closer to 100.

The last surprise is the most puzzling to me and also applies to its bomber cousin. I understand flight and its theory, having been a pilot when I was chasing 20 somethings, but everytime I see a picture of that bird I am amazed that it does not drop like a rock out of the sky.

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