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  1. Here's some shots of this year's Nats decal sheet, as requested earlier:
  2. While I've no doubt that was part of the Public Affairs answer, a strong corollary to that answer is that the AF was looking to remove all Block 32s from the inventory, and to move all P&W powered F-16s out of Active Duty front line units. This action was partly to standardize maintenance across the fleet for GE engines in the front line units, partly to get the more powerful GE powered aircraft in all front line units (again, Active Duty, at least), and partly to remove the Block 32s from the inventory altogether. It was also to get some younger airframes into the Thunderbirds, because they put nearly double the utilization rate on their aircraft vs. the front line fleet. Combine that UTE rate with the very high AB and continual G-loading, and wear and tear on the aircraft is pretty high. So, sure, it kind of reflects front line unit use, but it's more of a fleet management issue. I suspect nearly everything I quoted above also applies to the Blue Angels as the Navy largely divests itself of Legacy Hornets.
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    F-15I - 1/48 GWH

    Really well done on the tail markings.
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    F-35 news roundup

    As I said, rolling on like a turd in the wind. There's nothing useful here any more. The arguments being presented are being debated at the opinion level, which means there can never be a definitive "winner." They're wildly off topic. There's not even any decent pictures. Even returning to the topic of the F-35, there haven't even been any interesting pictures in several pages.
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    F-35 news roundup

    This thread just keeps rolling down the street, like a turd in the wind.
  6. I think I saw a few folks throw up some quick photos on FB. Not seen much else.
  7. *shrug* I'll take either variation. Point is, it ain't happening.
  8. M551 Sheridan "Arizona," and Frank Luke Jr's Spad XIII.
  9. And if you don't believe the article, you recognize it as click-bait.
  10. Why would they move it to, “What if?” It’s a real aircraft, with a paint scheme that was at least proposed, and documented in TOs. Why move it to What If? I thought paint schemes weren’t supposed to matter for judging. Heck, I should be able to paint something in purple and pink splinter, and as long as it’s a well applied paint job, that should have no bearing on judging.
  11. “Are they proven better?” Yes. “Can they walk the walk or just talk the talk?” Proven more effective, survivable, lethal, many times over.
  12. These new build F-15s have been been proven to cost as much as or more than late lot F-22s and current production F-35s for significantly less capability.
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    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    In the doldrums of summer, the CoV look forward to a fall Moai hunting season.....what’s out budget for new RealTree Camoflauge garb look like this year? I’m ready to hit up Cabela’s*** ***Bass Pro Shops....whatever
  14. Highly unlikely. Given current acquisition timelines, costs, and associated sustainment cost, the air superiority Eagles days are numbered. Given the current math, the discussion works out something like this: F-15C, A-10, and F-16 — pick 2, cuz one’s gotta go. We cannot afford all these 4th Gen platforms while continuing to modernize. Of those three, one is politically untouchable, and one is in such huge numbers with a massive spares supply line, it’s almost unthinkable to remove it from the inventory. Oh, and it’s multirole... That leaves...