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  1. A great piece marred only by missidentified headline photo: The only aircraft visible are the two Skyraiders, with wings folded. There is no F6F or SBD to be seen.
  2. " The A-10 has served the Air Force reliably since the days of the Cold War, through Vietnam and the Gulf Wars." The A-10 had no relationship with the war in Vietnam other than the fact it first flew in 1972 when the US was drawing down forces there. Production versions of the jet weren't delivered to the USAF until 1977, two years after the Vietnam conflict ended. To claim that the A-10 had an advantage regarding fratricide because of it's relatively slow speed is not supported by history. Two well publicized examples of A10 involving the destruction and killing of British soldiers and destroying equipment during Desert Storm and Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan mitigate against this idea. Additionally, comparing the costs of military hardware like the F-f35 and the A-10 is meaningless: the value of the dollar over time is widely different. Moreover hardware can have varying costs based on contract value and the amortizing R&D costs.
  3. You should read the article, as posted, on this site. Somehow "hypersonic" got into your piece.
  4. Good article, great photos. It could be made better by telling the reading what the term "Peanut Special" means and the circumstances about the first photo where the aircraft is in a 90 degree bank just off the front end of a carrier.
  5. This article lacks balance. The piece only describes issues that the jet has encountered while entering service. The grounding lasted only as long as inspections were conducted to determine serviceability of the offending part. As of this writing, most of the jets are back in service. Every aircraft has teething issues, especially early in it's life cycle. Arguably the best USN interceptor of all time, the F-14 Tomcat crashed on it's maiden flight. This jet went on to be a world beater. Please add some balance to your pieces. The second photo captioned as a " F-35A Lightning II" is actually an F-22 Raptor, you might notice the dual engine shock diamonds caused by the afterburners.
  6. The author should use the same quotation marks that the crew of this ship used on the plaque when using the word "sank".
  7. Every friend of the UK is pleased that the RN is getting back into the Naval strike business, but, overplaying this achievement is bad form. Notwithstanding that the QE class represents the largest vessels ever built for the RN, the class is not a supercarrier. These vessels are indeed large and carry a significant force but they will carry only one type of fast jet, require prime mover fueling and are 2/3rds. the size of the Nimitz class. A nation with supercarrier capability should be able to maintain presence in world trouble spots indefinitely. With only two vessels that are not fully equipped with jets the UK does not yet possess this capability. These ships represent a significant first step to achieve this capability but the vessels will have to sortie, much like the Falklands efforts, to bring air power to the scene.
  8. Talk about a superficial look at a very complex topic! Wow! All of the reasons why the US did not achieve victory in Vietnam are political. The most important take-aways from this conflict were: don't permit civilians to dictate military/naval strategy and TTP and ALWAYS have an exit strategy. The most enduring effect of this conflict was that a generation of US military leaders found out how NOT to wage war, as was demonstrated in 1991.
  9. I'm not sure what to make of this piece. In the end, it's an anecdotal compilation of rocket/missile failures that doesn't offer analysis, trends, lessons learned of prospects for the future.
  10. The enabling organizational structure for Blitzkrieg was combined arms and joint operations. Specifically, armor, infantry and artillery were integrated into individual teams that were given specific missions and radio communications. The tactics, techniques and procedures employed by these units was to mass combat power at key/weak points and avoid frontal attacks. Supporting this was the Luftwaffe with their Stukas. In 1939-40 this was a world beating combination and still forms the basis for world class forces today.
  11. Cut and pasted from your article: "The race was to take place between the tallest points on each side of the Atlantic, the Empire State Building in New York and the GPO tower in London (Dodworth, 2006). Each side entered multiple aircraft in various categories. The US originally planned on entering their hypersonic (empahsis added) bomber, the B58 Hustler. However, with the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, the commitment of military resources for such a publicity orientated display was politically inadvisable, as a result, it was withdrawn.
  12. The B-58 Hustler was a supersonic bomber, not "hypersonic". Hypersonic refers to speeds over mach 5, the B-58's top speed was mach 2.
  13. Please tell George Winston that the photos are great, but the headline and the message of the article are flawed. He should stick to photography. ADS-B means Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. It literally means that aircraft equipped with this system are broadcasting their position in the National Airspace to ground receivers. The F-35 has the equipment and is required to 'squawk' to enable safe separation from traffic. In the 'war' mode the aircraft obviously doesn't do this. Locating military aircraft in combat requires a skin paint that can only be done be some sort of radar. ADS-B receivers don't broadcast. I believe you need a technical editor to review articles.
  14. I must have looked at the photo of Eisenhower speaking to the 101st before their jump a thousand times. I had no idea the placarded soldier was Strobel. I thought he was relieved prior to D Day. The article about Martin is great. Is he the same Martin who ran the prisoner grab at the end of the War?
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