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November 27, 2020

The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)

These planes keep all the other planes fueled and flying.
by Sebastien Roblin

Key point: Some planes have longer ranges than others. For those that need more fuel to complete their missions, the Air Force has tankers to fill that job.

In 2018 the Air Force plans to bring its first eighteen KC-46A refueling tankers into service—paving the way for the replacements of its vast fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers that date back to the 1950s. The Pegasus should prove significantly more efficient and survivable than its predecessor, but its final rounds of testing have been bedeviled by a few persistent bugs.

Sleek warbirds like the F-15 Eagle and the F/A-18 Super Hornet may attract the most attention, but these aircraft can only reach distant war zones and stay active above them for useful amounts of time thanks to a veritable horde of tanker planes. In fact, the U.S. military’s air-refueling capacity is one off its unique force multipliers—while tankers in most air forces around the globe number in the single digits to the low dozens for China and Russia, the United States operates over four hundred.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/us-air-force-has-nearly-fatal-flaw-picture-says-it-all-173449
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Re: The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2020, 07:16:55 AM »
November 27, 2020

The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)

These planes keep all the other planes fueled and flying.
by Sebastien Roblin

Key point: Some planes have longer ranges than others. For those that need more fuel to complete their missions, the Air Force has tankers to fill that job.

In 2018 the Air Force plans to bring its first eighteen KC-46A refueling tankers into service—paving the way for the replacements of its vast fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers that date back to the 1950s. The Pegasus should prove significantly more efficient and survivable than its predecessor, but its final rounds of testing have been bedeviled by a few persistent bugs.

Sleek warbirds like the F-15 Eagle and the F/A-18 Super Hornet may attract the most attention, but these aircraft can only reach distant war zones and stay active above them for useful amounts of time thanks to a veritable horde of tanker planes. In fact, the U.S. military’s air-refueling capacity is one off its unique force multipliers—while tankers in most air forces around the globe number in the single digits to the low dozens for China and Russia, the United States operates over four hundred.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/us-air-force-has-nearly-fatal-flaw-picture-says-it-all-173449

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We ALL have to admire the USAF for this. More than any other branch of the service they always seem to know exactly what they need when it comes to aircraft and that is exactly what they have built
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Re: The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2020, 10:42:59 AM »
The mismatch between the hyped clickbait headline and the actual problems/issues is "Nearly Fatal"!
US Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2169385.html#msg2169385

China Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2184146.html#msg2184146

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Re: The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2020, 10:57:58 AM »
The mismatch between the hyped clickbait headline and the actual problems/issues is "Nearly Fatal"!

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You maybe posted this to the wrong thread?
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Re: The U.S. Air Force Has a Nearly Fatal Flaw (This Picture Says It All)
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2020, 11:06:31 AM »
@PeteS in CA

You maybe posted this to the wrong thread?

No, I read through the OP article, and the problems/issues it calls out are very far from "Fatal Flaws".
US Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2169385.html#msg2169385

China Coronavirus timeline: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,395099.msg2184146.html#msg2184146

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