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  • USAF to spend $2bn on unmanned bomber

    "The US Air Force has set aside $2 billion over the next several years to launch the accelerated development of a next-generation bom­ber that is almost certain to be unmanned and unlike anything on the ramp today. At the same time, the air force continues to evaluate manned vehicle technologies, such as a hypersonic spaceplane, that could be technologically feasible about a decade after the unmanned bomber is due to enter service in 2018."

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    All these unmanned a/c look like s*it i think...

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    As long as it's effective (and not too costly), I couldn't be bothered about the looks. If I want looks, I look at the SR-71 Blackbird .

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    • #3
      Originally posted by YYZPICS
      All these unmanned a/c look like s*it i think...
      I have to agree, I hate unmanned aircraft anyway, but yeah, they do look like sh!t
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      • #4
        We could pobably get 100+ brand new fully modernized B-52's for far less. USAF has been a complete idiot of late...

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        • #5
          mmm kay, changed what I was going to say
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          • #6
            mmmm, military spending. You guys know how to spend the cash man...let's make some more stealth bombers at 1B a piece...
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            • #7
              boo for unmanned flight

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              • #8
                Whoopdeedoo, more military waste! Will this one be able to fly in the rain?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scramjet
                  Whoopdeedoo, more military waste! Will this one be able to fly in the rain?
                  ouch....

                  Originally posted by Cameron
                  mmmm, military spending. You guys know how to spend the cash man...let's make some more stealth bombers at 1B a piece...
                  The B-2 costs 1B a piece? damn!

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, the B-2 stealth bomber costs 1.2bil (approx) a frame. Consequently due to the Soviet collapse only 21 were made when the programe wasnt finished. Had they not already been building them at the collapse, they probably would never have started to.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by screaming_emu
                      boo for unmanned flight
                      UAV developments keep us engineers employed

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                      • #12
                        unmanned flight is to keep the pilots safe and alive. What since does it make to invest all the resources into training this bomber pilot and having them die in a crash or something else.

                        These pilots still can fly the aircraft, now just from the comfort of a building back at Nellis

                        These aren't too ugly either.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Top_Gun
                          unmanned flight is to keep the pilots safe and alive. What since does it make to invest all the resources into training this bomber pilot and having them die in a crash or something else.
                          I'd still rather be up front than let a computer have the fun.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seventwo
                            I'd still rather be up front than let a computer have the fun.
                            yeah, its a lot more fun to be in the plane, then being 100+ miles away, it takes the pilot and turns him into a desk worker
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by [email protected]
                              yeah, its a lot more fun to be in the plane, then being 100+ miles away, it takes the pilot and turns him into a desk worker
                              tell that to the spouses and kids who lost "Daddy" in that cockpit.....

                              I can understand the "fun" factor, but loosing a life when technology can avoid that is the best way to go.(IMHO)

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