F-22 shouldna t fly

F-22 shouldna t fly

There are 75 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 20, 2009, titled F-22 shouldna t fly. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

What constitutes a federal pork barrel project is often in the eyes of the beholder, but the F-22 fighter jet is an indisputable, textbook example.

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Ed Anger Jr

Ashfield, MA

#63 Jul 23, 2009
Call in an Airstrike on Squattie's!!
Chuckles

Cedar Bluff, VA

#64 Jul 23, 2009
Democrats and Dishonesty wrote:
The F-22 is the absolute finest military fighter in the world and deserves to make a full production run based on it's own merits. Continuing production now is far cheaper that resuming production a decade from now when the need for more jets arises. Lockheed jobs are good jobs and laid off Lockheed workers don't need to be standing in obama's unemployment lines.
It might come in handy if the Martians try to invade us....
puzzledatlantan

United States

#65 Jul 24, 2009
smithers wrote:
<quoted text>Choice of words does not prove class. Thank you, they did a great job. Serving more than twenty years in the Military made them proud.
I am going to assume that you did serve. In that case I will respect your service to the nation. Thank you for the service. I have high respect for people in the military so please maintain a level of respect when responding to people whose opinion differs from yours. God bless the USA
IRA_Pittsfield

Northville, NY

#66 Jul 25, 2009
Democrats and Dishonesty wrote:
The F-22 is the absolute finest military fighter in the world and deserves to make a full production run based on it's own merits. Continuing production now is far cheaper that resuming production a decade from now when the need for more jets arises. Lockheed jobs are good jobs and laid off Lockheed workers don't need to be standing in obama's unemployment lines.
I agree Thomas Jefferson said "he who hammer his guns into plows is destine to plow for those who don,t" Another "dumb" democrat move.!!!!!!
China-Russia

Boynton Beach, FL

#68 Jul 26, 2009
The Russian SU-27 engaged US F-15s in mock dogfights and proved the SU-27 to be superior in speed and maneuverability. Essentially, the Russian jets beat the US jets every time. The US just agreed to purchase two SU-27s to study their design and construction.
The Russians have their new SU-30 that can fly backwards(stall)without snuffing out the engines. To regain forward flight the pilot has only to accelerate again. This new SU-30 is much more maneuverable than the SU-27 or the F-15.

Since: May 08

South Glens Falls, NY

#69 Jul 26, 2009
China-Russia wrote:
The Russian SU-27 engaged US F-15s in mock dogfights and proved the SU-27 to be superior in speed and maneuverability. Essentially, the Russian jets beat the US jets every time. The US just agreed to purchase two SU-27s to study their design and construction.
The Russians have their new SU-30 that can fly backwards(stall)without snuffing out the engines. To regain forward flight the pilot has only to accelerate again. This new SU-30 is much more maneuverable than the SU-27 or the F-15.
Imagine what we have in the programs that are classified!
How long did we have the B1 before it was made public?
Fight or run

Boynton Beach, FL

#70 Jul 26, 2009
ramdan wrote:
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Imagine what we have in the programs that are classified!
How long did we have the B1 before it was made public?
jimmy carter canceled the B-1 Bomber.
It wasn't revived until President Reagan began the B-1B Bomber that is still the best bomber in the world today.

It make you wonder what else obama is canceling besides F-22 production. obama is following carter's lead in putting America at risk.

Since: May 08

South Glens Falls, NY

#71 Jul 26, 2009
Fight or run wrote:
<quoted text>jimmy carter canceled the B-1 Bomber.
It wasn't revived until President Reagan began the B-1B Bomber that is still the best bomber in the world today.
It make you wonder what else obama is canceling besides F-22 production. obama is following carter's lead in putting America at risk.
Not at all,he is defering production!
The program can be restarted any time if it becomes necessary!
Obama is being wise!
who cares

United States

#72 Jul 26, 2009
reeltime wrote:
From Brandon Friedman at VetVoice: "In the midst of the debate over whether or not to suspend production of the Air Force's F-22 fighter jet, the Washington Post has revealed exactly how much it costs to fly and maintain each aircraft. It's dizzying.
The F-22 costs more than $44,000 an hour to fly. That's nearly 50 percent more than it costs to maintain its predecessor, the F-15. Think about that. That's what most Americans make in a year. And while the Air Force says the cost to fly the plane for an hour is $44,300, the Office of the Secretary of Defense says it's actually $49,800. They throw these numbers around like they're nothing.
Of course, I don't have an issue with spending whatever it takes to keep America safe. The problem with expanding production of these extravagantly priced F-22s is that they represent the cost to use something we'll likely never need--a Top Gun-style fighter jet which would've come in handy in the 1980s--at the expense of things we could really use at home and abroad--now.
Let's look at this another way. Let's look at it in terms of domestic issues and national security ones. Most operational F-22s are based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According to the state Department of Education, the average annual salary of a Virginia public school teacher in 2009 is $51,900. So a public school teacher in Virginia deals with unruly fourth graders for an entire year to earn the amount it costs to fly an airplane for an hour. An airplane America will not need unless we find ourselves in all-out war with China or Russia. That doesn't make a lot of sense.
But let's not stop there. Let's turn to Afghanistan where troops have faced equipment and personnel shortages since 2001. The average infantry staff sergeant serving as a squad leader there--a person without whom counterinsurgency operations simply could not take place--makes around $32,500 a year. A first lieutenant platoon leader commanding a rural outpost in Pashtunistan makes around $41,800. You can add on, say,$10,000 to these positions for hazardous duty pay, housing, etc. Either way, the annual salaries of these critical personnel are more or less in line with what it costs to fly an F-22 for an hour.
That we would spend as much money in an hour flying a nearly useless fighter jet as we do paying critical personnel to fight the war on the ground is obscene. Many would say the teacher salary comparison is even worse. If I thought this jet would help enhance our national security at any time in the next 25 years, I'd offer a full-throated defense for its continued production. But because the program lives on as a contractor-driven Cold War zombie hunting for Congressional brains, it's just not something I can support. The money presently being allocated for more F-22s should instead be used to address the threats we might face in the near- to medium-term future--and not our Cold War foes."
http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do...
what bout the F-U
who cares

United States

#73 Jul 26, 2009
and then there is the F-U
who cares

United States

#74 Jul 26, 2009
So Obama approved funding to F-U
who cares

United States

#75 Jul 26, 2009
F-U obama
mad max

Atlanta, GA

#76 Jul 27, 2009
ive got a flying sauser in my back yard thats better than that f-22,it can do anything it can,look in sky tonight about 3 you will see me.
puzzledatlantan

United States

#77 Jul 27, 2009
F22 is "vulnerable to rain". I mean cmon... superior my A!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Since: May 08

South Glens Falls, NY

#78 Jul 27, 2009
While the F-22 is an awesome weapons platform,it is not necessary at this time!
The program can be restarted at any time in the future should it be necessary!

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