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Hill AFB hopes to house F-35s

PZL.38 Wilk 

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 00:45 CET

The Air Force on Friday released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the first bases slated to receive the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter...

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Marius Bekker 

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:09 CET


Well at least the discussion has started as to where the F-35A's are to be based and how many may be required by the USAF.

Here in the UK the argument between politicians and political parties are ongoing as to whether the F-35B or F-35C, both being carrier based versions as you know, should be procured. The order for the B version was just about a done deal when the Cameron government decided to go for the C version. Now the military chiefs have decided that actually the B version is better suited to UK needs, so it may now be back to the original choice of the non-CATOBAR version. The carrier(s) to base them is cheaper if no CATOBAR is fitted. Watch this space as they say.

What a wonderful world ....

Michael Carbery 

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 16:54 CET

Bring back the Harrier :)

Marius Bekker 

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 18:13 CET

You not wrong there Michael!

In many respects the Harrier was retired before its time, only to be sold on to the USMC. At least they did not meet the same fate as the Nimrods, and the USMC can put converted types to good use with loads of spares.

There will be some careful treading re Britain's ability to project real power until the QE class carrier(s) and the F-35 come into play.

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