- Nov 29, 2001
- Total Time
- 5 yrs
Oh and Dave... we're (Navy, not you) now carrying 250 # bombs on Hornets, and a new 500 pounder with a reduced explosives fill for lower collateral damage. Shut the hell up.
That’s great SIG600!! Can’t the Hornet carry up to 24 SDBs? That sure beats the 8 the F-22 can carry. I’m not sure what that has to do with my comments though.
My beef with the AF is that it's using the SDB to perpetuate the myth that the F-22 is a multi-role airplane, which it is not. It’s way to expensive. The AF is happy to let (in the opinion of the AF) the less highly trained Navy and Marine F-18 pilots deal with the higher risk, less glamorous CAS and attack stuff.
While the SDB was primarily developed to give the F-22 a limited, multi-target attack capability, the good news is that the highly specialized SDB can be used by many other aircraft that are real attack airplanes.
What would really be kickin’ would be a C-130 Gunship with a couple of big racks of SDBs hanging off the bottom.