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Old November 5 2013, 05:49 AM   #16
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Re: And now...the SR-72

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The military budget of the USA is beyond ridiculous.
Why do you hate freedom?
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I heard once that the military spending of the USA is equal to the combined military spending for the next three highest spending countries (could be wrong though). Seriously, what do they need all that for? It's like they have a cannon to kill a fly, but they always want a bigger cannon anyway. What is it with the USA's obsession with guns?
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Old November 5 2013, 06:56 AM   #17
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Because war. War never changes.
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Old November 5 2013, 05:27 PM   #18
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The military budget of the USA is beyond ridiculous.
Why do you hate freedom?
Smart arse lol

I heard once that the military spending of the USA is equal to the combined military spending for the next three highest spending countries (could be wrong though). Seriously, what do they need all that for? It's like they have a cannon to kill a fly, but they always want a bigger cannon anyway. What is it with the USA's obsession with guns?
Actually, the US military budget is equal to the military spending of the next eleven highest spending countries (China, Russia, UK, Japan, France, Saudia Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and South Korea), contributing 39% of the total global military expenditure:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...y_expenditures

The US military budget has almost three times the size of China's and Russia's military budget combined. (Which is why the U.S. has ten aircraft carriers, while China and Russia each have a single one).

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Old November 7 2013, 10:17 AM   #19
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That picture reminds me of the Dauntless from Voyager.
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Old November 7 2013, 02:52 PM   #20
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The article says Lockheed might have a demonstrator model working in ten years. It also said it might enter service in 2030. The plane doesn't exist yet, and won't for over ten years, if ever.
Which really means the SkunkWorks probably has the plane under construction and nearly ready to fly. They never confirm the existence of aircraft until they are either in service or nearly obsolete...
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Old November 8 2013, 06:21 PM   #21
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The comments on the Wired article are pretty brutal, and I would echo some of them, such as this being just a pitch to the Air Force. It's probably not as advanced as the Mach 5 Skylon/Sabre/Scimitar concepts the British are rendering. The real breakthrough will come when someone renders a plane cruising at Mach 8.
Skylon has an advanced propulsion system (or will have) but the SR-72 has a totally different purpose, and needs to be able to deliver weapons on target.

Certainly there are already planes that have gone faster than the SR-72 might, but none in the same job.

I understand the reasons why the want this plane, but I still feel we have the assets to do the job now(minus the attack profile it would have). We are going to have to look at reduciung the over-inflated defense budget at some point...most likely before this plane would ever enter service.
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Old November 8 2013, 06:25 PM   #22
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Judging by what they've unveiled, isn't this basically Lockheed saying "Wouldn't it be cool if we could build this, wink wink Congress"?

Obviously the plane doesnt exist yet, however Lockheed has a good record at getting these projects off the ground and funded.
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Old November 8 2013, 11:57 PM   #23
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Model of it already on the way...
http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=22118
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Old November 21 2013, 03:23 AM   #24
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The article says Lockheed might have a demonstrator model working in ten years. It also said it might enter service in 2030. The plane doesn't exist yet, and won't for over ten years, if ever.
Which really means the SkunkWorks probably has the plane under construction and nearly ready to fly. They never confirm the existence of aircraft until they are either in service or nearly obsolete...
This aircraft would have been pitched secretly to the Air Force and had it been accepted, we would not be hearing about it now. It must cost too much and they are trying to get members of Congress to fund it.
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