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家园博客 【原创】关于空军参谋长的话

今天听一个电台采访他本人,话锋又有一点飘忽。三座大山挡在重开生产线之前:

1,资金。他的原话“我们现在不是在按照正常节奏更换老旧飞机,现在实际上正在整体重建整个空军!他们要买F35,要买加油机,要买轰炸机,要买教练机,要买情报搜集机,他们甚至还得再买一架空军一号(为下届或者下下届总统准备),光新建的F22按照国会预想就需要接近200架,这需要大约300亿刀” 现在F35和KC46都有尚未解决的问题而导致延期,经费抽出来重建F22又会进一步影响其他飞机的订购和生产,然后又会产生成本增加,产量减少达不到预期等等等等已经经历过的问题。

2,大量的工程技术问题。F22的生产线2011年关闭,2012交付最后一架。很多配件生产厂商已经不存在了,虽然他们可能只是生产一个螺帽,一个小配件。再把这所有的必备条件攒到一块是很费时间很费钱的事,电子系统完全落后,打了个比方刚开始生产F22时我们还在用WALKMAN,现在已经是IPHONE了(估计也看了晨大的文章)

3,一条生产线把所有的人员和技术再组合起来装配F22。波音生产机翼和机体的厂房已用于生产民用机,洛克希德把原来的F22总装线厂房用于生产C-130J和F35以及大修C5。3-5年落实设施人员(还是在有资金确保的前提下),2020年代中期(2025?)或许才有飞机可以推出生产线。

结论:有这时间都可以重新研发一款飞机了

另:波音刚和空军达成一个协议:第一架KC46的交付时间由2017年3月推迟到同年8月,到2018年1月为止预计交付18架。但在2018年10月之前交付的飞机只配备后部的硬管加油装置,翼尖的软管加油装置则无法提供。(其实原来的计划是在今年底之前交付36架KC46)简单说就是KC46的硬管加油装置不能给C17加油,F16/A10/AV8B等小飞机可以。而当初弃用的KC30在2014年已经在伊拉克上空为澳大利亚空军战机加油了。

结论:在空军授予合同4年以及花了13亿美金以后,波音还不能提供一款可用的加油机给空军。空军看来又忍了。

另2:飞往英国FAIRFORD参加exercises Baltic Operations 16, Saber Strike 16 and U.S. Africa Command’s Just Hammer的3架B52中有一架由于机械故障中途折返基地。空军全球打击司令部正在寻找替代解决方案。

结论:太老了,该换了。

另3:关于蓝天使表演队6号机坠毁。蓝天使从1982年开始飞F/A18A F/A18B,1986年开始接收F/A18C。30多年的老飞机了,不出事才怪。不想翻了,直接粘贴吧:

Last year, on May 23 2015 in Rockford, IL, Blue Angel #5 lost its left outboard leading edge slat, which landed in a neighborhood; the aircraft landed safely. The weekend before that, in Rochester, NY, one of their birds lost a piece of its right wing; the piece was found floating in a nearby lake. The plane landed safely. Their last crash before this was in Beaufort, SC in 2007....due to mechanical failure.

Boeing is not manufacturing these aircraft anymore. Production of these "Legacy" Hornets stopped in the mid 90's. You can only maintain them so much. I was at the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show last month here in Missouri and two of the Blue Angels birds, specifically #2 and #4 (#4 twice), stopped flying during the practice day because of mechanical failure; #3 had problems and continued to have problems even during the show. During the practice day, I had some face to face time with a pilot; this team cannot obtain parts from other fleet aircraft, they are having to acquire parts from museum aircraft or aircraft that are rotting away in the boneyard near Tucson, AZ.. These planes can only be pushed and put through these tremendous stresses so much.

The Blue Angels have at least two more show seasons with their current aircraft. By the 2019 season, they will be transitioning to the newer F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. This came straight from the team itself.

为飞行员感到难过,看过他们的表演,真的很精彩。雷鸟的也很棒,但至少他们的飞行员没事,还可以和总统寒暄两句。R.I.P.

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