Thursday, February 08, 2007
Plenty of joy to go around
Just to show you that LANL does not have a patent on all of the fun that comes with being a national lab, we should check in on what our friends just to the south have been up to.
The story can be seen here:
Oops. Hope the pilot was wearing a diaper.
I mean really, not having a mechanical canopy release backup system? I wonder where the systems engineering for that part of the F22 was done.
I remember this; what a joke (at our expense). Did you read the CP piece (in last day or week) about how the F-22 can't be used in Iraq? This plane is the latest at signal intelligence as well as other marvels, but it can't fly in the Baghdad area because the US has put up so many EM noise units -- to jam remote detonators of IEDs -- that the F-22 would be jammed and fly "blind." So this $350M marvel of air superiority and electronic warfare is useless for Iraq. Similarly, the F-117 stealth fighter is now accompanied by "normal" EM warfare planes EA-6 and others, because a passive (not active) system developed by the Czechs, and used in Serbia to shoot down a F-117 during "Madelaine's War" is in circulation, and being copied. As i recall, this stuff was described by some of the military people who write at CP: the Serbia story was described at