Marine Corps is Dragging Old F/A-18s Out of the Boneyard to Fill Squadrons

Yep.

Never should have bought wholesale into the F-35/JSF.

Does this sound the first notes of the death knell for the JSF?

Economics, by the way, always wins. Always.

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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5 Responses to Marine Corps is Dragging Old F/A-18s Out of the Boneyard to Fill Squadrons

  1. rustybill says:

    *sigh*

    I remember when the F/A-18 was the latest, hottest bleeding-edge aircraft to join the inventory. Now, they’re pulling ’em out of the Boneyard. The Boneyard!

    Gettin’ old… but it beats the alternative.

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  2. CooperEP '04 says:

    This is the very reason that the boneyard exists. At times of great need, our aged, but powerful instruments of can be restored (with a little effort) faster than producing new equipment. I think that it is awesome that the F/A-18s in the boneyard are being brought back from the edge of oblivion.

    I also believe that in a lot of ways, we are missing the technological mark by letting total dominance at all costs override our better judgment. The smartphone market has incremental improvements each year, whereas military hardware is always huge leaps. I am not opposed to technological advancement and improvement by any stretch. I am saying that we need to ask ourselves why before we ask how to get it done. The famous example comes to mind of how the US figured out how to overcome the issue of writing in space resulted in an incredible pen that writes in zero G, upside down, under water, and in ridiculous temperature ranges, whereas the Russians used a pencil. Food for thought.

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    • vmijpp says:

      We haven’t figured that out, have we? What’s the obstacle– is it the acquisitions process, or something else?

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  3. burkemblog says:

    Complex process–simply put, DoD doesn’t add enough aircraft in, knowing that some congressmen (like mine, Republican Ann Wagner) and senators (Roy Blunt (R) and Claire McCaskill (D)) will add them in during the legislative process. The FA 18 is built here in St Louis. I noted an article in Defense One this morning that the USAF is looking at a low-cost alternative to the A-10 for the CAS mission. Apparently the F 35 is too hard to use and too expensive for this role.

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