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CW5 John M.
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Quite a machine for the modern battlefield.
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Specialist Teacher Primary And Secondary
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It’s a little beauty Sir..apparently it’s so forgiving perhaps I’d have a hope of flying if I had my years over again :))
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Barry Davidson
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That is an interesting aircraft. Not exactly Blue Thunder or Airwolf, but we take what we can get.
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I think it’s a great little aircraft that can still take on board defensive weapons ...it could have many uses as it is designed to be stealthier than conventional helicopters.
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Barry Davidson
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There used to be Cobras and A-10s at Whiteman, AFB. We used to watch them. All of us dependents looked forward to the yearly open house when we got to fire M-60s, and most especially sit in the cockpit of birds like the Apache, F-16, etc. We had Peacekeepers, but during the open house we'd get to sit in an Abrams, hold an M79, and so many other things. I'll never forget those open houses.

I was sitting on my roof there when the first B2s came in, flying out of the east. We could hear them coming long before we ever spotted them on the horizon.

But, growing up when I did, there were the TV shows and movies. Granted, we never thought we'd have a flying motorcycle like Chuck Norris had in Delta Force, but there was so much else that seemed plausible. I still remember the Green Berets theme song (it's still a classic). Anyway, we always hoped that we'd one day see some of the advanced weapons systems from those shows and movies. Then we grew up and learned something of military procurement.

As much as I hate to say it, I almost hope that we don't see them. (Notice the almost. Our fighting men and women need whatever edge they can get.) What's the price tag on this little beauty? Given what the military is charged for bolts that go on submarines I'd venture it's probably substantially more than the $1.41 million price tag on a Tomahawk missile back in 2011. If that F35 piece of crap is any indicator it'll be more than the $56.25 million a fully loaded AH-64A used to cost as well. I'd guess in the $300 million range after all the initial sunk costs are covered. The first runs will probably cost in the $1 billion range.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Thank you for the excellent share Cynthia.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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(Join to see) have a great day Ms Cynthia.
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