On 11/4/03 5:37 PM, in article
"Josť Herculano" wrote in message
You have a very good point. Yes, the F35 is only a single seater
although LM does have a 2 seater "mockup".
Looking at what an F/A-22 (single seater) and a B-2 (twin-seater) can do,
find it harder and harder to justify a thing like an F/A-18F....
Well for one thing, the US Navy can actuallly afford the F/A-18F. While it
doesn't really add any more capability than the F-14D has, it is far easier
to maintain :-)
Far be it from me to be a Kool Aid drinker (despite my current VFA
association), but I disagree with you based on what I see the F/A-18F doing
these days with HMCS, ATFLIR, AESA, and AIM-9X.
There's much more growth potential based on architecture.
And that maintainability counts for a lot.