Military Discussion 101 Jan 18, 2012 13:50:58 GMT -5
Post by Mal on Jan 18, 2012 13:50:58 GMT -5
I think I talked about this a while back. The Air Force spent considerably on the B-1 and the B-2, but as I understand it, they've cancelled new orders for the B-2. It's expensive, it's even more expensive to maintain, and quite frankly, the threat that necessitated their development and manufacture is perceived to have been reduced, at present.
I compare the B-52 to the C-130. Both are venerable, and very capable in what they can do. Modeernization programs have kept both flying for what is long past the normal effective life of modern aircraft.
The B-52s capabilities, coupled with its low maintenance costs, support the decision to keep it flying.
I got a tour of a C-130 a few years ago. On one of the bulkheads, I saw some initials with the year "'72" next to it. They had been gouged into the bulkhead with a knife (most likely) and I thought it was really cool that the plane had been flying for at least 36 years (at the time), and that the ground crews that came and went over the years saw fit to leave it there.