The US Navy Blue Angels are in Saint George today and tomorrow, weather permitting, for an airshow at our new airport. I will not attend because my hearing loss will not tolerate loud noise. However, the pilots have been practicing in pairs over my home so that I have had a good look. They are flying the F-22 Raptor which is a sleekly futuristic aircraft. It is very impressive, but do we really need it in today’s or tomorrow’s world? No longer in production, we have 187 in our arsenal at a cost of $150 million each. The Blue Angel team consists of 6 aircraft, at least here in Saint George.
No other nation has a comparable airplane. Airforces that we might face in opposition have vastly inferior aircraft. To use these airplanes to deliver bombs against adversaries would be a waste in my opinion. If we are to bomb a small opponent like Iran, Iraq , Libya or Syria, there is a better, cheaper alternative in my opinion. There are hundreds of mothballed commercial airliners sitting in the Arizona desert. Some of them could be retrofitted to deliver bombs much less expensively than the F-22. A bomb needs to be delivered accurately to its target; it does not need to be delivered at high-speed by the latest technological marvel. An aging 747 could be fitted with the latest anti-missile capability to defend itself and a few F-22 or other could fly escort to add an additional layer of protection. I think that this way would be an effective defense force at a much lower cost.
- Blue Angels at air show in St. George (fox13now.com)
- Heads up: Blue Angels jet arriving at Boeing Field tomorrow (westseattleblog.com)