Light posting today

I had a linky post for today, but dodgy internet at the hotel lost it for me. So I’ve currently got zip besides a cool pic of a Tomcat being launched off of the Roosevelt. Notice the E-2 with the 8-bladed prop.

Persian Gulf (Feb. 6, 2006) – An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm (RELEASED)

Pic from Navy News Stand.


  1. Hey, here’s the Progressive’s alternative QDR with hot weapon system action! among their suggestions in the air- kill the f22, a full buy of f35, 100 block 60 F-16’s as an interim measure, and buy more b-2’s. I dont agree with the b-2 part, as i think its rather overkill for use in afghanistan… couldnt we make a civil aircraft like the 777 into a bomber?

  2. M -Im not suggesting that you do. I think that they are suggesting buying the b2 becouse it is the only bomber ‘in production’- sort of. And of course you introduced me to the 747 bmober idea which I liked. Could you post the progressive qdr as an article. I think it national qdr deserves some serious discussion. A

  3. OMG what a big article Civilian aircraft into bomber is a silly idea simply because of the cost to restructure the aircraft. Underwing pylons: Read about or study aeroelasticity and you will see why. Bomb bay: Major structural problems, simply the fact that the aircraft was never designed to have a ‘hole’ in it. Structural loads have to be carried along beams differently. Otherwise I am sure that Boeing/Airbus would have jumped on the bandwagon for a ‘jack of all trades’ aircraft a very long time ago. Financially it would make a lot of sense if it were that easy. It’s just simply not, especially with aviation technology progressing continually.