January 12, 2008
F-22 to Patrol the GAFA?
Posted by scott at January 12, 2008 04:42 PM
It would appear the on-again, off-again Australian flirtation with the F-22 is now on again. Japan's been trying to pry them out of Congress for a few years now, without success. Now that something like 1/4 of the F-15 fleet is grounded for the foreseeable future, and additional foreign purchases would reduce per-unit costs for the good ol' USAF, it'll be interesting to see if all interested parties take another run at getting the Raptor approved for export.
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I know the YF-23 was a contract rival for the F-22, but what happened to all the "Fs" from F-24 to F-34?
Or is the F-35 being used because it started life as the X-35?
I'm not sure. I *think* the intervening numbers were used by X craft. But that's mostly speculation. I'd have to actually dig around to be sure, and it's too late tonight for that :)