How do you feel about the Super Duper Hornet? Posted on March 8, 2023 by PrepHole Contributor How do you feel about the Super Duper Hornet?
Is she puttin' on the Ritz?
Does this look like where fashion sits?
No, but that missile payload certainly looks like somebody's dressed up like a million-dollar trooper. Adjusted for inflation, even.
The CFTs got cancelled because of some fuckup on Boeing's part. I hope to God they don't get the F/A-XX contract.
Why is Boeing so bad now?
They bought failing McDonnell Douglas
Then let those from McDonnell Douglas take over a lot of operations
Boeing = success
MD = failure
Merge and let the MD guys make key decisions = brilliant
It's actually somehow pretty common, for shit like that happen. No idea fucking why but it's a story I have Heard, from multiple people who worked at boeing, and other companies that bought smaller failing competitors.
The KC-46 is a great example of this.
>USAF seeks a replacement for the aging KC-135
>this is after the last attempt to do so ended with Boeing's previous CEO being arrested for trying to bribe her way to winning the contract, but I digress
>USAF receives bids from Airbus/Northrop Grumman and Boeing
>Grumman wins handily
>Boeing goes to Congress and throws a shitfit
>Congress grabs USAF by the balls and all but forces the KC-46 on them
>program quickly runs into trouble
>the boom camera doesn't work and there's no window for the boom operator
>there's random debris in the fuel tanks from shoddy construction
>the fuel system also leaks more than a leftist staffer at the Trump White House to the point where it became a Category 1 defect
>thankfully the KC-X contract is fixed-price, meaning Boeing is on the hook for all cost overruns
>as of 2023 they've racked up $5 billion in losses due to their own incompetence
>if we're lucky the system *MIGHT* be combat ready by the end of this year after almost a decade of delays
by the time a company has decided to purchase a failing competitor it's already shifted from "manufacturing/design company" to "holding company" that will inevitably fail.
when they acquired MickyDs, they absorbed their absolutely-beyond-fucked corporate structure and bureaucratic apparatus and it absolutely ruined them. suits destroying engineering firms by prioritizing this quarters bonus check over a hundred years of institutional know-how, who woulda thought?
Why was MDD so bad? They made great airplanes, but I've heard this before. I suppose it was only their corporate mentality that was bad not the engineering part
Skim through this and then read the date. Gives you a bit of perspective on the B*eing situation.
purposefully move your headquarters as far away from the engineers as possible without changing country, just so they cant protest against stupid corporate decisions.
everything they touch turns to shit
turns out marketing gurus and accountants cant run engineering firms
super hornet is a p. cool guy, eh trust vectoring and doesn't afraid or anything
The only Hornet or Super Hornet to have TVC was NASA's F/A-18 High Altitude Research Vehicle (picrel).
I hate conformal fuel tanks, but apparently they were a huge upgrade for pilots. Father in law flew them for a long time
Somebody has been hitting shoulder day hard
Did it get better engines or is it still a fat pig?
slow and agile as old man
I hate that something with the esthetic of a cocroach is our most efficient and capable naval interceptor.
Personally I don't think it should have existed - F-16N would have made more sense.
Even now what does the F/A-18 do that F-35C can't?
she got a GREAT ASS
>those curves behind the cockpit
F-18 is officially a MILF now.
I'm still waiting on the SupercalifragilisticexpialidoHornet