Thursday, May 26, 2016
WW1: Russian Fighter Pilot In Color
Colorized photo of a Russian pilot in front of his plane in 1916. It truly is amazing not the technological advances in fighter planes since WW1, but the cost and boondoggle that they have become. There is the fight over design, requirements, funding, needs, project timeline and then the counter programs to measure if it is needed and we can't just keep using the current generation of fights. This pilot's plane was state of the art in 1916, but far simpler in design and far cheaper.
Have you read about the F35, its problems, or that it kills pilots who eject? Can it even beat the F16? Think of what Ilya up there needed with his propeller powered plane, and consider what we want from ours. Night and day. Needs change and the reasons, true and fraudulent, behind the needs change as well.