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LinkF16SimDude wrote:+1 on the Spaz-meister's last comment.
Just my but to this old Viper guy it seems like this phase of the program is different from previous weapon systems in that the flight test and deployment tracks appear to be running almost concurrently. And in some cases, the FTUs are helping the Testers to write the rule books and flight manuals as they get more familiar with the jets. In days of old, it seemed like the FTUs wouldn't get jets until the flight test phase was finished enough to send the system to an preliminary IOC status.
Am I all wet there?
Even in those days, there were a steady stream of changes to all kinds of manuals after the jets were delivered (wrt Viper, ask Gums). The difference today is that virtually every pimple on someone's behind gets reported in some fashion, and then re-reported and re-reported, leading some to believe that the stuff must be 'serious' because it's reported so much...
Some would have you believe that no change or new learning occurs after OT and delivery in a program without concurrency, and that's just not true.