JASDF may be in the market for more F-35s

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Unread post14 Apr 2021, 19:34

mixelflick wrote:If the AWACS thing is true (and it almost certainly is),then what about the fear factor associated with it?

Reportedly, whole Iraqi formations turned tail when painted by the F-14's AWG-9. How much morese will that be true, when the enemy knows there are F-35's in the area? Or worse, will they even know?

Talk about un-nerving..

They won't know till their buddies start exploding.
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Unread post15 Apr 2021, 02:38

"I never want to fight. My ideal - and this may sound
crude in civilian terms - is an assassination. I'm going to
come sneaking up on this guy and kill him before he even
knows I'm around. I'm not out there to turn and burn and do
Top Gun stuff. I'm out there to put 'em down, and I don't
want them to even know I'm around. I want a guy to be flying
along and then next thing he knows, he's hanging in his
parachute, wondering what the Hell happened. That's my idea
of a perfect day in combat. My ideal is, when he's six or
eight miles away, he just goes up in a puff of smoke, and I
just keep right on going."
- Lieutenant-Commander Dave Jones, United States Navy,
an instructor at Cecil Field
(Source: "Hornet: The inside story of the F/A-18" by
Orr Kelly. Novato, California, USA: Presidio Press,
1990. ISBN 0-89141-344-8. 231 pages.)
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Unread post26 Apr 2021, 12:18

March 2021:
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

https://www.toonippo.co.jp/articles/amp/508513

Major General Kubota Takahiro (50) is commander of 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, and Misawa AB.
In 2021 March, he achieved qualification to fly F-35A.

He is former F-15 pilot, and has 2,700+ flight hours.
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