Last week Obama pulled this stunt:
When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn't want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.
"White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form," one source close to the unit relayed.
Stephen Lee, a public affairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 was parked in the hangar and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House's behest.
Obama was key to having the F-22 program killed, so it is understandable why he would not want to be photographed in front of one. However, many in the Air Force family are very distressed by his position that was pushed by Gates, the traitor, because the F-22 is our only 5th generation aircraft. (Did you know that Gates required a signed loyalty oath from all who work for him? This is a first.) Our enemies are actively developing 5th generation aircraft, and we now have only about 187 of these planes.
the program started 20 years ago at 750 aircraft and was eventually whittled down to 187. An effort to preserve the production line with 7 more aircraft was rebuffed by Obama and Gates last summer, so there will never be any more F-22s, which was the top fighter jet in the world. So the irony of Obama's game of hide and seek with the Airmen who fly these marvelous aircraft is tragic.
In a future conflict we will be at a severe disadvantage. The F-22 is criticized as costing too much per airplane. But this is a numbers game. The more aircraft you buy, as was planned, the cheaper the cost per aircraft. Because the program was cut back in numbers, the unit cost has increased. My point is that at every turn Obama is doing things that weaken our country, instead of strengthening it. If you are curious as to why, you'll buy my book.Su-35 fighter makes 100th flight
20 March, 2009, 15:04
The Su-35 combat jet successfully completed its 100th test flight on Friday, reports developer Sukhoi. It concludes the testing of the aircraft's flight control system.
Sukhoi launched the Su-35's flight test programme in February 2008 at its facility in Zhukovsky near Moscow. In October, a second aircraft joined the trials from an aerodrome in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia’s Far East. A third jet will be used from this spring, after which the producer will start testing the fighter's super maneuverability characteristics.
Sukhoi says the plane's development is on schedule and that it will be able to start production of the Su-35 in 2011. The aircraft will be used by Russia’s air forces as well as being sold to other countries. The developer expects the jet to get its share of markets in south-eastern Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The Su-35 is a multi-purpose 4++ generation fighter jet. It features modernised avionics with an integrated equipment control system and a next-generation radar capable of tracking more targets at longer range then those used in older Sukhoi models. The aircraft also has new powerful engines.