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A 400 thousand dollar helmet for the F-35

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  • Independent
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    On the news I saw that they "created" a $400,000.- helmet for the pilots of the F-35; the plane itself cost $ 400 million a piece; so add that to the price tag.
    This helmet was designed because pilots in the beginning complained about bad vision from the cockpit; so they went totally overboard on this as well. The pilot can now see the whole aircraft and look "through " the aircraft with a "heads-up display". It seems there is an unlimited budget to "tinker" with this "toy".

    My point of view is quite simple; actually we are in the same stage right now as Hitler was during his war; he had the Bismark and Tirpitz built; super unsinkable ships wiith the heavy-ist armour plating you could built as well the Me 262 jet the first used in any war; way ahead of its time. It did not help he still lost the war.

    We are right now in the same situation; we won't win any wars because of these over valued "toys" why? because pilots for these planes will be hard to find and to train; the mass of information and complexity of this aircraft will be its un-doing. It will become a "hangar queen" to fix software glitches all the time. Also I doubt that it will kill "one man" terrorists. Like using your I-Pad to kill a fly.
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    Dutch Wrote: On the news I saw that they "created" a $400,000.- helmet for the pilots of the F-35; the plane itself cost $ 400 million a piece; so add that to the price tag.
    This helmet was designed because pilots in the beginning complained about bad vision from the cockpit; so they went totally overboard on this as well. The pilot can now see the whole aircraft and look "through " the aircraft with a "heads-up display". It seems there is an unlimited budget to "tinker" with this "toy".

    My point of view is quite simple; actually we are in the same stage right now as Hitler was during his war; he had the Bismark and Tirpitz built; super unsinkable ships wiith the heavy-ist armour plating you could built as well the Me 262 jet the first used in any war; way ahead of its time. It did not help he still lost the war.

    We are right now in the same situation; we won't win any wars because of these over valued "toys" why? because pilots for these planes will be hard to find and to train; the mass of information and complexity of this aircraft will be its un-doing. It will become a "hangar queen" to fix software glitches all the time. Also I doubt that it will kill "one man" terrorists. Like using your I-Pad to kill a fly.
    not to mention that planes such as this were designed for large state-to-state conflicts. unless something very odd happens those days are gone. asymmetrical warfare, urban clashes and low grade civil wars including tribal conflicts appear to be the warfare of the foreseeable future. which explains why buffoons such as mccain do not understand that removing isil "militarily" isn't an option.
  • Independent
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    " Lonely" absolutely correct; country to country wars, like we did in the past and which we lost because of our ignorance; still thinking as Napoleon, won't work nowadays; our debacle in Vietnam, Afghanistan an Iraq prove such. No it is not stupid of McCain; his lobby buddies in the war industry and himself fare well by it.
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    Dutch Wrote: " Lonely" absolutely correct; country to country wars, like we did in the past and which we lost because of our ignorance; still thinking as Napoleon, won't work nowadays; our debacle in Vietnam, Afghanistan an Iraq prove such. No it is not stupid of McCain; his lobby buddies in the war industry and himself fare well by it.
    well, yes, there is the profit motive which does trump all. the concept itself is simply flawed and it is astounding that McCain, a veteran/victim of one such war, would cling to the idea.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Just remember that John McCain isn't the brightest of Senators. He only got into Annapolis because his daddy was an admiral in the Navy. And then he graduated 894th out of 899 cadets. As a rookie pilot his aptitude for flying reflects his academic "achievements". He crashed training planes. However, he does have an instinct when it comes to advancing his own cause. He divorced his first wife, Carol, a former model who was crippled and disfigured in an accident so he could marry Cindy Hensley, another beauty queen, and now a trophy wife and daughter of a rich beer distributer. Oh and his affair with Cindy preceded his divorce.

    As per the Daily Mail from 2008:

    "Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.

    " ...Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics. ‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said. ‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.’


    You can read more about the character of John McCain in the above article. John McCain is a tough talking bully and a phony. His time in captivity does not make him a war hero either.

    PS -- to keep this on topic, I doubt whether the Navy would have ever let John McCain fly an F-35 or wear a $400,00 helmet. Too expensive even for the Navy...
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Just remember that John McCain isn't the brightest of Senators. He only got into Annapolis because his daddy was an admiral in the Navy. And then he graduated 894th out of 899 cadets. As a rookie pilot his aptitude for flying reflects his academic "achievements". He crashed training planes. However, he does have an instinct when it comes to advancing his own cause. He divorced his first wife, Carol, a former model who was crippled and disfigured in an accident so he could marry Cindy Hensley, another beauty queen, and now a trophy wife and daughter of a rich beer distributer. Oh and his affair with Cindy preceded his divorce.

    As per the Daily Mail from 2008:

    "Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.

    " ...Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics. ‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said. ‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.’


    You can read more about the character of John McCain in the above article. John McCain is a tough talking bully and a phony. His time in captivity does not make him a war hero either.

    PS -- to keep this on topic, I doubt whether the Navy would have ever let John McCain fly an F-35 or wear a $400,00 helmet. Too expensive even for the Navy...
    Thanks Schmidt; can you imagine if he would have won the President position together with Palin. How can a guy with this type of background stay forever in Congress?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- Yes it is hard to understand, but a certain segment of the voting public like "war heroes" and McCain has capitalized on that label along with a compliant media that doesn't dare question his credentials. Also, some people really are attracted to the macho" in your face" bully style of McCain. McCain has made up for his other deficiencies by being a bully, and there are lots of Americans that are authoritarian followers.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Yes it is hard to understand, but a certain segment of the voting public like "war heroes" and McCain has capitalized on that label along with a compliant media that doesn't dare question his credentials. Also, some people really are attracted to the macho" in your face" bully style of McCain. McCain has made up for his other deficiencies by being a bully, and there are lots of Americans that are authoritarian followers.
    Schmidt. thanks again; you do great research indeed. I just wonder as I said many times before that people here are more gullible than any of the countries I've been; where are the brains? But they elect most of the times what they wish for and deserve and complain afterwards.