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Thread: My Son's New Job

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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State

    My Son's New Job

    My son is a stationed at LeMoore, Cal. His new job is heading the transition to the new F-35 at the base. He sent me this today. Pretty awesome.

    Very respectfully,
    CDR Brian "Spool" Douglass
    CSFWP, F-35C Project Officer, N5
    Incoming Lemoore SATAF Lead
    Last edited by Paul Douglass; 02-02-2012 at 05:29 PM. Reason: tried to change the title
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    Please thank him for his service to our country. Great vid!
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    That's gotta be a thrill and quite an honor

    Having a proud Dad is pretty cool too
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    Very nice, both the son and the jet!!! Jim.
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    congrats to all,, and thanks to him and his dad for the sacrifices.
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    That's fantastic Paul!
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    Oh man Paul you have every right to be as proud as a peacock.

    I would give one of my limbs to be around that program never mind work on it or lead a transition what agreat job what a great plane and he had to have had the help of a great Dad cause good apples dont fall far from the tree. I am excited for you both.
    Canada has an order in for those planes, we already chipped in a deposit in the development stage...300million
    I have done quite a bit of research on the plane and onlu one word for it WOW.

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    That was a fantastic show. That is a fantastic airplane. Back in ancient history, pre WWII, when I was doing a bit of flying, we could not have even dreamed of an aircraft like that. WOW!

    Thanks to you and thanks to your son.


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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats to your son, Paul. That must be one of those projects that will become a career milestone for him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    ...we could not have even dreamed of an aircraft like that. WOW!...
    No kidding. Stealth, mach 1.3, and vertical landings to boot. Pretty amazing aircraft.
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Picking up on Jims point i went to Wikkipedia to check the specs

    I was always impressed by the harrier jump jet that came out in the 60's well to support the marvel of this F35 consider this point

    Harrier Top speed .....735 Mph

    F35 current specified top speed 1200 Mph

    Just think if you stationed jets like this in say Denver, you got just a little more than an hour and you in any part of the continental USA.

    Now put them closer to an enemy add in Stealth factor and the weapons capability and you back having breakfast before the enemy even knew what hit em.

    What a change from a spitfire scrambling off the ground to meet the oncoming hordes of German bombers and timing everything to have max time in air max height before contact and having to take out your opposition visually in face to face combat.

    Given most of us lived through the cold war, i think there is one very strategic issue that is associated with this plane.

    Development cost and customer base of this plane and its technology is being participated in by a host of countries. It demonstrates that the ability of a single nation to fund and develop such technology given the cost and sophistication of technology today implies that to go up against this plane, an opposition entity is going to have to muster a similar kind of technical participation and customer base before such opposition can produce a counterpart. Highly unlikely in my view if you look at the potential opposition candidates.

    So by this pure fact alone its existence is kinda terminating the potential for a repeated arms race of the kind we lived through in the 60's 70's .

    High price tag on this item but me thinks its worth it for that kind of macro effect. Lets just hope none of the participants ever go rogue.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 02-03-2012 at 02:21 PM.


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