No one in the US Air Force is publicly talking about replacing the relatively youthful Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor. Neither is there any public commitment by the USAF’s leadership to immediately replace the relatively aging Northrop T-38C Talon.
But those facts haven’t stopped some of the defence industry’s most creative contractors from showing off new concept drawings on the walls of their exhibit booths here at the Air Force Association’s annual convention at National Harbor, Md.
The above “F-X” concept poster shows a twin-jet, single-seat, tailless air superiority fighter on Boeing’s stand. Nearby at the Northrop Grumman exhibit booth is a concept image of their own F-22 replacement candidate, which is shown below.
Boeing also finally revealed its all-new trainer concept. We must note that this blogger actually saw this very image three months ago inside Boeing’s Phantom Works offices. At the time, Boeing’s media relations department vehemently denied that this concept showed the company’s secret T-X drawing. Yet, here it was at AFA, and it is identified as exactly that. And media relations types always seem so offended when I question their sincerity!
Finally, here’s another image showing Northrop’s high-speed bomber concept. This is not the first time I’ve seen this image, but it’s too interesting to leave out of this post.
PHOTOS: Fighter, bomber & trainer concepts unveiled at AFA
By Stephen Trimble on 19 September, 2011 in Uncategorised
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