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Monday, July 20, 2009
Horowitz Blogger Hides F-22 Problems
Topic: Horowitz

A July 17 post at NewsReal, the David Horowitz Freedom Center's new blog, by Claude Cartaginese baseless touts the F-22 fighter jet without mentioning its significant shortcomings.

Cartaginese writes:

Imagine a fighter jet that would give the United States complete air superiority in any conflict. An aircraft that’s faster, has longer range, and is more fuel-efficient at high speeds than any aircraft ever built. A plane virtually invisible to radar and deadly accurate, almost guaranteeing that any selected target would be destroyed. An aircraft so advanced that the armed forces of every country on earth are scared to death of it and know that they would be defenseless against it for years to come.

We have that plane. It’s called the F-22 Raptor, and our President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, hates it.


According to the Pentagon, we need more F-22’s in order to maintain air superiority. At a cost of about $150 million each, however, Mr. Obama deems these planes to be too costly. 

In fact, the F-22 has significant problems -- notably that it requires 30 hours of maintenance for every hour it flies, is way over budget, and has problems with its radar-absorbing skin. It was designed to win dogfights with Soviet fighters -- not a problem these days -- and it has never flown over Iraq or Afghanistan.

Further, the Pentagon is split over canceling the F-22. As the Washington Post reported, the Air Force's top two civilian and military leaders support cancellation, though other officials do not.

NewsReal's motto is "Keeping The Cable Guys Honest." Looks like we're going to have to keep NewsReal honest.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:51 AM EDT

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