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The S-3 Viking: The Submarine Hunter Russia Feared (That Retired Way Too Early)

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With a maximum speed of only five hundred miles per hour—many airliners fly faster—the S-3 Viking wasn’t about to be the subject of any movies starring Tom Cruise. However, the long-legged Jets proved extremely useful in a very wide variety of roles, whether as an electronic spy, submarine hunter, aerial tanker, cargo plane or even an attack jet. And many of those roles have not been satisfactorily replaced since. (nationalinterest.org) 기타...

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Bernie20910
Our military, for more than three decades now, has been on a "shock & awe" kick. Fast and flashy has become preferred over slow and steady. Where before we crushed foes under the sheer ponderous weight of our forces, nowadays the goal is to look good on the news clips first and foremost. Hell, you could say it started with replacing the venerable old 1911A1 .45 ACP with the flashy 9mm Beretta but it goes back further than that. We always want the newest and shiniest toys, the ones with great PR departments pushing them, making them seem to be the answer to problems that didn't exist, but damn they look sweet! It all comes down to advertising. Advertising the equipment to those buying it, advertising the conflicts to those actually paying for it, and advertising the results to those who cast votes for it, all to a rousing audio track and lots of spectacular and colorful video.

I think it's about time we stopped listening to the rattle of the stick in the swill bucket and started paying more attention to what we actually NEED, vs what's being sold to us.
blueashflyer
I've heard the last one on ATC freq. Controller told the pilot how he worked the same plane 20 years earlier at Norfolk Naval Station.
Highflyer1950
Normal cruise speed 405 mph.
joelwiley
These are clearly roles the F-35 can take on. Lockheed is certain of it.
rapidwolve
LOL...thanks, joel, for that bit of humour..I needed it.

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