This was sent in by several club members (in slightly varying forms).  It is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. 

 

The first 5 photos depict a new "secret" US Navy fighter, the F/A-37.  If the pictures look familiar, perhaps you saw the movie … they are actually production stills taken during the filming of the movie “Stealth”.  The plane shown is a movie prop.  Filming was done on the USS Abraham Lincoln at the San Diego Navy Yard in 2004.  Lt. Kara Wade is played by actress Jessica Biel.  These pictures have been circulating on the web since late 2004. 

 

The photos showing the aircraft carriers ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KITTY HAWK and RONALD REAGAN appear to be genuine photos from Valiant Shield, a US military war game in June, 2006.  30 ships, 280 aircraft and 22,000 personnel were involved.  It was the largest US Navy "action" in 30 years.

 

The photos and information about the USS New York also appear to be genuine.  You can read more about this ship here

 

The current situation re fighters is pretty interesting.  The US has a pretty big lead but the costs are huge.  The most advanced fighter in service is the USAF F-22 Raptor.  Its integrated radar/electronics/stealth/network virtually guarantees “first look, first shoot, first kill”.   The USAF originally expected to purchase 500-600 aircraft, but now has cut that back to 150-200  (and the price per aircraft went up accordingly).  The F-35 (Lockheed-Martin Lighting II) was in the media not too long ago (competition between Boeing and Lockheed-Martin) and is in final development.  The F35 is being jointly developed by the US and 8 other countries to keep costs down (production is expected to be 2500 to 3000 planes over 10 years which easily halves the per plane price compared to 400-500 planes).  Although several other countries and consortia (Russia/India, Japan, China) are currently developing 5th generation fighters (akin to the F22),  I think that the era of traditional dog fighting is about over.  I do not think there has been a single air-to-air aircraft kill in Iraq or Afghanistan where either plane could see the other – all kills have been with missiles out of visual range.  The sophistication and low cost of unmanned craft is getting to the point where the pilot (in the aircraft) may no longer necessary.

 

 

 

 

     GO NAVY !!!!!!!!!

This is awesome


Be sure to scroll all  the way down and see the 3 carriers and the new fighter jet. 
The specs are awesome. 
Talk about whip lash. 

  
3 Carrier Groups 


The plane in these pictures is still officially the 'Air
Vehicle Number 1', a prototype, on board the USS George
Washington CVN-73 for catapult fit checks.  Not exactly still
Top Secret but certainly not yet made public.


It will be known as the F/A-37.  Although specs are
classified, it is believed to be Mach 3.5 (top speed in the 
Mach 4 range) super-cruise stealth fighter/bomber/interceptor 
with approximately a 4,000nm range.  Awesome!


Check out the Navy test pilot in the cockpit of the

F/A-37...LT Kara Wade.
















For the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups

got together in formation for a great photo op. 

From top to bottom are the aircraft carriers, ABRAHAM LINCOLN,
 
KITTY HAWK and RONALD REAGAN.

We even had Air Force planes fly-over, see the B-2 Stealth Bomber
 
in the fifth & seventh picture down.  The only warships not seen in the 
photos are the 4 nuclear powered submarines standing guard.

 






 





              



And now:






GREAT NEW PHOTOS! 

Here SHE is! 
  
As you scroll down, notice 
the two twin towers on top.
 













Here SHE is,
the USS New York, 
made from the   
World Trade Center ! 




USS New York...
It was built with 24 tons of 
scrap steel from the   
World Trade Center . 

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - 
designed for missions that include special 
operations against terrorists. It will carry 
a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready 
Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters 
and assault craft. 

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted 
down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's 
bow section. When it was poured into the molds 
on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough 
steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' 
recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 



'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.' 



Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, 
said that when the trade center steel first 
arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 
'hair on my neck stood up.' 
'It had a big meaning to it for 
all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. 
They can't keep us down. We're going to be 
back.' 

The ship's motto? 



'Never Forget' 

Please keep this going so everyone can see 
what we are made of in this country!