22 January 2011

"Walter who?"... asks Professor Zinfandel

This little Iggy went "wee, wee, wee"... and it's not the first time either...this little iggy


Anonymous said...

of -course- the top soldier says it's the best buy you gullible little fool!

Try telling this to Canadians with a 58 billion dollar deficit while handing only corporations big tax cuts, and the regular joe's expenses (taxes?) goes up.

Gonna be a real tough sell, I can't wait.

jwkozak91 said...

The Chretien and Martin governments pour millions of dollars into the development of the F-35 and now don't want to buy the finished planes.

The US government allowed ONE film crew to document the design competition between Lockheed-Martin and Boeing for the F-35. IT WASN'T GIVEN TO AN American company! AN ALBERTA FILMMAKER won the EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS, and sold his film to the PBS program "Nova". That's how much the Americans trust us.

jwkozak91 said...

Well, we could always wait until the CF-18s start dropping out of the sky - as the Sea KIngs did.

Chris said...

The -188 is a tired old workhorse. 30 years is a long, long time and while it was, and is, adequate at many jobs, it is not the master of any. Our anonymous commenter thinks that no money should be spent on the project. I think he/she ought to realize that the cost to keep the CF-188s in the air only goes up the older they are. They also become less effective at their mission and they spend more time in maintenance. Not a smart way to spend your money.

The big question is why there was not a competition for the contract. I was told that there are a number of Canadian companies who stand to gain from the f-35 buy and that it was the only 'stealthy' plane that Canada could 'afford'... but should that have not been part of the evaluation process and not the buy decision?

Ther other question is the $/flight hour calculation. Buying the planes is one thing, the true expense is keeping them mission ready. Any cost projection for the f-35 is a best guess.

jwkozak91 said...

Do I have to explain it again Neo? (You don't have to post this comment if you deem it superfluous.)

The Chretien and Martin governments, as part of "investing in the Canadian aerospace industry/R & D", poured millions of tax dollars into Canadian companies that helped design parts of the F-35.

And now the Grits are waffling on the result of their "investment in the Canadian aerospace industry/R & D"!