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Why can’t American aeronautical manufacturers deliver military jets on time and under budget?

11/13/2014 • Aviation History Discussion, Discussions

 Aviation History Reader Poll

With the A-4 Skyhawk, Douglas Aircraft chief engineer Ed Heinemann delivered a naval attack jet that exceeded all the U.S. Navy requirements, on time and under budget. Why can’t American aeronautical manufacturers do the same thing today?

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2 Responses to Why can’t American aeronautical manufacturers deliver military jets on time and under budget?

  1. Russell Williams says:

    Colonel Boyd’s personality type just isn’t appreciated anymore.

  2. Robert Conner says:

    That’s not the only reason by far, Russell.
    Today it has far more to do with the rules and regulations regarding the procurement of every sort of military equipment. Many are designed to be politically correct so that minority vendors are on an equal footing as the major suppliers.
    Another factor is that the requirements are changed every time some brilliant bozo in the Puzzle Palace (Pentagon) gets what they think is a good idea. Naturally, in the normal course of events, it’s not. We are asking to much of our aircraft to do. You would think that the Fort Fumble Follies would have learned that lesson with the F-111B.
    I suppose that’s just too much to hope for though.

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