Navy: Super Hornet rep for problems untrue


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May 5, 2007
Corps may be responsible for bad rap

Inside Naval Air Systems Command headquarters at this southern Maryland base, Navy program officials for the F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter program have heard the stories circulating in the Pentagon.

Their aircraft, the stories go, can’t carry certain weapons, can’t fly high enough, can’t go fast enough. Design problems such as wing flutter plague the plane and — perhaps worst of all — parts that will wear out fast enough to severely shorten the plane’s life-span are not being replaced....
Great article. However, a little birdie tells me that Gen. Walsh might not get the VSTOL F-35 aboard the carriers as he states in the article.