The June 13-14 Wall Street Journal had an article on Page B4 titled, “Boeing sees need for a new jet model.” It is looking at a replacement for “... its aging 757 ...” which it stopped delivering in 2005. “Aging” brings to mind the B-51. I’m sure Boeing would be pleased to design and build a Mach 3 bomber to replace its aging subsonic B-52 which it stopped building in 1962.
It is a tribute to the B-52 and Boeing that 63 years after it first flew and 53 years after production ceased it is still useful to the military. But a 63-year-old design is outdated. It needs to be replaced. Sixty-three years have given our adversaries time to catch up with us. We live in a dog-eat-dog world. Whether on the playground or the world stage, if you can’t defend yourself you’ll be overrun. Ask Iraq, Ukraine and Yemen about that.
We should treat our military better than this. Maybe I should feel good that our newest fighter is not a Sopwith Camel.
George Vickers, Payette
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