The Disaffected Lib: The Last Thing an F-35 Driver Will Ever Want to See

It’s no secret where the F-35 is intended to operate – in the highly-defended airspace of just two countries, China and Russia.  The F-35 and its big brother the F-22 were designed to defeat sophisticated air defences, at least what would have passed for sophisticated at the turn of the century. It’s hard to fault ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey Washington. If You Want Us to Stand Up to Putin, Why Not Sell Us the Plane He Doesn’t Want Us to Have?

The events of the past few months have made us again think of the unthinkable. A resurgent Russia, talk from its president about the use of nuclear weapons, the deployment of new missiles, subs and strategic bombers.  Sure we did a fair bit to egg this on but that doesn’t change the fact of where ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will America Debut the F-22 Over Syria?

It’s been in service for years and surely it’s about time the U.S. introduced its F-22 Raptor, stealth fighter, into combat.  And where better than in the skies over Syria? Operating out of an RAF base in Cyprus just a hundred miles distant from Syria, the F-22 would have no significant fuel problems.  It could ...

The Disaffected Lib: How Much American Stealth Technology Does China Already Have?

Recent images of two Chinese stealth fighters, the J-20 that appeared almost two years ago and the J-21 that surfaced this past week, have stymied American observers.   No one knows how advanced these aircraft may be.   They look like carbon copies of America’s top stealth fighter, the F-22 (no, not the dog F-35 the U.S. ...