Friday, November 16, 2012

When Good Tech Goes Bad - The F-22 Raptor

F-22 Raptor.jpg
Geeks like me just *love* military tech.  With the budgets it takes to do the research & development, military departments all over the planet get their hands on the best gear way before the rest of us.
Now, the good news is that in a few years that all gets trickled down to us and we get the advantage of the R&D without the millions of dollars coming out of our own pockets.  I mean we can thank the military for GPS, Kevlar, and a host of other things we get the benefit of every day.
However, sometimes you have to wonder if the money is well spent… And despite my love of  our military and its continuing fountain of technology, there are times when even I start to wonder if the money we are spending could be better spent on some other weapon system or even in some other area of government.
To that end, I present the F-22 Raptor.  It is currently the Air Force's most accident-prone fighter.  
I was reading the Wired website (one of my favorite websites and by far my favorite tech magazine) and I came across a great story on the F-22 and all of its troubles.  It is a very expensive plane and may well not be worth it.

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