« Last post by Deino on Today at 11:01:18 pm »
Repainted '2001' re-appeared !
If you want to maintain design and manufacturing expertise useful for future fighter development perhaps the F-22 line was more important to preserve
than a line assembling a 90's era rehash of a 70's era design.
It's not the line, but the people from it that you need to maintain.
That, along with the developers, suppliers, maintainers, etc.
If they had continued producing the F-22 for the sake of keeping the line open, they would be stuck with 80's tech for the most part. However, LM did not have to lose anything since they were able to transfer many of the developers, workforce, etc to the F-35 line, which for all intents and purposes is a higher technology and more efficient plane & production line.
With LM's experience now with two different 5th gen fighters, they are in a VERY good position going forward.
Maybe Boeing just read the writing on the wall.