I really did change my personal text
- Oct 4, 2007
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Triton said:Was the United States Air Force interested in the A/FX as a tactical strike aircraft replacement for the F-111 and the F-15 Strike Eagle before the JSF program? Or was the United States Air Force annoyed that the Navy didn't buy the NATF? My history is a little unclear between the cancellation of the McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II (ATA) and the beginning of the JSF program.
A/FX for USAF was supposed to be the the replacement for the F-111 mission, as was the ATA. The original plane intended for that was the B-1A and when it got canceled, the F-15E resulted. I don't know that USAF was that upset about Navy pulling out of NATF, because be doing so, they were conceding the "first string" fighter role to USAF. Some might opine that USAF at the highest levels wasn't a big fan of the existence of the Navy-led ATA or A/FX, but that's for another place. In any case, the two services were only required to consider the other's plane, they weren't required to participate.
ATA begat A/FX. STOVL Strike Fighter (SSF), Multi-Role Fighter (MRF),Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) and work done on A/FX formed the core of what became Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) program . In 1994 Congress directed that the Marines' Advanced Short TakeOff Vertical Landing (ASTOVL) be merged into JAST, the resultant shotgun wedding gave birth to the Joint Stirke Fighter (JSF), which we now know as the F-35.