Timeline for New Aircraft

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Message posted by Mark on July 26, 2019 at 17:26:17 PST:

It always amazes me how long it takes a new aircraft (or any other item for that matter) to go from design to operational these days. Take a look at the B21 for example. It's going to be well over 10 years from the beginning of the design process to the 1st aircraft being in service. Most of the other new planes for at least that long on longer.

Granted, the new planes are more technically complex but so is the equipment used to design and build them. If it had taken the US military that long to develop and upgrade planes during WWII the outcome certainly would've been very different.

Of course same thing goes for many other things also. Take a look at the rebuilding of the Pentagon after 9/11 for example. The original bldg. was built from ground up to being functional in about 12 months. Just the rebuilding and updates after 9/11 took over 5 years. Same with the new buildings in the World Trade Center complex. They all took much longer than the bldg. of the twin towers they replaced.

It certainly doesn't seem like technology has helped in any way in many of these processes.


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