|Growler and Prowler of VAQ-129|
The new thingee -
Seriously Sarge, the Growler? (Is what all the old Prowler types are now moaning, yup, I'm lookin' at you ORPO!)
This thingee showed up in my blog's e-mail account. I reckon it's because Boeing knows just how influential I am in the military community.
But it did show up in the e-mail and I do agree with the concept of producing this here newfangled flying machine and the jobs it will produce. What the thingee does (if you click on the "Take Action" button) is ask for your zip code (don't panic, you'll see why in a second) and then show you pictures of the pResident, your two Senators and your personal Congress-critter. (Which is why it asks for your zip code. So take off your tinfoil hat and relax, a zip code is insufficient data for a targeting solution... DAMHIK.)
Then you'll see a very nice letter expressing your support for the Growler, its capabilities and the jobs which procuring more of these machines will generate.
So it does all the work for you and then will submit that letter to the aforementioned political figures. (White House, Senate and the House.) If, of course, you agree. It will ask. Nothing will happen beyond your control or auto-magically.
When my son-in-law and daughter are flying in as part of a strike package, I want something suppressing those defenses. The Growler seems to fit the bill. If you go here, there's an interesting comparison between the cost and capabilities of the Growler and the Prowler (those two aircraft pictured in the opening photo).
|Boeing EA-18G Growler|
|Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler|
Hhmm, perhaps Northrop Grumman will ask for my support for building more Prowlers. If that happens, you'll see a "clickie-thingee" on the sidebar for the Prowler as well.
As for me, whatever works best for the men and women who have to take these machines into combat. Whatever brings them home.
If it generates jobs? Also good.
Now if it annoys you as a taxpayer to pay for these things, too bad. Freedom isn't free. At least your tax dollars are supporting folks who actually work for a living.
But I thought I'd mention the new thingee in the interests of "full disclosure." I'm not pimping for Boeing, it's for the men and women who go into harm's way.
That is all...