With a federal election coming later this year, Canada's new fighter replacement will almost certainly be making headlines again. That same election could finally bring a little bit of closure, depending on the outcome. 2015 could seal the fate of Canada's next fighter.
People looking for insight on Canada's fighter selection may find themselves here. It is for them that I write this post. I will also edit the "PAGES" section to bring them more up-to-date.
For those of you who just stumbled onto Best Fighter for Canada ( or BF4C, if you like), here is a quick rundown of what this blog is about:
It has been almost three years now since I started blogging about Canada's CF-18 replacement. Furious over the skyrocketing costs and dubious performance of the F-35, I started advocating for something different.
Thankfully, the internet age means that anyone has access to a soapbox to stand on. Starting up a blog site and a Facebook page required little effort on my part. The hard part was providing worthwhile content. What good was the soapbox... If no one cares what you are talking about?
I did not expect much. I was just another airplane nerd with internet access and an opinion.
Honestly, I had no idea what the next three years would bring.
Instead of proceeding with the F-35 purchase, the Federal Government wisely decided to take a step back and reevaluate things. In the meantime, the JSF program began to gather critics not just in Canada, but everywhere. High profile groundings and engine fires have done little to restore faith in the fighter jet. There has been the occasional success story, but many are questioning if the F-35 is simply "too big to fail" at this point.
Certainly, the F-35 program has provided this blogger with content.
People can get content anywhere, however. For those of you who just want the latest fighter jet news, I suggest you peruse websites like combataircraft.com, defense-aerospace.com, Jane's, or any of the countless other news sources. These will give you much more information in a much more timely manner than I ever could.
So what does "Best Fighter for Canada" have to offer?
I hope to follow Canada's CF-18 replacement to the bitter end, and I will continue to post here on a semi-regular basis. Some posts will be "breaking news" type reports, while others will be editorials and other subjective type reporting.
Information is useless without context. While a story may seem sensational and fascinating, what really matters is how that story came to be and how it effects the world.
Blogs are, by definition, an avenue for self-expression. My opinion may not be the most learned or the most influential, but I will let you know where I stand all the same. (I will try to avoid becoming an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect).
I am pleased to say that the comment section is lively and (for the most part) civil. All are welcome to post, just try and follow the guidelines outlined here: bestfighter4canada.blogspot.ca/p/intruduction.html. I do try to read every post, but please understand if I miss something.
There is also the Facebook group found here: www.facebook.com/groups/bestfighter4canada/. It is a closed group, but anyone is welcome to join (except spambots).
Once again, for those who are joining us: Welcome!
To those readers and commenters who have participated in the past: Thank you. This blog would not be what it is without you. Please keep coming back, this year is GOING TO BE BIG.