My work here is done. For now...
While I am unconvinced that the Super Hornet is the best fighter to ultimately replace the CF-18, I do believe it is the only reasonable choice as an interim fighter. Whether or not Canada should simply initiate a full competition seems to be a moot point at this stage. For good or ill, the Canadian Super Hornet IS HAPPENING.
This leaves your humble author at an odd impasse. The Canadian fighter saga is not yet over... Not by a long shot. Yet the upcoming months (years?) will have little to discuss until Super Hornet deliveries start and/or a permanent fighter replacement program begins in earnest.
What am I to do during this Limbo?
I could continue to rant about the F-35, its saga is far from over. Its relevance to Canada has been diminished, however. There would be little I could add to that particular discussion for the time being.
Instead, I have decided to declare victory... Such as it is.
When I started this blog (and its progenitor) in what seemed to be an eternity ago, my main mission was for Canada to reconsider its F-35 purchase in favor of a more affordable and less risky alternative. My hope was that, at the very least, Canada would avoid re-evaluate its commitment to the JSF program to ensure the best possible outcome.
That is pretty much what happened.
In the upcoming years, Canada may decide to stick with the Super Hornet. It may ultimately decide on the F-35 after it overcomes its teething problems. Perhaps we will do something altogether different... Who knows? The fighter jet market could very well be a much different place five years from now.
As many of you have noticed, my post frequency has dwindled in the last few months. There just does not seem to be much worth talking about when it comes to fighter jets. Not pertaining to Canada, anyway.
I will continue this blog into the foreseeable future. I will have little in the way of new posts, however. Not until things pick up, anyway. I will continue to moderate the lively Facebook group and I invite all those who have not yet joined to do so.
I also hope to branch out a bit. My thoughts lately have been towards that big, orange elephant that now occupies office south of the border. I have great worries that Trump-style politics will migrate to the north. I also find myself concerned about the current state of journalism and the rise of partisanship. To this end, I have started a new blog: http://liberaltarianmanifesto.blogspot.ca I welcome all my readers to join me there where I hope to make a case for common sense politics. (The blog is in its infancy, so please pardon the mess.)
To all of you who have participated in the discussion and tolerated my ramblings over the years: I humbly thank you. I had no idea I would garner such a following. For that I am truly grateful.
Until next time... Thank you... And keep fighting the good fight.