I think this (F-35) will probably be the last manned fighter, manned strike fighter at least, that the Unites States ever builds…(however) taking the human being out of the airplane we’re going to lose a bit of…judgment.” —Stephen GanyardFARNBOROUGH, UK – On July 18th, ABC News anchor Terry Moran interviewed Col. Stephen Ganyard (USMC Ret.) for Yahoo News, at the Farnborough Airshow, where the Boeing 787-9 made its public debut and the F-35 failed to make an appearance. The 787-9 showcased its carbon fiber composite shell, 50% plastic and stronger than steel, as well as its computer dominated cockpit, into which pilots only need enter inputs to fly the plane. Ganyard allowed that the technology is safer, but warned that pilots must maintain their manual flying capabilities. Meanwhile, the four Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft assigned to fly to Farnborough for the show were grounded after a recent, unexplained fire occurred in the F-35A. A model of the plane was on site for sales purposes. Despite its sophistication, Ganyard noted that unmanned aircraft are the future of aerial combat due to their endurance and other tactical moves—the G-force of which could kill a human in the cockpit. But he lamented that this affects the warrior culture of the military, which he feels the U.S. needs to preserve. Right now it appears that the future of aerial combat will resemble an X-box game, played in air conditioned bunkers in Nevada.
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