CF-18 crashed at an Alberta airport today.

The pilot ejected safely, no one yet knows what happened.  I have been reading quite a bit about Canada’s upcoming purchase of a flock of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.  The Canadian government is planning to spend about 9 Billion dollars on the airplanes which could go as high as 18 Billion when you include the service contract.  This would be one of the largest equipment purchases in Canada’s history and would replace the aging fleet of CF-18’s purchased ages ago.  I’m all for cool new toys but do we really need them?  I don’t think so, this money could be better spent in my opinion.  I think the future is in unmanned vehicles as they would be better suited for protecting our great white north from a non-existent enemy.

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