Is the Air Force too casual about the threat posed by giant metal robots?
As we speak, [Michael] Bay is shooting a sequel that has even more U.S. military hardware on display, according to USA Today. The director set up shop at White Sands, a test range in New Mexico, standing in for Egypt, where the new movie’s climactic battle takes place. “As far as I know, this is the biggest joint military operation movie ever made,” said Bay’s liaison officer from the Army.
The list of military assets for the White Sands shoot included:
two A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” tank-killing jets; six F-16 Fighting Falcons; 10 armored Humvees; the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team; two Abrams tanks; two Bradley tanks; two missile-launcher vehicles; two armored personnel carriers; and a quarter-mile of the missile testing range, cleared of unexploded ordnance …
To which the intrepid J. responds in comments:
I saw this covered in Entertainment Tonight a while ago. In all seriousness, I want to know why the AF would use F22s and not use A10s, which would seem to be much more capable against giant metal robots. That is, other than the obvious reason that the AF wants Congress to buy more F22s and not more A10s.
- Michael Bay’s affection for the F-22 is another reason to hate Michael Bay.
- I would imagine that an A-10 would be superior against any ground based Transformer; however, since Starscream is, actually, an F-22, it’d probably be best to leave his destruction to other F-22s. Or Su-30s, or something.
- I cannot believe that I’m actually going to see this movie, in spite of hating everything else Michael Bay has made and hating the first film. God, I hate Michael Bay.
Hat tip to JM.