I'm watching a Discovery Channel show called "Anatomy of the FA-18". It's a great show, but I have a question: why do we still have our boys making aircraft carrier landings by hand? Isn't this something that can be computerized by now? You'd think it would be a lot easier to get a computer to automatically land on an aircraft carrier than to train our pilots to do it.
Actually, why do we have our guys in the plane at all? Shouldn't they be able to fly these planes remotely by now? It's 2006 already. From 200 miles away, the control latency would only be 2ms. Seems pretty reasonable to fly from that distance, or does it?