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I don't doubt that at all. And I suppose I should expect this type of cluster frack from the US government. We've seen this type of ineptitude far too often.
Don't get too stressed out. It's bad but it's even worse in other countries. Russia is lucky they were able to operate as long as they did in Syria. The US is still the most potent Air Force in the World by a sizable margin.
That doesn't surprise me. One would assume that the DOD would be better than that. I'm a pack rat and I still have store receipts older than most of the F-18s still flying.
The older drawings are usually destroyed or lost by now. The youngest B-52 was built in 1962, and the KC-135s aren't much younger.
Yeah, I'm sure that my mind is blowing this way out of proportion. But those horror stories just pissed me off. However, this does beg the question: What will it take to change this culture of always going after the latest and greatest toys while ignoring deployed weapons?
It's not as bad as all that. It's frustrating because it's been going on so long and so many people are learning the wrong lessons and are only after the latest shiny new toy instead of taking care of what we have.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: DexterRiley
If you want to change the culture, then they have to start selecting CSAF from something other than fighter pilots. I can count the non fighter pilots that have filled that past on one hand and use most of my fingers for other things.
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