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EXCLUSIVE: Since 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps has prided itself on being “The Few" and "The Proud." But while the Corps takes pride in doing more with less, senior Marine officers are warning that the Corps' aviation service is being stretched to the breaking point.
Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly. The reasons behind the grounding of these aircraft include the toll of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the fight against ISIS and budget cuts precluding the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet, according to dozens of Marines interviewed by Fox News at two air stations in the Carolinas this week.
Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.
Visit the link for the low down....but these are the headlines for Marine air power.....
See the TV report at the link as well.....
In the interview...they state some of these units are about to deploy overseas ....
The thinning ranks of the US military and the access to small tac nukes seems to me to be a dangerous combo should the warfighting continue even on a low intensity level over several theaters....
If Americans really supported their boys theyd all be sending their checks payable to : Commandant Marine Airwing.....parts Dept...
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Their pilots were getting 4 hours a month in the drivers seat....
originally posted by: bandersnatch
a reply to: Zaphod58
They would in my airwing.....and why not?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: TinfoilTP
I'm not defending Obama, but I hate to break it to you, but it's taken many years to get to this point. The average aircraft requires Depot maintenance once every five to seven years.