posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 02:40 AM
How do you think they're getting bombs to Afghanistan and Iraq for the USAF to use? There isn't enough transport in the military for everything
they need to fight a war, so there is an agreement with civil carriers to supply planes to transport troops, and weapons on an as needed basis.
As far as the shuttle goes.......
"The United States Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California built a second one, Space Launch Complex (SLC)-6, for a set of proposed
military missions on the Shuttle. However, the Department of Defence removed its military payloads from the Shuttle after the 1986 Challenger
accident, and before it had planned to launch any Shuttle missions from the site, and NASA's need to use SLC-6 for Shuttle launches disappeared."
"There would be no shortage of customers either. By the end of 1979, the first few years of Shuttle flights had been fully booked with nine
commercial and foreign users reserving space along with NASA's own payloads and Department of Defence and other U.S. government agency missions."
Until 1986 the Military launched many sattelites on the Shuttle. They don't launch them from it anymore, but the ones up there still need servicing,
which the shuttle can do easily.