posted on Jul, 22 2006 @ 12:43 AM
Um...You've lost me...
So, exactly when did I say the EF-111 WASN'T a good airplane? Looking back at my comments, I'd say...well,never. (suddenly, I have a bad taste in
my mouth from the words being put in it...:barf
Let's take a step back, shall we? Now, the last time I heard, the same aircraft were not all used by the same services, correct? Each service has
it's own particular aircraft to fit a specific role...HENCE, why jamming aircraft for the Air Force and Navy are so different. The environment they
operate in are different from each other and each will be design to fit that environment. Are you following me so far? Now, even way-back-when, even
with improving technology (this is not a recent thing), the Navy bumped up the crew to four.
Normally, what you say might be true, the better technology makes the workload easier, meaning less crew. But the decision was taken to do the
opposite. Why do such a thing? Even back then, there was the push for making crew sizes smaller, so it is clear the the choice to add crew means the
role was more demanding for one person to handle and therefore,not without justification.
True, the technology to do the job has improved, but so has the threats they must face. The technology of opposing forces did not stop being
developed in the 1970's, so the argument about this glorious new technology doesn't really hold that much weight. I'm not saying the systems are
bad, but let's not be overzealous about them, either.
If you wanted to reduce the crew size, be pratical and do it gradually, from four to three. Evaluate whether it would be as effective or not.
Dropping it to two leaves only one person to do the job of three. Even with new technology, the responsibility still lay in the hands of one man.
The EF-111 can do the job because of the environment they opporate in. It was DESIGNED for it. The Navy is a whole different ball game and naturally
the aircraft will be different. Apples and Oranges.