posted on May, 2 2006 @ 06:26 PM
Seekerof, if by 'rotating' you mean that aircraft were swapped around to maintain an average wear and tear throughout them all then that makes
perfect sense to me and I wish someone in the MoD was bright enough to think of it.
Here in the UK, as squadrons were disbanded as part of defence cuts, Tornadoes and Jaguars were sent away as attrition spares never to be seen again.
When the two types were upgraded to GR.3 GR.4 standard these attrition spares were ignored and remained as GR.1''s, now they have been sent to the
crusher as they are incompatible with the rest of the fleet despite many of them being in storage since virtually brand new with very few airframe
hours used up.
You know what the supremem irony of this is? The Tornado GR.4 will now be required to continue in service beyond 2018 and, due to the high airframe
hours accumulated in the fleet, there is a strong doubt that they will last that long! Further, as more and more cut backs reduce the number of
aircraft in front line service, those that are left will wear out even more quickly. The pressure on the Tornado squadrons is further heightened by
the early and complete withdrawal from service of the Jaguar GR.3 which only completed its expensive upgrade programe in 1999!
You couldn't make it up could you
And therein lay the root of my attrition spares remark. I bet you're sorry you started me off now aren't you