posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 08:14 AM
Originally posted by intelgurl
HOWEVER, I can't think of too many of these USAF guys who would be able or even willing to land a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
This, I think is the essence of naval aviation. It seems as if there has been such an overemphasis on the carrier landing, despite the fact landing on
a carrier won't happen if you get shot down. Naval aviators will always say the thing that makes them "special" is their ability to land on the
carrier, but again, combat is what matters.
The USN fighters are in many cases the US's first strike/force projection when long range bombers are not used - I wouldn't think these guys skills
are inferior to their USAF brethren.
Common sense says they have good skills. However, many "in the know," such as former naval aviators and military officers have consistently stated
that U.S. Navy skills are quite overstated. In numerous exercises, fighter pilots of countries like Canada and Israel have whiplashed U.S. Navy
fighters by wide margins. Only the U.S. Air Force has fared better. There's also other things, such as planning and intelligence. Scott Shuger is
quoted as saying that the Navy is notoriously poor at things like planning and intelligence.
I would be interested to know the difference in the average hours of flight time a Navy plot gets compared to a USAF pilot. Anyone know?
I'm not sure about USN and USAF flying hours as of 2006. However, in the 1980s, USN flying hours were only about 160, in comparison to the almost 300
that Canadian pilots got during that decade. Things may have changed.
You also have to look at the training facilities availiable. Correct me if I'm wrong, but NAS Fallon and Nellis AFB are the only real legitimate
places for naval aviators to practice combat, because places like Oceana NAS are surrounded by miles and miles of urban/suburban development, and
there's real no point in dropping bombs into the Atlantic Ocean. And its not as if the strike fighter squadrons are at Fallon often (only once before
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