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Originally posted by jpm1602
Not disagreeing or implying anything. It is what it is. Sorry, so sorry, McCain seems to like metaphorical remarks towards Iran. Or are they.
[edit on 9-4-2008 by jpm1602]
Originally posted by The Winged Wombat
so one must assume that it comes from the Korean War, where there was no clear US superiority in numbers or technology, but a clear advantage over Chinese and North Korean adversaries flying aircraft with similar capabilities.
Originally posted by waynos
I notice that whenever foreign air forces take part in Red Flag and similar excercises they always seem to do exceedingly well, and it seems always to the astonishment of the hosts (F-15's failing to stop Vulcan and Jaguar raids being an example).
Is this the sign a superiorly trained combat pilot, one has to ask?
In the late 1980s, Canadian fighter pilots were at the top of the charts in NATO, flying more hours per year than all other allied forces in Europe (German pilots came in second, and USAF pilots placed third). In 1996, the famous American pilot and author, Colonel Walter Boyne, USAF (Retired) rated the Canadians and Israelis as the two most challenging foes for top US fighter pilots on exercises. That same year, a Canadian fighter team defeated all comers (six US Air Force and Air National Guard teams) at the prestigious William Tell competition. Some say no team in history had been as dominant as the Canadians were (they won accolades for Top Gun, Top Team, Top Operations, Top Element, and Top Weapons Director Team.) In 2001, US Secretary of State (and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), General Colin Powell, US Army (Retired) informed the new US Ambassador to Canada that the Canadian Forces, despite their tiny budget, are œquite good.
Even though the US defense budget is thirty to thirty-five times greater than Canada, Canadian naval and air units are often better trained, and in some instances better-equipped than US Navy units. For example, in the early 1980s it was revealed that the average pilot in the Canadian Air Force flew about 300 hours a year, whereas his US Navy counterpart flew only about 160 hours annually. Although the Canadian pilots fly fewer hours these days, they can still hold more than their own with US Navy and Air Force pilots. During the days of Royal Canadian Navy carrier aviation it was well known that the pocket carrier HMCS Bonaventure, which had just one catapult, could put more planes in the air than much larger USN ASW carriers of the Essex-class. Furthermore, although the diminutive Bonaventure (which displaced only about 19,000 tons) operated RCN Banshee jet fighters for years, US Navy Banshee pilots did not wish to risk a landing on a smaller carrier. One author put it this way: In joint RCN-USN exercises, aircraft from both fleets regularly landed on the other's carriers. However, the American Banshee pilots straight-out refused to attempt a landing on Bonaventure. The task was becoming so routine for the Canadian pilots that they were doing it before sunrise.
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