posted on May, 11 2013 @ 07:28 AM
reply to post by nwtrucker
I shouldn't much into it - this is just as a result of increased defence co-operation due to a deal done in 2010. The UK also does the same with US
(and I dare say other NATO countries) - in fact, our pilots are unique in having been allowed to fly the USAF's most shiny toys...
Originally posted by billdadobbie
add to this the brits do not have a aircraft carrier and will need to borrow the french one and even when one is ready they will not have planes to
fly for years after . some genius in the military spent a billion up grading the harrier squadron then sold them to america for peanuts no
wonder the countrys in a mess
None of what you said above is even remotely true.
Firstly, we haven't had an Aircraft carrier since Hermes was mothballed in '84 and we've managed just fine.
Secondly, we're not going to "borrow" the Charles de Gaulle. We haven't got anything that can land on it aside Helo's and we have our own Helo
carriers. The F-35's will be in service in 2018, which is fine as the first of our 2 new carriers won't be finished until 2015 and it will take a
while to get the crew and ship in order anyway.
The GR.9's you mention had a good 5 years service out of them in Afghan (they weren't new planes either, so they had many years previous service)
and they were RAF planes anyway, not RN. There hasn't been a strike aircraft piloted in the Fleet Air Arm since 2005.
And £1.6 million per airframe (each of which was up to 20 years old) wasn't a bad deal....