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Posted: 4/24/2001 5:59:27 AM EST
Good article from the WSJ The Fire Next Time God save the American soldier from those who would defend the country on the cheap. [url]www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/mhelprin/?id=90000482[/url] BY MARK HELPRIN Tuesday, April 24, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT
Link Posted: 4/24/2001 11:32:26 AM EST
History repeating itself.
Link Posted: 4/24/2001 11:40:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/24/2001 11:48:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/24/2001 7:34:31 PM EST
Hey, I feel your pain. Here is a current status report from a reserve patrol squadron flying P-3C Orions. You may have seen pics of the planes on TV recently. :) In 1994 8 aircraft 75-85% fully mission capable 90%+ flyable at any time 250+ personnel We hunted subs, surface ships, patroled the gulf etc. In 2001 6 aircraft - we txfered ours to the active force because they were running out of airframe hours. We got the high time POS airframes. One just left on a one time flight for rework because corrosion ate through critical structure. One is taped up on the ramp missing engines, another is missing two props. 10-15% fully mission capable 20% flyable for trash hauling flights. 160 personnel. We fly counterdrug runs in South america. In 3 years we caught 1 boat and took lots of pics. The planes were build in the early 1970s. Estimated replacements for active force is 'maybe' in 2015. Add 5 years for reserve. BTW - computer geeks: our main computer has 16K (kilo) of ferrite core memory and runs at 1.5 Mhz. Everbody now: Thank You Bill! Fritz
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