Posted: 4/24/2001 6:59:27 AM EDT
Good article from the WSJ
The Fire Next Time
God save the American soldier from those who would defend the country on the cheap.
BY MARK HELPRIN
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT
History repeating itself.
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. :)
75-85% fully mission capable
90%+ flyable at any time
We hunted subs, surface ships, patroled the gulf etc.
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.
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!