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Posted: 1/26/2014 4:30:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2014 12:04:13 PM EDT by KA3B]
This will involve people having to download this document and then reading it.

www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA442118

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[Last Edit: 1/26/2014 5:39:54 PM EDT by tenmikemike]
Interesting read. The Key West Agreement of 1948 and the later Army/ Air Force spat over roles and missions was incorporated into W.E.B Griffin's series Brotherhood Of War, which makes for a more entertaining read than a dry analysis piece from the War College.

The Cheyenne was a fascinating project in and of itself. There was one on display at the Airmobile Museum at Ft. Campbell Ky.
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Wasn't it designed to shoot up Soviet tank columns on the Fulda Gap?

It would be interesting to see how it would have stood up to Soviet ground to air defenses.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 12:42:56 PM EDT
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Wasn't it designed to shoot up Soviet tank columns on the Fulda Gap?

It would be interesting to see how it would have stood up to Soviet ground to air defenses.
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They predicted high loss rates but at the time the Air Force was led by hard men who were willing to pay the butchers bill.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 1:19:07 PM EDT
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They predicted high loss rates but at the time the Air Force was led by hard men who were willing to pay the butchers bill.
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Originally Posted By Flash66:
Wasn't it designed to shoot up Soviet tank columns on the Fulda Gap?

It would be interesting to see how it would have stood up to Soviet ground to air defenses.


They predicted high loss rates but at the time the Air Force was led by hard men who were willing to pay the butchers bill.



They were quite used to it at that time. Think of all the flight crews lost during the WWII day time raids.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 1:27:24 PM EDT
Or even Vietnam. I saw a figure of 60/day once for projected A-10 losses in the first week of an armored fight. They wouldn't last long at that rate.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 1:29:48 PM EDT
I know the A10 is sainthood but back in the day before Desert Storm. I saw them at airshows and thought what a dog.
They looked like Cessna Citations wings, turbofan engines and flew about as slow.
Up against F-15 they were at the bottom of the list of airshows.

Now after DS they showed what they could do. Blow shit up.
Maybe like the Stuka JU87 vs the FW190
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Tag for later...
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It's not that long.



 
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 2:08:38 PM EDT
The Air Force is obsessed with their bullshit Air superiority and strategic bombing to care about CAS.
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Or even Vietnam. I saw a figure of 60/day once for projected A-10 losses in the first week of an armored fight. They wouldn't last long at that rate.
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The alternative (F-16A bomb trucks) would have done much worse.
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