Thursday, 8 March 2012
It's an odd thing to note but the best use of an airforce outside of airspace defence is to assist the army with close support, so why do all airforces fight tooth and nail to do anything but? You might think that the air marshals had religious convictions on the subject such is the venomous level of their irrationality.
For example, the A10 here was one of the most valuable weapons in the USAF's armoury, which is why they scrapped it to make room for high tech, high performance monstrosities like the F22, or white elephants like the stealth planes.
The lower pic is of a Thunderbolt, the best all-American fighter of WWII. Fast, robust, well armed, upgradable, it was able to give a good account of itself as a fighter at all altitudes and had a pretty good range. But it was most useful as a mud mover, carrying out the traditional role of cavalry. Along with the Typhoon, it was a truly lethal weapon of war.