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SFC Mark Merino
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I don't sweat the' even the newer model Harriers are 20 years old' part. Seems ancient, but I had Kiowas that were in Vietnam. Before they were converted to Delta models at the Bell factory, I hasd airframes from 1967 still on the flight line in 2008 Iraq. I repaired previous field expedient combat repairs from Vietnam where they used old painted over Budweiser cans to patch 12.7 and 14.5mm entry wounds on UH-1's as late as 1996 that never mad it into the historical records. The mission must be met.
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SFC Mark Merino
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My God that is appauling flight time. I'm NOT bashing the Corps at all. They have a legacy of stretching their budget in ways that our civilian branches should emulate. But those hours are so low that they can't even maintain their current proficiency, let alone be progressing. When operational readiness ratings get that low, the only options that commanders have (at their discretionary level) is to cannibalize already non-mission capable (NMC...or broke as $&!? Aircraft). Back in the pre-Regan era of aviation, sometimes units would cannibalize aircraft until it looked like an out of town Escalade parked on South Central. They tried preventing this by putting a limit on the total number of parts that could be stripped and installed on other aircraft, but when the mission is at risk of failing, you KNOW that parts will get.....'borrowed' or 'acquired'. More than once, one of these aircraft with 'borrowed' or 'acquired' parts from it finally gets put back together and let's just pray that everything is reinstalled correctly. I'm not implying anything, just giving your minds a tour of the wonderful world of military aviation, and the hard decisions that they are forced to make.
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LTC Stephen F.
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It makes perfect sense for the USMC to ground all AV-8B Harrier jump jets as an investigation is underway to determine what factors led to the crash of a Harrier about 100 nautical miles east of Okinawa SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL.
We are not engaged in active combat in the area of Japan right now so an operational pause seems prudent. We are at the end of Federal Fiscal Year anyway and OPTEMPO authorizations and funding will be restarted on October 1.
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