PPRuNe Forums - View Single Post - Harrier dispute between Navy and RAF chiefs sees Army 'marriage counsellor' called in
Old 20th Feb 2009, 15:52
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foldingwings
 
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it is a specialist job and the skills base (not just the pilots, ground/deck crew, Flyco, fighter controllers etc) needs to be maintained.
it is not just about the jets and the aircrew. Operating jets from sea, whatever their mission, is an activity that involves the whole ship. Kidding ourselves that 3 jets onboard every now and again to maintain currency is a fig leaf that will ultimately risk lives. Flying at sea is something that requires a whole ship focus and awareness to keep it safe
Didn't seem to matter during the gap between Ark out & Invincible in and just like the mini-jet pilots the 'experience' will have moved on by the time the new carriers come along anyway.

Anyway, why are you Navy types here on PPRuNe whilst the RAF guys are obviously already in the bar for Happy Hour?

My excuse? I'm retired and the pub ain't open yet.

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