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Old 24th Sep 2016, 15:12
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Chugalug2
 
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tuc has rightly highlighted the leaden weight that the RAF is burdened with, like some monstrous ball and chain, in protecting the reputations of VSOs that conspired to rob it of the most fundamental quality of any air force, the airworthiness of its aircraft. That the CAS chose to ground the Air Cadets gliders, and thus compromise future recruitment rather than simply replace them, gives us some indication of what's at stake here.

If the RAF does not rid itself of these shackles and face up to the scandal of the cover up, then its airworthiness will remain compromised. That does not bode well for the future, either in the avoidance of avoidable accidents or prevailing over other air forces for command of the air.
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