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    Re: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds: take note

    This thread is an old one.

    Even though these special teams are good public relations and all, I find it hard to see how we can support operating them when you have civilian employees on furlough, flight time for pilots in other units being curtailed, operating secheduled being adjusted to pinch pennies, and so on.

    Joint service is all well and good. However, even with all the effort over the past 30+ years to change joint service from something you assigned someone to that you had no use for to an assignment that is career enhancing, each service has it's little rice bowl that they will defend to the death even when it is in their best interest to share, and it is doubtful that will change in our lifetimes. In this case, each service is gonna want to engage in the usual chest beating through the use of these teams to show how big and bad they are.

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    Re: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds: take note

    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Bosun View Post
    This thread is an old one.

    Even though these special teams are good public relations and all, I find it hard to see how we can support operating them when you have civilian employees on furlough, flight time for pilots in other units being curtailed, operating secheduled being adjusted to pinch pennies, and so on.

    Joint service is all well and good. However, even with all the effort over the past 30+ years to change joint service from something you assigned someone to that you had no use for to an assignment that is career enhancing, each service has it's little rice bowl that they will defend to the death even when it is in their best interest to share, and it is doubtful that will change in our lifetimes. In this case, each service is gonna want to engage in the usual chest beating through the use of these teams to show how big and bad they are.
    The teams are a recruiting tool, that's it. Also, at least with the Thunderbirds, they are only allowed to fly to keep the pilots current in the aircraft. Just saw two flying around yesterday by themselves. No airshows, no airshow practice, just a couple airplanes at a time. The other squadrons are allowed to fly again as well.

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    Re: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds: take note

    Quote Originally Posted by FLAPS, USAF (ret) View Post
    The teams are a recruiting tool, that's it. Also, at least with the Thunderbirds, they are only allowed to fly to keep the pilots current in the aircraft. Just saw two flying around yesterday by themselves. No airshows, no airshow practice, just a couple airplanes at a time. The other squadrons are allowed to fly again as well.
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    I would hope the Thunderbirds would fly at their home field to get the minimum flight hours in to maintain proficiency in their aircraft.

    Yes, I realise that squadrons are also getting in flight hours. But then, that is expected in order to ensure the pilots maintain their quals. But then, there also is a difference between getting in what you need to maintain your quals, and getting in hours simply to achieve a certain milestone by a certain time because you want to, not because you need to.

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