Thursday, January 17, 2008

America's Vanishing Air Force

It's dying of old age. Here's a list via the World Affairs Board Forum:

Fighter Aircraft - average age: 20 years; average flight hours 5400+

Bomber Aircraft - average age: 32 years; average flight hours 11,400+

Tanker aircraft - average age: 44 years; average flight hours 18,900+

C2 Fleet - average age: 22 years old; average flight hours 32,000

ISR Fleet (excluding UAV) - average age: 30 years old; average flight hours 18,000

This is criminal, in my view, the result of technology worship so prevalent in today's military. There might be some good news, though.