It seems that the federal government will have to cut quite a bit out of its budget if it ever hopes to ditch our trillion-dollar per year budget deficit. We have social programs which have spun out of control, and we are challenged by the increasing healthcare costs. Of course, cutting huge money out of the federal budget means we also have to consider ways to streamline our military and make it more efficient. Okay so let’s talk about this for a moment, and let me tell you one of my own pet peeves.
You see, as a young man I grew up on military bases as my dad was a jet pilot in the Navy. My favorite thing to do was go to the Naval Air Station Air Show and watch the Jets flyby, and often my dad was flying one of those jets. That made me very happy and proud, and now in my mid-40s I am amazed at the advances in military aviation. What bothers me is that many of these late-model, high-performance, and stealthy aircraft may not be in the air shows in the future.
There was an interesting article recently on the Armed Forces Network titled; “USAF Fighter Air Show Demos Reduced,” which was posted on December 2, 2011. The article stated that:
“Previously, Air Combat Command was represented by East and West Coast A-10 Thunderbolt II Demos Teams, East and West Coast F-16C Fighting Falcon Demo Teams and single F-22 Raptor and F-15 Strike Eagle Demo Teams. Now, just the F-22 Raptor will represent the sharp end of the USAF combat jet inventory in public next year and it will be limited to 20 events. The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will fly a standard air show season and their schedule.”
We need to show all Americans how strong and powerful our military is, so they know why we need the ability to attain immediate air superiority in case of conflict. Americans also deserve to know where their tax dollars are going. These aircraft are very expensive, and our citizens should be able to see how the money is being spent, and the performance of these incredible machines.
In fact I’d go so far as to say that the US military is shooting themselves in the foot by not promoting the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy in their air shows to the fullest extent possible, because if people do not understand, they may not support the expenditures we need to keep us strong, and secure in the twenty-first century. Indeed, it is my hope that you will please consider all this and think on it.