But, the Air Force are a strange bunch. When they redesigned their uniforms to look more like Delta and United, I started to get a little suspicious. Their recent experiences raise even more eyebrows. The article quotes AFA cadets as saying:
the difference between the Air Force and the Army was that in the Army, the officers send the enlisted soldiers out to fight, while in the Air Force, the enlisted folks stay behind and send the officers out to do the fighting.
Again, the USAF is a victim of its own success. Pilots are not fighting and they are not dying, they are just boring holes through the sky. The dying in the Air Force is now done by the young enlisted airmen who accompany the Army and Special Operations Forces. This must be driving the zoomies crazy.
My father-in-law was a command pilot in B-24's and B-17's of the 8th Air Force. He has never said it, but the 8th Air Force was the most dangerous place on all the battlefields of the Second World War, including places like Sicily, Omaha Beach, and the Hurtgen Forest where my Regiment shed its blood. I don't think that he has much in common with the USAF of today.
They are pretty, though.
Again, the USAF is a victim of its own success. Pilots are not fighting and they are not dying, they are just boring holes through the sky.
Maybe. But that would change real quick if we had to attack somewhere with an intact Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) or a modern Air Force (like China). In most situations, they like to degrade the IADS before sending in the fighters, but that may not always be possible.