Hampshire Aviation wrote: Pringles wrote:
fastjet001 wrote:I just want to say how proud I am of the RAF for their fantastic contribution to the forthcoming show.
You're not serious are you?..
I see no reason why not. Cosford has every display team the RAF has, as well as five other units' aircraft on static display; not including 1 SoTT's assets. Hard to think of anywhere else that the RAF is supporting in a bigger way, whilst remembering the restrictions in terms of static aircraft that Cosford works to.
Cosford is the RAF's only official airshow, and as such you would think you would be able to draw similarities with the European 'Air Force Days'. Compare the RAF's contribution with the Dutch support for their only official air show last year, with an example of almost every type in their inventory, a mass airfield attack by 7 F16s and 2 F35s, several role demos and numerous special flypasts. A large proportion of the RNLAF's fleet was flying or static (granted the situation for static is different for Cosford) Really I'd argue that in comparison with smaller air forces, the RAF doesn't hold up as well
Take for example, the OP's original statement:
People should be proud of the contribution the RAF is making – they are stretched operationally more than any other point in their history are they not?
And compare with, say, the number of fast jets flying compared with the number available (the Dutch fleet is much smaller and arguably stretched further than the RAF) 7/61 F16s at Leeuwarden is 11.4%, whereas the RAF has something like 126 Typhoons, one of which will be displaying (0.79%) I could do more maths but I've got better things to be doing