If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
I see those heaps of junk in the pattern on a very regular basis and I feel bad every time. Wouldn't it be better to use the Su-29's we acquired from the former Soviet countries instead of the Kfir?
We got SU-29s?
I meant MiG-29's. My bad...from Wiki;United StatesA Polish MiG-29 in company with a USAF F-16.In 1997, the United States purchased 21 Moldovan aircraft under the Nunn–Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Fourteen were MiG-29Ss, which are equipped with an active radar jammer in its spine and are capable of being armed with nuclear weapons. Part of the United States’ motive to purchase these aircraft was to prevent them from being sold to "rogue states", especially Iran. This purchase could also provide the United States Air Force with a working evaluation and data for the MiG-29, and possibly for use in dissimilar air combat training. Such information may prove valuable in any future conflicts and can aid in the design and testing of current and future weapons platforms. In late 1997, the MiGs were delivered to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, though many of the former Moldovan MiG-29s are believed to have been scrapped.
I had no ideer Moldova even HAD an Air Force, let alone fourth-generation fighters.
I know it's not the jet's fault....I keep telling myself that anyway. sigh
It wasn't the jet's fault... just a confluence of bad, bad, bad circumstances. I thought the hat-tip to Lex from the Air Force Association was a nice gesture, though.
Just be polite... that's all I ask.