Read this illuminating article about American airpower over Afghanistan. Don’t forget to watch the extraordinary three-and-a-half minute video either. It is remarkable from start to finish. The piece makes some good points about the recession of airpower in the theater as U.S. forces draw down. Airpower is much like oxygen. You don’t notice it much until its gone.
Another point to bear in mind – one hour’s operation of a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter can cost as much as $20,000.00. Very roughly, that is equivalent to dumping a Honda Civic into the ocean for every hour of flight time.
Marc De Santis