Originally Posted by Alfasudcrazy
Yeah but when are we going to get some decent fighter jets - surely there must be a few used high mileage F15's knocking about somewhere at this stage. it pains me to see our air force reduced to using planes that are not much better than cesna's. I mean if a hijacked plane was heading for the Aras what could we do to stop it
As somebody with an interest in our Air Corps, I too would like to see some fighter jets with the Air Corps roundel painted on them.........but it's ain't goin to happen anytime soon - the govt just won't spend the money !
(Compare this to neutral Switzerland or Sweden - they're armed to the teeth with fighter jets, etc.)
The last jets we had, Fougas, were withdrawn from use in 1999 and while there was some discussion about replacing them with more jets, they have now effectively been replaced with turboprops, namely Pilatus PC-9M's.
But I would not compare the PC-9's to Cessnas ! .........have you seen them in action ? ...they are very impressive ! (I have seen them firing weapons) They are as capable (even more capable!) than the Fouga jets ! ........the Brazilian Air Force use a similar turboprops to shoot down drug smuggler helicopters and planes !!!
Wait til you see them in action at the Salthill Air Show in July ! (www.salthillairshow.com
Hey, isn't this a car forum ?
(go to the www.irishairpics.com
forum for Air Corps debates !