By lex, on August 8th, 2009
Defense Tech is reporting ** that Congress is increasingly frustrated with the Air National Guard’s modernization planning:
As the Air National Guard grapples with an impending fighter jet shortfall that will threaten its ability to protect U.S. airspace, its supporters in Congress and the Pentagon want the Air Force to consider all possible solutions — even buying Navy F-18s to fill the gap.
I like it!
There’s even precedence: After 9/11, quite a number of Air Guardsmen – many of whom had paying work as airline pilots – were trapped away from their guard bases when the national airspace structure was briefly closed down. Navy and Marine Corps FA-18s from Miramar and Lemoore flew CAPs in the San Francisco and LA regions until they could get back to their bases.
(Wonder whether they’ll be needing weapons school qualified instructor pilots…)
** 09-08-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.