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  1. Read my original post; "constantly tested the capabilities of the ground crews, supply systems, and other support organizations." The walks aren't for the pilots' readiness, they're for the ground crews' benefit. However, when they need to drill readiness for both ground and flight crews, they would. "In the 1980’s as many as 120 F-111’s took to the skies in part of a United States Air Forces in Europe surge operation exercise."
  2. Which is why they do the elephant walks. They have to practice launching all their aircraft.
  3. Cruise missiles are great against fixed targets such as tunnel entrances, but: A. By its very nature, artillery can be moved rapidly. B. Do you know where all the tunnel entrances are located? Because that's one hell of a gamble when there are 25 million people in the crosshairs C. In 1991, only 288 TLAMs were used. 325 were fired in 1998's Operation Desert Fox. The most fired was 2003's invasion of Iraq at 802. Those numbers are over the entire course of those conflicts. In Korea, you'll need to run around 2,000 sorties a day. Cruise missiles will be a part of that, but they can't carry that load. You need platforms that can redirect, retarget, and locate targets on their own. That means you'll need a human element. The best tank killers in 1991 wasn't cruise missiles, or even A-10s. It was the F-111, dropping 500-lb LGBs onto Iraqi tanks in the dead of night. Designate the target with Pave Tack; one bomb, one kill.
  4. Elephant Walks aren't exactly new, they date back to WW2 when the numbered Air Forces in Europe would often generate in excess of 1,000 airplanes for mission over the European theater of operations. By the observers of these Air Force elephant walks it was often referred to as that because of the nose-to-tail taxi formations of the bombers; often resembling the nose-to-tail lines that elephants would walk in to move to the next watering hole. During World War II each combat group had four squadrons of aircraft to draw from to meet the mission requirements. Throughout the European theater elephant walks were daily occurrences that not only generated airplanes, but also constantly tested the capabilities of the ground crews, supply systems, and other support organizations. In the SAC days, the term for the exercise was was "maximum sortie generation” (or surging). They were used as a tool by inspector general inspections (IG inspections) to test the capabilities of a wings levels of operations and mission readiness. An elephant walk, when used in IG inspection were sometimes limited to “taxi only” exercises and usually didn’t involve any airplanes taking off. In the 1980’s as many as 120 F-111’s took to the skies in part of a United States Air Forces in Europe surge operation exercise. After the combat operations in Operation Desert Storm had ended, the 23/354 TFW celebrated the end of combat with an elephant walk of 144 A-10’s. Their modern origins are somewhat grim. They became common in South Korea as a capabilities display and contribute to the readiness of American and allied squadrons in South Korea and nearby countries. In the event of war with North Korea, the plan is to quickly target the roughly 13,000 artillery pieces that Pyongyang has massed along the Korean demilitarized zone. In the early hours of a war, that artillery likely would bombard Seoul, which lies just 25 miles south of the DMZ. That's a serious, credible threat to the 25 million Koreas and approximately 150,000 U.S. citizens living in the greater Seoul metropolitan area. The US maintains three F-16 squadrons and an A-10 squadron in South Korea and two F-15 squadrons in Japan. Additional squadrons, almost certainly including F-22 and F-35 units, would join them during a crisis. An air campaign targeting North Korea would require 2,000 sorties per day. By comparison, the allied air war over Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 averaged 1,200 strike sorties per day and the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria averaged just 15 strikes per day. The roughly 100 U.S. F-16s and A-10s in South Korea and Japan — and any F-22s and F-35s that deployed in time for the first day of fighting — likely would be the first to hit North Korean artillery. And they’d have to launch fast to save lives in Seoul. So it’s not for no reason that the 7th Air Force in South Korea and Japan has organized more elephant walks than most Air Force commands have done. The 7th Air Force has conducted most of its mass-takeoffs, which require intensive planning and maintenance efforts, under the auspices of the annual Vigilante Ace exercise. This is why so many elephant walk photos are of Vipers and Hogs. Those Raptors in OP's post are PACAF jets from JBER. They'd be a part of any campaign against North Korea, so it would make sense for them to participate in such readiness exercise, even if they're still at home. F-35s at Hill have started doing them as well.
  5. You were working on these before the photos hit the internet last month?
  6. It should be noted that the F-35 deployed to combat before the first incident involving a the loss of an aircraft.
  7. Where are the kits located, US or Chinese shops? If they're in the US, they you've probably got better odds. If they're in China and it sounds too good to be true? Probably is. But as others have said, PayPal is pretty good about siding with buyers in these matters.
  8. They haven't been adopted by the AF yet, they're just testing out an idea. I wouldn't get too attached to it just yet, F-15s may not be around for that much longer.
  9. F-15Cs in Iceland used them too for the same reason.
  10. How so? FS colors aren't available in printing inks, printers can either print with spot Pantone or CMYK mixes, so how can this be?
  11. And you got nearly a year's worth of silence. Take the hint.
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