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  1. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 1 year ago

    Yes. It is actually a recruiting tool.

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe we can show youtubes of the Blue Angels to save money. And maybe we can show youtubes of poor people getting healthcare and old people getting Social Security too.

  3. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Yes, the Blue Angels are a recruiting tool and little else. A very expensive and occasionally deadly recruiting tool. How many of those who were recruited as a result of watching the Blue Angels will ever have a prayer of qualifying to fly one, or anything like one? True, if needed, the Blue Angels pilots could conceivably be pressed into flying actual combat missions (I have no idea whether the planes themselves are combat-ready), but how many fighter pilots in uniform (now or in the past) hinged their decision to enlist upon the Blue Angels?


    The phrase “Blinded by the beauty of our weapons” comes to mind.


    But, hey, I’m liking this idea of a traveling balloon corps. As the cartoon suggests, it’s a lot cheaper than what we’re doing now, and it’s also just as beautiful and a heck of a lot quieter.

  4. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Another cheaper (and, again, quieter) alternative to the airshows would be to park ONE pimped-out fighter jet down at the fairgrounds, and hire a couple of smiling bikini models to stand next to it (or maybe straddle it).


    It’d be just as effective a recruiting tool, I’m pretty sure.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Well put. I have never seen a Blue Angels show, but I’ve been around when they have been practicing. Impressive and totally unnecessary. What a concept: when you don’t have enough money to pay all the bills, you stop paying for stuff you don’t need. This is one of the few examples that fits the bill. If it were me, I’d keep the airport towers open and eliminate health care for Congress. Let them buy their own on the open market; see how happy they are with the “best healthcare system in the world”.

  6. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    Ramstein, anyone? Or the dozened or so accidents since then? These shows are stupid…

  7. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Do you really need to see the same show year after year?
    As to the right wingers who want to overthrow the govt, you would last two seconds with a jet fighter zeroing in on you.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    They would come to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks every year back in the sixties.
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    Spectacular, I’m betting it made the difference between Navy and Air Force for many high schoolers of that generation.

  9. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Stipple

    “I’m betting it made the difference between Navy and Air Force for many high schoolers of that generation.”


    So it’s a Navy recruiting tool which takes away potential recruits from the Air Force? Yeah, that’s tax money well spent…

  10. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    A Blue Angels airshow is fundamentally no different from the Soviets parading missiles down the street on trucks.
    It’s just sexier, that’s all.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The Blue Angels, and the Thunderbirds, are tremendous recruiting tools. I like air shows, and yes formation flying IS good training for the “old days” when fighter aircraft actually come within sight of each other.


    However, the F-22, and now the F-35 are missioned to only get within 100 miles of the target and launch a missile to “get the job done”. “Fighter pilots” are now, and will be more so in the future, sitting in bunkers in Nevada, while the aircraft are half a world away. It’s “small scale ICBM’s” at work.


    What was REALLY scary was when Rumsfeld ordered the F-117s to stop flying in air shows because when this “fighter aircraft” had the wing fall off at an air show, in a “flyby”, it demonstrated more what “bang” we were getting for our “buck” with the military-industrial complex!!

  12. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    You all missed the reasons for these military air shows. It was to bring the planes closer to the ground so you could see the skills of the pilots. Started after WWII in 1949. It was all a big show just to impress folks with how good our pilots are to the rest of the world. I have been to the Paris Airshow and those dang Russians do even crazier stuff.
    But a formation aerial demonstration of Hot Air Balloons? THAT I have got to see.
    It was neither the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds that got me to sign up.
    I won the Draft Lottery 1971. Deferred entry till Feb 72. Nam Mar 72 to Nov 72 then wonderful Alaska till my ETS Feb 75.
    US Army. Air Force planes crash. Navy ships sink. Marines are just too damn crazy. Coast Guard is wanta be the Navy. At least on dry land I can hide in a hole. hahah.

  13. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Oh and Stipple,
    Fort Greely. US Army Arctic Testing Center and home at the time of the Northern Warfare Training Center. I was assigned USATC by detached at time ot NWTC for arctic warfare training. I was an aggressor force member. Trained in Soviet Arctic warfare techniques.

  14. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    So I can hide in a hole, in the snow, in the cold.

  15. SusanCraig

    SusanCraig said, over 1 year ago

    @fritzoid

    you are so right

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