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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Showdown: Air Combat

Ranger recently participated in a telephone round table with USAF Major Paul “Max” Moga of the Air Combat Command’s 1st Fighter Wing about the Air Force and the Military Channel's new program, SHOWDOWN: AIR COMBAT, which he will host. The program premieres Sunday, June 15 at 10 PM ET, and our talk can be heard here. The P-38, P-47, P-51, the Zero and the F-22 will be featured.

With him was Dr. James Arthur Mowbray, Professor of Strategy, Doctrine, and Airpower, in the Department of Strategy and Leadership at Air War College. Doc Mowbray was kind enough to provide contact information should anyone have further questions:

From the AF site:

The series will not only look at the history or story of what happened. The series actually takes the dogfight and looks at the men who flew them, the men who designed the aircraft . . . "We will look at aircraft weapons, communications, and flaws. Then we will go in the air with the actual planes and re-enact the dogfight."

Should be an interesting show for flyboys and sympathizers.

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Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

flyboys and sympathizers. . .


remind them that they will always need us dirty, uncouth, complaining, tired and indespensible grunts.

the fliers in vietnam that totally amazed me were the chopper jocks. i've seen those guys fly straight into the teeth of hell singing along with rock and roll, smoking a camel and a warm beer between their legs. then, they'd hover, blasting ordinance from every available opening while we booked ass into the bay, then they'd haul ass out of there like it was all in a day's work.

then i'd remember, helicopters don't really like to fly. things go wrong and they have a worse glide path than a brick.

those guys were awesome.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 12:18:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB, the fighter jocks are real glam stuff BUT the role of air superiority is to facilitate the ground commanders scheme of manuever- this includes strategic bombing.Presently we're losing sight of that since we have no overall tactical or strategic stated goals.There is a reaal disconnect- ie all the Predators in the world didn't stop the jail house rock. jim

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 12:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing can stop the rock, not even Tipper Gore!

Friday, June 20, 2008 at 6:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The U.S. Air Force is increasingly irrelevant. Why do we need a whole mega-expensive aerial branch of service when naval aviation alone can establish air superiority in the first fifteen minutes of the war?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 10:24:00 AM GMT-5  

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