This is coolbert:
With the context of these prior blog entries here
consider also these comments of an acknowledged aviation authority, the Turkish Air Force now rendered for all practical purposes null and void, combat ineffective now and for the foreseeable future:
[what follows is profound and heavy stuff!!]
more complex a military weapons system is, the more complex and lengthy
the manner of choosing, training, and maintaining its personnel is.
fighter plane force needs pilots who are chosen from a large pool of
available, qualified people, who show the right amount of intelligence,
physical skill, ability to learn, open mindedness receptive to training,
and desire to learn throughout a career."
"Erdoqan’s efforts to turn
his fighter pilot forces into a religiously correct, politically
reliable fighting force are doomed to failure . . . [choosing pilot candidates on the basis or religious and political reliability] will automatically exclude the most
capable people in the pool of prospective pilots."
"All military organizations are
comprised of several levels of people—a progression of education,
experience, and maturity. Removing all levels at once means . . . you have to take up to three years to properly train
and prepare a qualified fighter pilot: one year for basic pilot
training (more if he or she needs physics and math training), up to one
year for fighter pilot training, then at least one year before the young
pilot is really considered 'combat ready' to do his or her job."
that, there needs to be a level of experienced pilots to lead and add
to the training of the newer pilots. You can’t just throw a bunch of
newly minted fighter pilots into combat without having older,
experienced ones to lead them and show them how to fight wars beyond
what an instructor tells them in a training unit. Each unit fights
together, combining different roles and formations in different
missions. These roles and formations may even differ from week to week,
as an enemy adjusts or alters its approach."
there has to be a level of top leadership, comprised of the most senior
officers in each fighter unit—the ones whose vast experience and
continued training throughout their careers has prepared them to make
the tough decisions, identify and promote the up-and-coming future
leaders, and to ensure that the right training programs, opportunities
and efforts are directed in the way that benefits the unit and the
after the training phase of about three years to make a qualified
combat pilot, it should take years more to make a force that includes
new pilots and the mid-level combat qualified pilots who are the leaders
of combat formations and who add to the training and education of the
new pilots. Then there is the years of weeding out, promoting and
further educating the experts and highly qualified, and maturing of the
senior officers who can guide and direct the entire force into total
guidelines for bringing up a senior level of fighting men to existence
do not necessarily equate with the best men/women available when the
criteria still demands the most politically or religiously reliable
people be considered ahead of other, more secular qualities of science,
experience, education, and maturity."
all three levels to make the force more reliable in ways that have
nothing to do with the science and skill of flying complex machines in
war ensures that an Air Force will remain ineffective for at least the
three years needed to select and train its new fighter pilots, and then
it will be relatively less effective for the rest of its history, so
long as a program designed to keep out the most qualified pilot
selectees, mid-level officers, and senior officers, is in place."
"It is guaranteed."
IT IS GUARANTEED! TODAY, TOMORROW, PERHAPS FOREVER!
And thank you acknowledged aviation authority! Most impressive.