[Homestead] Era of unease.
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Thu Sep 30 22:57:57 EDT 2004
Warren F. Smith wrote:
>Just a question here...
>Why didn't we wait til we had P-51's or Corsairs or Avengers?
>"flying helpless P-26's against Japanese Zeroes"
tvoivozhd---wrong question.. We didn't have anything else in WWII,
Philippines---the Jap Air Force attacked the Philippine bases, nothing
but P-26's to send up against them, even though it turned out to be
On carriers we started out with F4's. Not a good match for Zeroes, but
did a fair job because our pilot's were better trained. Our kill-ratio
went up sharply when F-6's arrived in short order--something like loss
of 300 F-6's against 6000 Zero losses. The Navy initially turned down
Corsairs---poor pilot landing visibility outweighed all else on
pitching, plunging, rolling flight deck. Black Sheep Squadron rescued
them and restored Corsair credibility late in the war, though they
remained largely a Marine specialty.
No relationship to Iraq. We had plenty of body armor, armored
Humvees---could have shipped them from German bases, or simply sent in
what troops we had with body armor and armored Humvees, held back
unarmed troops until armor arrived---unarmed troops are of little use in
battle, why deliberately kill them ?
Body armor is not a high-tech thing---anyone can make uniforms with big
pockets. Any half-ass metalworking shop can make body armor plates to
drop or sew in the pockets. We have enough depleted uranium to cover
the earth three feet deep.
If the P-51 could go from concept to flight in 120 days, so can
easier-to-make body armor. Hell, Kaiser Shipyards cut the Liberty-Ship
building cycle down to four days and a few hours when they wanted to.
Do you think a few plates of body armor are such a herculean task they
could not be made in four days? Na-a-ah, no sense of urgency from the
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