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US Air Force: Falling Rusty Eagle

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From 19 May to 2 June 2016, the United States Air Force lost six aircraft in a crash. What is behind this impressive chain of failures?

US Air Force: Falling Rusty Eagle

Crashed on the island of Guam, the B-52 has been in service for more than 60 years ...


At the end of 2015, after a year-long series of crashes of Russian aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, a number of Western experts expressed the opinion that aviation the park of the Russian Federation is outdated.

Recall that last year 11 February 2015 of the year falls Su-24МР, 4 June 2015, the MiG-29UB crashed in the Astrakhan region. On the same day of the Voronezh region, the newest Su-34 crashed. 8 June 2015 in the Amur region during takeoff burned Tu-95MS. 3 July 2015 crashes another MiG-29.

Well, how can you not rejoice in the enemies of Russia - the combat aircraft of the “aggressor” are supposedly outdated and are raining in the direct sense of the word.

The enemies of Russia, external and internal, then happily announced the full wear of the military fleet of the “aggressor country” and, with the help of all available media and social networks, created the opinion that “Russian planes are falling apart, like Russia itself.” The main reason was called the process of gradual accumulation of damage and the destruction of metals under the action of repeatedly applied loads is called metal fatigue.

But, if we talk about high accidents and the deterioration of the material and technical base, then various experts should remember that most of the units of aviation equipment that are in service with both the USA and Russia became operational almost 30-40 years ago.

In general, you can easily find information according to which the majority of fighter aircraft of both countries were put into service at about the same time - at the end of the 70 and early 80s of the last century. So the wear and tear of units and components of combat aircraft must be at least equivalent.

I wonder how our liberals will now explain the loss of six aircraft by the United States, in less than two weeks - from May 19 to June 2 2016?

May 19 on Guam fell strategic bomber B-52. The 26 of May encountered two carrier-based fighter f / a-xnumx hornet. June 18 right in front of President Obama’s F-2 aerobatic team Thunderbird crashes. On the same day, another F / A-16 Hornet crashed in Tennessee.

Tellingly, the main part of the losses of the US Air Force over the past few years have been the F / A-18 Hornet, while Russia basically loses in the MiG-29 accidents. This is despite the fact that the "Hornets" are younger than our MiG-29 by as much as 6 years, and this is a long time for aviation.


The reason is quite simple: this is what we really inferior to our "Western partners" all 90-e and "zero", so it is in the number of flown hours. For example, the average flight time of the pilot of the American Air Force was at the time of the fall of the USSR 240 hours per year, while in Russia this figure in 90-s fell to catastrophic 10-50 hours per year.

So, for some time, our aircraft was on a sort of forced conservation - due to this, the gliders of airplanes remained longer.

By the way, in recent years, due to a reduction in the defense budget, the United States reduced the number of hours of flight for pilots by half (one flight hour costs the US in 20 000 dollars). For example, in 2014, the annual raid of a US pilot was supposed to be 120 hours, while in recent years our pilots raised the number of flying hours to 175.

In fact, now the United States is at all in an extremely difficult situation. According to the plans of the Pentagon, with the launch of a series of single multipurpose fighter F-35 planned to write off obsolete fighter F-15, F-16, F / A-18 and attack aircraft A-10. But the operation of the experimental F-35 series revealed so many problems that the military even began to doubt the success of the project. And with the cuts in funding, the Pentagon has grabbed its head at all - maintaining obsolete aircraft is expensive, but at least they fly guaranteed. And if they are written off and invested in the re-equipment of the “raw” F-35, then you can leave the country without aviation at all.

So we have to American pilots to fly on ancient aircraft with worn gliders. In addition, the F / A-18 flights were not stopped after losing three cars in a week - something is wrong with this damnable flight safety, isn’t it?

The F-22 in service seems to smooth the problem, but there is another catch, besides the Raptor armament systems that have not been fixed for 20 years. And it is called - the concept of battle. The fact is that at one time the United States decided to abandon the maneuverable melee and focused on the attack from long range with an inconspicuous fighter. That is how they created their F-22 Raptor. But, judging by the fact that the high-speed maneuverable version was laid in the F-35 project, something went wrong (namely, the damned quilted jackets created long-range air-to-air missiles, modernized their AWAXs A-50, and made a big breakthrough in the development and production of AFAR), and the United States cannot rely only on Raptor. As they say - there is no peace from a bad head and legs.

In the meantime, gentlemen Americans will get out of the trouble that they themselves have created, the Russian Aerospace Force confidently showed its capabilities in Syria, thereby plunging not only the Pentagon, but the entire world community into shock. Meanwhile, the Russian military-industrial complex is preparing the newest 5 fighter, the generation of the PAK FA, or T-50, for mass production, continuing to saturate the air force with new generation fighter 4 +++.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 10 June 2016 12: 42
    +37
    In the meantime, gentlemen, Americans get out of trouble,
    we get out of our own.
    All air crashes have their last names and first names of those who are guilty of them.
    It is clear that the presence of an outdated fleet and a sharp increase in the intensity of its use will sharply increase the likelihood of an accident. Here the whole question arises of increasing the level of those services, and most importantly the diagnosis and monitoring of this.
    And, of course, the training and control of the qualifications of pilots and technical and engineering personnel, since the "human factor" will only go away with the person
    I honestly honestly don't give a damn about the US Air Force, but I really want our questions to be resolved as quickly and better as possible, so that we don't lose our pilots.
    1. Andrey K
      Andrey K 10 June 2016 13: 24
      +17
      Quote: svp67
      I honestly honestly don't give a damn about the American Air Force, but I really want our issue to be resolved as quickly and better as possible, so that we don't lose our pilots.

      I agree with you hi
      I feel neither joy nor regret that the Jankers are pouring from the sky. Not happy, because at the helm a man is all the same. I do not regret, because this iron and this person are aimed, if without any chatter, and at my destruction, or at least submission negative
      I care that the pace gained for re-equipment (and our VKS, including) - does not stop. So that our pilots do not die. And if an emergency happened, so as not to be retouched - the reason was clearly and clearly named, and what was done to exclude it hi
  2. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 10 June 2016 12: 43
    +45
    US Air Force: Falling Rusty Eagle
    Is the article relevant against the background of the death of our pilot? technology sometimes fails, and yes, the "human factor" works, but there is no need to present it like that ("rusty eagle"), the planes were not shot down in battle, the "censor" syndrome? last year, we lost 10! planes, 2-strategist, 3-24x, 1-34th, 2-29x 2-31x ... well, and the "Syrian" cracker ... the author, in vain "shouts" ... of course, patriotism rushing! but the adequacy must be maintained.
    1. jjj
      jjj 10 June 2016 13: 12
      +13
      Sometimes it begins to seem that there is some kind of mystical exchange
      1. Bort radist
        Bort radist 10 June 2016 13: 17
        +8
        Quote: jjj
        Sometimes it begins to seem that there is some kind of mystical exchange

        I noticed, then two three helicopters and in different parts of the world, then airplanes. Just the rainy days of aviation ......
        1. kepmor
          kepmor 10 June 2016 15: 05
          +5
          In 96-97, the Northern Fleet in all seriousness announced "unfavorable days" in which they tried not to plan especially dangerous events (shooting, loading and unloading of ammunition, etc.).
          I’m not joking - who served at that time and dealt with BP planning issues, he can confirm.
          In fact, sailors and pilots are very superstitious people.
      2. figwam
        figwam 10 June 2016 13: 38
        +4
        And on June 8, another 2 F-16s fell in the USA, and on June 9th, the Swiss F-5 fell.
      3. yushch
        yushch 10 June 2016 13: 38
        +8
        Quote: jjj
        Sometimes it begins to seem that there is some kind of mystical exchange


        Just the high intensity of the flight affects. Airplanes and helicopters do not fall only in those countries where they do not fly.
      4. svp67
        svp67 10 June 2016 13: 48
        +6
        Quote: jjj
        Sometimes it begins to seem that there is some kind of mystical exchange

        Whoever said what, but there is a "cold war", and in a war, it rarely does without casualties, but I really want that on our side there were as few of them as possible ...
    2. kepmor
      kepmor 10 June 2016 13: 54
      +5
      I agree with you, Andrey!
      Patriotism is a good thing - no one argues, but sometimes absolutely inappropriate!
      What "fall of the rusty eagle" does the author write about?
      Let instead of nonsense take and conduct an elementary analysis, namely:
      The calculated ratio of the state air forces and the Russian Federation;
      - operational voltage coefficient (KOH), i.e. the number and duration of aviation flights with them and with us;
      -number of accidents and flight accidents in the USA and the Russian Federation.
      I think that the accident rate will be "+", "-" the same, it may even be less among Americans, due to the greater number.
      As they say - don’t croak, otherwise you’ll get trouble ...
    3. creak
      creak 10 June 2016 13: 55
      +5
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      "... of course, patriotism is rushing! but the adequacy must be preserved.


      In my opinion, the author rushes not patriotism, but unprofessionalism and stupidity, seasoned with patriotic sauce. Despite the sauce, the dish turned out to be inedible ...
      The author is likened to the hero of a joke, for which a holiday is only if the cow has died from a neighbor ... drinks
    4. Professor
      Professor 10 June 2016 14: 16
      -2
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      Is the article appropriate on the background of the death of our pilot?

      Well, how not to spit in the direction of the Americans? Moreover, such an occasion. That is why the author is silent about the accident rate among the bourgeois (the number of accidents per thousand flight hours)? request
      1. cap
        cap 10 June 2016 14: 45
        +1
        Quote: Professor
        Quote: Andrey Yurievich
        Is the article appropriate on the background of the death of our pilot?

        Well, how not to spit in the direction of the Americans? Moreover, such an occasion. That is why the author is silent about the accident rate among the bourgeois (the number of accidents per thousand flight hours)? request


        Professor! Congratulations in your new quality!
        We have already distributed comments to the author.
        Maybe you have accident data for a thousand hours of fresh data.
        Intelligence you have such data. This is 100%.
        It would be interesting. hi
        1. Professor
          Professor 10 June 2016 14: 48
          +4
          Quote: cap
          Maybe you have accident data for a thousand hours of fresh data.
          Intelligence you have such data. This is 100%.

          These data from the bourgeois are not secret. At one time I was interested in the accident rate of drones (wrote an article on this topic), but the author should have covered the accident rate of manned aircraft. hi
          1. cap
            cap 10 June 2016 18: 33
            +1
            Quote: Professor
            Quote: cap
            Maybe you have accident data for a thousand hours of fresh data.
            Intelligence you have such data. This is 100%.

            These data from the bourgeois are not secret. At one time I was interested in the accident rate of drones (wrote an article on this topic), but the author should have covered the accident rate of manned aircraft. hi


            Minus to the author. Thank you for the answer. hi
      2. Alex_59
        Alex_59 10 June 2016 15: 17
        +1
        Quote: Professor
        (number of accidents per thousand flight hours

        Even in the divider the number of sides. For in the USA, the fleet is also a couple of times larger than ours.
        1. Professor
          Professor 10 June 2016 15: 19
          -1
          Quote: Alex_59
          Even in the divider the number of sides. For in the USA, the fleet is also a couple of times larger than ours.

          This is exactly what is considered. The total number of accidents per total raid.
      3. russkiy redut
        russkiy redut 10 June 2016 19: 12
        +2
        Yeah, tricks of math averaging, a good way to dust your brains
    5. Altona
      Altona 10 June 2016 14: 47
      +1
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      but adequacy must be maintained.

      ----------------------
      Neither technology nor man is yet imperfect. Aircraft and aircraft are falling all over the world, both military and civilian.
    6. lazy
      lazy 10 June 2016 14: 59
      +7
      I do not think that it is. it is just that sometimes the streak of disasters in Russia was really lacking. how much shit then poured? about old planes, etc. but when this happens in the west, then calm and grace. And an attempt to draw attention to what they also lead to accusations of hurray-patriotism and exculpatory posts that everything is fine with them. And how they "ate" the Tu-134, what a howl was, after each disaster, even if the crew was to blame (in fact, the last cases were all the fault of the crew). and what is the reaction to the fall of a bobby or an airbus? try to assume that something is wrong with the plane. but 134, unlike 737, was not covered with cracks and did not lose part of the fuselage in flight. so I understand the author of the article. the principle of an eye for an eye has not been canceled
    7. Kent0001
      Kent0001 10 June 2016 22: 55
      0
      Two strategists are serious. They will not be replaced.
  3. Bulrumeb
    Bulrumeb 10 June 2016 12: 46
    +10
    On May 26, two carrier-based F / A-18 Hornet fighters collided.


    in fairness - the deterioration has nothing to do with it
  4. Alex_59
    Alex_59 10 June 2016 12: 50
    +18
    So, for some time, our aircraft was on a sort of forced conservation - due to this, the gliders of airplanes remained longer.
    Oh, the author is far from aviation, oh, how far. This bottle of vodka does not deteriorate, lying for years on the mezzanine of the author of the article. And from idle time in the open air, under the rains, winds and the sun, aluminum alloys are still being destroyed, turning into white powder.
    So American pilots have to fly ancient planes with worn gliders.
    And how glad we are! And what is joyful? The Americans have aircraft in the best climate, under sheds or in hangars. The assigned glider resource is higher. So to say that they are ancient is somewhat self-confident, especially with respect to F / A-18. Okay, F-16 as well - those are really already aged.

    Article minus. Anger and envy of the United States outweigh the universal human feelings of compassion for the dead pilots on that continent? It may be better to remain silent than to try to gain a price for such failures with such articles.
    1. BARKHAN
      BARKHAN 12 June 2016 13: 20
      +1
      Quote: Alex_59
      Anger and envy of the United States outweigh the universal human feelings of compassion for the dead pilots on that continent?

      You, in my opinion, mixed everything together.
      Envy to whom? To the country of aggressors, perverts? To the country of victorious dovecote? With a darling Minister of Defense? To parasites sucking juices from around the world?
      Anger and hatred is yes. Here you are right. Anger towards the enemy. In general, there is a war between us. Let it be a cold war, but war has fought in Syria and LDN. There is preparation for a real war. Or maybe you are not in the know What in the USA is awarded for the victory over us?
      I will be sad and sad over our dead pilots, and I will rejoice over NATO pilots. Each crashed enemy will never fly over me.
      It’s the same as if our grandfathers mourned over the crashed Luftwaffe pilots ... crashed well and to hell with them.
      Or do you personally need to feel their enemies only when they personally water you with napalm from the sky?
      Or maybe NATO accumulated at our borders is a fiction?
      I repeat: US pilots learn to kill us!
      So spit out the hamburger and push the coke back.
      No need to make plush animals out of the enemy.
  5. Rusfaner
    Rusfaner 10 June 2016 12: 56
    +6
    Correctly wrote above: "Every mistake has a surname!" (I. Stalin)
    In terms of content, the article is close to the slogan: "Oh yes we, oh yes, we are children!"
    Although the number of accidents usually correlates with an increase in the intensity of flight operations.
    Now I would like to find the name of the problem that "dropped" the Su-27 to the ground. The pilot was killed. Rest in peace!
  6. soroKING
    soroKING 10 June 2016 12: 56
    +2
    beckoning greatness has played a bad shui with them bully
  7. Arktidianets
    Arktidianets 10 June 2016 13: 00
    +1
    Planes crash, pilots die, not the time for fun.
  8. semuil
    semuil 10 June 2016 13: 07
    0
    What a sin to conceal, they rejoice at our failures and we take them. If condolences are spoken, then in the soul there is still joy and satisfaction.
    1. Alex_59
      Alex_59 10 June 2016 13: 32
      +11
      Quote: semuil
      What a sin to conceal, they rejoice at our failures and we theirs.

      I do not rejoice at the death of their pilots. Especially in peacetime. This is not war, the United States (with all our dislike for them) - we are still not the enemy.

      Now, if our shot down that Turk, that our Su-24 failed, I would be glad. But then again, not the death of the Turkish pilot, who, although he carried out a vile attack, carried out the order (he is obliged to do this). I would be glad for our military success.
      1. semuil
        semuil 10 June 2016 13: 46
        +1
        I do not rejoice at the death of their pilots.
        It’s good if it’s true. But they are happy, especially the neighbors whom they used to call brothers. For myself, I can say that it can be different, it’s at least honest. And as for the Turkish pilot, it’s not enough to burn him in hell. During the Cold War, the world was more than once in the balance, and some officers, both ours and the American won, didn’t happen from the personal decision. This is because failure to follow orders sometimes saved the world.
        1. Alex_59
          Alex_59 10 June 2016 21: 27
          +2
          Quote: semuil
          But they are happy

          I think that ordinary pilots and techies in the United States are not particularly happy when our plane crashes. This is beyond aviation ethics. Not gentlemanly. Although the exceptions are probably there.
          Quote: semuil
          especially the neighbors who were once called brothers.

          Well this is generally a separate song. Here is the clinic.
          Quote: semuil
          as for the Turkish pilot, it’s not enough to burn him in hell. It is not enough to slap him. During the Cold War, the world was in the balance more than once and the personal decision of some officers, both ours and the American won, did not happen.
          On how to say ... Pakistanis shot down Rutsky without hesitation. Our shot down U-2, too, without tormenting themselves morally. Like the Korean Boeing. Well, the pilot Su-15, who shot down a Korean passenger plane, is also burning in hell? I think it’s getting more complicated. He had an order to destroy the offender. And it was not his fault that some provocateurs slipped him a passenger plane. In war as in war. So I personally have no questions for the Turk. It was just necessary to bring him down there on the spot, immediately, and not then to flap wings and impose sanctions. He attacks our Su-24. In response, our cover fighters take it off. If they can. Or do not let him go on the attack on our Su-24. Something like this.

          But really in hell you have to burn for those who shot our pilot when he was parachuting down. These just need to be torn to pieces without hesitation.
  9. Berkut24
    Berkut24 10 June 2016 13: 11
    +2
    By the way, the last 6 losses are associated exclusively with the mistakes of the pilots, and therefore fought in pairs. And only the B-52, which never fell, returned due to technical problems. Wear has nothing to do with it. But with the flyers in the States, it’s definitely a disaster. There aren’t enough pilots on the F-22, they don’t want to fly on the F-35 because of the dampness and unpredictability of the machine. And the rest of the fleet is also not fully equipped with flight personnel.
  10. Alex_Tug
    Alex_Tug 10 June 2016 13: 18
    +5
    it makes sense to throw hats, if they break, then they fly. they have 3-4 times more than Russian.
  11. Leto
    Leto 10 June 2016 13: 19
    +5
    The author does not understand that accident rate is determined not by the number of lost vehicles, but by the ratio of lost vehicles to sorties. Losses due to accidents at zero only in the Air Force, which do not rise to the sky at all.
  12. Mestny
    Mestny 10 June 2016 13: 24
    -5
    Quote: Alex_59
    Article minus. Anger and envy of the United States outweigh the universal human feelings of compassion for the dead pilots on that continent? It may be better to remain silent than to try to gain a price for such failures with such articles.

    Well what are you, how can you. Let them not fall at all - otherwise God forbid there isn’t enough planes to bomb you.
    We are what. So savages. We do not regret anyone. You see, they were going to bring us democracy with their democratic bombing, and we do not spare them.
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 10 June 2016 13: 24
    0
    Iron is iron in Africa and no one is immune from rejection. That you shouted here, probably everyone has a car and I won’t believe anyone that there have never been a failure. But we can pull to the sidelines in the extreme, but we have not yet come up with roadsides in the sky.
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 10 June 2016 18: 15
      0
      Well, who is the oracle here, which puts the minus right and left. Do not like write your opinion, no opinion, be silent in a rag.
  14. sergey2017
    sergey2017 10 June 2016 13: 33
    +3
    Why does the author take the indicator of the flight hours of the 90s, if there is more recent statistical data! As reported by the Interfax-AVN agency with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian Air Force pilots in 2012 made more than 100 thousand flights to practice air navigation tasks, over 15 thousand sorties for practical bombing and about 13 thousand sorties for the use of missile weapons. These figures were reported by Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Deryabin, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry's Press Service and Information Directorate for the Air Force. According to him, "the total flight time of the Air Force pilots amounted to more than 300 thousand hours. The intensity of flight training of pilots has increased by more than 20%. which took place at the airbases of the Military Transport and Long-Range Aviation.In particular, the crews of the Long-Range Aviation were involved more than 20 times in flights under strategic containment plans, and the crews of the Military Transport Aviation were more than 130 times involved in aviation support for the combat training of units and subunits of other types and In particular, more than 2012 thousand airborne troops were parachuted in 60, "he said. Special attention, V. Deryabin noted, was paid to the training of young pilots, graduates of 2011, who on average flew about 100 hours.
    And in Syria, how many pilots did they run in? No one knows the number of flight personnel in Syria, although combat sorties were carried out hourly!
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 10 June 2016 18: 19
      0
      Quote: sergey2017
      Why does the author take the indicator of the flight hours of the 90s, if there is more recent statistical data! As reported by the Interfax-AVN agency with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian Air Force pilots in 2012 made more than 100 thousand flights to practice air navigation tasks, over 15 thousand sorties for practical bombing and about 13 thousand sorties for the use of missile weapons. These figures were reported by Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Deryabin, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry's Press Service and Information Department for the Air Force. According to him, “the total flight time of the Air Force pilots was more than 300 thousand hours.

      You see, dear expert, Everything is not simple, but very difficult. That's why real experts sit and are silent ... what are you silent about? Departures, good. What about the clock? On average, wonderful. And departures for the number of cars? Let's think what is where we have.
      And it's me from the couch. The plane is only in the movies, thank God. Therefore, checkers, caps, respectfully, huh?
  15. engineer74
    engineer74 10 June 2016 13: 51
    +3
    The pathos of the article is a little inappropriate, everything that flies, unfortunately, sometimes falls ... A victim in peacetime is always a tragedy. Imagine that a dead American pilot could become a sane president, etc.
  16. RedBaron
    RedBaron 10 June 2016 14: 26
    +3
    It is not necessary to gloat over the death of military pilots, but the author does not have this mind at all.


    Non-serial production, continuing to saturate the Air Force with new generation 4 +++ fighters.

    Few pluses, more pluses, go
  17. Denis Skiff
    Denis Skiff 10 June 2016 16: 07
    +2
    Here is the fall b xnumx old record.
    I would not want to be in the pilots' place. horrible death

    They live in a country that is experiencing and swallowing without regret any person.
    It must be destroyed inside and given to the Indians.
    May they live like Yugoslavs and Libyans. Let them live like all people, not with such requests as today.
    1. Alex_Tug
      Alex_Tug 12 June 2016 05: 45
      0
      Pilot error. The materiel was poorly taught.
  18. TsUS-Air Force
    TsUS-Air Force 10 June 2016 17: 49
    0
    there is a revival and restoration going on! we believe that the calls of our communication centers will spread on the air as well, that the number of stations will increase, but not as it was at one time ... our central node is our central one, Comet is known for its call sign ....
  19. AlNikolaich
    AlNikolaich 10 June 2016 19: 05
    +2
    Colleagues, I read your comments, thought about it and voiced it ... I won’t say how it was in America, but in our aviation the method of preventive maintenance and scheduled preventive maintenance has always been used! This I knew back in my youth, working as an apprentice electrician at the plant. Sergo Ordzhonikidze, the main supplier of avionics for aircraft IL. You see, a plane crash, under the conditions of technical regulation and the requirements of normative and technological documentation, for technical reasons is IMPOSSIBLE !!! The main reason is the human factor! A pilot error, or a technical personnel error, or a deliberate violation of the rules of the PPR ...
  20. lazy
    lazy 11 June 2016 05: 31
    0
    Here is a vivid example of how disasters are covered in our country and in "them" 4/5 articles about us about old aircraft, and at the end, briefly about the F-18. and the title "su-27 continues to fall" and f-18 continue to fall and f-16 and b-52. http://inosmi.ru/military/20160610/236836786.html