August 1, 2004

whack whack whack...

It doesn't matter how many time you whack the moles, they pop up again. And for sure there's no way the Dems will stop telling despicable lies about the President's military service, no matter how often the lies are debunked.

You might want to bookmark this page, it's got all the the facts. (The postmodernists won't care about facts of course, but there are still lots of people who are old-fashioned enough to be interested in them.)

.... It is a common misconception that the Air National Guard was a safe place for military duty during the Vietnam War. In actuality, pilots from the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group, as it was called at the time, were actually conducting combat missions in Vietnam at the very time Bush enlisted. ...

..Even in peacetime conditions, F-102 pilots risked their lives on every flight. Only highly-qualified pilot candidates were accepted for Delta Dagger training because it was such a challenging aircraft to fly and left little room for mistakes. According to the Air Force Safety Center, the lifetime Class A accident rate for the F-102 was 13.69 mishaps per 100,000 flight hours, much higher than the average for today's combat aircraft. For example, the F-16 has an accident rate of 4.14, the S-3 is at 2.6, the F-15 at 2.47, the F-18 at 4.9, and the F-117 at 4.07. Even the AV-8B, regarded as the most dangerous aircraft in service today, has an accident rate of only 11.05 mishaps per 100,000 flight hours. The F-102 claimed the lives of many pilots, including a number stationed at Ellington during Bush's tenure. Of the 875 F-102A production models that entered service, 259 were lost in accidents that killed 70 Air Force and ANG ....

also keep in mind that while Bush missed some reserve meetings, by that time the war was over (for us at least), the Air Force had way too many pilots for the available cockpits, and the 102's had been taken out of service. There was no longer anything for Lt Bush to actually do in the reserves...And also, every reservist misses some meetings.

Posted by John Weidner at August 1, 2004 7:30 PM
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