Romania's deadliest military enemy...
... are the military parades: https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1JX0NF
(Romanian MiG-21 fighter jet crashes during airshow, kills pilot).
In the last 20 years, the deadly military parades have destroyed 35% of Romania's air force effectives!
At this rate in maximum another 10 military parades our air force effective will be completely wiped out!
And don't even get me started on the terrestrial army forces. This armored transporter was all fine and functional, until the treacherous military parade got the best of it: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZD9MjMiipQI/maxresdefault.jpg
July 8th, 2018 12:32pm
My condolence to Romania. Please just have parade of beautiful women next time.
July 8th, 2018 12:34pm
Romanian weather girls are hot.
July 8th, 2018 12:42pm
July 8th, 2018 1:24pm
Roxana Vancea ++++++++++
July 8th, 2018 1:25pm
The MIG-21 has been in general service since 1959. By any measure, that is a very old design. According to Wikipedia, Romania last modernized the MIG-21 inventory between 1993 and 2002. The issue could be related to the difficulty in maintaining such an old fighter. They are apparently being replaced by F-16's soon.
July 8th, 2018 6:26pm
The pilots have the shits with the old planes. They're accelerating the modernisation program by crashing the old ones.
July 8th, 2018 9:57pm
Assuming the ejection button actually worked, apparently MIG-21 pilots consciously choose NOT to press them and choose to take their chances at a controlled crash (or just choose the quick exit alternative).
Looks like ejections from fighter planes are extremely violent events, with even current state of the art technology causing spinal injuries in about 1/3 of the cases. MIGs on the other hand are close to 100% and many pilots get crippled for life if they survive.
Another crashed MIG, this time the pilot ejected himself. Result: he doesn't feel his legs anymore: https://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/un-mig-s-a-prabusit-in-judetul-constanta-pilotul-s-a-catapultat.html
July 9th, 2018 3:13am
On a bright side (at least from a commercial point of view) it looks like our 35 remaining MIGs are scheduled to be replaced by 50 F-16s or something (15 of them have been purchased already).
I suppose for all their flaws, having 50 F-16s by 2030 can't be worse than having 50 MIG-21s 2030.
July 10th, 2018 11:57am
Doesn't seem much but Germany has 219 fighter planes.
No idea how many US has (perhaps in the 2000)? But they do add up if you're in an union (EU or Soviet one).
July 10th, 2018 12:03pm
And yeah, at this point I think military fighter jets are a bit superfluous for their original purpose. But there are always other purposes and there's always more money that gets more results, never less.
July 10th, 2018 12:05pm