Flying Hours: Overview of Navy and Marine Corps Flight Operations
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report focused on the A-6, F-14, and FA-18 carrier-based aircraft, although we also reviewed the flying hour program as it relates to other carrier-based aircraft. The information pertains to naval aviation prior to the commencement of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While the concepts discussed in the report and the prior years data presented are still relevant, the fiscal year 1991 budget data do not reflect the commencement of the air war in January 1991. The Navy and Marine Corps need well-trained, highly skilled aviators to effectively and successfully accomplish their aviation missions. The skills demanded of an adept aviator include the ability to strike naval and land targets, protect ships from air threats, and take off from and land on aircraft carriers. An aviators primary means of gaining and maintaining proficiency is through hands-on training funded by the flying hour program.
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