The Civil Reserve Air Fleet. The Past, First Use, and the Future
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The Civil Reserve Air Fleet CRAF proved itself to be a viable entity in the Gulf War. After years of being a plan on the shelf or, in some cases, a structure for voluntary participation, the CRAF was used to augment what has become acknowledged as an inadequate lift capacity in the U.S. Air Force. Desert ShieldDesert Storm served as a test bed for the CRAF and, while it worked as advertised, the employment of this national asset revealed problems with insurance, carrier participation if the system had made greater demands and flight crew union demands among several other concerns. The CRAF worked, but changes will have to be made if it is to work again.
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