We usually have about 60 qualified Bug pilots. However having more airframes allows them to be rotated to save airframe hours and to allow them to be taken offline for maintenance and upgrades. I'm not sure what the deal is with the Pigs but I suspect we might have 18 to 20 crews. Both the F-18F and the F-35 are designed for easier maintainability and upgradability than the types that they are replacing. Perhaps with that in mind we could get away with say 56 F-35's for 80 airframes all up?
I'm not sure what the deal is with the Pigs but I suspect we might have 18 to 20 crews.
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