Classic Hornet numbers have been at about 71 since the mid 90s, we lost 4 I believe in the early days and none since. Incredible safety record only one Fast Jet lost in the last nearly 3 decades and no crew lost.A mystery many of us would like answered.
Just a note, we ordered 75 classic hornets back in the day for three front line Squadrons. Spain acquired about 79.
Are 72 F35's enough?
100 Aircraft for 4 frontline Squadrons plus extra for training / deep maintenance and attrition so yes these numbers look about right.
28 extra or maybe more! Hmmmmmmmm.
Or do we soldier on with the Super / Growler combo for many years.
Maybe the evolution of other technology and systems provides the answer.
I still do however see a regionally unique advantage in having some aircraft land vertically !!!!!!!