"And just to add another twist to the tale, who's better, USN
? I'd give it to the aviators"
Better at what, and what facet, I've worked with Aussie, RAF
, Canadian, German, French, Dutch, R.Sing.AFDanish, and Spanish pilots they do different things well. Overall the USAF
has the best overall packaged force out there IMO (you may think I'm biased but I am going off of my control of these fighters on to targets at Maple Flag, Red Flag, OIF, OSW, OEF, and ONE) Granted Navy pilots are better at working with AWACS for MC
duties and such, but stateside, they blow through airspaces and have many many more HATRs than Air Force or USMC
pilots. THe RAF are excellent, and work Low level runs to the money, and Hit the DMPI everytime. The Aussie in OIF did a great job, though did more Air To Air work (which was boring since there was no threat) since we sent the F-15s home.
THe Marines focus their training more or CAS, than Air to Air, though they are more than capable of doing it. The Navy and fleet defence makes their Air-to-air roles sharp, but bomb dropping can get rusty. F-16 CJs can get rusty on Air to Air if they focus on ALQ-99s and not dropping Iron. Therefore I think you need to get more specific, though it can make for fun discussion.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pilot
I think the question of who is best, is to broad to be answered without getting into specifics.