This post just illustrates the point that everyone has an opinion. It's surprising you have bad things to say about the Rhino being that you're an E3
in the Navy..Well, maybe not.
Anyway.. The Rhino can get in tight and slow with a Falcon and outturn it. The Rhino has a superior radar system than the Eagle. It requires less work and maintenence than both the Hornet (no small feat), and the Tomcat (ANYTHING requires less work than the Tomcat..
, the aircraft it replaced) It brings some many different facets to the fight that other aircraft simply can't match. Lastly, I like it because I know that if I've got one circling over my dome, and I call it in, the bad guy dies. If he's not immediately circling over my dome, and I need help, he CAN
get there immediately. I like that. It's a big warm-fuzzy factor.
As a Navy E-3 with at least 4 years left in the Navy, you might want to grow to like them. You'll see a whole lot of them.