I do realiZe that,when did I say I did not?. I also critized it back then. Now I critize this goverment too, is there a problem with that? Or are you both gonna justify that non-military use of military aircraft by Chávez government?
The Venezuelan Air Force is a joke? oh come on... we are the only F-16 operator in this side of the pond after the U.S. and Canada (Until Chile gets theirs). It's has been an excellent deterrent force, and it paid off in the 80s when Colombia wanted to take the Golfo of Venezuela from us. Do any of you remember when a Colombian frigate entered the golf into Venezuelan territorial waters? The frigate refused to leave until a couple of F-16s made a low flyby showing the frigate their weapons
It's not the best airforce you can get, it sure needs a makeup, but come on it's completely stupid to say it's a joke. Do you know what's a joke? Cuban Air Force... only a few airworthy MiG-21s and 3 MiG-29s. It's fun to watch a MiG-29 with a cuban flag rot under the caribbean sun in La Habana aviation museum