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Because some folks from GM and some folks from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and some folks from Motortrend thought it would be cool.
Now, don't get me wrong. This IS COOL. And very MANLY. And, ordinarily, I would totally approve of a publicity stunt like this. Except we are in a budget crisis - and a multi-front war - so reckless spending of military dollars is probably not the smartest thing.
But I have to wonder: why did THIS stunt get approved (and funded) when other PR events for military flyers were nixed? OK, sure, you can say that one was nixed because it was too Christian. But that isn't the point I am making. My point is, why, when other military stunts are turned down, did this one get the green light? I have a theory:
The government now has a vested stake in GM. Forget "General" Motors. The company is now GOVERNMENT Motors. And this publicity stunt could help boost sales of a GM product. And now our military is being used as shills for Obama's new car company.
What's the problem? Well, when it comes to the Blue Angels, there is more at stake than money. Did you know that since the squadron was formed in 1949, there have been only 262 total pilots to serve in it? And did you know that, due to the extreme danger of the complex stunt flying, there have been 26 fatalities in the squadron?
That's a 10 percent mortality rate, for peaceful duty. You see, these guys (and gals!) have a damn tough job: demonstrate the finest flying in the world on a daily basis, for the sole purpose of demonstrating the skills and professionalism of U.S. Naval aviators. They are killing themselves to show the world how good we are.
Now, to me, that is pretty sacred. It ain't something to be abused to help a few sleazy car dealers draw in a few more folks from the testosterone crowd.
That said, from the text of the article, it does at least sound like the Blue Angels had a lot of fun doing it - and I admit, as a sports car junkie, I would have, too. Hell, I would have volunteered my services. So maybe there is nothing to make of this story, other than what is presented in the magazine: good people having a great time while making the most of two impressive pieces of transportation hardware. But I can't help feel this whole thing is tainted by the GM government bailout and the administration's bad track record so far with military aircraft.
You be the judge.