Having once again been on the receiving end of another 72 b*stard delay at the hands of the above gang of inept arrseholes, can anyone explain to me why we don't just charter? Picture the scene, you are one of 220 wanting-to-go-home troops who have worked their various arrses off on the Prarie for 6 weeks. Your flight has already been put back 48 hours and the rest of the Bn is now on leave, the delay being probably because the crews couldn't be arrsed / "technical problems" (Mess barbeque?). You finally get on the plane (after having checked your bags in the day before?) late because the crew didn't arrive on time (no doubt too hard to prize their arrses out of their 5* hotel bed - including the LAC, ie pte). You eventually get on the aircraft ('scusing ranks of course) to commence the taxiing down the runway, to then be told, "sorry, hydraulic leak, we have to go back to the stand". By now no doubt you are a little "tetchy", n'est-ce pas? Picture then the loadmaster (assmaster) trying to empathise with you by informing you that this is pretty bad for them, especially him since he should have been off that weekend! (By now no doubt your heart is pumping purple pi*s). Then the pilot tries to empathise about how he too has been held up, and continues to tell you that they are going to have to fly the spares out from the UK, and thus another 36 hrs delay is to ensue. Angry yet? This being I am sure just one example of their corporate ineptitude can anyone justify why we cannot just charter civi firms who invariably turn up on time (ish) and if the plane breaks, get a new one on station pronto? Don't weasels try to bluff me with the "civi airlines will not fly into trouble spots". When was the last time you saw a VC-10 doing a TALO or dropping chaff on its way into Sarajevo? Surely this will save cash on what is a decrepit fleet of obsolete aircraft, allowing more money to be freed for "proper and meaningful" troop lift, C-17? Or should we wait for the overdue and probably less capable ethereal FLA? And it would be satisfying to see all of those grow-bad wearing nancy air-steward Knobbers out of a job. Does the "AS" on their wings express their preference or what? Comments weasels in blue?