RAF Jaguar side view pic

The big cat., originally uploaded by Garysted.

Only the axing of the Fleet Air Arm's modest Sea Harrier F/A2 fleet can compare with the short sighted thinking that saw the hasty cutting of the RAF Jaguar fleet from the Coltishall wing of three frontline squadrons to the single unit at Coningsby, and finally complete withdrawal of the type in 2007. Like the SHAR, the Jag still had massive potential at quite small cost, not to mention having recently completed a upgrade programme that gave the type some of the most modern capabilities available to the UK fast jet fleet. I suppose this is what happens when you abandon long term planning for your armed forces and just budget from year-to-