I'm curious just how much was offered to give up a seat. I recall in 1980 on flight I was on that Delta offered $800 for someone to give up a seat on an ATL to Knoxville flight. People were...
After the first flying assignment, the next one was ALWAYS: "Your next assignment is a command post position in XXXX" (usually unaccompanied). Looks like things haven't changed much in 40 or so...
What about the runaway Li batttery in a crown located ELT that caused tremendous damage to a 787 on ground layover? How's the crew supposed to handle that one???
Perhaps "flying" has gotten too complicated for the average person. Not the technical part of it, but the FAA portion.
Prediction - modernizing the KC-135 will ultimately cost more than the KC-46. Ask the AMC about their attempt to "modernize" the KC-10.