From: Over the hills and far away
While it is quite true that early aircraft required little infrastructure, modern high performance aircraft require enormous amounts of fuel
and mechanical service, hangars, workshops, spare parts and all that good stuff together with electronic navigational aids and for some aircraft,
long, paved, lighted runways. All that fuel and munitions and materiel has to be hauled around and stored before it is finally delivered to the airfield.
Running an air force is an expensive proposition and that is before you factor in the golf courses, air conditioning, hair dressers, pedicuristes and
fashionable boutiques that a modern air force requires. Zoomies insist on the best.
"Patriotism: Your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." - George Bernard Shaw