Two terms that came to the forefront for U.S. Naval Aviation in 2008 were "Red Stripe" and "Strike-Fighter Gap." Both owe their roots to the aging fleet of naval aircraft, and their resolution is directly related to the introduction of new aircraft types into the fleet.
The maritime patrol community's P-3 Orion squadrons were severely affected by the grounding of 40 aircraft out of the fleet's 157 because of wing-fatigue issues. The term Red Stripe comes from the diagonal marking on the airworthiness bulletin that grounded 39 P-3C aircraft for outer-wing structural fatigue in December 2007 and another early in 2008. Expedited fixes to some of these aircraft were implemented to keep them flying until replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, beginning in 2013.