Several issues with that,
Firstly on an aircraft there is a finite amount of space to play with, with sharp(ish) corners. On the ground, no such constraints.
This was large test bed aircraft like KC/EC135 and C141. Some had massive patch panels that were reconfigured in flight at times and frequencies used were from 1mhz to ghz range.
In an aircraft ( or any PMR systems) you are dealing with solid contacts, in the Amateur setup you are dealing with possibly marginal contacts so any help you can get etc
Actually the need for solid contacts places stiffer requirements than amateur service.
No comments on the durability as you are quoting from experience.
Reliability is everything here.
As an aside, a friend was listening to the Civil Aircraft Band to the ATC at RAF Waddington with a handheld, he was hearing aircraft solidly that the ATC was struggling with.
Lot of variables can cause/explain this with LOS communication.