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Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2589 times:


Scary stuff  Sad

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

The new procedures are so strong, Eberhart said, that commanders worry more about missing a chance to prevent an attack with a hijacked plane than they do about mistakenly downing a peaceful jet.

Not to worry...

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Having been in Air Force ROTC and meeting a lot of the people who are going to be those flight crews, I can tell you none of them would look forward to shooting down a civilian airliner.

However, I know that, were they ordered to do so, they have confidence that such an order would only be given in the most extreme circumstances. The Hollywood protrayal of trigger-happy generals wanting to vaporize the Soviet Union and kill everything in sight is just that: A Hollywood stereotype.

The only "bomb-happy" general I can think of in Air Force history is Curtis LeMay, who never dropped a bomb he wasn't ordered to drop. And it is largely thanks to him that the Air Force is such a professional organization with so many fail-safes against "Accidental Weapons Release".

I'm also glad that they're training for this several times a week. Before, Air Force pilots only got to train a couple times a month, seriously reducing their overall effectiveness. If they're flying several times a week; Hell, even once a week, they're going to be that much better, and better prepared for any situation.

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

I do think however, that it's a good idea to have others besides the President authorized to call a shootdown.

Macabre overall though  Sad

User currently offlineILoveORD From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

-"G*ddammit Mustang, this Ghostryder 117, this [747's] all over me, he's got missile lock on me [sic], do I have permission to fire?!?!"

-"Do not fire until fired upon!"

-"Maverick get down here and get this [74] off me!"

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User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

LOL.......Just bring it back hard right to help me ingage.......Im on my way.

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