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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 447 times:

Know there is war in the Gulf it is a time for a question.
If you were captaining a 747 for Quantas and had just taken of from Iran and fly over Iraq at FL 250 and you heard over the radio bombs were being dropped. I am sure all of you would go the quickest way out but would you fly high and avoid the ground fire and maybe hit a a sam. Or fly 200 of the ground so no sams hit you and you hope thatall ground fire see you a a commercail airline and not shoot.

I would ground hug as I think it is safer because when you are 25,000 feet hight they proably can not tell the diiference between a 747 and a B-52.
Iain

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User currently offlineFedEx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 447 times:

I think the airlines are being vectored around
that area. If I were flying in the middle east I
would be a bit nervous at this time. But it sounds
like Iraq's arms are as dull as my butter knife!


User currently offlineBryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 447 times:

This is an interesting question, because the US can't announce ahead of time when theye going to bomb--that would sort of defeat the point. I wonder if they hae any super-secret diplomatic channels where they say "hey, guys, you might not want to file any flight plans over Iraq next Thursday."

User currently offlineV jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 447 times:

Sorry, a QANTAS Captain would never have to ask this question. QANTAS does not fly to Iran!

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 447 times:

The concept was the question not the Airline1
Iain


User currently offlineV jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 447 times:

Please dont take offence as none was meant. I guessed as much that your question was to just set up a scenario but just in the interest of accuracy I thought I would point out that QANTAS no longer flies to anywhere in the Middle East except for a codeshare agreement with Emirates to DXB. :-)

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 447 times:

No offense was taken but the 747 was charyered by the Shah of Iran.
Iain


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 447 times:

No offense was taken but the 747 was chartered by the Shah of Iran.
Iain


User currently offlineV jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 447 times:

I'm sure the Shah would enjoy the new First Class sleeper seats in the 744!

User currently offlineFlyBoy From United States of America, joined May 1999, 85 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 447 times:

Commercial airliners have been shot at before.
I remember the US navy taking out that Iranian airliner
not long ago with a surface to air missle.
Id pour on the fires and hightail it out of that airspace. lol
They say the best maneuver to to do a sharp roll
to throw the tracking of the missle off.


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 447 times:

That possible scenario would not take place because the U.S. Navy would vector the commercial aircraft out ot the area before the bombing started. You are not allowed to fly over Iraqi airspace anyway. There is a no fly zone over much of the country. Last night you would have been met by F-14 Tomcats telling you to choose another route to England or whereever.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineKIWI From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 447 times:

I think this topic is strange in a way......Anyone in the world could be reading our answers!! Not that we are high ranking governmental officials(at least I'm not), but it's something to think about.....

User currently offlineFlyBoy From United States of America, joined May 1999, 85 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 447 times:

Those F14's would have been so close you could read their call signs off of their helmets.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 447 times:

It was a korean plane and the ask it what it was an dthey did not reply and then shot it down. I don't think th ecrew spoke English.
Iain


User currently offlineflyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 447 times:

There was that airliner in Congo (B727?) that was shot down by terriosts just after takeoff not to long ago.

If the situation in this topic did happen, I would dump all of the fuel that I didn't need to get to the nearest friendly large airport so that I could fly high and fast.


User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (15 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 447 times:

I would Decend to 15,000ft. with full thrust on all the engines, and declare an emergency into the nearset safe airport so that we could get the heck outta dodge. Also I would turn on all the lights I could find to identify myself as a Commercial Airline and pray that they don't notice i am British or American.


Veni, vidi, vici.
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