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RAF Aircraft Missing  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30206 posts, RR: 57
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Sky news, CNN and Fox News are reporting that an RAF aircraft returning from a mission is missing.

[Edited 2003-03-23 07:42:19]

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13474 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

It appears that it may have been hit by a US Patriot missile.
If so, very concerning, you expect this sort of thing in the heat of battle, but it seems this aircraft was returning from a mission, the Patriots being based in Kuwait.
Several things come to mind, a communications foul up, or the dangers of a heavily automated system like Patriot, or maybe the UK MoD's negligence of procuring a new IFF system coming home to roost.

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

A reporter in Kuwait City said that the Patriot crews were under big pressure because of their horrible rate against the Iraqi missiles: They took only 2 out of 16 down.

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