bennett123
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Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:27 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18535330

Do you view this as a one off, or a significant shift within the Syrian Military.
 
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RE: Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:30 am

You have to wonder if other pilots are thinking the same thing. I wonder what will become of the Colonel's family or did he take steps to get them out.
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RE: Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:26 am

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 1):

The pilot did manage to have his family cross the border into Jordan before he took this bold step.

Interestingly, my friend who's a Captain with RJ on E-190 told me today that he saw four RJAF F-16s at the time of this incident where he was at 18,000 ft minutes before entering Syrian airspace on a flight to Beirut. Obviously he had no clue of what was going on. These F-16s were on QRA and were sent to intercept the MiG-21.
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RE: Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:50 am

Quoting bennett123 (Thread starter):
Do you view this as a one off, or a significant shift within the Syrian Military.

I don't view it as anything personally 1 pilot in a mig21? Who cares if he would have had one of their updated mig-29 different story.
 
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RE: Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:05 pm

Quoting wvsuperhornet (Reply 3):
I don't view it as anything personally 1 pilot in a mig21?

I think he meant the symbolic gesture of defecting rather than opening fire on fellow citizens.
The Syrian military is supposedly fiercely behind Al Assad and against the rebellion, but this could be a sign of a growing resentment amongst its ranks and possibly of a loss of confidence in the regime.

Defecting is never an easy decision, but I think an army should never, ever, be used against the people it is supposed to protect and serve, and it's especially vile in the case of a dictator using it to fight for his power and against democracy.
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RE: Syrian Air Force MIG21 Defection

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:14 pm

Yeah, how easy is it to kill civilians? Some orders should be ignored for any soldiers. Any decent moral soldier will not fire upon civilians of your own people. The guy deserves a medal IMO.

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