ConcordeBoy
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Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Fri Oct 03, 2003 4:53 am

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RE: Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Fri Oct 03, 2003 3:50 pm

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...
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elwood64151
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RE: Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Fri Oct 03, 2003 9:31 pm

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.
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RE: Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Sat Oct 04, 2003 7:24 am

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
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RE: Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Sat Oct 04, 2003 7:41 am

-"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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RE: Military Practices For Shooting Down Airliners

Sat Oct 04, 2003 9:13 am

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