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Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:21 am
by alberchico
pretty interesting video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hijzP1zzLI

RE: Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:17 am
by 11Bravo
That is a very well done video. Ever since 9/11 countries around the world have alert aircraft just waiting for the worst. I fear one of these days the "target" aircraft will not respond appropriately and will be shot down. That would be a profoundly difficult responsibility to shoulder.

RE: Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:00 am
by ptrjong
Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 1):
Ever since 9/11 countries around the world have alert aircraft just waiting for the worst.

Not quite. They've had QRAs throughout the Cold War.

RE: Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:21 am
by moo
Quoting ptrjong (Reply 2):
Not quite. They've had QRAs throughout the Cold War.

Never quite like after 9/11 though - it was near to inconceivable that a passenger airliner with 200 people on board might be used as a weapon (although there were isolated incidents before 9/11, they were just that - isolated).

QRA rarely had to intercept civilian aircraft before 9/11, and when they did it was mainly because they strayed into restricted airspace. Back then, QRAs were mainly to deal with foreign military aircraft incursions or near incursions. Today, most are for civilian incursions.

RE: Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:31 am
by ptrjong
Well, I thought the sentence I quoted was somewhat inaccurate. After all, the worst during the Cold War was far worse than an airliner being flown into a building.

[Edited 2015-10-14 04:34:27]

[Edited 2015-10-14 04:38:26]

RE: Video: Fly With RAF's Quick Reaction Alert Crews

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:38 pm
by 11Bravo
Quoting ptrjong (Reply 2):
Not quite. They've had QRAs throughout the Cold War.

Obviously, various countries had alert aircraft on standby during the Cold War to guard against military attack. The USAF regularly had hundreds of aircraft on alert status for both interception and strike missions. For a long time that included nuclear strike aircraft that were not just waiting on the ground, but were actually airborne, fully armed.

This is different. One of the primary missions of the aircraft in the video is to defend against a 9/11 type attack by civil, not military, aircraft.