as posted by Wembley
..and yes, I did see the links you posted earlier. None of them suggested operation in Russian airspace, do they? Looking at Russia, yes, but not over
their territory, for a number of good reasons.
Simply awestruck that you are still in denial
Come to think of it, actually I am not.
Some people simply tend be advocates of egocentrism [having the inability to take other peoples points of views], so that would explain alot, for the
most of us.
At any rate, you assert that you looked at the map of SR-71 flight zones and went further to assert that none of those zones are over Russian airspace
or land areas. Really? Absolutely sure?
Lets pop that map back up and look at it again, k?
Wembley, you are familiar with the Russian geographical landmass and its expanses? Wembley, I am counting three
areas of Russian land areas
being overflown, and five
Russian controlled airspaces.
I am aware of the background and experience of Ben Rich, but as was asserted by others, including someone of considerable air-industry knowledge,
intelgurl, even under the perfect, right, or optimal condition, I have reason to believe that the SA-5 would have difficulty in downing an SR-71 at
speed and altitude. Again, just because you can detect it, track it, target it, hitting an object flying at the speeds and altitude, as an SR-71, is
entirely diffrent matter, Wembley. That is my deduction and comes from my own personal experiences and observations.
Furthermore, Wembley, as an example
of what I implied above, a SA-5 (S-200 Gammon) was fired upon and used against the SR-71....with NO
When was that done, your thinking?
Notes: This is the NATO reporting name of the S-200 Angara. It is an old missile developed back in the 1950s to bring down high altitude
aircraft such as the B-70, B-52, and U-2. It was first deployed in 1963, and fired against SR-71 aircraft (without success) in 1966.
There have been periodic hardware and software updates over the years to cope with the increasing level of US, NATO, and Israeli ECM and ECCM
sophistication. The biggest handicap of the Gammon is its wide minimum range, dictated by the burnout time of the 4 drop-away rocket boosters. Another
handicap is the general lack of maneuverability of the missile.
I have no doubts that such attempts were tried on numerous occassions, as I have asserted before, again, with no success. My understanding is that the
closest a Russian SAM came to intercepting an SR-71 type aircraft was when one was fired at an A-12, which allegedly exploded in the general vicinity
of it. Upon landing, the A-12 allegedly was inspected and one small piece of shrapnel was found in the leading edge (composite), near the the intake
of the aircraft. Such much for those proximity heads.
[edit on 19-10-2005 by Seekerof]