posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 01:26 PM
posted by hawk74
If the US is flying "spy planes" over North Korea then it goes to show that satellites can't do it all . . As for NK, I think Kim Jong Il is just
huffing and puffing . . He knows what would happen if he even shot at one of the planes. This is why he's making statements to the media. He knows
there's a couple 500 pound laser guided bombs with his name on them waiting for a reason. NK is all bark and no bite. I'm sure NK has the means to
shoot down a plane just not the stupidity.
[Edited by Don W]
I’m sort of disappointed to hear the US is using such old planes to gather intelligence. Weather info, yes, spy Intel, hmm? The Brit’s Janes -
the world’s foremost private authority on military and naval equipage for over 100 years - says the 1955 EP3s can fly at 400 mph cruise, reach
28,000 feet and stay aloft for 7 or 8 hours. Equal to 2,800 + miles. All at a nominal $2,100 per flying hour. Even our own Nike-Zeus anti-missile
missiles of the 1960s could reach that altitude.
In 1954, I helped service a B45, at Kimpo, Korea. The B45 was our first jet bomber. In 1960, the Ruskies showed they could bring down a U2 at maybe
80,000 feet? After the U2 was no longer invincible, the US lengthened the wings of the Brit's Electric Canberra and had a high flying B57. I think
the U2 morphed into the TR4.
The other day a person who had been to NK spoke on CSpan2 and explained how much better an infrastructure the NK had than the American people are led
to believe by both White House inspired CIA prop and the lazy American media. Comparing NK to E Germany, he said NK was more advanced and could fit
in easily with South Korea in a unified country. America has decided we do not want the 2 Korea’s to unify.
As for national security vis a vis NK, I believe we have left NK to China as sort of a step-child. Maybe at the Chinese' request? China ultimately
wants the 38,000 US soldiers in South Korea to go. I am hearing that the South Korean people also want them out. It’s just a carry over from
by-gone days that inhibit the full expression of Korean nationalism. Our presence keeps alive old injures when families divided between autocratic
capitalists and autocratic communists. There are still 10s of 1000s of Korean families split over this “dead” issue which they see the US as
largely responsible for.
[edit on 6/11/2006 by donwhite]