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Originally posted by WestPoint23
Notice anything common between those sources, such as the fact that they are all Russian with no supporting evidence? They have a history of false claims, see the recent
Guam incident mentioned above, and global propaganda is quite useful, take it with a grain of salt. Also, the Russian's never penetrated US national airspace, what they did do was fly in the Artic sector under US responsibly. Furthermore just because they were not intercepted does not mean they were not observed by radar, either way the Russians have no way of knowing.
As for maneuverability, that is about as useless and irrelevant as it can get, in terms of bombers. Still, compared to other systems it is not very maneuverable at all.
[edit on 15-9-2007 by WestPoint23]
Originally posted by TommyCrown
All this talk of Blackjacks and the like has me getting nostalgic.
There is only one aircraft capable of extinguishing this threat (real or imagined).
That baby is CONCORDE - you see, it made love to a nation, not war!
Imagine if today it was flying regularly London to Moscow, all those new millionaires being created in Russia coming over to shop in Bond Street.
Putin's not going to bomb his people while they're buying jewellery.
I wish my American friends here could have seen that baby fly down the River Thames in SW15 (zip code) at 6.00p.m. on a beautiful summer's evening.
Hairs, neck, back of - I've got to go now, need to find a box of tissues!
THEY KILLED HER - THE BA'stards.
Originally posted by Chorlton
Concorde itself may be a relic but the design is still very contemporary and would still not look out of date today compared to other commercial aircraft if it was still around.
Originally posted by OnTheFlyBridge
I listen to the radio almost all day, and I heard at least two different news stories, from two different services (Fox and ?) that said that the NATO planes had FIRED on the Russian bombers.
Then, afer a couple of hours, the story was completely dropped. I haven'e ever heard the story mentioned again, with or without the item about the shots fired.
Originally posted by blobby
i dont know much about the planes but is it possibe the Russian bombers are armed with some sort of anti air missiles or guns that can lock on target, maybe the Russians were trying to get a target lock and the RAF fired warning shots to tell them to back down and dont dare to try that?
Originally posted by Sky watcher
We should fly our post Blackbird secret planes right over moscow and shatter some windows, Then maybe they will get the message.
Originally posted by Chorlton
Then I would suggest you get used to it. It was completely normal for the USSR to do this and I also remember the US doing similar things occasionally in the 60's.