posted on Jan, 16 2008 @ 10:31 PM
I know that a few posters here have actually BEEN in a combat situation, and really I can only speak from my own experience. With that in mind I'm
going to go real easy on the bashers.
It's called war for a reason. People get hurt, and yes, even die. Blue on blue is always a tragedy, and I'll even go so far as to say usually
Unfortunately, when the lead is flying, mistakes in the heat of battle invariably occur. Every man that has ever put on a uniform and headed into a
combat zone accepts this reality.
I saw the second video about 4 months ago I believe. Although I was not a pilot, I heard the controller distinctly say that there were no friendlies
in the neighborhood before those big GAU's started spinning. In other words, no rounds exited those barrels without multiple interrogations and
confirmations. I also heard the controller ask for confirmation of Artillery rounds, as well as adjustment. Listen to it again... The arty rounds
were dropping way before a firing run was initiated.
On top of that, you could literally hear and sense the anguish in the pilots' voices when they discovered their error.
As a grunt, I love Arty, and the A-10's. When I hear those distinctive turbofans overhead, I feel a little more secure. Abdul has learned to keep
his head down when he hears that noise.
To answer a previous poster: A-10's ARE a very tough plane, and they can be shot practically to pieces and still RTB. Part of the reason for that
is the armored "tub" that protects the pilot, and the "low-tech" avionics. They are bar none the finest CAS ship in the world, and I'm certain
anybody that has "been there" will agree.
The rest of you can continue to watch us all work on the news and only see our errors on the computer. It's a simple choice between complacency and
actually doing something.