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The Pentagon declined to comment on this specific case but said US reconnaissance flights in the area were “fairly routine” and were conducted in international airspace, as were the Chinese intercepts.
Yep - some stupid poster on ATS blowing off about something they clearly know f-all about!!
Originally posted by ateuprto
reply to post by Reaper2137
I agree, it seems a bit backwards given our operational capabilities. Makes me curious about the whole story actually. Could just be China blowing smoke. Could also have been a military aircraft that crossed the line unintentionally and max thrusted its ass on out of the airspace.edit on 25-7-2011 by ateuprto because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ateuprto
reply to post by harryhaller
Think he was referring to your "chink" comment there Harry. Probably not the wisest choice of words to keep a rational and level-headed discussion, but its your world friend, we're just living in it.
Originally posted by Flyinghaggis
reply to post by princeofpeace
The Chinese have harrassed US aircraft before. In the incident detailed below an unarmed EP-3E was intercepted and had to land in China after losing its nose in a collision with one of the interceptors.
Here's an extract from a website by David Lednicer "Aircraft Downed During the Cold War and Thereafter" :
"1 April 2001 A US Navy EP-3E Aries II (BuNo 156511) of VQ-1, with a crew of 24, was damaged in a mid-air collision with one of two intercepting People's Republic of China PLANAF J-8 II Finbacks off the coast of Hainan Island. The EP-3E made an emergency landing at an airbase in Lingshui China. The pilot of the J-8 II (81192) involved in the collision, Wang Wei, ejected and was lost at sea. Wang Wei was a pilot in the 25th Regiment of the 9th Division of the People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force, based at Lingshui. The pilot of the second J-8 II, Zhao Yu, returned safely to base. On April 11th the USN crew of Shane Osborn (pilot), John Comerford (co-pilot), Richard Bensing, Steven Blocher, Bradford Borland, David Cecka, Shawn Coursen, Jeremy Crandall, Josef Edmunds, Brandon Funk, Scott Guidry, Jason Hanser, Patrick Honeck, Regina Kauffman, Nicholas Mellos, Ramon Mercado, Richard Payne, Kenneth Richter, Marcia Sonon, Jeffery Vignery, Wendy Westbrook, Rodney Young, Mitchell Pray (USMC) and Curtis Towne (USAF) was released and flew home on a chartered Continental Air Micronesia Boeing 737. The EP-3E was disassembled and returned to the US in a Polyot An-124 Condor in July 2001."
David's website lists intercepts and shoot-downs 1945 to 2005, here's the link to it:
Intercepts and Shoot downs etc
Here's a Wikipedia link with more detail of the EP-3E incident, with a photo showing some of the damage :
Hainan Island Incident
Hope this is of interest !