None of this really adds up. I don't really have any reason to think this isn't just a tragic test run, but two things kinda stand out as kinda fishy
if you are the paranoid type...but they don't really point to the OPs theory.
1.) Why would you have notable people in the international areonautical field onboard your testing flight, as passengers no less, for what appears to
have been stress test/demonstration of the upper limit capabilities of the plane. Maybe a better comparison would be street car development. When
you are stress testing or showing off your high-end equipment, you don't stuff your top level engineers working the project, or in that industry in
general, inside the vehicle with the driver while he zips around an intricate and complex course...cause what of it crashes? Face palm.
2.) Why would the US sabotage the plane in such a way that is both highly visible and very blatant. Sabotage could have been performed in a much
more discrete, benign manner that would be nothing but suspicious. Secondly, while it gives the US another black eye, it makes Russia themselves
appear incompetent and incapable of securing themselves against the other big super powers. It doesn't logically make sense for them to make this
accusation when it makes them appear so ineffectual and helpless...when they are trying to prove their aeronautical prowess and burgeoning
Now the two theories:
1.) Russia wants to steal the top aeronautical engineers. There was noone onboard the plane. It was a sham to make 45 top level people IN THE WORLD
(or at least a handful of people and the rest were just collateral damage in an attempt to hide the true purpose of what they were doing), in the very
field that Russia is focused on developing at crazy expense. Russia then points the finger at the US, that makes them look weak, but throws another
black eye upon the nation that everyone LOVES to hate, and for some valid reasons. It's a decent diversion.
2.) The civilian superjet in question WASN'T a test run of it's capabilities. It was a test run of some new stealthing technology that is not
inherent to the design of the jet itself and is an outside military project. The purpose of the test is to determine whether or not the stealth
technology works and whether or not the US has considered the possibility of developing such a technology and has opted instead to go for the
cheaper/more efficient alternative of pre-emptive obsoletion by designing a method of detection.
Now the way this works, is you make a very public flight of your new superjet. Enough to garner US interest. They are going to watch. You invite a
US liason group to your base to monitor from there. You know they will be watching by both sat and radar at this point. You then have a planted
wreck, or a similarly stealthed IDENTICAL plane already in the air somewhere. You then go through the motions of the flight and the subsequent loss
of communication and discovery of the 'wreck'. Now regardless of what happened the US will deny involvement. An extra aspect of this is: regardless
of whether or not the US can detect the stealthing technology and witnessed the entire sham, they will still deny involvement and pretend they didn't
see anything. So how is this supposed to force the US's hand in any way? Regardless of what the US openly proclaims...they will either have to
rigorously investigate, or pretend to rigorously investigate. Everything else is behind closed doors. At the end of the day, the US is going to want
it's top of class people released, to do so they would have to admit that they saw everything to Russia and show how it was done. The two powers do
some sort of trade-off of on personnel and the cold war continues. OR this trade-off never comes to pass. The US can't legitamly prove a detection
policy. Therefore they can't approach the Russians for a trade, because the Russians will insist on this proof. They know the Americans will be
smart enough to KNOW what happened, but can they prove it? If the US can't, then the US will never approach thus proving the effectiveness of the
Russian stealthing technology.
a 3rd and slightly trippier conspiracy: All the above is mostly correct, except...Russia discovered at some point deep in development that the US had
the ability to detect once they considered and suspected that Russia had already beat them to the punch in developing the technology. So the sham was
a sham itself and the end goal is this trade-off of aeronautical talent for a specific person(s).
AboveTopSecret, you need to work on your conspiracy theories.
edit on 26-5-2012 by czerro because: (no reason given)