US airforce drops practice bomb (On Yorkshire)

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Re: US airforce drops practice bomb (On Yorkshire)

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  3. kettle macrumors 65816

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    yes.....

    ...one could well imagine being that poor a shot would take a reasonable amount of practice. They have quite a record for this type of target.
     
  4. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    It's quite a shock they managed to hit Yorkshire actually.... :eek: :p :p *slaps wrists*
     
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    RAF - wouldn't that mean that you're dropping bombs on yourself? :D

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  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    That's odd, I'm sure Lakenheath is a US air base.

    edit: good old google - http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/spotting/lakenheath.html
     
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    They call all the USAF bases over here 'RAF whatever' even if there not used by the RAF.

    Anyway, why are they bombing Yorkshire? Surely you need oil before the US bothers to bomb you?
     
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    True that :D [​IMG]
    We don't have oil, but we have plenty of tea if you're interested? :eek: :p
     
  10. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    Nah, if it was the RAF, and they had an excuse I'm sure they'd carpet bomb it... but then we would have hit the intended target (Birmingham) rather than one 100 miles away.... heheheh :p
     
  11. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Odd - so any reasoning why they do this? Legacy from the war?

    To confuse zee Germans?

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  12. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    Probably because it's an RAF airbase that we're loaning out to you guys.... we are after all your first defense via an Atlantic based attack from the Commies... :p :p :p
     
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    Maybe the board of Leeds United had paid them to bomb Elland Road so they could get the insurance money before the administrators get called in.

    Or maybe they mistook the Fylingdales listening post for an Iraqi weapons facility.

    God knows, if you're British and in the armed forces you probably go into a war believing that there's more chance of being killed by an American pilot than an enemy bullet; but bombing people doing nothing more sinister than herding sheep around the dales seems to be abusing our friendship more than a tad.
     
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    Hey I am confused? you said it was an F15 but its always the A10s that bomb the wrong place/army/person/refugee tractor.

    Have the F15 pilots got jealos?

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    Nah, we'd just toss the tea over the side of the boat, errr, plane :D
     
  16. wdlove macrumors P6

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    The article did say that RAF Lakenheath is run by the US air force. They did admit that it was a training mission incident.

    I'm glad that we didn't cause any injury.
     
  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    So are we...well, since it wasn't Birmingham anyway... :eek: :p
     
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    Serious point, Bomber Harris head of Bomber Command during the Second, he is an unsung hero, he carried the can for the carpet bombing, not at the top of the list when the historians wax lyrical about our great victory, the aircrews (all allied nationalities) gave their lives willingly to save this island. I'm not just talking the Lacasters either, there were daylight raids mainly conducted by the American Flying Fortresses, an inferior flying machine but you really have to love the Yanks for taking the short straw and going out in sunlight. Thanks American Aircrew, I think your odds were even less than the Avro lanc's crew 50/50 live or die expectancy. I wasn't alive then but my Great uncle was on the lancs and by some miricle or fate he kept coming back until they ran out of missions.

    Giving the Yanks a kicking is easier than remembering the hell and excrement our fathers went through to give us these cosy little lives we lead. We really have to get some of todays crap into perspective.

    I feel sad now:( sorry.
     
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    Don't offer us Americans tea if you don't want it at the bottom of Boston Harbor...
     
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    Besides, a 25 pound smoke bomb isn't going to do much damage to anything....unless it falls on your head, which zoomies would not be capable of hitting if it was the size of the USS Harry S. Truman.
     
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    zoomies? slang for...... fighters? F-15s? "dumb" bombs?
     
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    Wow thats pretty messed up...

    'Now head Back to Base'
    'Bombs away? FINALLY I GET TO
    'What the heck are you talking...
    'BOMB SOMETHING. BOMBS AWAY!'
    '... about... What the heck did you just do?'


    :eek:

    That was quite a small bomb at 18 inches in diameter... wow.
     
  23. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    The crater was 18 inches. But that would be a large-ish bomb, not really a small one by any means.
     
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    Oops, sorry
    zoomies is Navy slang for air force personnel.
     
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    Officials have been sent to investigate, but considering the bomb's proximity to their own country, France this morning announced their immediate and unconditional surrender.
     

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