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  •  Some good points, (0+ / 0-)

    which should be properly applied in an appropriate area.

    There's a huge lake about a hundred miles east of here where civilians aren't at risk.

    You bring up the relative risks of driving a car to minimize fear of risk from aircraft disaster, yet still push the 9/11 fear button. Curious sense of balance there.

    "All war is stupid" - JFK

    by jorogo on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 09:17:41 PM PDT

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    •  How big is huge? (1+ / 0-)
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      F-16s need a lot of room. And who else is using the airspace over that lake? And are you going to arrange for all future combat missions to take place over water? Pilots need to train in all conditions, over all kinds of terrain. Plus, those Guard pilots are increasingly part of the regular Air Force. They get deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. They are not 'weekend warriors' and haven't been for a long time.

      As for playing the 911 fear card, if you can prove that there is no one out there who wants to pull off another 911 attack, that the TSA is 100% proficient at detecting all threats before they board an aircraft, and there are no threats from private aviation, please do so. Given that more and more aircraft of all kinds are being equipped with GPS nav systems and autopilots, it would not be that hard to turn an aircraft into a de facto cruise missile. Take off, set the target coordinates, arm the explosives, and parachute out. And that's only one scenario.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 04:14:43 AM PDT

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      •  How dire is the "need"? (0+ / 0-)

        And why would I want to prove what I never claimed, and a negative which cannot be proven?

        You're having an argument with your own imagination.

        But I'm sure any terrorists would be interested in more scenarios.

        "All war is stupid" - JFK

        by jorogo on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 07:02:51 AM PDT

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