A man in Mississippi has stolen an airplane and is threatening to crash it into the local Wal Mart. Maybe he hates Chinese products and trailer trash.

So here is my question: The Air Force is supposedly capable and willing to shoot down aircraft that post just this sort of threat. Are they only willing to do so if it’s NYC being threatened? Doesn’t flyover country matter?

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BobF · September 3, 2022 at 11:26 am

Only if he threatens to aim for the arugula section.

Jonathan · September 3, 2022 at 12:40 pm

Key word “supposedly”.
A standing air patrol is very expensive in terms of pilots, maintenance, fuel, aircraft wear, etc.
The Air Force doesn’t have the budget or manpower to do them for long, even in “important” places.
I’d be surprised if they could stop this in NYC at the drop of a hat…
In the DC area the military has been working hard to have defenses in place, mostly ground based, and keeps running into problems.
Remember the balloon that for loose and caused power outages a few years ago? That was their best effort so far at persistent surveillance…

    Divemedic · September 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Don’t need a constant CAP. At the time I wrote this post, he had already been circling the town for three hours.
    One of NORAD’s 16 alert facilities isn’t within 1800 miles of Tupelo?

      Steve · September 3, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      Absolutely right. A govt that has the money to throw around the billions for just the Ukraine farce has money to do CAP 24/7.

        Steve · September 3, 2022 at 4:27 pm

        Hadn’t even thought about it. They are waiting to see if they can tie it to OrangeManBad, or better yet, White Supremacy.

Steve S6 · September 3, 2022 at 12:48 pm

Rhetorical question? (as is this)

Chris · September 3, 2022 at 6:32 pm

Obviously the walmart is evac’d.
Let’em ! One less wally world aint a bad thing

Anonymous · September 3, 2022 at 10:41 pm

You mean, the same government’s airforce who couldn’t be bothered to stop the attack of four hijacked airplanes on September 11, 2001?

How many film crews were “coincidentally” around to record the Pearl Harbor attacks? Five? Seven? Made great “newsreel” footage.

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