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And you know that Boots on the Ground love it, too.
Probably saved many a US military persons rear.
Why waste the Ammo and maintance for the Gun System? just load 20 CBU-89's and call it a day. CBU = Cluster Bomb Unit -89= Anti Personel
By the time we realized we were under attack, there was nothing left to do. Besides, the terrorists were not broadcasting, so we had no idea which jet in the air was attacking and which one was not.
You know what it takes to obtain approval to shoot down a civilian jet in US airspace - at that time - when we had no idea of what was coming. Now, that's been changed but back then it was different. And that's not something that's changed in 5 minutes.
Also, on any given day, there are between 5000-6000 aircraft in the air over the US. You know what it takes to get them on the ground quickly. Plus then we didn't know if there were more than 4 aircraft involved or another 20. We had to get them on the ground and let it play out and see if there were anymore in the air.
Also, it's not the responsibility of the Air Force to track all civil aviation aircraft, that is handled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
That's not saying the Air Force and other service branches, on ocassion don't do that type of tracking, but only in certain areas. For example, on the east coast, the Navy tracks all military aircraft, and some civil aviation aircraft that go to and through the training areas off of the coast (from Canada down to Florida). But that's a different deal then what we're discussing during an emergency like 9/11.
It was a very emotional day for me, as not only the homeland was under attack, but I was watching it on TV in the squadron I was assigned to, which belonged to the premier F-15 wing on the east coast back then - and the room was full of F-15 pilots.
Anyway, I worked for the Air Force for 40 years and retired in 2007. Now playing games full time, as does my wife (with breaks and things, of course lol).
Edited by SixSixSix#1326 on 4/27/2012 6:12 AM PDT
... Um, I lurk in the shadows in the internet. I am a student, I draw things, and a semi-local fighting game champion. (whose too lazy to go bigger than that because I'm not really confident within my own abilities)
In short, I'm a procrastinator.
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