Friday, June 22, 2012

Syria Apologizes for Shooting down Plane, Turkey Apologizes for Countinuing to Fly F-4's

When I first heard the news I said to myself "F-4? It must be an F-14".
I mean the plane entered service in 1960. It was the "air superiority" in Viet Nam.*
Anyhoo, from Reuters:
Syria shot down a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean on Friday, risking a new crisis between Middle Eastern neighbours already at bitter odds over a 16-month-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Syria had admitted it had shot down the plane and apologised, BBC Monitoring reported, citing Turkey's state news agency Anatolia....MORE

*Gary Trudeau chronicled the Congressional hearings that followed Nixon's "Secret War" in Cambodia with a couple dozen strips of Cambodians testifying:

Peasant: Plane come, bomb village.

Congressman: Why do you think it was us Americans? Was it a big plane, a small plane?...

Peasant: It was an F-4E fighter-bomber.

Congressman: Yeah, that's ours.