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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 10:12
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Free Syrian Army firing at Iran Air Fore Boeing 747

This video published at Feb 1 2013 shows Free Syrian Army people shooting with their AK-47 riffles at a landing Iran Air Force Boeing 747 on short final for Damascus Airport.

Clear proof of the Iran regime supporting the regime of Syria. Iran Air Force B747 have been frequent visitors to Damascus. Those aircraft are for sure not delivering tourists.

Recently one of the B747's was reregistered from a military registration to a civilian one. Wondering why.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 10:39
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These aircraft are operated by the IRIAF (Islamic Rep of Iran AF), which has been operating 747s almost as long as Iran Air; it acquired a number of them secondhand from TWA in the mid 1970s.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 11:10
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Looks to me like one of the short-body Iran Air 747SPs, which they still operate.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 11:29
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That video is a good example of optimism.
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Yep, with an effective range of 400m (AK47), they're unlikely to do much, other than waste ammunition.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 11:51
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Yeah they need to get closer or let an Israeli sniper help them out
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 12:14
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so you think shooting at airliners is acceptable then??
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 12:52
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Somebody pointed out in a different forum that it doesn't seem to have any passenger windows so it couldn't be an airliner.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 13:08
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so you think shooting at airliners is acceptable then??
If they are supplying arms or other military supplies to my enemy then yes.
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I hope these guys have had some training in aircraft recognition. I wouldn't want to be flying in there just in case.
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I feel sorry for all the innocent bystanders killed by that barrage of stray bullets landing on their heads. What a bunch of amateur imbeciles.
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If they are supplying arms or other military supplies to my enemy then yes.
Spot on!

to the IAF & IDF!

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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 14:49
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Small arms fire won't bring down an ex TWA 747, but maybe a missile might.
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If the rebels come back next time with one of those pick-up truck mounted HMGs the result could be very different!

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Sure, go ahead and supply these saints with the tools and training to bring down civilian airliners. Just don't be surprised if they come back one day and reuse this training against the hand that trained them. Oh, and by the way, remember not to take a nail-clipper into the cockpit the next time you board as PIC.


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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 16:07
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If it is a 747-131, that is a former TWA 100 series 747.
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Yep, with an effective range of 400m (AK47), they're unlikely to do much,
other than waste ammunition.
In theory... but you still don't want to be 410 meters from a dozen guys firing at you with FMJ.
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Yep, with an effective range of 400m (AK47)
That is I think the range at which you have target accuracy, not the range at which the bullet actually ends up , which is I believe much more than that.
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Free Syrian Army firing at Iran Air Fore Boeing 747

2400 m max range what I remember from my military training with lethal effect all the way against infantry targets but effective range is a different story.
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Old 2nd Feb 2013, 19:46
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Sure, go ahead and supply these saints with the tools and training to bring down civilian airliners. Just don't be surprised if they come back one day and reuse this training against the hand that trained them. Oh, and by the way, remember not to take a nail-clipper into the cockpit the next time you board as PIC.
Is it really a 'civilian' airliner?

Like the CIA and the mujahideen? Soviets couldn't shift 'em after all that 'training'.

Coming home to roost I suppose.
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