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US troops storming Bulgarian airbase, get it wrong.

Old 5th Jun 2021, 12:31
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US troops storming Bulgarian airbase, get it wrong.

And storm an easily mistakable for an airbase, a sunflower oil factory

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-57351158
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And storm an easily mistakable for an airbase, a sunflower oil factory

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-57351158
Looked like a fabrication shop not a sunflower oil factory.
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Old 5th Jun 2021, 16:06
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Easy mistake - airbase or sunflower oil factory. I bet they look a lot alike and they were close together and are probably very similar, what with the aircraft and runways and all
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Easy boys.....pointing a finger means there are always some pointing right back at you!

I know with absolute certainty that other military units have made similar mistakes and just like this one....no one got hurt.....just embarrassed a bit.

Wrong beach maybe....poor Recce maybe....or just not able to walk on water yet....or a Coxswain with a terrible sense of humor?






Unpeople.....Idle curiosity prompts me want to know how you arrived at that determination based upon that video and can detrermine those Soldiers are going to murder civilians in the future and be proud of doing so (if they ever go into combat somewhere...sometime....ever).....care to explain your reasoning?

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The Royal Marines managed to get a bit lost a few years back.

Clue, Gibraltar is called 'The Rock' for a reason.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a7665716.html
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As it is the 6th of June in my part of the world it would seem appropriate to remind people that the landings on Utah beach were in the wrong spot but fortunately the wrong spot was better than the right spot. There was also the cock up of where the guns were on Point Du Hoc. Instead of being at the top of the cliff they had been moved further inland. Once again the determination of the Rangers to complete the mission meant they were found and destroyed before they could be used.
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Op Grandby 1991.....Herc from 47 Squadron landed at the wrong Airfield in Saudi Arabia I have heard.....they were close.....correct City....just the wrong airfield.

I confirmed my hunch re RAF Stories.

Talk about landing in the wrong place.....ask any Para from the Normandy Jump at the start of the D-Day Invasion.....landing on the correct DZ was the oddity....not the norm.
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Simple to do!
aircraft have landed at Kinloss /Lossiemouth when they thought they were at Lossiemouth/Kinloss?
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During 1974 when the Turkish army decided to take a holiday in Cyprus, a Greek AF Noratlas one early morning attempted to land at Akrotiri thinking he was on approach to Nicosia airport. He was "advised" otherwise.
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To really screwup you need a computer (or GPS)
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To really screwup you need a computer (or GPS)
Nah, a human will do fine. Computers and GPS make it easier though
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Regarding post#7, I was on that C-130. Actually it was the end of October 1990, we were sent out to set up a "hub and spokes" base (hub) at Riyadh. Unfortunately we landed at the "old" airfield in the city just before dawn rather than the much larger and newer airport some miles further north. When we finally got to the intended destination, amazing to see so many KC-135's there.
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S&R, in the 60s, tasked for a hospital transfer from the I o W to Southampton Chest Hospital. Given instruction that emergency services would meet us "on the golf course". Set off, found golf course, Nobody waiting !
Landed next to Clubhouse and used their phone to ring 999. Eventually got directions to correct landing site ... a CLOCK golf patch, complete with 'blues and 2s'. Clarity can be essential !
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
And storm an easily mistakable for an airbase, a sunflower oil factory

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-57351158
Well that video is shot in a sheet metal fabricator's shop for a start.....
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esscee, it it helps....I once landed at a place called Lai Khe thinking I was at Dau Tieng which were no where close and were both airstrips in the middle of rubber plantations and the weather was really bad and our destination had no instrument procedure.

That was in the days of maps, eyeballs, and old fashioned map reading if you could see enough to properly navigate.

We were following the dirt trace left by armored columns traversing the area...and must have missed a junction or two during our journey done by looking down through the Chin bubble to maintain contact with the surface.

We cleared by the Tower (One guy with a PRC-25 back pack radio) at Dab Tieng as he confirmed he had us in sight as he cleared us to land.

Pretty good eyesight....as we were probably 20 miles away right down in the treetops.

Our call for departure after refueling....went unanswered until we tweaked to being at the wrong airstrip.

Ah....fond memories of US Army Aviation in Vietnam!
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Odiham was a regular for getting Lasham traffic and the reverse was true too.
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At one of the Biggin Hill Battle of Britain displays in the 1990s, the F-16 - Dutch or Belgian - was based at Manston and at the appropriate moment could be seen starting its display overhead nearby Kenley - having flown straight past Biggin.
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Must be time for B-52 bombs Blackbushe

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Then there were the Harriers in Germany which bombed some inflatable tanks except they were real Challengers. Fortunately, their aim was up to the usual standard and they all missed.
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It was the Bulgarians' fault. They should learn to write proper and preferably in English without surplus 'U's

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