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Old 4th Feb 2023, 16:35
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Originally Posted by Low average
The timing is too much of a co-incidence to me. The US has finally started to call China out over Taiwan and the South China Sea. Called it a bigger threat than Russia, and has just struck a deal for bases in the Phillipines. Resistance to the slow coiling Chinese Dragon is growing.

This balloon, with its considerable payload hovering over the continental US, capable or not...is a message.
And the strategic significance of the balloon over Costa Rica. What are they up to?
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 17:11
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n Costa Rica exports account for around 40 percent of GDP. Costa Rica´s main exports are electronic components (18 percent of total exports), medical equipment (7.3 percent), pineapples (7 percent) and bananas (6 percent). Costa Rica´s main export partner is the United States (37 percent of total exports). Others include: Netherlands, Panama, Hong Kong and Nicaragua.

However, always rumours about secret US bases in S.America.
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 17:41
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Biden Admin's indecisive incompetence over this all over US TV now - including comments from all the usual top commentators eg previous SecDef + various retired 3/4-stars.

Looks like they will finally be attempting a shootdown over Atlnatic.

FAA issued ground stop in area - F-22As + F-15Cs + supporting tankers scrambled




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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:02
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Live excellent quality feed on Fox News now. Probably going to be multiple 20mm gun passes by F-22A and F-15C.
Ground stop is until 1445 EST.
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:10
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Originally Posted by mikeoneflying
n Costa Rica exports account for around 40 percent of GDP. Costa Rica´s main exports are electronic components (18 percent of total exports), medical equipment (7.3 percent), pineapples (7 percent) and bananas (6 percent). Costa Rica´s main export partner is the United States (37 percent of total exports). Others include: Netherlands, Panama, Hong Kong and Nicaragua.

However, always rumours about secret US bases in S.America.
So nothing really
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:24
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09
Live excellent quality feed on Fox News now. Probably going to be multiple 20mm gun passes by F-22A and F-15C.
Ground stop is until 1445 EST.

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F-22s spraying 20mm all over Myrtle Beach. Meh, all you need is a helicopter and a box cutter
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:28
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BBC News reporting that Biden "is facing intense pressure domestically to shoot the object down." What is it with the Americans, thinking that the solution to every problem is to shoot it? It's not as though the US haven't flown plenty of their own weather balloons over China...
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:39
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Balloon splashed 1438 ET!
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:45
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Originally Posted by petit plateau
More likely …. The payload is probably just …. and a wee pump. !
That would be wasted payload. Gravity could take care of matters if the Chinese just wanted to p1$$ all over the USA!
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 18:52
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Looked like the payload broke away when the balloon burst - that'll hit the ground hard.
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Originally Posted by Wokkafans
Looked like the payload broke away when the balloon burst - that'll hit the ground hard.
I got the same impression.
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Missile strike

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With a proper breeding techniques and a ratio of, say, ten females to each male, I would guess that we could be back to the present gross national product within, say, 20 years.

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Probably trying to emulate Branson and be the first Chinese to circumnavigate the world in a balloon, but forgot to tell anyone.
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handled well IMHO, cool and collected until it was offshore then splash with a conventional regular every day weapon.
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F-22A used an AIM-9 to shoot down the balloon.
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Old 4th Feb 2023, 20:12
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Footage from another angle.


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