Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I don't care if it's true or not...

It's just too good. Got this from Jerry Pournelle's website, then tracked it's home to Global Specops.

A U. S. Army Special Forces patrol.

Sometimes all the technology is just...well,.....cool.

"So we are up in the mountains at about 0100 hrs looking for a bad guy that we thought was in the area. Here are ten of us, pitch black, crystal clear night, about 25 degrees. We know there are bad guys in the area, a few shots have been fired but no big deal. We decided that we need air cover and the only thing in the area is a solo B-1 bomber.

He flies around at about 20,000 feet and tells us there is nothing in the area. He then asks if we would like a low level show of force. Stupid question....we of course give him an emphatic yes.

The controller who is attached to the team then is heard talking to the pilot. The pilot asks if we want it subsonic, or supersonic? Another stupid question. Pilot advises he is twenty miles out, and stand by. The controller gets us all sitting down in a line and points out the proper location.

You have to picture this. Pitch black, ten operators sitting down, dead quiet and overlooking a valley about 30 miles long. All of a sudden, way out (below our level) you see a set of four 200 foot white flames coming at us. The controller says, "Ah-- guys-- you might want to plug your ears". Faster than you can think a B-1, is going supersonic, 1000' over our heads, blasts the sound barrier and it feels like God just hit you in the head with a hammer. He then stands it straight up with 4 white trails of flame coming out and disappears.

Cost of gas for that: Probably $50,000

Hearing damage: For certain

Bunch of Al Qaeda and Taliban thinking twice about shooting at us: Priceless"

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