Turkey believes that one of its F-4 Phantom fighter jets has been “shot down” by Syrian security forces. And the Syrian military confirmed it!
The Syrian military has said it indeed shot down a Turkish plane “flying in airspace over Syrian waters”, according to state-run news agency Sana.
“[The jet] was dealt with in accordance with the laws that govern such situations,” a military spokesman said.(see article: Syrian military says it downed Turkish fighter jet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18561219 ).
To give you a flavor of what these warplane look and sound like -I have included a link to a video. See: Arrival 2 Turkish F4 Phantom Open Dagen 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVmHtqDnhwQ
The F-4 Phantom is basically a tandem-seat fighter-bomber that has a top speed of Mach 2.23 and an initial climb rate of over 41,000 ft/min (210 m/s). The F-4’s has a capability of carrying up to 18,650 pounds (8,480 kg) of weapons, on nine external hardpoints ,including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and unguided, guided, and nuclear bombs.
In addition the F-4 is designed to incorporate a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon.
SATAN’S GATLING GUN – THE M61 VULCAN
The M61 Vulcan is a hydraulically or pneumatically driven, six-barreled, air-cooled, electrically fired Gatling-style rotary cannon which fires 20 mm rounds at an extremely high rate. Additionally the multiple barrels provide both a very high rate of fire—around 100 rounds per second…When it fires it sounds like large burping noises.
The fighter aircraft disappeared from radar south-west of Hatay province, as it approached very close to the Syria’s coast line.
The BBC reported the Turkish military “lost radio contact with the F-4 at 1158 (0858 GMT) on Friday while it was flying over Hatay, about 90 minutes after it took off from Erhac airbase in the province of Malatya, to the north-west.”
After an emergency security meeting, Turkish officials and the military quickly concluded that Syria had brought the plane down.
ONE PLANE, TWO PLANES OR THE SAME PLANE?
The BBC Arabic is also reporting that Syrian air defenses had shot down “an unidentified aircraft” near the town of Ras al-Basit.
THE GREAT UNANSWERED QUESTION – WHY?
I guess the question is why did Turkey send an F-4 Phantom aircraft to fly near the Syria coast in the first place, unless it was designed to provoke a confrontation that would result in a plane getting shot down.
Syria is on 24 hour alert for an air attack from the United States, which could come at any moment, say sources in the Middle East.
U.S. TROUBLEMAKING CONTINUES
The Pentagon has moved billions of dollars worth of navy ships and planes to the area. These include a total of three aircraft carrier battle groups have been moved near Syria – in advance of a pre-emptive attack against that nation or Iran.
The fear is that the shoot down incident could be used as a pretext for justifying war with Syria.
Syria is in the midst of a civil war,that threatens to rip apart the country. This civil war is being financed largely by the United States, which is engaged right now in a “dirty war” with Syria.
The U.S. is training and equipping Libyan mercenaries and terrorists and smuggling them along with huge amounts of weapons into Syria across the Turkish border…
In addition the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is recruiting agents inside the country and providing the rebel with satellite photography and detailed intelligence information on Syria troop movements and defensive positions.
In the meantime we will continue to monitor the situation.