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Syria Shoots Down Turkish F-4 Warplanes

Updated on June 22, 2012

Two fast moving American made F-4 Turkish aircraft moved from Turkish airspace on some sort of mission. Flying low over the ocean, about a mile within Syrian airspace near Latakia, Syrian antiaircraft fire and missiles attacked without any warning deliberately destroying one. The remaining aircraft escaped back to Turkey. On the previous day, a Syrian Mig-21 pilot took off and defected to Jordan.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered an emergency session to determine what the response will be. This is a PM that has barked loud about Syria, yet has done little. Awhile back, Syrian soldiers fired at fleeing refugees who had crossed into Turkey and killed several border guards. To this provocation, Turkey did not nothing. More recently, Turkey has proposed using its army to create a buffer inside Syria to allow the UN and Red Cross access the injured within Syria. Since Turkey is part of NATO, and NATO has thus far been ineffective regarding Syria, it is likely that Turkey has been restrained.

Turkey has about 30,000 Syrian refugees living in camps near Syria. Turkey seemed to indicate the aircraft had strayed into Syrian airspace, which would explain why Syrian and Turkish ships are looking for the pilots.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      Thanks, that is a great back story, was the pilot Tom Cruise? ;)

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Straying into hostile airspace would have to be an awfully easy thing to do with something as complicated as a modern fighter plane. Some years back, a friend of mine who was at the time the Squadron Commander for a squadron of F-14 Tomcats...did a big boo-boo his own self.

      Didn't stray over any lines. He was preparing to launch from the flight deck of a carrier, hit the wrong button...and dropped his full load of live bombs, smack on the deck.

      Fortunately, they weren't armed and didn't go off, but he had his heels locked in front of the Old Man's desk for a lo-ong time while he got the butt-chewing of his life.

      And that was just within the "family". What this dustup between Turkey and Syria will come to...don't know exactly (most likely no one does, not yet), except that it's bound to be "not good".

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