sitting ducks

Major Variola (ret) mv at
Thu Jan 6 07:12:13 PST 2005

At 12:16 PM 1/4/05 -0500, John Kelsey wrote:
>Interesting questions:  How hard is it for someone to actually hit an
airplane with a rifle bullet?  How often do airplane maintenance people
notice bulletholes?
>My understanding is that a single bullethole in a plane is not likely
to do anything serious to its operation--the hole isn't big enough to
depressurize the cabin of a big plane, and unless it hits some critical
bits of the plane, it's not going to cause mechanical problems.

FWIW Recall that a few 'copters have been taken down with AK fire,
though the birds/round
is likely low.  And copters are more delicate than a multi-engined fixed

Hitting the cabin would be pretty effective though.  And certain parts
of big planes
are vital, perhaps moreso on fly by wire Airbus planes.

A homemade mortar through the roof of your van (IRA style) onto a
stationary, taxiing plane would be
pretty spectacular, sitting ducks... lots of cameras... easy getaway or
repeat fire..

Of course the BMG crap is all about eroding rights, not reality.

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