GnuRadio RF: Captures US Comms Shootdown Of Luft Balloon Enemies
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Thu Feb 16 20:30:22 PST 2023
All hail your $Billions in obsolete, misallocated,
and hopelessly overpriced and entrenched
Military Industrial Complex rape of your families wallets...
ps: China spends $10k and gets 50 missiles, not $500k
on one (that missed, thus you wasted 2x = $1M+++ to hit
a toy balloon). And F-35's and F-22's are full of bugs
Audio Of US Fighter Pilot Who Shot Down Chinese Spy Balloon Reveals
Lake Huron Strategy
Audio recordings of radio chatter taken during the United States’
shoot down of a Chinese spy balloon earlier this month may provide
insights into how the military later shot down an unidentified object
over Lake Huron.
A U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter flies during an aerial display at
Farnborough Airshow, Hampshire, on July 14, 2008. (Carl de
In over 20 minutes of radio chatter, U.S. pilots and ground teams can
be heard discussing their approach and shoot down of the Chinese spy
balloon off the coast of South Carolina.
The audio was captured by aviation radio enthusiast Ken Harrell and
first published by The Drive. The Air Force declined to share its own
audio files but confirmed the authenticity of the recordings to The
In one exchange, the lead fighter pilot and his wingman can both be
heard preparing their missiles to fire on the balloon, suggesting that
the wingman was prepared to take down the balloon immediately
following a failed attempt by the lead pilot.
The primary players you will see in the transcript and hear in the
FRANK01 is the lead F-22 that took the kill shot. FRANK02 is its
wingman. As we reported Saturday, those call signs were an homage to
World War One flying ace and U.S. Army Air Service First Lieutenant
Frank Luke Jr, a Medal of Honor recipient better known as the "Arizona
Balloon Buster" who destroyed 14 German balloons and four aircraft.
HUNTRESS is the U.S. Air Force's Eastern Air Defense Sector, or
EADS, part of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense
Command (NORAD), which was controlling the operation from the ground
in Rome, New York.
EAGLE01 is an F-15C and EAGLE02 is its wingman. The Eagles
backed-up the F-22s and used their SNIPER targeting pods to record the
shootdown and mark areas of debris for recovery.
TIGER09 is a Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
TOI is Target Of Interest, in this case the Chinese spy balloon.
Author's notes are seen in italics. -The Drive
“FRANK01 is switches hot,” the lead pilot says.
“FREANK02 is switches hot,” the wingman follows.
The two F-22 stealth fighters’ call signs, FRANK01 and FRANK02, were
named after World War I flying ace Frank Luke Jr., who earned the
epithet of “Arizona Balloon Buster” for his successful shootdowns of
14 German balloons during the conflict.
Notably, the brief exchange may reveal exactly what happened during
the United States shoot down of an unidentified object over Lake Huron
on Feb. 12.
During that encounter, the lead pilot fired an AIM-9X missile at the
object, the same type of missile used on the Chinese spy balloon and
two other unidentified objects this month.
In one portion of the recording, an F-15C pilot can be heard
expressing frustration over actually locking onto the balloon.
"I’m having trouble keeping a radar lock for any more than a second on
him," said the pilot, adding "I will keep trying."
Read the entire transcript here via The Drive.
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