Hey Quix I have been reading your other pings just no replying. Praying and Thinking...
Sorry I haven't gotten back to so many things. Many things falling through the cracks amidst my high priority busy-ness. Sorry. Maybe in due time. LOL.
Joel C Rosenberg's EPICENTER--his first nonfiction is excellent. I suggest you get it and read it. I hope to get a more indepth than usual review of it up in a week or so. Am almost finished with it. Have to write up the review and then get it OK'd by his outfit.
WHATS up with this?????? I hope we shot them down.
Russia's long-range aircraft fires four missiles during check
18:10 | 29/ 09/ 2006
ENGELS (Saratov Region), September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russian long-range aircraft fired four cruise missiles during a routine check, the commander of Russia's Long-Range Aviation Command said Friday.
"Cruise missiles fired from the Tu-160 [Blackjack] and Tu-95MS [Bear] successfully hit their targets," Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov said.
He said a total of 18 cruise missiles were fired during the exercise and that 70 aircraft participated, including four Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers. He added that Tu-22M3 Backfires performed up to eight successful bombing runs on practice ranges.
Khvorov said crews demonstrated great skill in reaching missile launch points at the right times.
"The margin of error for the arrival of a strategic aircraft at a launch point is four seconds," he said. "If an aircraft misses this margin by even one second, we launch an investigation."
He said long-range aircraft flew over the North Pole while crossing the Arctic Ocean, and also reached Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Japan's western coast, without entering any country's airspace.
"All the aircraft involved flew over neutral waters, and none of them came closer than 12 nautical miles (25 kilometers, 16 miles) to the maritime borders of any country," he said.