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To: cgk
A MANPAD (shoulder fired surface to air missile) has a solid propellant based rocket motor that fires for only 1 or 2 seconds. The remainder of the flight is then a coast starting at somewhat over Mach 1.

I keep hearing about a streak of flame approaching TWA-800. This is not commensurate with a MANPAD.

Also, such air defense systems would home in on the exhaust, resulting in an engine being hit and not the center of the plane. One such missile hitting a 747 engine might not be enough to bring the plane down.

TWA-800 was barely inside the range of such defense systems when the incident occurred.

I will listen to “conspiracy theories” if they seem to have merit.

53 posted on 09/20/2007 8:13:12 PM PDT by Aglooka
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To: Aglooka
A MANPAD (shoulder fired surface to air missile) has a solid propellant based rocket motor that fires for only 1 or 2 seconds. The remainder of the flight is then a coast starting at somewhat over Mach 1.

I keep hearing about a streak of flame approaching TWA-800. This is not commensurate with a MANPAD.

This jihadi propaganda video of an SA-7 launch in Afghanistan refutes that claim. Also, the claim that most of the flight of such a missile is "coasting" *upwards* defies the physical laws of ballistics. Aerodynamic drag and gravity limits the height of low powered projectiles, and only high powered antiaircraft artillery like the German 88mm flak guns can reach a significant altitude. Nothing that a human can hold and fire can reach a significant altitude if the projectile is entirely, or almost entirely, ballistic in nature rather than self powered for the majority of the flight time.

Shooting Down an American A-10 Jet ->/a>

113 posted on 09/20/2007 10:01:58 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: Aglooka
TWA-800 was barely inside the range of such defense systems when the incident occurred.

Not true.

The MANPADS Menace: Combating the Threat to Global Aviation from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems

MANPADS can strike aircraft flying at altitudes up to approximately 15,000 feet (4572 meters) at a range of up to 3 miles (4.82 kilometers).

MANPAD Protection for Commercial Aircraft (See: Zone of susceptibility, page 4)

214 posted on 09/21/2007 1:08:01 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (After six years of George W. Bush I long for the honesty and sincerity of the Clinton Administration)
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