Skip to comments.This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce
Posted on 08/30/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT by blam
The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current 'airplane' assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this changes Obama's strategy (and just where are all the rest of Syria and Iraq's airplanes stored?)
Via Al Arabiya,
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in a recent tweet it is forcing detained Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft, CNN Arabic reported on Saturday.
In an account reportedly associated with the militant group, ISIS said in a tweet the pilots were abducted when the group gained control over the Tabqa military airbase in Raqqa Province.
ISIS seized the airbase earlier this month. The major airfield houses warplanes, helicopters, tanks and other artillery and ammunition, which were also confiscated by ISIS, according to several media reports.
ISIS did not provide any information about the nature of the training, according to CNN Arabic.
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Well, if that’s typical military aircraft of ISIS pictured, I’m not worried. I suspect it’s not, though. However, how big is the Syrian air force, how well equipped and how much damage could they do in a relatively short period of time?
Where is the Malaysian 777??
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they could have a 100 of them but you need 100 capable pilots thats the hard part
It takes time to train an effective combat pilot. I suspect these new ISIS pilots are going to be falling out of the sky on a regular basis. Syria has a fairly effective and competent IADS. These goat humpers aren’t going to be very good once their missile warning systems start blaring.
Get your popcorn ready, this should be entertaining.
Muslim VS Muslim, not all bad.
Western Pakistan. Waiting...
Every last one of these aircraft should be bombed to obivion. Paging Obama on hole 9...
> ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft.
Hey, training jihadists to fly stolen aircraft works, as we all learned on 9/11/2001. Well, not all of us — Paultards agree with Ron Paul that 9/11 wasn’t a jihadist act.
Amazingly, the Indians never noticed a commercial jet going over their airspace for hours....
Flying a jet or chopper is more complicated than driving a pickup truck or Humvee.
If I was one of those Syrian pilots, I’d get my trainee to eject himself and then fly home.
First, let’s hope the captured pilots are making mistakes in their training instructions.
Second, they may be able to fly them somewhere once or twice, but to have an Air Force, they will need to maintain. They probably excuted all the maintenance personnel.
My Special Forces son spent 4 months at helicopter maintenance school, so he could manage a fleet of 6 or 8 helicopters. My other son who worked for an avionics company said 4 months was not enough for him to repair them, but only to communicate with the workers and know what he was ordering for repairs. Fat chance that ISIS will be able to do that.
Why not eject yourself and let the ISIS guy die in the crash?
Can we get in-cockpit video feeds? I’d love to see this, it would be hilarious! The basic mechanics of flight are easy. Everything else...not so much.
They have over $6 billion dollars and counting. You can hire mercenary maintenance personnel from the third world (MiGs are everywhere) for $20,000 a piece all day long.
Wake up, Bammy. Now be a good boy and put your toys away. It’s time to play Prez-e-dent.
how hard was it to fly into the towers?
It might be cover, to allow Saudi and Pakistani pilots to fly for ISIS, while maintaining deniability.
That’s what I was thinking however there are Syrian Christians. That’s not so good.
To maintain an Air Force is something only a country can do because of the cost alone.
Each one of these aircraft require hundreds of hours of maintenance for every hour in flight. Moreover, it requires a well trained, highly motivated, extremely disciplined group of people just to keep it in the air. Plus you have continue to buy parts, fuel, etc to keep the aircraft.
What I’m saying is that IS/ISIS/ISIL is being funded by a country. These savages could not do anything without the financial help, training and arms coming from another country. Now the average ISIS savage is too stupid to realize they are being used as a proxy for anther State.
Now do you find it odd how a radical Islamic group has the same interest as Saudi Arabia in Syria and Iraq?
Don’t you think it’s strange that ISIS would go all the way over an attack Europe, the U.S. first and bypass Israel??? After all they are a radical Islamic group.
Why would they do this? Perhaps to give their governments the excuse they desperately need to attack Syria. After all Saudi Arabia wants that gas pipeline to Europe that Syria declined to sell them.
Remember the Globalist have tried that twice now by saying the Syrian government was using chemical weapons. Well when everything was said and done it turns out it was the FSA/AL-Qaeda after all that did this in order to get us in the war. This is because Syria has the FSA stuck in a quagmire.
Oh and who said ISIS would do this today? Once again our “friends” the Saudi’s.... You remember the same country that were 15 of the 19 hijackers. Oh but don’t worry we attacked Iraq. Yeah that made a lot of sense.... (sarcasm off)
I know some will say, There is NO WAY the Saudi’s could be behind all the funding and arming of Al-Qaeda/ISIS/IS/ISIL even though they seem to have the same economic interest. Common folks.... put two and two together.
ISIS: you are my prisoner and you and your plane must attack our enemies. Your mission is to fly your plane and shot down American warplanes.
Captured pilot : ok
ISIS airtraffic controller: You are off course, return to base now
Captured pilot: do the letters FO mean anything to you? Over and out!
I guess you could do that if you are over friendly territory. But those aircraft have considerable value.
Should I be worried about being kidnapped, to teach these scoundrels how to control airplanes?
Given their trigger-happy reputation vis-a-vis even non-observant Muslims, I suspect only the most dedicated Islamists will work for them.
Eastern Europeans and some Africans will work for anybody if the money is right.
I see some great training opportunities for F35 and F22 pilots.
And that will be the surest way to destroy their air force that I can think of.
You're thinking ethics. I'm thinking physical safety. Nobody will work for an employer known for killing people like him because it was divinely ordained.
easy meat , bring um on .....
deploy A-10’s to the AO
If they're not worried about landing again intact, the capable part changes a bit.
“ISIS did not provide any information about the nature of the training”
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This is just unreal..
The Pilots may only need to fly a one way mission—on auto-pilot most of the way—How far can a Mig go on one tank of gas? Maybe to Babgdad? Mecca? Cairo? To US ships in Gulf? Isreal? Maybe shoot down a US Plane—maybe Air Force One? Maybe ship it to Mexico—fly it across the border—hit White House? Freedom Tower? Disneyland? las Vegas? New Orleans? Houston? Lots of creative ways to use warplanes.
Third world hardware maintained by inbred muzzies.
If nothing else the MTBF will be extremely short.
The pilots only need to learn how to take off and read a map.
In your foil hat?
And that will be the surest way to destroy their air force that I can think of.
When I got back from Vietnam, I went to a pilot training base. We had student pilots (Muzzies) from Iran, the best of the best Iran could offer. 99.9% of them could not fly airplanes to save their a$$es. The Iraqi Air Force was no match for American pilots. I doubt that ISIS pilots would fare any better.
I love this “war-weary” crap. Unless you are currently in the military, and are not deployed, nobody has any business being “weary of war”. Lazy bastards they are, all libs. The weary can just keep putting their heads in the sand, so ISIS can chop them off more easily.
Just about a year ago Odumbo wanted to use America’s Air Force for the ISIS’s Air Force!
LOL. Don't tell me, tell Gen. McInerney. It's his theory, and an entertaining one at that.
My first thought: OK, let’s say the engines and avionics work (a huge “if” on both), then they are FORCING people to train pilots, and those pilots need, say, 1000 hours on the stick to be a marginal threat.
Not worried about this in the least.
If they were really smart, they’d put a commercial drone GPS system in them, rig up someway to work the controls, and turn them into a drone with one pre-set target and a flight plan of about 3 meters off the ground just under Mach. That might work.
“If they were really smart, theyd put a commercial drone GPS system in them,”
Where do you get those? Ebay?