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B52S TO HIT WITHIN HOUR [Explosions in Baghdad]
skynews ^ | 3-21-03

Posted on 03/21/2003 8:22:32 AM PST by Indy Pendance

A wave of B-52 bombers are set to hit Iraq within the hour, according to reports.

Eleven of the giant warplanes took off from RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire shortly earlier.

The plane has been in service with the United States Air Force since 1955.

It established its fearful reputation with carpet bombing raids during the Vietnam War.

More recently, it has seen service in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Yugoslavia.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: b52s; michaeldobbs; raffairford
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1 posted on 03/21/2003 8:22:32 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
Saddam thinks he's seen the worst. LOL! He ain't seen nuthin' yet.
2 posted on 03/21/2003 8:24:01 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Indy Pendance
I'm wondering if the targets will be in Basrah rather than Baghdad.
3 posted on 03/21/2003 8:24:32 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Indy Pendance
Last night, my entire family had dinner out together (siblings, etc.) A major topic of conversation was "what do you think is the most musical war phrase/word?" the favorites were "carpet bombing" and "hellfire missiles".
5 posted on 03/21/2003 8:24:56 AM PST by hispanarepublicana (successful, educated unauthentic latina--in Patrick Leahy's eyes, at least)
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To: Indy Pendance
Cool. Rock Lobster is one of my favorite songs. Oh, THOSE B-52s. Never mind.
6 posted on 03/21/2003 8:25:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Indy Pendance
Please keep us cubicle-bound posted!
8 posted on 03/21/2003 8:25:26 AM PST by chuknospam (Help fight the War On Terror!! www.operationmilitarypride.org)
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To: Indy Pendance
That's 132 JDAMS.
9 posted on 03/21/2003 8:25:48 AM PST by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Thane_Banquo
I guess they could have already hit Paris by now, darn it.
10 posted on 03/21/2003 8:25:48 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: hispanarepublicana
"what do you think is the most musical war phrase/word?" the favorites were "carpet bombing" and "hellfire missiles".

MOAB, NUKE

11 posted on 03/21/2003 8:26:27 AM PST by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: ladtx
I can't see how if they can't fly over Turkey.
12 posted on 03/21/2003 8:26:45 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: Indy Pendance
"Mr. Sulu. Set viewer screen to Baghdad Cam"
13 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:05 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: Indy Pendance
I understand what the attitude range of the B-52 is, BUT...isnt is 6:25pm over there now? (CST+8hours...i.e. not nightime yet?)
14 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:06 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: Thane_Banquo
I'm wondering if the targets will be in Basrah rather than Baghdad.

I think we should be worried about what's hiding around Baghdad. Our troopers could be in for a world of hurt if Saddam has really constructed his "hirnet's nest" around the city. And it makes sense that he would have, he'll basically sacrifice the rest of the country to save his skin and delay the takeover of his capitol.

15 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:19 AM PST by craig_eddy
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To: SickOfItAll; Admin Moderator
Why would you tell the whole world about this??? I bet those bomber crews appreciate it alot

Agreed. This is serious business.
War is NOT about entertainment!

16 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:22 AM PST by TonyRo76
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To: Indy Pendance
I thought it was 14 B-52's but no matter.
17 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:43 AM PST by ewing
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To: AppyPappy
They'll fly across Israel and Jordan with a straight beeline for Baghdad.
18 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:50 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Badabing Badaboom
Its hard to pinpoint your bombing run in a B-52. Here comes the civilian deaths.... damn I thought they would have surrendered by now...
19 posted on 03/21/2003 8:27:59 AM PST by Afronaut
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To: AppyPappy
Turkey gave us fly over permission last night.
20 posted on 03/21/2003 8:28:25 AM PST by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: Thane_Banquo
I believe the Republican Guards in the ring defense around Baghdad are the ones going to have a rough night, especially to the west and south of the city.
21 posted on 03/21/2003 8:28:25 AM PST by expatpat
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To: Badabing Badaboom
"if you have to ask - it ain't shock and awe".



This should be printed in Latin and put above the front door of the Pentegon
22 posted on 03/21/2003 8:28:35 AM PST by try phecta tom
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To: SickOfItAll
Actually it's been on all the networks. I think it's part of a mind game we are playing on Saddam.
23 posted on 03/21/2003 8:28:58 AM PST by kassie (God is merciful and hears our prayers.)
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To: SickOfItAll
Why would you tell the whole world about this??? I bet those bomber crews appreciate it alot.

Uh, please calm down. SKYNEWS HAS REPORTED IT SO IT IS ALREADY OUT THERE.

24 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:01 AM PST by Reborn
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To: SickOfItAll
I agree. This eliminates the element of surprise. It's stupid.
25 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:02 AM PST by tomahawk (.)
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To: Indy Pendance
The plane has been in service with the United States Air Force since 1955.

Just wanted to remind Freepers that the B-52's flying today are B-52H's and haven't been in the inventory since 1955. B-52H's the latest version are upgraded as much as any plane in the inventory.

26 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:07 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: Indy Pendance
Senator Daschle is saddened...
27 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:08 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: SickOfItAll
Why would you tell the whole world about this??? I bet those bomber crews appreciate it alot.

Bomber crews are safe. This is meant to send the Iraqis screaming. They're getting notice, then the buffs will drop mile-long chains of 500 lb bombs, and blow everything all to hell.

Then we'll announce the next wave of buffs....

28 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:16 AM PST by r9etb
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To: SickOfItAll
Doesn't matter, they won't be flying anywhere near Iraq. They'll launch the cruise missiles from over Turkey or Saudi Arabia.

Anyway, we watched that take off live on Sky and the BBC and ITN and Fox, they all had it. No secret.

29 posted on 03/21/2003 8:29:19 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: Reborn
It's stupid for SkyNews or any news outlet to tell the Iraqis when to leave their trenches, or go into bunkers.
30 posted on 03/21/2003 8:30:02 AM PST by tomahawk
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To: Indy Pendance
Message to Republic Guard around Baghdad.

" You have about one hour to drop your weapons, abandon your tanks and to start the Iraqi Taco Bell Running for the Borders Marathon to save your a$$es.

"Choose wisely! Your wrong choice will be your death!"
31 posted on 03/21/2003 8:30:13 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: goldstategop
Oh baby you just aint seen nothing yet!

Doo Doo!

32 posted on 03/21/2003 8:30:23 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: TonyRo76
Of course the departure has been all over the news for HOURS, so it's not like there hasn't been plenty of opportunity for the bad guys to find out.
33 posted on 03/21/2003 8:30:27 AM PST by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: r9etb
buffs will drop mile-long chains of 500 lb bombs,

More likely they'll be dropping JDAM's.

34 posted on 03/21/2003 8:30:42 AM PST by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Indy Pendance
I heard it was 14
36 posted on 03/21/2003 8:31:14 AM PST by BSunday (Thank God Flyfishing's not French)
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To: Afronaut
Its hard to pinpoint your bombing run in a B-52.

You are still fighting your father's war.

37 posted on 03/21/2003 8:31:29 AM PST by cinFLA
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To: COBOL2Java
Senator Daschle is saddened...

En Francais, s'il vous plait.....Senator Daschle est attristé
38 posted on 03/21/2003 8:32:18 AM PST by marktuoni (Navin R. Johnson for DNC chairman!)
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To: Indy Pendance
I said 10-11 AM MST in another thread. This is right in the ballpark.
39 posted on 03/21/2003 8:32:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: finnman69
LOL
40 posted on 03/21/2003 8:32:31 AM PST by pitinkie
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To: Reborn
I think reborn pointed that comment at Skynews.
42 posted on 03/21/2003 8:32:41 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Indy Pendance
Is this the shock and awe or awe shucks?

UK Defense Briefing in London on Fox right now. They all talk like Prince Charles.

43 posted on 03/21/2003 8:33:02 AM PST by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: TonyRo76; SickOfItAll
I hardly find this anything to be top secret since it has been reported by FOX, CNN and pratically every other news agency in the world. I really doubt that if saddam is still alive , his only news source is the Free Republic website.
44 posted on 03/21/2003 8:33:23 AM PST by Enemy Of The State (Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other SOB die for his.)
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To: discostu
Could the advance notice to the enemy of the pending attack be part of a larger strategy to encourage their surrender? The bombs may not have to fall, but if no mass surrender occurs, the bombers are there to execute the attack.
45 posted on 03/21/2003 8:33:46 AM PST by glennaro
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To: Enemy Of The State
his only news source is the Free Republic website.

I heard his screen name is "SadSack".

46 posted on 03/21/2003 8:34:33 AM PST by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: All
Would like to know the validity of the source: if it's just speculation because they left Britain, then they could merely be flying to the air bases located inside Iraq that our forces liberated earlier today. If we can stage our operations from within Iraq, we don't need any Turkish or anyone else's airspace.
47 posted on 03/21/2003 8:34:58 AM PST by Real Cynic No More
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To: discostu
Turkey changed their mind today. Powell is trying to work it out with the Turks. Powell had a short presser about a half an hour ago.
48 posted on 03/21/2003 8:35:19 AM PST by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Baghdad is CST +9 and it's already dark.
49 posted on 03/21/2003 8:35:50 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: SickOfItAll
You can't be serious....
50 posted on 03/21/2003 8:36:03 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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