The other two "Vipers" only had a full load of 20-mm. "ball" or training rounds, not the high-explosive incendiary (HEI) bullets required for combat, and no air-to-air missiles.
I don't believe two planeloads of ball won't bring down a passenger liner. Shoot up the cockpit area and it'll come down. A 20mm bullet doesn't have to blow up to hurt.
Good point. High-explosive incendiary (HEI) are are expensive compared to TP (target practice, what they called "ball" or training rounds in this article) rounds. A 20mm training round can do plenty of damage. It causes large ragged hole in an aircraft and the effects of air that normaly passes over a plane's surfaces do the rest to enlarge the hole. They can also take out an engine easily with it to force the plane to land.
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