Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Iran's Only AWACS "Crashes"

Iran's only AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) "crashed" during a air parade yesterday. The quotes around crashed are not because there is question as to if the plane was destroyed, but exactly how. According to eye witnesses, it collided with an F-5E Tiger II. These types of collisions are not unheard of at air shows, and are reflexively described as either accidental or mechanical failure. While I must stress that there is absolutely no supporting evidence that anything nefarious was at play, the loss of this plane is great news to any country planning an air strike against Iran. Read, Israel may have clandestinely sabotaged Iran's AWACS to make an air strike possible. As I just said, there is absolutely no evidence to support that. Still, I can not help but think they might have, and I am not the only one.

Glenn Reynolds opines simply, "HOW CONVENIENT: Iran’s only AWACS crashes." (

"Iran's sole Simorgh AWACS aircraft was lost during a military parade Sept. 22, one of two Iranian military aircraft that crashed in Tehran while participating in a display to mark the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force operated a single Simorgh, a former Iraqi Air Force Adnan. The Adnan AWACS was in turn a modification of a Soviet-built Ilyushin Il-76 transport.

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