On Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:27:26 +1000, SolomonW <Solo...@citi.com
>On Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:30:01 -0700 (PDT), dump...@hotmail.com
>> Syrian pilot ejects, rebels say they downed plane:
>Actually it was a L-39
>Syria is using training jets to attack the rebels. Specifically, it is
>using the Czech-made Aero L-39 Albatros, a high performance jet trainer
>that has been in production for over 40 years and is one of the most
>popular training aircraft in the world.
>Syria is known to possess several L-39ZA aircraft. The ZA variant is
>specifically upgraded for light ground attack. It carries a GsH-23L 23mm
>twin canon with 150 rounds and outer pylons that can carry air-to-air
>missiles and ground attack munitions. It can carry almost 3,000 lbs. of
>The L-39ZA is very popular with developing nations as a cheap ground
>attacker. It is also used by Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Czech
>Republic, Nigeria, Thailand and several other air forces around the world.
>This has to raise some questions about the capabilities of the Syrian Air
>Force. The L-39 is weakly armed compared to its Soviet-built jets. A single
>Mig-23 can carry twice as much weaponry as the L-39ZA. An Su-24 �Fencer�
>can carry six times more bombs and missiles than an L-39ZA.
>Syria is clearly having difficulty maintaining, arming, and using its more
>advanced Russian jets.
The Syrian airforce has never flown a successful mission except
against badly armed civilians.
The advanced trainer is much easier to fly than a modern full power
strike aircraft, and when you're bombing helpless civilians you want
the safest aircraft you can find because, first of all, it's slow
enough for your inexperienced and badly trained pilots to actually hit
something and, second, if you crash one it's going to make the
papers anyway. You might as well be able to claim it was an unarmed
training flight shot down by dastardly terrorists.
The Indonesians pulled a similar trick in East Timor with the Hawk