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USAF buys MIGs

Well, Sukhois, actually, but 'MIG' makes for a more readily digestible headline for non-plane spotter types:

The United States has bought two Su-27 Flanker fighter jets to help train U.S. pilots to cope with the growing number of Russian 4th-generation aircraft sold around the globe, a U.S. online magazine said.

The two planes have been bought from a private Ukrainian company by the Reno-based Tac Air, which provides training and test support for the military.

The aircraft will also be used to test the effectiveness of new U.S. radars and electronic warfare equipment, the Strategy Page reported.

Anyway, here's what one can do:

Given the amount of grave robbing in Hollywood, we must be due a remake of Top Gun, so perhaps we won't have F5 Tigers masquerading as 'Mig-28s' if that gets green lit.


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Blogger JuliaM said... 5:20 pm

Ah, but who are the Noughties 'Maverick' and 'Goose'...?

I have a horrible feeling it'd be Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. *shudder*  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:29 pm

Hmm. I expect it would be Shia Leboueuf / DiCaprio / McGuire in the lead. Maybe they'll choose a rather more believable love interest this time.

I watched it the other day (box set of three 80s classics for a fiver - who could say no?), and the total absence of chemistry twixt Cruise and McGillis was second only to all the homoeroticism as emblematic of the non-aerial plot.  

Blogger JuliaM said... 5:41 pm

"...the total absence of chemistry twixt Cruise and McGillis..."


Blogger Croydonian said... 5:49 pm

Indeed, I saw that too, but I thought she had come out a while back. Meanwhile there have been rumours about Mr Mapother for a lawwwnnng time.

You might enjoy this, but risk saying goodbye to most of your evening.  

Blogger JuliaM said... 6:01 pm

Oooh, what did we do before the Internet was invented? Thanks, Al Gore! :)

"Shandling, Garry. "Neurotic and insecure to an insane degree." .... Linked with Calista Flockhart. "

Hmm, I'm betting there's a connection there... ;)  

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