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LONDON — British fighter pilots were asked by a military chief to consider flying suicide missions as a last resort to stop terrorists, the defense ministry acknowledged Tuesday.

Air Vice-Marshal David Walker told crews to consider the scenario at a training conference, Britain's The Sun tabloid newspaper reported.

Walker asked pilots what they would do if they suffered weapons failure as they pursued terrorists attempting to fly an aircraft into a British city, or as they chased ground vehicles carrying militants to a target.

"Would you think it unreasonable if I ordered you to fly your aircraft into the ground in order to destroy a vehicle carrying a Taliban or Al Qaeda commander?" the newspaper quoted Walker as asking the pilots, in editions published Tuesday.

Britain's defense ministry said Walker had posed questions about how pilots react to life or death situations, but did not say he would order crews on kamikaze missions.

"These are decisions which, however unlikely and dreadful, service people may have to make and it is one of many reasons why the British people hold them in such high esteem," said a ministry spokesman, on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

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Maybe they should work on weaponless attack methods. I had a friend in Vietnam that would tail slide after they eliminated Napalm from the weapons inventory. He would angle his F4 at the Jungle, pull up into a stall, light the Afterburners and tail slide the F4 along the treetops setting jungle on fire with the afterburner flames.

Fly by a truck or civilian aircraft at supersonic speed with only a few feet of margin and both will be destroyed. Dangerous yes, but at least it is not absolute suicide.

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Maybe they should work on weaponless attack methods. I had a friend in Vietnam that would tail slide after they eliminated Napalm from the weapons inventory. He would angle his F4 at the Jungle, pull up into a stall, light the Afterburners and tail slide the F4 along the treetops setting jungle on fire with the afterburner flames.

Fly by a truck or civilian aircraft at supersonic speed with only a few feet of margin and both will be destroyed. Dangerous yes, but at least it is not absolute suicide.

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:agree: There are a lot more options than to drive your plane into the target. A guy I work with drove F-100s and F-4s in Vietnam and he told me of a time when he was returning from a strike with no weapons when he saw a mig parked under some trees. So he circled around and dropped his long range fuel tank on it.
 

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Lets just think about the fact that we have a lot of brave people all over the world protecting our freedom. and hold them all in high esteem from the lowest enlisted to the highest officer.:thumbsup:
 

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I often wondered when the picked up all the green on the leading edges and the sidewinders. :D Of course at the time I was there, naplam was just being brought into the arena. Sometimes it didn't light off and required a pass with the 20's.
 
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