Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castles_in_the_Sky_(film)
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I happened, serendipitously, catch a trailer, on PBS, and knew, at once, that I had to watch this. Everything I like — all-things-British, period drama, innovation, aviation — in one movie. I have set the DVR to record.
Up here in the Northeast it is on Boston WGBH Channel 44 — their auxiliary channel to the main Channel 2. You will have to check the PBS listing in your area. It is at 8pm on Thanksgiving— Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Given that it is BBC produced it is bound to be superlative. The BBC, as YOU know, rarely lets the side down.
It seems inconceivable that a US destroyer, bristling with electronic aids, would be involved in a collision such as this. Even the most basic of radar systems would have provided sufficient data to permit evasive action.
But, I am struck by five things:
I heard on TV that the container-ship, ACX Crystal, had done a strange maneuver ahead of the collision. I went looking for a map and details and found the above. That does seem very strange! ….
What was happening on the USS Fitzgerald with its radar? They would have had multiple screens, each with a dedicated, trained operator. How did this happen? ….
Though this should NOT in any way be an ‘excuse’, did the Fitzgerald miss out on getting its radar upgraded in 2014 because of cost cutting? But, even a 1970-era radar system should have been enough for the job at hand and the Fitzgerald, launched in 1994, is not that old. …
How did the Captain, Bryce Benson, get injured? Wasn’t he on the bridge — and there should have been plenty of handrails! …
Was this MALICIOUS? I am going to refrain from using other words!
Click to ENLARGE. Map from Wikipedia annotated by ME to highlight where Israel is and where there Western radar would be pointed.
The second thing that struck me this morning when I heard about the missing EgyptAir Flight 804, after wondering why it wasn’t even 1/2 full, was that Israel has to have real-time, state-of-the-art satellite and radar imagery of all that happened. It was basically on their doorstep — on their Western flank.
Having been to Israel, having done tons of work for Israeli companies, having Israeli friends and knowing a bit about their military might I know that Israel will not be blindsided by anything in the air within hundreds of miles of it. So shouldn’t they be forthcoming with all the data they have?
This is unlike Malaysian Air MH370. This is the Eastern Mediterranean. Cradle of civilisation. Plus not that far from Cyprus. As far as I know us the British still has a military and air force presence on the island. In which case, given that that we were among the pioneers of radar, we must have some good radar capability around there. Just wondering, as I always do.
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