Danger Close: In case just about every one in America has forgotten (and they have), there's a war on.

When it's a good thing our combat skills are being attrited by budget cuts, you know we in trouble!

The Air Horse never could hit anything, anyway.

See? Another sign the war is winding down: inter-service rivalry rears it's hoary head.

Posted by Casey Klahn at February 18, 2014 7:22 PM

Not new. It's been going on since before the USAAF became the USAF. Attributed to a German soldier at Monte Cassino, WWII: "We bomb, British and Americans duck. British bomb, we duck. Americans bomb, everyone ducks."

Posted by Fletcher Christian at February 18, 2014 9:52 PM

Well, the latrine's history, but that and a few eardrums appeared to be the worst casualties. Lucky. This could have been much worse. Although small by Air Force standards, a 500-lb. bomb is nothing to trifle with.

Posted by waltj at February 19, 2014 8:14 AM

I recall that a number of years ago in the Stan there was an incident where a soldier used a laser target designator to define the coordinates of an enemy position, but then paused to replace the batteries in the target designator unit, before using it to send said coordinates to, IIRC, an orbiting B-1 bomber.

Unfortunately, despite training that emphasized this, the soldier forgot that when the power to the unit was interrupted and then restored, it in effect re-booted, and initialized to indicating not the last position recorded, but it's own current position, which it then sent to the B-1, which downloaded it to its own GPS - guided bomb load.

This mistaken chain of events did not have a happy ending.

Posted by Ray Van Dune at February 19, 2014 6:12 PM