Something like this was bound to happen sooner or later: Russian military jet shot down by Turkey.
The finger of territory over which the Russian jet reportedly flew is about 2 km wide, and at the Su-24’s top speed of 1,315 kph it would have taken 5.5 seconds to fly over. It’s still only 11 seconds at half that speed.
If the yellow dots are of the Turkish F-16 that launched an air-to-air missile, then it was at least 10 km away. US air-to-air missile speeds are typically Mach 4, or 1.361 kps, and so would have taken 13 seconds to reach the Su-24.
To hit the plane while it was over Turkish territory, the Turkish pilot would have had to launch the missile before the Russian jet crossed into Turkish territory. If he launched the missile while the Russian jet was over Turkish territory, the missile would have hit after the jet had returned to Syrian airspace. Since the Su-24 came down about 5 km inside Syria (green rectangle), the latter is probably what happened.
To me, it seems really stupid and completely unnecessary to shoot down a plane which spends 10 seconds or less over your airspace.
NATO convened an emergency meeting:
Diplomats present at the meeting told Reuters that while none of the 28 NATO envoys defended Russia’s actions, many expressed concern that Turkey did not escort the Russian warplane out of its airspace.
“There are other ways of dealing with these kinds of incidents,” said one diplomat who declined to be named.
the Russian Ministry of Defense explained, going forward, any Turkish plane that enters Syrian airspace will be fair game.
Veteran journalist Günter Ederer* writes a piece reporting that massive alterations have been found in the NASA GISS temperature data series, citing a comprehensive analysis conducted by a leading German scientist. These results are now available to the public.
Ederer reports not long ago retired geologist and data computation expert Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert began looking at the data behind the global warming claims, and especially the datasets of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS).
Ewert painstakingly examined and tabulated the reams of archived data from 1153 stations that go back to 1881 – which NASA has publicly available – data that the UN IPCC uses to base its conclusion that man is heating the Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels. According to Ederer, what Professor Ewert found is “unbelievable”:
“From the publicly available data, Ewert made an unbelievable discovery: Between the years 2010 and 2012 the data measured since 1881 were altered so that they showed a significant warming, especially after 1950. […] A comparison of the data from 2010 with the data of 2012 shows that NASA-GISS had altered its own datasets so that especially after WWII a clear warming appears – although it never existed.”
I knew that the weather data was being massaged by James Hansen and company, but it seems that it was far worse than I imagined, and actually turned a global cooling trend into a global warming trend.
“Using the NASA data from 2010 the surface temperature globally from 1940 until today has fallen by 1.110°C, and since 2000 it has fallen 0.4223°C […]. The cooling has hit every continent except for Australia, which warmed by 0.6339°C since 2000. The figures for Europe: From 1940 to 2010, using the data from 2010, there was a cooling of 0.5465°C and a cooling of 0.3739°C since 2000.”
So when all the adjustments are taken out, the Earth turns out to have been cooling for the past 70 years, not warming.