Archive for April 13th, 2009

And Now, an Appeal to You, the Reader

Because I’m a history geek, every weekend, I like to browse through Wikipedia and look at the day in history for the upcoming week, to see that, for example, MKULTRA was launched on this date in 1953. (And in slightly-less-recent news, the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople on this date way, way back in 1204 CE.) Most of the time, this is fairly useless, but fun. Other times, as is often the case with Wikipedia, I find myself having wasted an hour of my life following links deeper and deeper into the dusty and obscure corners of Wikipedia; it’s always kind of scary to find pages that haven’t been edited since 2006… but I digress.

I have a favor to ask, that I’m hoping one of you great readers can fulfill. I got reading ahead a bit to next week, and was reminded that a week from today is the thirty-first anniversary of the Korean Air Flight 902 incident. That, of course, got me thinking about the much more famous Korean Air Lines incident, Flight 007, which has been surrounded by controversy and conspiracy theories for the better part of three decades. There are a lot of resources on the web about the event, and a great deal of primary and secondary material has been made available over the years.

One piece that doesn’t seem to be available online is the “after action report” from Task Force 71, the U.S. Navy search-and-rescue effort that attempted to locate the wreckage of the plane in international waters. It seems to have been made public in the past – it’s cited in the Wikipedia article, and in several of the books about KAL 007 – but it’s never been put online, that I can find. About two years ago, I made a FOIA request, hoping to remedy that situation, and was informed, eventually, that the Navy was unable to locate a copy.

Make of that what you will.

Regardless, now that I’ve been reminded of it, I’d like to remedy this situation, and make the TF71 report available online, free, for download. So, if you’ve got a copy, or know someone who does, please get in touch with me so we can work something out. I don’t care about proving or disproving this or that theory about the incident; I just want to try and help make a piece of “lost history” available.

Ta, as they say, muchly.

Published in: General, History | on April 13th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Domestic USAF Operations

If you read USAF news releases, you could be excused for thinking that the Air Force is 100% occupied – and preoccupied – with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every other day, regular as clockwork, there’s an “airpower summary” posted, all of which are basically summarized as “jets kill insurgents, film at 11.” What’s easy to overlook is that there are a sizable number of Air Force assets deployed stateside, and who have nothing to do with the Global War on Terra.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on April 13th, 2009 | 1 Comment »