On October 8, 1950, just three and a half months into the Korean 'police action' war, two Lockheed F-80 Shooting Stars set out from Taegu airbase to attack the North Korean airbase at Chongjin. Instead, because of unexpected tail winds and flying above cloud cover, they inadvertently attacked Sukhaya Recha, a Soviet airbase well over 100 km inside Russian territory.
The two aircraft strafed the base with their 50 calibre machine guns, setting alight seven P-63 Bell Kingcobra propeller driven fighters. Ironically these aircraft had been given, by the United States, to the Soviet Union during WW2!
In the ensuing diplomatic furor the Soviets protested and the U.S. apologized. Both pilots were subjected to a General court martial but were found not guilty.
The incident was quickly downplayed, perhaps because Russia was obviously unprepared and the U.S. was embarrassed. Some feel that this incident kept Russia out of the Korean war and that it may have accelerated Truman's dismissal of General MacArthur.
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT