Re: Anti Zeppelin systems

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sun Jul 23 2000 - 15:09:27 MDT

"S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Jul 2000, John Clark wrote:
> > Actually I think ICBM's are an obsolete means of delivering a warhead, it's like
> > spending a lot of money on a anti Zeppelin system, except that system would work.
> Zeppelin bombardment is only obsolete *because* of the development of
> anti-Zeppelin systems (i.e. machine guns, AA guns, fixed wing aircraft).
> The Air Force would *love* a bomber with the capacity and loiter ability
> of a Zeppelin.

An AC-130 Spectre gunship has that capacity, and nearly that loiter
ability (they typically have a 105mm howitzer mounted along with the
dozen or so .50 cal and 20mm cannon, along with the ability to drop
munitions on the enemy, and parachute ammo to ground troops they are
supporting.) The Spectre is one bad-ass aircraft. I has extensive AA
countermeasures but direct gunfire is not something it can avoid.

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