A now BAE Systems wind tunnel in 1949, showing an early model of the P.1A, the forerunner to the English Electric Lightning. So four years after Adolf Hitler shot himself and World War 2 came to an end, that is were the British aviation industry had got to - four years. Damn good show chaps, wherever you now are.

Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 was a commercial flight that crashed near San Luis Obispo, California, on December 7, 1987. All 43 people on board the aircraft were killed, including the man who caused the crash, a disgruntled airline employee. Among the dead were James R. Sylla, President of Chevron Corporation USA; three other Chevron executives, and Dr. Neil Webb, president of Dominican University of California.

David Burke was an employee of USAir, the airline that had recently purchased and was in the process of absorbing Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). However, Burke had been terminated by USAir for petty theft and, after meeting with his supervisor in an unsuccessful attempt to be reinstated, he purchased a ticket on Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, a daily flight from Los Angeles, California to San Francisco. Burke’s supervisor, Raymond F. Thomson, took the flight regularly since Thomson lived in San Francisco but worked at Los Angeles International Airport.

Using his unsurrendered USAir credentials, Burke, armed with a loaded .44 Magnum pistol that he had borrowed from a co-worker, was able to bypass the security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport. After boarding the plane, Burke wrote a message on an air-sickness bag. The note read:

“Hi Ray. I think it’s sort of ironical that we ended up like this. I asked for some leniency for my family. Remember? Well, I got none and you’ll get none.”

As the plane, a four engine British Aerospace BAe 146-200, cruised at 22,000 feet (6700 m) over the central California coast, Burke left his seat and headed to the lavatory, dropping the note on Thomson’s lap. As he exited the lavatory a few moments later, Burke took out his handgun and fired twice at Thomson, as the cockpit voice recorder later confirmed. He then opened the cockpit door. A female, presumed to be a flight attendant, told the cockpit crew that “we have a problem.” The captain replied, “What kind of problem?” Burke then appeared at the cockpit door and announced “I’m the problem,” simultaneously firing three more shots that probably killed the pilots.

Several seconds later, the cockpit recorder picked up increasing windscreen noise as the airplane pitched down and began to accelerate. A final gunshot was heard and it is speculated that Burke fatally shot himself. The plane then descended and crashed into the hillside of a cattle ranch at 4:16 p.m. in the Santa Lucia Mountains near Cayucos, California.

It was determined several days later by the FBI (after the discovery of both the handgun containing six spent bullet casings and the note written on the air-sickness bag) that Burke was the person responsible for the crash. In addition to the evidence uncovered at the crash site, other factors surfaced: Burke’s co-worker admitted to having lent him the gun, and Burke had also left a farewell message on his girlfriend’s telephone answering machine.

Strict federal laws were passed after the crash, including a law that required “immediate seizure of all airline employee credentials” upon termination from an airline position, and another policy that was put into place where all members of any airline flight crew, including the captain, were to be subjected to the same security measures as are the passengers.

British Aerospace Sea Harrier

Flying off HMS Illustrious. Their usage in the Falklands War was its most high profile and important success, where it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force. The Sea Harriers shot down 20 enemy aircraft during the conflict with one lost to enemy ground fire.

<b>The evolution of the British Harrier</b>

1. Hawker P.1127
2. Hawker Siddeley GR.1
3. Hawker Siddeley GR.3
4. Hawker Siddeley T.4
5. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.5
6. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.7
7. British Aerospace Harrier II GR.9
8. British Aerospace Harrier II T.12


Incorporated Slaughter
The war on Terror
A war that never ends
pays great dividends
to the shareholders of Global Murder .
The hostile takeover ,
privilege and power ,
… never to yield .
Corruption and greed
beyond all want and need .
This world …
an industrialized battlefield .
Truth & Justice ?
Attacked and hacked .
A media makeover of what ever is leftover .
As the ghost of Milton Friedman directs ,
and Lockheed Martin perfects ,
the long-distance killing of foreign children .
With all the style and grace
of a bribe on the side
from British Aerospace .
( Don’t be dismayed Theresa May . Tony Blair will pay, for all the deals he made, one day.)
The name of the game ?
Just ask Henry Kissinger .
( If I disappear tomorrow , just like Aldo Moro , no need to look any further .)
With all hell for leather ,
a Golden Glove from above ,
and under the Jackboot of Forever .
In the whitewashed west ,
ever since the big fall ,
no matter how small ,
we are all part of the apparatus ,
on the scale of Trickle Down Economics .
“ Render … ”, but never surrender ,
in the style of gentle Jesus .
For Caesar … he’s just another
trumped up pretender .
By stealth the sovereign & common
wealth being stolen away .
Follow the weaponised money .
Be under the sway .
Don’t think twice Honey .
Be corrupted absolutely .
The Price ?
The life of someone else’s baby .
If God really don’t exist …
why have a conscience ?
Be in the pay
Become a Franchisee
for `Bombs ‘R Us´.
Invest in the Best !
The new & improved
Privatised Military !
Don’t Delay … Do it today …
Adopt a Mercenary .
Be a Pharisee of the High
… and the Dollar Almighty .
Then bless the troops
heading out to Armageddon ,
as the Bull Market starts a'runnin ,
and history keeps on repeating .
The `Masters of War´
now dressed as civilians .
And the executioners face ,
behind a desk , always well hiden .
Become a lone wolf loose cannon ,
marching in unison , to the drum
of a global orchestration ,
for a paradise never to come .
“Will the cycle be unbroken ?”.
From politicians , to Hollywood
actors , and musicians ,
all marching to the tune
of `Big Brother Cain
& the Company Munitions´ .
Play it again for me one more time .
As the Church upon it’s perch teeters .
Drunk on yesterday’s wine .
Force feeding the multitude of crime .
Still eating them stale old crackers .
( Not with gunsmoke and fear . Gentle Jesus , generally , spoke to those who came to hear … with an ear .)
   If only you knew
what them drones & missiles do .
At least it’s not us
being blown apart .
Thank God … it’s not me … or you ?

~ by david redpath © 2017

“ Thou shalt not kill ” ~ God

British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA.2

Informally known as the “Shar”, The Sea Harrier served in the Falklands War, both of the Gulf Wars, and the Balkans conflicts;