Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Changing times for the copter?

At least one student I know is working on the role of the helicopter in the evolution of war in the 20th century. In the wake of four copter crashes in Iraq over the last couple of weeks, NY Times reporters Richard Oppel and James Glanz write in the February 8 edition of the paper,

"Historically, improved tactics in shooting down helicopters have proved to be important factors in conflicts in which guerrillas have achieved victories against major powers, including battles in Somalia, Afghanistan and Vietnam."

While no one has established that these crashes are related, or that insurgents are responsible for them, I certainly had never thought of helicopters as useful in this way...I'm going to have to think about that one.

1 comment:

german said...

i think it depends on whether or not the pilots are familar with Boelcke dicta pretty smart guy from world war 1.a friend i know who is joining and has been having fun running a comp simulation and he keeps getting shot down told him about the dicta and i think he has improved since then.