Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Philmont bombing runs
Philmont bombing runs
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 13:19:08 EDT
I've tried to stay out of it, but:
In simple terms, why was this route chosen over any others?
Someone in the military MUST know that we send hundreds of Scouts a day into
the backcountry and many of them at one point or another go over either Tooth
Someone SHOULD have figured out that a bombing run mistake over Tooth would
result not only in tons of injuries (has anyone else been in that Tooth
campsite recently during camping season?) but you'd have all of the Training
Center and Base Camp sitting there as witnesses - and who would the press put
on the news first, kids and adults in BSA uniforms or a military PR officer?
I've joked about this before trying to release the tension the first time
around, this time someone should be approaching logic. Yes, bombers need to
train, but are they best served by the terrain (which may exist elsewhere and
with a lower summertime population) or is the choice something else
altogether, as was implied in the response about the sparse voters in New
Mexico who can complain? (Even worse, the fear strikes me that they chose the
area because its just sparsely populated enough but well-served with roads
that they could quickly run in and get close to a crash site if there ever
was a problem?)
Has anyone told Ted Turner they might veer off course over his and Jane's
ranch of buffalo? (Hey, if he's close enough to Philmont that a loose TT
buffalo made it into the canyon at six mile gate, he's just as close to the
run as anyone else there....) Bet that yell would get someone's attention.
And does the run pull up before Raton or does it put it near Raton Pass?
(Would the railroad yell, too, if faced with the possibility of not being
able to get through there with freights and passenger trains because of an
accident?). How about over Kit Carson National Forest, famous for not saving
a lost hiker the first time he was spotted because part of it is a wilderness
area and they weren't allowed to land a helicopter without permission?
(Quick, call Greenpeace and the rest!). And the NRA's Whittington Center
(Last time I stopped they were running a tournament - all weapons had to be
OVER .50 cal - what would a stray from something like that do to a B-1?).
And face it, Philmont's campsites are all well mapped, and identified. It
would seem it would be easy to identify an area that would be better used,
starting with Carson (same general terrain, lots less backpackers) and going
as close to Raton as Whittington (if memory serves a lot of that site beyond
the "flatlands" isn't used except during hunting season, and again, same
Not to mention all of the Rockies where there is practically nobody, anyplace.
Now back to the humorous side of me: I STILL hate KLM pilots and their slow
takeoffs that puts them - and ony them - at low and loud altitudes over my
house. Since I have to get the roof re-shingled, anybody know how to say
"Climb faster, fool!" in dutch? I figure dark letters on a white roof should
do the trick....