Now that is something that I remember with great fondness......and who did not have a copy of that (and Tubular Bells...) ahhhhh, misspent youth !
100% agree! My parents had an original pressing of Tubular Bells with the original Virgin Records logo and the bit at the end where they cut down something wooden with a chainsaw (sounded like a tree). Dad picked up War of the Worlds when it came out but I was the only one of the family who really enjoyed it. Go figure
------------------- Avid balloonatic, aviation geek, airshow commentator & co-host of Plane Crazy Down Under and host of the Australian Defence Magazine podcast.
Hmmmmm China now accusing USA of sending balloons over its territory. Which way does the wind blow in the northern hemisphere in those middle latitudes? Believe it may be west to east and that is why Japan sent paper based balloons fitted with incendary devices over the Pacific during the latter stages of the war. Bit hard to go the other way I think with any degree of accuracy
Perhaps surveillance and capability assessment.....send a range of items across the Pacific supported by balloons of various sizes and shapes plus various payloads to see which are observed and which slipped through the early warning network....send more of the latter
Yes it seems it's been happening for years. I guess one tactic is to track and ignore them so as to not give away your detection capabilities. But now the public has reported seeing them, the USA has to show their citizens they are securing the supposed threat.
I had a chat with a US defence (defense) expert at Avalon about these, he said that the first one, obviously was a surveillance balloon of Chinese origin, but the others were from balloon enthusiasts, who have meets every now and then and their balloons have gone rogue - that simple. No mystery behind it at all, apparently. There is an amateur balloon society in the USA who lets their balloons fly all over the place, some of them straying into controlled airspace, which presents a hazard to commercial aircraft, so they have to be brought down. Apparently it happens often, but it's creating a hoo haa at the moment because of the Chinese balloon that got so much publicity.