Re: [MV] Civilain Vehicle targets

Joe Baker (
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 13:48:42 -0800 (PST)

Someone on the list suggested that the US Military use civilian
vehicles for hard targets down range.....

Are you serious?? The Military gets into enough trouble with the
public without someone crying about the Army/Navy/Air Force targeting
civilian vehicles. The media would have a hay day. I can see "60
Minutes" now exposing the "secret" training that is being administer
to help our military strike civilians.

The is a saying in the military. "You train like you intent to
fight". In this case, the military intends to shoot and destroy
military targets painted in camo, not SUV's and Metros painted bright
red and yellow.
The military has always used obsolete equipment for target practice.
If you look at history you will see that the military pilots during
the 30's and later in the 50's learned to bomb by striking at obsolete
ships to include battleships and carriers, a number of which had
distinguished careers in combat. You don't learn to destroy military
equipment by shooting at mini vans..

Yes it is important to save a select number of the vehicles for the
sake of history. It is the role of those of us in the hobby to do
just that. I was responsible for the restoration and saving of a WWI
Ambulance of which only 8 out of 5000 survive. The balance were
destroyed in the name of saving the automobile manufacturers in the US
after WWI. The ambulance I saved was very significant, but also
dangerous as hell on the road. It was very important to preserve it
in the name of history, it was not important to save all 5000 that
were built.

Joe Baker
Major, Cavalry

Formerly of the
1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Germany)
and the 418th Med Co (AMB) RVN

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