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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HALO



Normally, I don't put trailers on this blog. But this one raises an important question of military strategy.

HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jumps require a lot of advance training and preparation. This type of jump is used to place personnel into a combat zone while keeping the aircraft well above the range of surface-to-air missiles. The free-fall is sustained as long as possible to minimize visibility and detection by radar.

So how does a HALO jump give one an advantage when fighting Godzilla?
Comments:
Why are they parachuting in at all? And why have they got flares? And why on their ankles, trailing smoke? And why are they falling in formation? And why aren't they using the normal infrastructure and transport links of the city they seem to be arriving in? And why are they infantry, with rifles, fighting something as big as a skyscraper, rather than in tanks or using air strikes? I mean, why drop men instead of bombs, if you're dropping things on Godzilla?

Probably not a cerebral film, then. On the plus side, it doesn't seem to have any pretensions either.

DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO A WHOO A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO A WHOO A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO OOO OOO OOO
65 million years ago they disappeared, And now the dinosaurs are back!
The Human race must learn to live in fear,
The Earth is under attack!
From the...
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO A WHOO A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO A WHOO A WHOO
DINOSAUR PLANET, A WHOO OOO OOO OOO
They do not come in peace, they come in hate,
Let non-saurons beware,
But is there something that they're running from, what could make a Tyrannosaur scared,
On the...
-- "Theme From Dinosaur Planet", MJ Hibbert and the Validators

And so on.

Best rock opera ever. Truly a much better idea for a film than the umpteenth iteration of Godzilla.

 
You need to reconsider your opposition to the military industrial complex Joe - they've got giant monsters covered!

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/fact-vs-fiction/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-robots-how-the-pentagon-could-destroy-all-monsters-15690927

"Apache helicopters enrage the creature with chain guns and missiles from an acceptable stand-off range. They could also pop up from behind buildings and hills, take their shots, and dip down again. Once the creature is coaxed into an open area, troops on the ground paint it with lasers. The B-1s overhead drop their full load of precision bombs on the thing. Lancers can carry BLU-109 penetrating bombs that can burrow into a bunker before exploding. These could burrow through the hide of a beast and detonate within."
 
An actual, legit, answer if you're going to entertain the possibility of actual Godzilla attack:

Your aircraft is out of firebreath range.
Your commandos are less of a target for said breath by coming down at terminal velocity.

As to the flares..shit, that just looks nice on film
 
I believe that the militarization of cinema has been successfully achieved, General.
 
Paul Rise, thanks for the link. I KNEW there was a better way to do it.

fookbar, you should read that article...!
 
Joseph, I guess we'll just have to watch the movie to find out why these soldiers are going in via HALO jump. Just sayin'.

And to those griping about the military presence--have any of you ever seen a Godzilla film? You know, when he stomps on or blasts tanks, planes, helicopters, or the latest military tech?

Besides, when a giant monster shows up--who else are you supposed to call? The Geek Squad from Best Buy?*



*No offense meant to actual Geek Squad members--this is only a joke.
 
Joseph,

Yup, purely for logistics and military surprise etc, not the kiddo in ya;-)

Yup, purely for military strategy discussion people.
 
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