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I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, since the slightest disagreement with the Chinese perspective here is usually met with fierce personal attacks. But for those of you who are open to thinking about reality and logic instead of your government-spoon-fed hatred of others, consider this.|
Why would the US even think of sending an EP-3, a large, cumbersome, prop-driven plane over Chinese airspace, when we have much faster, stealthier jets for such work? No doubt the US has used the SR-71 over Chinese airspace in the past. That's currently the fastest plane in the world and can easily outrun anything else - even bullets under certain circumstances. So again, why would we use this slow, non-stealthy and unarmed prop plane to infiltrate Chinese airspace, when we can do so much more easily and safely with other planes of ours?
Furthermore, why did China never release any information from the flight data recorder, which the plane's crew cannot touch and which would have recorded every single movement of the plane from the time it took off? A FDR would make it very easy for China to prove exactly where the plane was, complete with map coordinates, altitude, airspeed, wind and weather conditions and even internal radio communications. This would have been what we call a smoking gun and there would have been no way for the US to refute the info there. The FDR is designed to withstand all kinds of impacts, fire, water, ice, etc. Our crew could not have destroyed it, even if they had not been busy trying to avoid crashing into the sea. So again, why did China not release this info to prove that thet plane was in Chinese airspace? No one on the BBS has any inside knowledge of this. And if they did, they would not be allowed to post it. All of the previous claims are based on newspaper (government-controlled, no less) accounts and personal sentiments.