Friday, March 21, 2008

Israeli Planes Grounded as Middle East Pressure Cooker Builds

Haaretz reported on Israel grounding all its F-16I fighter jets as one plane had undue odors of formaldehyde. Comments #8 and #18 indicated pilots breathe through oxygen masks for most of the flight. The brief time unmasked occurs with the hatch cover open, allowing outside air to reduce the level of contaminants.

If the formaldehyde reason is a ruse, then why would Israel ground all its F-16I fighter jets? Are they doing preventive maintenance in anticipation of long hours of use? Are they reconfiguring their payload for an upcoming mission? Stay tuned, Dick Cheney's taking his second war tour around the region. We know how the first one played out...

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