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Old 03-20-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Civilian airliners as target practice?

Alright, so... I'm currently reading a book about the development and service of the SAAB 32 and have just finished the chapter about the "J 32B in the field." In that chapter it says that F 12 Kalmar used to practice attacks on Aeroflot Tu-104's, flying between Leningrad and Copenhagen, as substitutes for Tu-16's. This got me thinking. The Tu-16 and Tu-104 were after all the same basic aircraft, so that kind of makes sense. But as no modern airliners are developed from military aircraft, is this something that's still being done? And also, how common was this back then?

I'm not just talking about Sweden and the USSR, but in general.
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Re: Civilian airliners as target practice?

Never heard about this before. It makes sense since as you point out the Tu-16 and Tu-104 were similar. I wonder if this was borne out of necessity as the Swedish Air Force had relatively less resources then others?

I'd say this probably isn't very common practice anymore, as any modern air force would want to avoid the insinuation that they were targeting civilian aircraft. Also, there is no such similarity between civil and military aircraft anymore.
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