Some security related reading


in Bombs and rockets, Geek stuff, Security

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Here are a few interesting and long security related documents which have recently become available. They are all in PDF format:

I will post something more original as soon as possible.

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Alex January 16, 2009 at 8:26 am

Milan, if I remember correctly you argued in one of our conversations that a water emergency landing would almost automatically kill all passengers. I am just wondering whether you could share your thoughts with us on the incident in New York.

Milan January 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

The most accessible source making that claim is this Economist article, which states:

“In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero. This aircraft is equipped with inflatable slides that detach to form life rafts, not that it makes any difference. Please remove high-heeled shoes before using the slides. We might as well add that space helmets and anti-gravity belts should also be removed, since even to mention the use of the slides as rafts is to enter the realm of science fiction.”

Either the plane that landed in the Hudson wasn’t ‘wide-bodied’ or The Economist and a couple of other sources I read earlier are wrong in their assessment.

Milan January 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

Here is another post discussing water landings and commercial aircraft. This comment includes several other examples of water landings with less than 100% lethality.

. January 16, 2009 at 9:23 am

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…
Everything you need to know about bird strikes, water landings, and other airplane emergencies.
Christopher Beam | explainer | Thursday, 8:53 PM ET

. January 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm

The ditching of an airliner into the Hudson river in New York, in which all 155 passengers and crew escaped alive, has been hailed as a textbook example of landing on water.

[He] landed at precisely the right speed, completely under control, wings totally level. If one wing dips and catches the water, the aeroplane cartwheels, breaks up and some people would definitely have died.”

. April 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

The CIA has just declassified six (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) documents about World War I security techniques. (The media is reporting they’re CIA documents, but the CIA didn’t exist before 1947.) Lots of stuff about secret writing and pre-computer tradecraft.

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