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   Well, at least we know our drones float, which is nice

07 Jan 2013 03:53 PM   |   9503 clicks   |   Fox News
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Ed Finnerty     
FTFA: Philippine navy officer Capt. Jason Rommel Galang said, adding it was not clear why the unmanned aerial vehicle ended up off Masbate.

"It was a stroke of luck", he continued, "it's like it came out of nowhere...with no warning. The important thing is we can now start to sop up this mess."

07 Jan 2013 03:30 PM
calbert    [TotalFark]  
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07 Jan 2013 03:54 PM
Jackson Herring    [TotalFark]  
It's a target drone for gunnery practice, which is why it is painted bright farking orange and blown the fark up.

07 Jan 2013 03:55 PM
MBooda     
Capt. Jason Rommel Galang

YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!

07 Jan 2013 03:56 PM
MelGoesOnTour    [TotalFark]  
"Masbate" island? Really?!

07 Jan 2013 03:57 PM
meddleRPI     
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BQM-74

It's a target drone. Not news.

07 Jan 2013 03:57 PM
Uisce Beatha     
That looks like a target drone...

*quick Google-check*

Yup, target drone. So, someone is just a crappy shot, and didn't manage to shoot it down during an excercise?

07 Jan 2013 03:57 PM
Pinner     

MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!


I stayed there for waaaaay too long it's hard to get off.

07 Jan 2013 03:58 PM
Uisce Beatha     

meddleRPI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BQM-74

It's a target drone. Not news.


43 seconds! *shakes tiny fist*

07 Jan 2013 03:58 PM
HotIgneous Intruder     
Issa target drone.
Nothing to see here.

07 Jan 2013 03:59 PM
fat boy     

MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!


Farkers paradise

07 Jan 2013 04:00 PM
mbillips     

MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!


It's pronounced Mas-buh-TAY.

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07 Jan 2013 04:01 PM
Jackson Herring    [TotalFark]  

Uisce Beatha: 43 seconds! *shakes tiny fist*


way more than that, buddy

07 Jan 2013 04:01 PM
DROxINxTHExWIND     
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone said efforts were under way to determine if the drone was one of those used in American military air target training exercises and why it was in the waters off Masbate, about 235 miles southeast of Manila. The type of drone found was not armed and not used for surveillance, she said.

Hey! It was just a training drone. I'm sure you all see those all of the time. I mean, its not like we were spying on YOU or anything.

This is the military equivalent of listening to an argument through a door and having one or the people who is arguing open the door, making you fall into the room.

07 Jan 2013 04:01 PM
Farty McPooPants     
Target drone.

07 Jan 2013 04:02 PM
mbillips     

Uisce Beatha: That looks like a target drone...

*quick Google-check*

Yup, target drone. So, someone is just a crappy shot, and didn't manage to shoot it down during an excercise?


Lots of times, you aim behind the drone; the radar can tell if you're hitting what you're aiming at, and you don't use up so many drones that way.

07 Jan 2013 04:02 PM
DORMAMU     

Pinner: MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!

I stayed there for waaaaay too long it's hard to get off.


all you end up doing is hanging around.
Eventually you stop standing up for yourself and limp along.

07 Jan 2013 04:05 PM
mbillips     

DROxINxTHExWIND: U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone said efforts were under way to determine if the drone was one of those used in American military air target training exercises and why it was in the waters off Masbate, about 235 miles southeast of Manila. The type of drone found was not armed and not used for surveillance, she said.

Hey! It was just a training drone. I'm sure you all see those all of the time. I mean, its not like we were spying on YOU or anything.

This is the military equivalent of listening to an argument through a door and having one or the people who is arguing open the door, making you fall into the room.


Except that we operate surveillance drones in the Philippines all the time, with the full cooperation of the Philippine government, to spy on the Muslim insurgents. A cursory wiki search shows that's not a surveillance drone.

07 Jan 2013 04:06 PM
Jument     
What a bunch of wankers.

07 Jan 2013 04:07 PM
MBooda     

MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!


Well, it's two islands. Separated by the Strait of Tur.

07 Jan 2013 04:07 PM
HailRobonia     
There once was a drone that was floating,
almost as if it was gloating
"I won't do more missions
'til I've done enough fishin'
Now let me get back to my boating."

07 Jan 2013 04:07 PM
bratchaman     
"The type of drone found was not armed and not used for surveillance, she said."

Before coming here and seeing every other post say, "TARGET DRONE!", I really, REALLY, wondered what purpose a dron that isn't armed or for surveliance was.

Thanks, Farkers.

07 Jan 2013 04:08 PM
Feral_and_Preposterous     
It's a glorified clay pigeon, nothing more. Sell it to Iran or something.

07 Jan 2013 04:09 PM
DROxINxTHExWIND     

mbillips: DROxINxTHExWIND: U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone said efforts were under way to determine if the drone was one of those used in American military air target training exercises and why it was in the waters off Masbate, about 235 miles southeast of Manila. The type of drone found was not armed and not used for surveillance, she said.

Hey! It was just a training drone. I'm sure you all see those all of the time. I mean, its not like we were spying on YOU or anything.

This is the military equivalent of listening to an argument through a door and having one or the people who is arguing open the door, making you fall into the room.

Except that we operate surveillance drones in the Philippines all the time, with the full cooperation of the Philippine government, to spy on the Muslim insurgents. A cursory wiki search shows that's not a surveillance drone.


Way to shiat on my joke with "information" and "facts".

07 Jan 2013 04:09 PM
Uisce Beatha     

Jackson Herring: Uisce Beatha: 43 seconds! *shakes tiny fist*

way more than that, buddy


Shiat, now you expect me to read a whole 4 comments before mine?

/Slow typer is slow
//Dammit

07 Jan 2013 04:12 PM
ds394     
This just in. It's really a weather balloon. Nothing to see here, citizen!

07 Jan 2013 04:14 PM
toetag     
If it weren't for the bright orange paint job and the stealthy design, my first thought would have been a target drone.

/anyone else think target drone

07 Jan 2013 04:15 PM
Smacker     
I that it's already been pointed out that is a BQM-74 Chukar aerial target (as indicated in the article), hence the bright orange paint and the clearly marked US insignia.

The US Navy and the Philippines military regularly hold joint training exercises. The wikipedia article has a picture of one of these targets floating (and being recovered) in the exact state as the article picture.

Being that they float, they do drift along in the ocean currents. I'm not sure why this is considered newsworthy.

07 Jan 2013 04:18 PM
Keizer_Ghidorah     

Rufus Lee King: Do you know what else floats?

[24.media.tumblr.com image 449x590]


Hello, sailors. *hops in*

07 Jan 2013 04:22 PM
H31N0US     

Rufus Lee King: Do you know what else floats?


Very small rocks?

07 Jan 2013 04:38 PM
Triumph    [TotalFark]  
Can't believe how short those wings are. Looks more capable of floating than flying.

07 Jan 2013 04:41 PM
groppet     
Well since everyone else said it I was going to say it looked like a practice drone or one of them old old school cruise missles

07 Jan 2013 04:43 PM
perilsensitive     
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07 Jan 2013 04:51 PM
wambu     

fat boy: MelGoesOnTour: "Masbate" island? Really?!

Farkers paradise


Yeah. I was ready to book a trip until I read it again.
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07 Jan 2013 04:55 PM
omgbears     
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07 Jan 2013 04:56 PM
Cybernetic     

Jackson Herring: It's a target drone for gunnery practice, which is why it is painted bright farking orange and blown the fark up.


Came here to say this. Nothing else needs to be said.

07 Jan 2013 04:58 PM
LOTN     

Rufus Lee King: Do you know what else floats?

[24.media.tumblr.com image 449x590]


I don't think I'm mistaken when I point out that one of the guys under the hose is jacking the other one off.

Oh, Navy. You and your antics.

07 Jan 2013 05:06 PM
LesserEvil    [TotalFark]  
The Iranians have already reverse-engineered the target drone, and will use it in their gunnery practice immediately. All hail the powerful Persian geniuses!

07 Jan 2013 05:48 PM
Parthenogenetic     
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So, if she weighs as much as a drone...?

07 Jan 2013 05:49 PM
occamswrist     
Looks like an AK-47 drone to me.

07 Jan 2013 05:57 PM
Any Pie Left     
I wonder long long and far this target drone drifted, before the fishermen found it? Usually, these things have some kind of plug or link that dissolves in water and floods or disassembles the item to sink it, or a small demo charge to scuttle it.

07 Jan 2013 06:54 PM
jehovahs witness protection     
It was an escaped drone with emotions. His name is Sonny.

07 Jan 2013 08:49 PM
edmo    [TotalFark]  
"Suspected" the article headline says. The more I look a the picture, I just can't imagine why they "suspect" it belongs to the US. I doesn't say "US" on  there. Our aircraft aren't painted orange. Don't our aircraft have "The Navy" painted on the side? I wonder how they'll ever be able to make a positive ID? It looks terribly small and inexpensive so I'm sure no one would have any idea if they had lost it. It could be anybody's. It's just going to be complicated

07 Jan 2013 09:00 PM
stuffy     

Jackson Herring: It's a target drone for gunnery practice, which is why it is painted bright farking orange and blown the fark up.


What I was thinking. Most of the time they don't want you to know they see what your up too.

07 Jan 2013 09:15 PM
fluffy2097     
It's a BQM-74 Chukar target drone.

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The only time those suckers have seen service in wartime is as decoys during the gulf war.

07 Jan 2013 10:07 PM
Fark Me To Tears    [TotalFark]  

fluffy2097: It's a BQM-74 Chukar target drone.


Target drone? Since it appears to be intact, I guess the training wasn't very going very well the day this one was launched.

07 Jan 2013 10:25 PM
fluffy2097     

Fark Me To Tears: Target drone? Since it appears to be intact, I guess the training wasn't very going very well the day this one was launched.


AA guns fire ahead of their targets, so the aircraft flies into the flack.

Since training rounds are in use, no flack is created and the hits are calculated by radar proximity or something similar.

It's designed to be re-usable. You can see the recovery parachute in the water behind it.

07 Jan 2013 10:59 PM
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