Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aerial Interdiction

The volcano that is erupting in Iceland is having a fascinating effect:

The cloud of ash from the eruption has hit air travel all over northern Europe, with flights grounded or diverted due to the risk of engine damage from sucking in particles of ash from the volcanic cloud.

So what would have happened if this had happened during the Cold War?

NATO relied on rapid reinforcement by an air bridge over the northern Atlantic of US troops flying in to stored unit sets of equipment  and the bulk of our air power flowing into European bases from North America.

And is there a volcano anywhere in Japan that could screw up our air bridge to South Korea, should we need to activate that?