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TIL that a Korean airlines accidentally strayed into Soviet Airspace, leading to the plane being shot down. To prevent such a tragedy, US President Ronald Reagan declassified a critical military tech and that is how we got GPS for civilian use.

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TIL that a Korean airlines accidentally strayed into Soviet Airspace, leading to the plane being shot down. To prevent such a tragedy, US President Ronald Reagan declassified a critical military tech and that is how we got GPS for civilian

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TIL The SR-71 did more than just take pictures. It could aim its radar 45 degrees to the side, map the terrain like side scan sonar… intercept enemy comm and radar signals, record its entire flight path with infrared cameras… to prove to countries that it didnt violate their airspace.

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TIL The SR-71 did more than just take pictures. It could aim its radar 45 degrees to the side, map the terrain like side scan sonar… intercept enemy comm and radar signals, record its entire flight path with infrared cameras…

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TIL airlines that use U.S. controlled airspace must pay $0.49 per mile to fly over land and $0.20 per mile to fly over the ocean. Fees are waived if flight takes off or lands in the U.S.

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TIL airlines that use U.S. controlled airspace must pay .49 per mile to fly over land and .20 per mile to fly over the ocean. Fees are waived if flight takes off or lands in the U.S. submitted by NDLPT

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TIL in 1969, the U.S. under Nixon went into nuclear readiness alert and flew nuclear armed fighter jets along Soviet airspace for three days. This was part of Nixon’s Madman Theory, in which he tried to give off the image that he was unstable to make sure the Soviets would never provoke the U.S.

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TIL in 1969, the U.S. under Nixon went into nuclear readiness alert and flew nuclear armed fighter jets along Soviet airspace for three days. This was part of Nixon’s Madman Theory, in which he tried to give off the image

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