Press for Conversion #48
Publisher: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Date Written: 01/07/2002
Year Published: 2002
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX16158
This issue contains a wealth of original COAT research about militarised war shows.
Abstract: This issue contains a wealth of original COAT research about militarised war shows. So called "air shows are in fact the world's biggest military propaganda exercises. These events are elaborate "psychological operations" designed to build public support for warfighters and their use of "air power" in state-sponsored violence. War shows also serve other major functions, such as the indoctrination of children and the recruitment of youth into military career paths. This issue examines 27 of Canada's largest war shows in great detail and reveals that 82% of the almost 400 aircraft that were used to entertain huge crowds at these spectacles were military. And, sixty percent of the military planes that "performed" in Canada at these events were fighters, bombers and military transport planes of the US Air Force. This issue lists all of the wars in which these warplanes have been used. It also looks at the weapons of mass destruction that they have been used to "deliver" to targets around the world.