Yes, I know, but I'm an inveterate punster and couldn't let a target of opportunity like that go by.
Besides, all that's necessary is to just be a little economical with the truth ...
Whilst CrabAir remain safely in the comfort of their cockpits and spend little time over the target area, WATCHKEEPER doggedly remains in contact for as long as necessary under the control of its ground-based crew.
Hey, it was only a joke - no need to take off into the wild blue yonder about it. PR machines don't work by presenting a fair and accurate reflection of reality and certainly not by giving kudos to the 'also ran's.
The big problem, as I see it, is that after training in Wales we will end up with a system that can track Terry's goats and sheep but not Terry himself.
Viet Taff? Reporting you for Incitement to Racial Hatred someone will be, isn't it, boyo.
I will always remember reading an especially amusing operational MISREP a few years ago which stated:
'NSTR other than observing 1 x youth (unsuccessfully) attempting to copulate with goat at position LatX/LongY'!
Meanwhile, back in Wales:
Blackadder : Have you ever been to Wales Baldrick? Baldrick : No, but I've often thought I'd like to. Blackadder : Well don't, it's a ghastly place. Huge gangs of tough sinewy men roam the valleys terrorising people with their close-harmony singing. You need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the place names. Never ask for directions in Wales Baldrick, you'll be washing spit out of your hair for a fortnight.