ypsi company makes the national news for violating british airspace to deliver bunken-buster bombs to israel

Who would have thought that our little town might have something to do with the international fight against terrorism? Well, here’s a clip from the Associated Press that proves it’s so. (Thanks to the Hamtramck Star’s Hillary Cherry for the tip.)

Scottish prosecutors decided Tuesday not to file charges against a U.S. defense contractor that flew bunker-busting bombs to Israel via British airspace during the conflict in south Lebanon.

Kalitta Air, of Ypsilanti, Mich., was reported by Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority for failing to have proper documentation to transport the laser-guided missiles through Prestwick Airport in southwest Scotland in August.

The flights briefly strained ties between London and Washington and resulted in President Bush issuing an apology to British Prime Minister Tony Blair…

[Will someone please remind me to get Kalitta Air involved the next time we have one of our local business things? I’d love to get them on a panel along with the folks from DejaVu, the Wolverine Diner and Bicycles in Town.]

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8 Comments

  1. kat_m6@yahoo.com
    Posted December 5, 2006 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Have to say knowing the little bit I know about Connie Kalitta that it’s not a complete shock that he would do this.

  2. Ted Glass
    Posted December 6, 2006 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    So, I wonder if these weapons were ever here, in Ypsi, or if they just transported them from the weapons manufacturer to the Israeli military base. I can’t imagine that they were on the ground here in Ypsi, but, if they were, I wonder what kinds of security precautions were taken.

  3. Posted July 19, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    So what’s with all the bad luck the Kalittas are having? First there was the 747 crash in Brussels on May 25th, and then another one in Columbia, July 7th. Also, Scott Kalitta was killed in that terrible drag race crash on June 21st.

  4. Robert
    Posted July 25, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Any actuaries out there in the vast MM readership?

  5. mark
    Posted July 25, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I try to understand what you write here, Robert. I really do.

  6. Robert
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I know you do Mark, and it’s appreciated. I’m thinking you are the only person who doesn’t have me on ignore, and that’s only because it’s YOUR website.

  7. Robert
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I also liked the fact that you wrote “Bunken-buster” in the post title. Was that a Freudian slip? Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

  8. Robert
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh, so were you pretending not to understand my “actuaries” comment? After reading your ‘manchurian candidate’ and ‘poker player’ comments today, I’m suspecting you got it.

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