The Office of the UK Secretary of State for Defense
has alleged that this image infringes on their
intellectual property. At least I believe this was the image in question. I don't want to claim absolute
certainty lest I inadvertently libel a large government organization armed with lawyers and nuclear
weapons -- always a bad combination. Since we're all gentlemen here, I will do my best to refrain
from sarcasm, but it's difficult to see how this bold allegation can possibly be defended.
- Was it the airship? Do they claim it's a representation of one of their current aircraft? Does the RAF
have secret plans to bring back dirigibles? That would be way cool!
- Was it the 'R-number'? Even the most casual search of the Web will show that these were applied to
several civilian vessels, beginning with the R-36. Are they still feeling badly about the R-101?
- Was it the background image of the sky? Do they feel that John Gillespie Magee's immortal poemHigh Flight
gives them claim to any and all pictures that portray the 'tumbling mirth of sun-split
, the 'footless halls of air'
, and/or the 'high untrespassed sanctity of space'
- Was it that grey and blue roundel? Are the forces of the Crown planning to change their colors in the
near future? Or do they wish to lay claim to all round insignia with three concentric circles, and plan to
challenge the Belgian, French, Peruvian, Greek, Egyptian, Bolivian, Brazilian, Burundian, Chadian, Congo,
Cote d'Ivore, Bahaman, El Salvadorian, Argentinan, Indian, Iranian, Paraguayan, Sierra Leonian, Spanish,
Romanian, Turkish, Yemeni
, and Inutoland
Air Forces (as well as Target Merchandise
), for infringing on
the RAF's justly famous red, white, and blue roundel? Wait... I guess they did
go after Argentina
Vote in the poll, make you opinions known, and if have any idea what they could possibly have been
thinking, please feel free to post your theories here! The wilder the better... provided they're polite.
We do wish to maintain a level of civilize discourse.