Air Force says yes, it could handle a Godzilla attack

The new “Godzilla” movie is coming out next week, and it has a lot of people asking what would happen if Godzilla appeared out of the blue and started destroying things.

The question is particularly relevant in Las Vegas, which is shown destroyed in the trailer for the movie. (At least, the Strip is destroyed. Those of us who don’t live in hotel rooms on the Strip could be safe from the monster, for all we know.)

Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine decided to get to the bottom of things and went straight to the U.S.’ front line of defense, should the country ever be attacked by a massive, fire-breathing monster: the Air Force.

The magazine talked to members of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, home of the Air Force’s largest combat wing, to see how they would fight Godzilla.

“Probably all the F-15s we have here, and maybe some of the Cobras … at the barely least,” one airman said. “The way I would plan it, four helos, so that’s 8 guns, 600 rounds a piece of multi-purpose ammunition. It has to do something.”

Another suggested using “4,000 Segways and slingshots” to catch Godzilla off guard, since he’d likely be expecting an aerial attack.

When asked whether Godzilla’s special abilities would impact the fight, the airmen said atomic breath “would be the worst,” and the Air Force wouldn’t go anywhere near super strength. And if he can breathe underwater?

“If he goes underwater, the Navy can deal with him,” they said.

“Godzilla” is rated PG-13 and comes out May 16 in the U.S. The remake stars Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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