In preparation for the release of the “Godzilla” reboot this summer, the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine wondered: How would the U.S. military respond to a real-life attack by the lizard monster?
It turns out that at least a couple members of the U.S. Air Force have thought about just such a scenario, though how serious they are about the execution of their defense plans is up for debate. Air & Space asked Senior Airman Mark Hermann and Master Sgt. Jason Edwards, stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, for their thoughts on a hypothetical Godzilla invasion, and both had some pretty inspired responses.
Hermann took the bit slightly more seriously than Edwards, speculating that the base would need all its F-15 planes and at least 600 rounds of ammunition per person to take down the beast. Godzilla’s atomic breath would be a concern for troops, Hermann said, but if the monster decided to attack from underwater, “the Navy can deal with it.”
Edwards offered a more offbeat approach to defeating Godzilla, noting that the monster “would be expecting an aerial attack.”
“To catch him off-guard, I think we would need 4,000 Segways and slingshots,” Edwards said.
Other personnel the master sergeant suggested would come in handy for a fight with Godzilla included Chuck Norris (“The obvious one,” Edwards noted), the Power Rangers, George W. Bush, and the Incredible Hulk.
“The CG one, not the Lou Ferrigno one,” Edwards clarified.
So there you go. The Air Force has us covered, America. We can sleep easy when “Godzilla” invades theaters on May 16.