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Now That’s an Air Force Story

September 20th, 2013 - 6:40 am

BadassSomewhere over the Persian Gulf:

The episode happened in March 2013, few months after a two Sukhoi Su-25 attack planes operated by the Pasdaran (informal name of the IRGC – the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) attempted to shoot down an American MQ-1 flying a routine surveillance flight in international airspace some 16 miles off Iran, the interception of the unmanned aircraft failed. After this attempted interception the Pentagon decided to escort the drones involved in ISR (intelligence surveillance reconnaissance) missions with fighter jets (either F-18 Hornets with the CVW 9 embarked on the USS John C. Stennis whose Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility or F-22 Raptors like those deployed to Al Dhafra in the UAE.

New details about the episode were recently disclosed by Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh who on Sept. 17 not only confirmed that the fighter jets providing HVAAE (High Value Air Asset Escort) were F-22 stealth fighters but also said that:

“He [the Raptor pilot] flew under their aircraft [the F-4s] to check out their weapons load without them knowing that he was there, and then pulled up on their left wing and then called them and said ‘you really ought to go home’”

Hat tip to Will Collier, who totally made my day with that link.

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Hmmmm, escorting drones with manned extra-high-dollar fighters ... what am I missing?
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Good stuff. Right up there w/ the story from the 80's re: Gaddafi's "Line of Death". Couple of Libyan Air Force pilots thought they could get the best of a pair of Tomcats. The story I read started out "Two Libyan pilots with an apparent death wish..."
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Apparently this is why we need fewer next-gen fighters, and more drones. Or something.
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