“I’ve Got a Great Polaroid of It”

Remember when Maverick was show boating with that MiG in “Topgun”?  An Air Force pilot came pretty close to recreating that movie magic.

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It has been reported by The Aviationist, that back in 2012 American MQ-1 drones were being operated in international airspace outside of Iran and were intercepted by two Su-25’s flown by the Pasdaran.  Otherwise known as “The Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution” or  The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF). Whatever. These two Iranian jet jockeys failed to do anything to the drone.  That’s like striking out in T Ball.

After the incident, it was decided that the drones would be escorted by U.S. Navy F-18’s and U.S. Air Force F-22’s.  This would mark the combat debut of America’s fifth generation stealth fighter. The next time up at bat, Iran sent two F-4E Phantom II’s to intercept an MQ-1 off Iran and about 16 miles into international airspace.  When the F-4’s closed on the drone U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh reported what happened next:

“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’”

Surprise Motherfucker!
Surprise Motherfucker!

 

F-22 Raptor Crashes- Pilot Killed

25 March, Edwards AFB- Test pilot David Cooley was killed when his F-22 Raptor crashed 35 miles northeast of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Cooley was on test mission when the 10AM mishap occurred.

Cooley was part of a joint Lockheed/Air Force team that was testing the F-22. He been with Lockheed/Martin since 2003 and a 23 year Air Force veteran.

This was only the second crash of a Raptor and the first since it became operational with the U.S. Air Force. The only other mishap was a December 2004 crash at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

The YF-22 Prototype crashed on take off in 1992.

The cause of latest crash is as of yet, unknown. The Air Force investigation continues.