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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse31 Jan 2019 2:47 p.m. PST

….By Banking Across It (Video)

"A Russian fighter jet has been filmed forcing a US F-15 to turn away and change course by flying dangerously close to the American aircraft.

In footage circulating on Russian social media, the Su-27 fighter comes into frame and makes a sharp left to bank across the F-15 from the side.

The US-made plane has no choice but to move out of the way as the Russian jet came within feet of hitting it…."

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Ghostrunner31 Jan 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

Russian professionalism at it's finest.

At least their paint schemes are still pretty.

Lion in the Stars31 Jan 2019 5:20 p.m. PST

The Israelis have proven (the hard way) that an F15 missing most of one wing can still fly you home.

I don't know that you can say that about Sukhois.

Generalstoner4931 Jan 2019 6:30 p.m. PST

I've said before, it is time to start illuminating the Russian planes with an active seeker alert when they pull crap like this.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 7:36 p.m. PST

Hmmm, would be unfortunate if the American jet just happened to check to see if his cannons are working at just that moment.

Serendipity happens…….

Walking Sailor31 Jan 2019 9:20 p.m. PST

The U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries aircraft was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 jet
The video is of an F-15. (He should have high yo-yoed and sat on the Sukhoi's 6 with his radars on.)

Barin101 Feb 2019 3:22 a.m. PST

Western press at its finest ;)

Omitting a valid portion of the story:

Sukhoi was protecting a government plane in international airspace. Nato airplane approached way too close to civilian airliner and was pushed away ok, may be more aggressively than safely, but there was a reason.
Smb. on board of the civilian airplane filmed this video.

BTW, it is not the first accident when NATO (and it was Swiss fighter in one case) are putting way too many attention to civilian airliners used by Russian government or ministry of defence.

14Bore01 Feb 2019 3:36 a.m. PST

At Nellis early 80's one of our FF F-15's wings got bent in the air, had to stay behind after we left until repaired but it landed alright.

BattlerBritain01 Feb 2019 7:05 a.m. PST

Watching that vid the Su doesn't seem too aggressive to me.

It's a fairly gentle nudge to push him away.
The Su was alongside not in front.

I've seen a lot worse.

If the Su had positioned itself directly in front of the F-15 and then closed the distance to a few feet, say, then I'd say that was a bit naughty. But he didn't.

However, I think the F-15 was in a safe position to start with so was the Su maneuver necessary?

RAF intercepts of Bears north of Scotland regularly escort the Bears by positioning to their side and the F-15 seemed to be doing just that.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 8:52 a.m. PST

Please define "way too close" for us Barin.

Is that 3 – 6 feet, or so, like with some encounters of our jets with Russian aircraft, or zero feet, like with errant, poorly flown, Chinese fighter jets?

Barin101 Feb 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

Not sure, there's no precise information on the accident, and we don't know what was happening before the moments, filmed on the video.
we're not talking about several feet of course it would not be allowed. Escort is to protect government plane. I don't think escort of Air Force One will be sitting idly if a Russian fighter will approach it over Atlantic.
There's another video of similar acccident also over Baltic, also with civilian airplane, carrying our MoD.
So I guess distances might be similar.

BTW, one of our senators today was suggesting the same course of action as you, Thresher, suggested in your first post.
Luckily both pilots had enough brains to not let it happen.

Andy ONeill01 Feb 2019 10:28 a.m. PST

Hopefully, neither country puts a pilot in the seat of a fighter without checking they're stable and smart enough not to "accidentally" cause a huge diplomatic disaster.

Ghostrunner01 Feb 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

BTW, one of our senators today was suggesting the same course of action as you, Thresher, suggested in your first post.
Luckily both pilots had enough brains to not let it happen.

And 50% of the pilots involved were smart enough not to try to instigate a mid-air collision.

So I guess it's all good.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 11:22 p.m. PST

I expect if it did happen Barin, other parties would be more "polite" and respectful in the future.

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