Considering everything that is happening in the world at present, and the disdain our Commander in chief has for our military and our nation, this story is delectable. Every now and again, we get a glimpse of what makes America America. Have a look…
F-4 Phantom, 70’s era fighter/bomber: a two-seat aircraft. Powerful and fast for its time, it is badly outclassed by:
F22 Raptor, air-superiority stealth fighter: a single seat, state-of-the-art fighter.
The Setting: March of 2013, over the Persian Gulf in international airspace. An Iranian F-4–we supplied them when America was allied with the Shah of Iran before Jimmy Carter ushered in the age of jihad–is pursuing, and closing on, an American drone, until…
…an IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-4 Phantom combat plane attempted to intercept a U.S. MQ-1 drone flying in international airspace off Iran.
As we reported back then, one of the two F-4 Phantom jets came to about 16 miles from the UAV but broke off pursuit after they were broadcast a warning message by two American planes escorting the Predator.
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…
‘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.’
If the episode went exactly as Welsh described it, it was something more similar to Maverick’s close encounter with Russian Mig-28s in Top Gun movie than a standard interception.
The F4 carries all of its weapons on under wing hard points; they are all visible, and the aircraft has an enormous radar cross section. The F22, on the other hand, carries its weapons internally to preserve its stealth characteristics. This is the kind of thing the F22 was designed to do.
Tell me again how America isn’t exceptional, Mr. Obama–oh yes, and Mr. Putin?