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U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-worthy stunt

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  • U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-worthy stunt

    The U.S. Air Force has a message for Iran: Don’t mess with our drones.
    In what only can be described as a scene out of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun,” Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, describes how F-22 stealth jets scared off Iranian jets from a U.S. drone flying in international airspace.

    The Aviationist reports that in March a U.S. MQ-1 drone came close to being intercepted by an Iranian F-4 Phantom combat plane, but the Iranian aircraft stopped short after a warning by an American pilot.
    “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,’” Gen. Welsh said.
    According to The Aviationist, the Iranians came within 16 miles of the drone.
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  • #2
    What? He didn't invert himself over the canopy? Sheez!!
    If it pays, it stays


    • #3
      Imagine how different it would have been if it were an Iranian drone in "international aerospace" near the United States.
      “Any sufficiently advanced capitalism is indistinguishable from rent seeking.” ~ =j