Back in March a US pilot flying an F-22 Raptor, and doing his best Maverick impersonation, scared an Iranian pilot flying an F-4.
The Iranian F-4 was flying near a US drone flying in international airspace on what appears to be an intercept mission. The US pilot flew under the Iranian to check out the weapons load of the F-4. This was done without the Iranian knowing the Raptor was there.
After the weapons check the Raptor emerged off the left wing of the Iranian F-4 and radioed to the pilot.
“You really ought to go home.”
I would love to have seen the look on the Iranian’s face as that aircraft appeared from seemingly nowhere. It had to be priceless and I bet that guy was ready to fill his pants.
I am reminded of a scene from the movie Star Trek: The Voyage Home where the crew of the Enterprise (ironically flying a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey) puts the spaceship between whales and a whaling vessel just as the harpoon launches. The harpoon bounces off the cloaked ship which baffles the crew of the whaling vessel.
The Bird of Prey uncloaks and the whaling vessel’s crew goes into full panic trying to get out of there.
I imagine that Iranian felt much like that whaling crew when the US Raptor appeared out of nowhere.
The Iranians like to scream about how many of us they will kill if they are attacked or if we bother them in some way. While I don’t think we should be attacking them without cause I do think they might want to rethink their strategy.
I can’t imagine there are too many aircraft in their air force. If they were forced into battle they would lose them pretty quickly.
Hats off to the US Air Force!!
And a change of pants for the Iranian.
Never surrender, never submit.