Two Soviet MiG-29 aircraft en route to an air show in British Columbia, Canada, are intercepted by F-15 Eagle aircraft.[1989](2810x1870)


It is often confirmation that is visual. Make sure that blip on the radar is what it is said by them is. And a very realpolitik-kind-of-friendly 'escort' If an f-22 is had by you, a "closer ...



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  • It's usually visual confirmation. Make sure that blip on the radar is what they say it is.
  • And a very realpolitik-kind-of-friendly 'escort'
  • If you have an F-22, a "closer look" can mean something different: http://theaviationist.com/2013/09/19/f-22-f-4-intercept/
  • That's awesome
  • Coolest thing I read today. Gave me a freedom chubby.
  • Ya, a $138M plane possibly (article specifically states that it's possible the story is bullshit) sneaking up on a plane that has been retired almost 20 years and cost $2.4M per unit.......that's what I call impressive.
  • The Iranians use an interceptor that was obsolete in the Vietnam War? Ouch.
  • A vast majority of the Iranian air force consists of surplus Cold War era US aircraft. We were rather chummy with them back then, and gave them stuff because fack you, Soviets. It's hard to get the best and newest toys when neither of the big players wanna give you stuff anymore. Edit: it doesn't mean they're bad aircraft, and we only recently retired some of them ourselves. They're just all older generation- 3rd and 4th.
  • Iran under the Shah was THE ONLY foreign power to be sold F-14 Tomcats. At the time that was like some of our best shit. Just to illustrate how chummy we were with them before '79.
  • And then Khomeini culled most of the pilots and air command, and then a lot of the jets got lost in the Iran-Iraq war. Man, Iran really got facked by the revolution.
  • Yeah, a friend of mine is Persian and his father was an F-14 pilot. I've heard some of his stories about the hsit they would do to keep them flying. Taping and welding were common practices.
  • The Yak-1 in WW2 wins the cake for the most scraped together aircraft to succeed in battle in my opinion. Tolerances were so loose that each aircraft required specific attention to keep it airborne. The aircraft all performed completely differently, and pilots often struggled or were unable to fly other Yak-1 aircraft as they got used to their own. Despite this, they showed decent success in battle (far better than the Lagg3), and demonstrated that turning aircraft were still effective in battle.
  • Yep, surprises me the Iranians didn't scrap the Tomcats already, considering how much of a pain in the uss it is to find parts and the prices.
  • It's their most capable airframe and damned right they'd try to keep them flying. You have to see it in regional terms - for 30 years their F-14s were extremely competitive/outclassed all of their regional adversaries (Iraq, Israel, etc) and despite all the recent hoopla they don't really see the US as their main enemy. The modern Iranian aerospace industry is largely founded on reverse-engineering new F-14 parts (which they've largely pulled off). If the trade sanctions ever get lifted these guys could be decent players on the world aviation market.
  • It's my understanding that they won't scrap them because the existence of the F-14 rustles the US air command's jimmies in a big way. Presumably they'll scrap them in exchange for a military/sanctions relief deal some time in the future. They certainly don't have any AIM-54s left for them anymore, so it's not like the US is worried about their AWACS getting shot down.
  • It's my understanding that they won't scrap them because the existence of the F-14 rustles the US air command's jimmies in a big way. Presumably they'll scrap them in exchange for a military/sanctions relief deal some time in the future. They certainly don't have any AIM-54s left for them anymore, so it's not like the US is worried about their AWACS getting shot down. Didn't the F-14 have a very advanced Hughes fire control system, paired with a very powerful radar? I seem to remember reading years back about someone who was charged with illegally selling surplus batteries for the AIM-54 to Iran.
  • Actually, this is a common misconception. The Iranian air force was the one branch of their armed forcess saved from major purges after the revolution (say what you want about Kohmeini, training officers for the air corps is a time and $$$ intensive process, and the new regime was rational enough to realize this). Iranian F-14s actually achieved close to a 10-1 kill/loss ratio over Iraqi aircraft during the 80-89 conflict. Obviously sources vary, but I think less than 12 F-14s were lost during that war.
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