by Optic Nerve on 03/10/13 at 8:11 am
Somewhere near Iran – (SatireWorld.com)
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.
According to The Aviationist, the Iranians came within 16 miles of the drone which was close to air-to-air missle range for the aged US built fighter-bomber built in the late 1960s.
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 on the international frequency and said ‘you really ought to go home,’” Gen. Welsh said.
“The pilot reported a dark brown plume trailing the Iranian war plane that didn’t appear to be the trademark jet exhaust plume of a Phantom jet.”