Russian fighter flies dangerously close to US airplane

| November 9, 2018

ep-3 ariesOn Nov. 5, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27.

Navy Times Link

Russians, who consider the Black Sea as their personal pond, are returning to Cold War Era confrontations. This time they proved a 50 year old turboprop powered aircraft is no match for a 4th Gen fighter.

A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane on Monday over the Black Sea, the latest incident showcasing simmering tensions in Eastern Europe between Moscow and Washington.

A Navy EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance aircraft was flying in international airspace when it was intercepted by a Sukhoi Russian Su-27 “Flanker”fighter in an interaction that lasted about 25 minutes, according to a Navy release and interviews with senior officials.

The Russian jet conducted “a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, putting at risk the pilots and crew,” according to the written statement from the 6th Fleet emailed to Navy Times.

“They buzzed us,” added Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon during a Monday press briefing. “They got a little too close.”

The Russian pilot then made an additional pass, zipping close to the U.S. plane’s right side before banking away and applying its afterburner, according to a video of the encounter released by the Navy.

“They engaged the afterburners and the whole aircraft shook,” Pahon said.

There’s an IR video in the article showcasing the too close pass and banking maneuver. Bad form, Ivan.

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    Ooooh!! So they’re back to doing the tease-the-cat things, are they?

    If only that EP-3 could have put a firecracker up the Russkie’s tailpipe….

  2. Reaperman says:

    It’s nice to see two old cold-warriors that are still such close friends. It’s written like this is a super bad thing that happened, but I’m just not feeling that. There’s some older (but better) similar footage linked in the article:

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    Road rage. The EP-3 was driving like an old lady in the passing lane.

  4. Mason says:

    Robert Mueller needs to look into this. Obviously collusion.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Yep. Old Egg Noodles will be looking into this attempted collision next.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        I’m a gonna have a collision with some egg noodles and grounded beast here shortly…. Is it just me or does it look like the wings and motors on that there areo plane is mounted bass akwards and/or upside down?Asking for a friend.

        • AW1Ed says:

          Ah, the ancient C-130 / P-3 engine argument. It usually goes something like, “The C-130 was first, Lockheed got it right!” and the reply is, “No, they screwed the pooch and fixed it on the P-3!”

          It’s a Ford / Chevy argument with airplanes.

          But the -130’s are on upside down…

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            “grinning” Yep have been on several from the older even 123s early 130s C 5s. Brother was a career wing wiping airdale on everything AF had. His last posting was on the 130J program as they were finishing it up and starting to deploy them. He was at Lockheed/Martin in Marietta when they still had the Naval Air Station there. Got together with him, his boys, and some of Reserve P-3 operators. It would get down right hilarious on occasions. Good times.

            • MustangCryppie says:

              One time I was on a straight stick P-3 on a TransPac. Now, P-3’s are not the fastest plane in the world, but…

              I happened to look out the window and a few thousand feet below us I noticed a C-130 lumbering along. And I mean lumbering along. We screamed past it like they were standing still! Which is quite a feat in a P-3 let me tell you!

              We used to joke that time on a P-3 slowed down, making our missions interminable. I can’t imagine what it’s like on a C-130!

              Gotta say, though, that I think the windows on the floor of the cockpit are AWESOME. Always loved those.

              And I don’t think a P-3 can top this:

  5. Roger in Republic says:

    Aren’t P-3s armed with about eight .38 revolvers? My outfit flew OV-1 Mohawks and they were heavily armed with two .38s.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      My dad (B17 gunner) was touring the Dayton air museum and spent a lot of time walking around the B1 on display.
      Looking puzzled, an Airman asked if he had any questions. My dad says “where’s the armament?” Airman replies “we don’t need any armament”.

    • AW1Ed says:

      No. The MK-79 Pencil Flare we carried is equivalent to perhaps a .38, but aim and rounds per minute pretty much suck.

      I may have heard a young AWAN learned to carry a Ruger MkII and a brick of .22lr in his survival vest. Seems a Viet of the Nam vet helo Aircrew Chief Petty Officer mentioned this could be a good thing.

      Or so I heard.

      • MustangCryppie says:

        A shipmate of mine decided it was a smart thing to carry the flare gun in his SV-2 vest LOADED!


        It was discovered during his check ride.

        As you can imagine, a little on the spot training occurred IMMEDIATELY!

    • MustangCryppie says:

      One time when I was flying missions out of Misawa, Japan, one of the pilots bought a shotgun. Very nice shotgun. Anyway, during pre-flight said pilot was walking iup and down the tube, racking the slide and screaming, “Bring on those fucking Floggers!”

      So, we had that going for us!

  6. HMC Ret says:

    Keep it up, Ivan. That’s just what the world needs … WW111 b/c someone got hotheaded and fired on us? Trying to prove their manhood? Maybe we should lock on them to see how they react next time they buzz a U.S. ship or fighter. Would it be considered a provocative move if we locked on them when they buzz us? Any chance we are doing the same thing to them?

  7. MustangCryppie says:

    Ah, the memories! Gotta love those cowboy Rooskie pilots.

    One time one of those chuckleheads thought it was a good idea to put his wing over our wing, then pull ahead of us until he was right in front of the plane and go full afterburner. Just like in this incident. Still remember the plane shaking like a mother.

    We called that little bullshit game “thumping.”

    Most pilots were pros, but there were more than enough jackwagons who wanted to prove how good of a pilot they were to make things uncomfortable to say the least.

    The ops I used to love were the ones when we tried to fly tandem with another plane that didn’t want to do the same. Walking through the tube was an experience. One second you’re touching the overhead, the next you’re about 2 inches tall. Great fun!

    • AW1Ed says:

      MAD Compensation flights (MAD-Comps). During the pitch maneuver we were aft in the galley doing Superman with the negative Gs. One of the few times I actually felt a bit airsick.

  8. Mick says:

    Speaking of dangerous flying:

    “‘Sky penis’ air pattern grounds two Marine Corps pilots, pending investigation”

    ‘Two U.S. Marine Corps pilots have been grounded pending an investigation into a digitally-mapped flight path over Southern California skies last month that appeared to be in the shape of male genitalia.

    The flight path by a T-34C Turbomentor that allegedly flew in a phallic shape was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, once home to the U.S. Navy flight school better known as Top Gun, the Washington Examiner reported.

    “The T-34C crew that are being investigated for flying a pattern resembling an obscene image are currently not flying pending the results of an ongoing investigation,” Maj. Josef Patterson, a spokesman with the unit, said in an email to the Marine Corps Times. “Although not flying for the time-being, the two Marine Corps aviators are still providing vital squadron ground support functions.”

    Radar readings first picked up the maneuver as it occurred over the Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert, about 160 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

    The flight path was reported by tracking site Aircraft Spots on its Twitter account.

    Disciplinary action won’t be decided until the investigation is complete.

    Some Twitter users expressed amusement and praised the pilots for their precision in flying.

    “It was surgical,” one user wrote. “We can be proud that our fighter pilots are probably the best in the world, and drawing a penis with this amount of skill, and precision proves it!,” said another.

    Two Navy lieutenants were disciplined last year after they used military aircraft to draw a penis over Washington state. Details of their punishment were not released.’

    • AW1Ed says:

      Who’s next, the Air Force?

      Naw, anyone who wears an ascot with a flight suit is too stuck up to consider such a thing.