In the following video you can see, for the very first time, the whole dogfight, including previously unreleased (at least not available on the Web) footage.
The air-to-air combat occurred during a freedom of navigation exercise conducted by Sixth Fleet off the Libyan coastline.
The two VF-32 F-14s, BuNo. 159610, call sign “Gypsy 207” flown by Swordsmen skipper Commander Joseph B. Connelly and by Commander Leo F. Enwright as Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) and BuNo. 159437, call sign “Gypsy 202″ crewed by Lieutenant Hermon C. Cook III and Lieutenant Commander Steven P. Collins as RIO, were flying Combat Air Patrol (CAP) from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), when an E-2C detected the two MiGs taking off from Bumbah air base.
The Floggers, heading towards the U.S. Navy jets, were picked by the F-14s’ AN/AWG-9 radar at a distance of 72 miles.
As proved by the radio communications between the aircrews involved in the engagement, the VF-32 fighters performed avoidance maneuvers for five times to avoid confrontation, but the LARAF aircraft matched their turns every time.
Then at 6 minutes and 27 seconds in the footage, at a range of 12.9 miles you can hear Gypsy 207 calling for a “Fox One” shot, meaning that he has just fired a Sparrow which, probably because of a guidance problem, misssed the target. The F-14s and MiGs continued to move closer until, at 6 minutes and 37 seconds in the video, Gypsy 202 fired another Sparrow at a distance of about ten miles against the same Flogger, destroying it.
At 7 minutes and 21 seconds the clip shows that, with the remaining Flogger now in their eyeballs, Connelly and Enwright took advantage of their action to get back of the MiG-23 calling for a “Fox Two” shot (referring to the launch of a Sidewinder) at 7 minutes and 36 seconds. Noteworthy at 7 minutes and 44 seconds the missile hit the second Flogger downing it.
The two Libyan pilots managed to eject at the last minute ending the engagement.
Here you find the full story of the aerial combat. Chunks of the footage were released by the DoD shortly after the incident.
On Mar. 3, 2015, Russian Su-30s and Su-24s aircraft from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea conducted attack runs on NATO warships operating in the Black Sea “to practice penetrating anti-air systems.”
This beautiful photo gives you a very different perspective of a typical trap landing.
Taken on Oct. 23, this cool photo features an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Sharpshooters of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 catching an arresting gear cable as it lands onto USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck.
Stennis’ crew is currently conducting fleet replacement squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ), which consists of both day and night operations.
While regular flight operations can involve launching 2-3 aircraft at a time with 1-2 hours between launches, fleet replacement squadron CQ is a 12-hour continuous flight evolution.
Some cool air-to-air images taken during UNITAS 2015 Exercise.
UNITAS 2015, the U.S. Navy‘s longest annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th edition of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile, Oct. 13-24, 2015 and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil scheduled for November.
Filmed during well deck operations, this Osprey was taking part to Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015, a multinational training exercise conducted from Aug. 31 to Sep. 10 by Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) to build U.S., Japan, Mexico and New Zealand’s amphibious, and command and control capabilities through live, simulated, and constructive military training activities.
Maybe it’s because it was taken as it was unfolding its wings, but don’t you think this Osprey looks like a Transformer in the act of transforming?