David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.
NATO’s three most advanced combat planes flying together during exercise. The photographs in this post were taken recently in the skies near Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. They show a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, […]
impressive, it keeps flying almost as if nothing was!
Are there any telling signs in the video that this is something other than an unguided RPG type weapon?
Does the helo crash?
Ha – that would be the world’s luckiest shot of all time with an unguided weapon.
A hit at that altitude is clearly a SAM.
– Helicopter: Mi-17.
– Tail rotor is on left-hand side of fuselage.
– Unclear if evasive maneuvers were being taken.
– Clearly hit by a guided SAM, type unknown.
– Likely MANPAD.
– Missile impact on left side just below rotor hub.
– Probably tracking heat signature from engine.
– Appears as though the left-hand engine was damaged.
– Note vapor trail. (0:25)
– Right-hand engine likely operational, explains lack of immediate loss of control.
– Right-hand engine panel appears to be blown open. (0:31)