[Video] Low level flying Syrian Su-24 Fencer trailing smoke

Short clip of a low level flying Su-24 trailing smoke.

Even though the user who uploaded the video to Youtube titled the footage “Mig-23 Low Pass Scream – Syria”, the aircraft you can see in the footage below is clearly a Su-24 Fencer.

The aircraft can be seen overflying the cameraman at very low altitude, trailing white smoke: provided it was really shot in Syria, the video may show a Syrian Arab Air Force Fencer hit by ground fire (or dumping fuel) trying to return to its homebase.

What do you think?

H/T to From the Skies for the heads up


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  1. Yesterday a Su-24 crashed in south Russia. RT news reported.
    In Spanish:
    MOSCU, 11 feb (Xinhua) — Un caza SU-24 del Ejército ruso se estrelló en la región meridional de Volgogrado, informó hoy miércoles el Ministerio de Defensa.

    El avión de combate, que realizaba una misión de entrenamiento, se estrelló sobre las 11:23 hora Moscú (0823 GMT) cerca de la ciudad de Kalach-on-Don, en el oeste de Volgogrado.

    El avión supersónico, que se se estrelló a siete kilómetros de la pista, se incendió poco después de despegar de la Base Aérea de Marinovka.

    Según el Ministerio de Defensa, el avión no estaba cargado con munición.

    Equipos de rescate están buscando al piloto.


  2. I think he’s dumping fuel. After he flies over, look at how fast it dissipates. Also, just the fact that it’s white (at low altitude) is a good indicator. Smoke coming from an aircraft is usually black.

    • Depends on what it is. Hydrocarbons “smoke” black, but coolant “smokes” a much lighter white.

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