That time a Soviet bomber crashed into the sea after buzzing a U.S. aircraft carrier

Apr 14 2016 - 5 Comments

Low pass with a deadly ending.

Low passages of Russian planes on U.S. Navy warships (and vice versa) are somehow frequent as the recent flybys of Russian Su-24 Fencer bombers on USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea prove.

Usually, such “shows of force” are uneventful, however, about 50 years ago, a close encounter at sea had a deadly ending.

On May 25, 1968 a Soviet Badger-F aircraft flew some very low flybys close to USN carrier USS Essex in the Norwegian sea.

After the last pass, the aircraft, piloted by Colonel Andrey Pliyev, stalled and crashed into the sea.

According to “Cold War Warriors” the footage was considered classified by the Soviets and never shown in Russia until 2008.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    You’ve got to love it, the camera is looking down on the top of that Badger’s wings, and the camera is plainly on the flight deck, or only slightly above it judging by the camera level of the A-1 cowl. That Badger pilot was one of those bold pilots who never got old. What a waste.

    • dan

      Actually the pilot is better dead than red.

  • Vsevolod Semouchin

    In fact this video is still “top secret” in Russia. The footage shown by Russian television in 2008 is from US Congress Library ;-)

  • Jan Schmidt

    turbines take some time to give thrust power – as seen in mulhouse accident of airbus a320 – also water vapor (salt corrosion) is an issue
    it was pilot error – he slowed down too much and when he applied power stall was already inevitable

    there were a lot of intercept close encounters in cold war

  • Chugs 1984

    and you have absolutely nothing to say??? What were the rumous as to why it crashed? Did the Essex fire upon it? Were its flybys considered aggressive? Were you guys scared? Did you wee your pants? How loud was it? Were you ordered to general stations?

    Did the Essex rescue the pilot? Did they recover the aircraft? Come on man, give us the low down!