Here’s The Video Of The Syrian Su-22 Fitter Being Shot Down By A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet

F/A-18E Super Hornet vs Su-22 Fitter near Raqqa, as seen through the Hornet’s ATFLIR.

On Jun. 18, F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the VFA-87 “Golden Warriors” and piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mob” Tremel,” shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 Fitter near the town of Resafa (40 km to the southwest of Raqqa, Syria).

The VFA-31 Tomcatters, also embarked on USS George Bush (CVN-77) supporting Operation Inherent Resolve from the Mediterranean Sea back then, have included footage of the aerial engagement, filmed with their ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infra Red) pod, in their 2017 OIR cruise video.

Here below you can see the relevant part of the cruise video, the one that shows the AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) hitting the Syrian Sukhoi (from two different angles – maybe because other Hornets filmed the scene) and then the Fitter crashing into the ground.


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  1. “Sorry, there isn’t.”

    Sorry, you are not that one who is authorized to make any conclusions about this. (I’m not saying that I am.)

    Soviet MiGs in Korean and Vietnam Wars were quite good adversary to American fighters, this is where the most interesting part begins. The Korean War was the place where the first jet-vs-jet as well as first clashes between Soviet and U.S. fighter pilots occurred. This gave an opportunity to many skilled Soviet fighter pilots, among them many Russian origin and fighters aces of WWII, to participate in it and prove that Soviet aircraft are not technologically behind its Western counterparts. These claims are based on aerial victories of Soviet fighter pilots like Nikolay Sutyagin who is credited with 21 air victories, and is considered to be the top fighter ace of the Korean War. After him, the second most successful fighter ace became Soviet pilot Yevgeny Pepelyaev with 19 aerial victories, moreover one of the F-86s he downed was still in good condition brought to the USSR for evaluation. The third best fighter ace of the war was another Soviet fighter pilot Lev Schukin with 17 aerial victories. In comparison with the United Nation, the best fighter pilot on their side was Joseph C. McConnell credited with 16 aerial victories. Both Soviets and Americans claimed they downed about 600 aircraft during the war.

    More details about the dogfights between Soviets and Americans as well as about another talented Soviet fighter aces of the Korean War can be found in this article

    The Vietnam War once again proved how lethal Soviet MiGs with well trained crews can be if they get in aerial confrontation with Western fighter jets, especially in close dogfights where MiG-21s same as the previous MiG variants had significant advantage over less maneuverable F-4s and F-105s. Though American aerial victories were higher (about 130 air-to-air kills) North Vietnamese pilots were still able to gained quite good results (about 90 air-to-air kills, of those 14 F-105s were downed in one day) what is admirable when you consider the fact NVAF might had just about 200 MiGs during the war compared to the USAF/USN, one of the largest Air Forces in that time. Still U.S. lost almost 10,000 various aircraft (this includes also helicopters) of those over 2,000 aircraft belonged to the USAF, more than anyone else lost in this or in further wars. Most of those losses were caused due to ground fire what also proves Soviet progress in development of air defense systems.

    Very good article about North Vietnamese fighter aces

    And here are some NVAF MiG-21s which participated in many dogfights during the Vietnam War and won most of them. Notice the red stars on the fuselage, it means how many aircraft these MiGs downed.

    (14 air victories)

    (13 air victories)

    (12 air victories)

    (8 air victories)

    Ultimately, this was also the last place where the latest American and Soviet aircraft faced against each other in quite fair fights where better readiness and tactics were the key roles for the victory. If you want to still claim one side was technologically inferior, then you must be blind or not able to accept the obvious facts. Enjoy!

    • So, you are denying the 10 to 1 ratio of the Korean War in favor of the Sabres?

      I just want this to be very clear.

      Secondly, in the Vietnam war, the biggest mistake America did was to trust in early missile technology. That way they lost most of the edge, but in overall the planes were superior, and even with missiles that failed most of the time they won.

      You can’t forget how prone the MiG-21 are with pilot induced oscillation, or how inferior their radars were. There were also the advent of improved surface to air missiles. Thanks for meddling in a country, Soviet Russia! (Glad Russia had a small taste of it later on in other countries, including Afghanistan)

      Interestingly, even your own source, acepilots show a discrepancy on the downed planes.

      It is not in vain that the Phantom ahs received the wonderful distinction of being the biggest distributor of Mig parts over the world.

      • The 10:1 ratio (or previously 14:1) has been debunked a number of times. Actual ratio was closer to 2:1 in favor of the 86.

  2. Wrong.

    “While there are a handful of private donors, most of the non-governmental funding comes from large corporations, like insurance companies and institutional foundations – the people most vested in a particular outcome. Thus, all of the private money that comes in does so with a concealed agenda. That agenda is: make findings, or reach conclusions, in our favor. Put your imprimatur for accuracy and independence, on our point of view.

    And RAND invariably does so. Not explicitly, or with reference to a particular case – that would be far too obvious. Rather, the studies it authors are constrained by the “background” of the industry sponsoring whatever it is that’s being studied. This matrix of cultural practices offers up a disclosive space – a “clearing” – defining roles, context and significance. The “industry” in turn is made up of institutional players – not individuals, or claimants, or persons outside of the status quo, and especially not persons who are aggrieved. Rather, the institutions are the ones who establish the rules of the game, the terms of discourse, the length and width of the playing field. And this is how RAND gets itself co-opted, even with its eyes wide open. It simply can’t help it, given the way it’s structured its business affairs.”

  3. Not on matters of national security or combat performance. They’ve made mistakes and been wrong before, but they haven’t lied to my face (yet).

  4. Interesting or better say incredible is how you don’t know what certain things mean, even when they are fully explained in the article.

    Who said the parentheses contain the true number of downed aircraft? It is just a claim of Americans that doesn’t match with claims of other side, naturally. We known how Americans often used to purposely count some of their losses as crashes or losses due to ground fire, since this was less embarrassing way how to deal witch such high losses.

    “America did kick North Vietnam ass three times, and won the war.”

    America didn’t win anything in Vietnam, they withdrawn their forces after their Air Force/Naval Air Force suffered losses like never before, even when North Vietnam was highly outnumbered by U.S. forces. I know it is hard to deal with, but communists won in Vietnam by took control over South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. That’s also why Vietnam is now aly with Russia.

    “Remember, the Sabre had a radar, and had the all moving tail…”

    Those were improvements that for the first time had only the late version F-86E which was introduced in 1953, a year when the war was over. MiG-15s with their superior maneuverability owned the Korean sky over 2 years when fighting against the previous versions of the F-86.

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