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[VIDEO] Syrian Fighter Jet SU-22 shot down by US Navy F/A-18s Hornet

Gun camera footage shows the moment a Syrian fighter jet was shot down by a US Navy F/A-18s Hornet.

It was the first time a fighter had been shot down by US combat jets since May 4, 1999, when a Serbian MiG-29 was destroyed by a US F-16.

Syrian Fighter Jet Syrian SU-22 shot down by US Navy F/A-18s
US Navy F/A-18s Super Hornet


Now a detailed account of the June incident has been given by one of the pilots involved.

The US Navy fighters, which were operating from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, were responding to calls from help from US-backed rebels operating to the south of the Islamic State capital of Raqqa.

They were being aggressively targeted by pro-President Bassar al-Assad forces.

Gun camera footage –

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Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mob” Tremel of the VFA-87 “Golden Warriors” squadron has detailed the events that followed — complete with gun camera footage — at the Tailhook Association’s annual symposium.

The full presentation can be seen here.

Commander Tremel told how he flew off the USS Bush knowing things were tense.

The US had launched a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian airfield suspected of preparing chemical weapons in April. An Iranian drone had been shot down over Syria just days earlier.

The four F/A-18s took up station near the Syrian city of al Tabqua where Syrian Government forces were advancing on US-backed Syrian rebel forces fighting Islamic State — despite repeated warnings not to.

But they were not alone.

A Russian Su-27 strike fighter was also loitering high in the area.

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The US Navy pilots began scouring the skies with their sensors for other aircraft.

One fast-moving contact was detected approaching. So Tremel moved his F/A-18 into position to visually confirm its identity.

It was a fully armed Syrian Su-22 Fitter combat jet.

Syrian Fighter Jet Syrian SU-22 shot down by US Navy F/A-18s
A Syrian Su-22 “Fitter” is pictured here dropping a bomb.

The US Navy pilots contacted their forward commanders aboard a nearby E-3 Sentry surveillance and control aircraft, asking them to warn the approaching not to approach their allies on their ground.

The Syrian pilot did not respond.

Tremel then flew his F/A-18 close over the Su-22’s canopy three times in order to get the pilot’s attention.

It was ignored.

By now the Syrian Government combat jet was within strike range of allied forces.

It dived — released bombs — and began to pull away.

Under Coalition rules of engagement, the Syrian Government jet was now a target.

Tremel’s F/A-18 quickly moved up behind it and he armed an AIM-9X Sidewinder close-range missile.

He fired. It missed.

He quickly armed a second missile — this time a mid-range AIM-120 AMRAAM — and fired again.

This time the missile locked onto the Su-22 Fitter and exploded immediately behind it.

The aircraft pitched wildly to the right and downwards in a mass of flame. Its pilot is seen jetting out of the plummeting wreck in his ejector seat.

Tremel’s F/A-18 Hornet barely managed to escape damage itself from flying debris — in particular from the remains of the Su-22’s cockpit canopy as it flashed past.

Soon after, a second Syrian fighter was shot down by his colleagues.


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