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Watch As A Ukraine MiG "Buzzes The Trees" To Spook East Ukraine Civilians

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A few days ago, in an attempt to regain the Krematorsk air base in the "separatist" eastern region, as part of the "counter-terrorist" offensive launched against the pro-Russians, Kiev also started what according to reports was an airborne press by Ukraine Mig fight jets. The condemnation by Russia to such an escalation against the country's own people was swift, and curiously, so was that by Ukraine's own troops which deserted the country's army to join eastern forces, taking with them an unknown number of tanks and APCs.

So in what perhaps is a follow on attempt to preempt further escalation, Ukraine's air force has adopted a maneuver taken straight out of Top Gun's "Buzzing the Tower" approach, only this one involves "Buzzing the Tress."

As RT reports:

The Ukrainian army is ramping up psychological pressure on regions engulfed in anti-government protests. The skies over cities in eastern Ukraine are resounding to the roar of attack helicopters and fighter jets.


The Ukrainian Air Force has deployed a number of military helicopters and fighter jets, which have taken to the skies above the cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk in the rebellious Donetsk region.


The authorities in Kiev of course realize that using military aviation against civilian protesters, the absolute majority of which remain unarmed, would be utterly insane.


So, an original ‘solution’ was found on how to make use of fighter jets to fight the mutiny in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.


Ukrainian pilots are now burning tons of expensive aviation fuel to frighten rebellious cities into compliance by roaring fighter jets above the heads of the activists.

RT's bias is well-known - as is that of the western media - but they should be commended for this bit of snark:

It must be noted that just several weeks ago the Kiev authorities announced a nationwide fund to supply the country’s army because it turned out that the troops are not only undersupplied and armed with outdated weapons, but also simply don’t have enough fuel to operate military hardware .


Commentators on the videos demonstrating the might of the Ukrainian Air Force note that during the years of independence Ukrainian authorities were somewhat lax in supplying enough fuel for training combat pilots. Now it appears that Ukrainian pilots are trying to make up for lost time by performing the kind of risky stunts they were deprived of for so many years.

Because there is nothing like Mig pilots practicing avoiding to hit tress as part of a mass psychological campaign to scare the restless eastern natives into submission. As for where they will get the funds needed to refuel their planes? Why from issuing the same "Military bonds" we reported about previously.

And while we await the eager public reception of said bonds, watch as a Ukraine pilot does a fly by and narrowly misses hitting a tree.


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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:40 | 4669197 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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No one seemed to give a shit lol.....if that happened in america. you would see the pussified males scrambling and hugging eachother in total fear.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:42 | 4669205 TeamDepends
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General "Buck" Turgidson: If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4669217 Latina Lover
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If Kiev really wanted to win the hearts and minds of the locals, instead of buzzing trees, they should spray them with vodka.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:48 | 4669227 Tengri Temujin
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That pilot has the same mentality and small balls and dick like the Bureau of Land Management Goons with their tactical tasers and assualt rifles zeroed in on Patriotic Americans

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:54 | 4669266 crazzziecanuck
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That might not be true.

A lot of people would think this was damned cool, not intimidating.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:02 | 4669301 economics9698
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“Flyovers” were the best damn thing in the Air Force.  That one was pretty good.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08 | 4669324 john39
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kiev bunker regime (and nato) is desperate to bait Russia into taking some action, to justify NATO intervention.  As usual, Putin will be two steps ahead of these clowns...  Kiev will collapse long before Russia has to fire a shot.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:24 | 4669388 smlbizman
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can someone please let me know when i can come from under bed.....its very very scary u know?...sal rosenberg..

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:44 | 4669457 nope-1004
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if that happened in america. you would see the pussified males scrambling and hugging eachother in total fear.


Happens in Amerika all the time... football games, inaugurations, carnivals, on and on.  The only difference is that in Merika they cheer it on.  The people have been brainwashed to believe their fascist leaders are looking out for them.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:39 | 4669652 zerozulu
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As some one said, the pilot took it out  for his last spin before Putin confiscate it.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:11 | 4669783 CheapBastard
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It'd be more entertaining if he hit the tree.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:15 | 4669789 New England Patriot
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Patty Benjamin?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:42 | 4669907 Soul Glow
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Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance:

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:03 | 4669981 Keyser
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It appears a few have been hitting the sauce... It was a low fly-by, BFD... Leave it to the ungratefull yid to set the tone for the thread... 


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:14 | 4670027 DaddyO
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Here, let me cheer you up then...

Pfft, to all those who say history never repeats itself.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:28 | 4670066 SWRichmond
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It's my understanding that those things are shockingly easy to hit when they're that low.  Massed automatic weapons (AK) fire with a few footballs fields worth of lead would fuck it up quite badly.  Low and slow?  Please keep doing that stupid shit.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:40 | 4670102 zuuma
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& Ball bearings!



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:32 | 4670304 BigJim
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Sorry if I'm being dim here: but how do we know it was a Ukrainian MIG? I couldn't make the markings out at all.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:40 | 4670103 zuuma
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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:20 | 4670229 daveO
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I ain't buying it. More likely CIA(or Israeli) agents trying to drum up support for war. The fact that Kerry, and the ZOA(whoever the hell they are), made a statement tells me it was planned.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:01 | 4670432 BigJim
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Well, if anything is going to discredit Putin, the 'New Hitler', it would be Nazi-style anti-Semitism... which makes me wonder if this was done by agents provocateur.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:01 | 4670841 EscapingProgress
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Fucking lies.

"The flyers were official-looking documents that carried what was presented as Pushilin’s signature, but the news site on Wednesday quoted Pushilin as denying any connection to the flyers, calling them a provocation."

"Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky told Israel Radio Wednesday that he expects immigration to Israel from Ukraine to double by the end of the year."

"On Tuesday, the news website reported that the flyers were handed out that day by three unidentified men in balaclava masks carrying a flag of the Russian Federation."

You would have to be retarded to believe that such a letter is real.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:57 | 4670864 Flagit
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of all the fucking stories to run, they picked that one.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:22 | 4670917 Flagit
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Here, let me cheer you up then...

Pfft, to all those who say history never repeats itself.


i was just reading the comments for that article. they are VASTLY pro-israel and anti-russia. look how MANY posters have a university or high school tag to their post. these are not students, but teachers.

the jews are calling out the civilian reserves. its on.

im almost amazed at how the playbook is unfolding. corner and box in your enemy. provoke them to the point they have to fight back or die. label them as worldwide antagonists, form a "coalition" to save the world, then invade/liberate.

has anyone heard this story before?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:16 | 4669801 strannick
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The spookiest part is that the folks on the ground know it could run out of gas and crash into them

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:04 | 4669991 Keyser
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Not everyone is a nervous nelly and no, the sky isn't falling...


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:51 | 4669482 Golden Rule
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Bring all your shoes and you have them.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:20 | 4669584 StupidEarthlings
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Total flashback moment.

Arrowed up.


He said bad awful things and I fell down the stairs..and my shoes fell off.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:47 | 4669926 More_sellers_th...
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HAHA Bring back the 80's

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:24 | 4669575 Chief KnocAHoma
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This morning an NSA computer overheard the following conversation:

JOHN KERRY: (Sitting in a spa with green mud all over his face while two Asian girls are shaving off all his body hair.) Mr. President we must support this NATO deployment or the United States will be seen as a paper tiger.

THE PREZ: (Sitting slumped in his chair behind his desk while rubbing his dick through his trousers.) John we are a paper tiger! Hell I feel so weak I can’t even get a chubby anymore for Reggie. Why can’t Europe carry the financial load and send their boys to the front?

KERRY: Because the USA must lead the World through this time of struggle… and Soros wants us to be sure his heroin shipments into Russia are secure.

THE PREZ:  But this morning one of these really smart people that tell me what to do every day said that Vlad has a hard on for Alaska. He’s just so tuff and all.

KERRY: Buck up Mr. President, we have tuff people too. Not you of course, but me and McCain have been battle tested. If the bullets start flying we won’t back down.

THE PREZ: No John… I won’t shoot back. In fact I’m going to go ahead and surrender to Vlad. He’s just so sexy! Maybe he’ll let me be his bitch and live in Crimea.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:48 | 4669661 Two-bits
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And then the TOTUS went and did this dumb shit:


Next it will be instagrams from the situation room, a la photo ops from OBL's takedown, and selfies from the PEOC with a quote like "It's okay folks, I'm safe and sound, and the PEOC is stocked up on red sharpies".

I'm going out to the garden for a bit.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:11 | 4669781 Herd Redirectio...
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Look at those fake teeth.  At least they got some good dentists up in Washington...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:53 | 4669701 saints51
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More like 2 Asian boys. John Kerry along with most male politicians like cocks.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:49 | 4669475 123dobryden
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when putin is so great, why his country is such a shit e.g. in life expectancy?

first you consolidate economy, then you can start showing chineese are doing

first you become a banking centre for stolen russian english are doing

you dont waste resources of your countrymen on wars when your people get nothing back,  like russians are doing

at least common americans got something back from their imperial army, its called petrodollar, world reserve currency, living at the expense of the rest of the world


so who is how many steps ahead???

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:02 | 4669519 BlindMonkey
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"you dont waste resources of your countrymen on wars when your people get nothing back, like russians are doing at least common americans got something back from their imperial army, its called petrodollar, world reserve currency, living at the expense of the rest of the world"


You either missed the sarc tag or are trying to emulate MDB here.  You need to up your game a bit if you are going to be successful at it.  I will down arrow you because you failed to provide either humor or a point.  Keep trying though.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:00 | 4673454 123dobryden
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truth is hard to digest, especialy truth about yourself

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:55 | 4669713 Freddie
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Since 2010 - Russia's life expectency is improving rapidly.  Female life expect is about the same as the USA now.   The USA is dropping and that is before ObamaCare.  My guess is American life expectency will drop by 3 to 4 years in the next 5 years.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:00 | 4670169 edotabin
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Gotta keep SS solvent

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:48 | 4673416 123dobryden
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The average life expectancy of people born in Russia in 2012 was 69.7 years. Rosstat presented the data at a trilateral commission for the regulation of social-labor relations (and Izvestia also has its own copy of the document). According to official data of the statistical agency, last year this demographic indicator fell for the first time since 2003.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:57 | 4669727 Zerozen
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"Dobryden" must be Polish

An opinion from you about things involving Russia is probably about as objective as asking a New York Yankees fan what they think of the Boston Red Sox

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:57 | 4673448 123dobryden
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No i am not /i am mixed slovak, czech and a bit jew/ and i was in poland and i also was in russia and i was in ukraine as well.

difference between us is i can point all those countries on the map and i can speak russian

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:23 | 4670265 daveO
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Defending Russian resources so there will be a tomorrow for Russia.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:14 | 4669350 highly illogical
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They are great as long as they are friendly flyovers.  Not so much when their weapons are free

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:31 | 4669864 Latina Lover
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Yeah, and thats when the 'stolen' Iglas and other anti aircraft missiles show up.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:10 | 4669330 navy62802
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Most Americans would probably be like "Oh look, the Blue Angels." ... until brrr. brrr. brrr. and they're all vaporized by the 20mm gatling gun.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:06 | 4669541 BlindMonkey
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GE.  We bring good things to life!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:25 | 4669836 Two-bits
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When I was one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, I had the pleasure to work on the little brother of the M61; the M197.

It has 3 barrels as opposed to the six on the M61, and fires at a quarter of the rate of the M61 (unless you bypass a circuit or two) to keep the recoil down for use on the AH-1W super cobra.  Let me tell you, the sound and sight of that thing winding up will scare the shit out of you.  It was a wonderful piece of metal to work on.  The turret itself has over 3000 parts, not to mention the cannon, feeder, and belt system to get the 20mm rounds from the can to the feeder.  The feeder itself is a piece of shit that was responsible for the majority of the jamming, but the optics linked from the helmet of the gunner to cannon itself was impressive. 

I remember using a decommissioned feeder as a doorstop quite effectively.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:30 | 4669613 MeMongo
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I suppose it might be "cool" until the pilot accidentally hits the napalm switch!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:46 | 4669223 Two Theives and...
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George C Scott was FANTASTIC in that role. Dr Strangelove is more apropos than ever! Yee haaawwwwwwwww!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:05 | 4669308 Stanley Kubrick
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I couldn't agree more....ahem.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:06 | 4670000 Keyser
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Just waiting for Slim Pickens to show up...


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:49 | 4669236 HardAssets
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How do you say "Maverick" in Ukrainian ?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:08 | 4669320 BeetleBailey
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That would be "douchebag"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:15 | 4669354 IndyPat
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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:20 | 4669373 caShOnlY
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wonder if the mig performed a wet start?  I bet ol' johnny "warhawks" mccain could show them how it's done. 

you know what would have be humorous? a russian mig low flyover with ol' johnny warharks tethered and dangling behind it! (by the neck, of course)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:44 | 4669674 Z_End
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oh please... Only hing Johnny Mac is good at is getting shot down...

Still hopig that Vlad offers up McCains KGB dossier from his Vietnam vacation...


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:57 | 4669725 Freddie
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Wet Start McCain.  His old man the Admiral sold out the sailors on the USS Liberty.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:06 | 4669539 angel_of_joy
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If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom!


That would make a perfect target for a Strela-2 missile.

There was a reason why NATO pilots bombed Serbia from 15,000 ft only. Ukrainean pilots are going to learn it soon... the hard way.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:43 | 4669210 tmosley
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I think the second time they came by, I personally would have taken a few pot shots at it with small arms.

It'd be pretty funny if that jackass got shot down by a few guys with rifles.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:06 | 4669312 john39
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the biggest clay-bird i ever saw...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:04 | 4669531 SGKid
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If that Mig had hit the tree and crashed...

The West will say that the russians shot it down....

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:12 | 4669559 BlindMonkey
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Awesome.  Imagine an entire array of surface to air trees.  That should take about 50 years or so to deploy.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:08 | 4670004 Keyser
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At a cost of only $7 trillion... What a bargain...



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:06 | 4669313 Azannoth
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I think at that altitude they could even use a Slingshot :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4669221 joak
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I don't know if it's braveness or pure madness. Either way I love Russians for that :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:47 | 4669224 Latina Lover
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Combination of lots of vodka, and no floride in the water.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:48 | 4669228 onewayticket2
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it appears the call from obama yesterday really scared them straight.   /s

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:52 | 4669251 blabam
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In the US you would not hear the jet because of the crecendo of OW MY GOD! 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:02 | 4669300 fudge
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@ The_Ungrateful_Yid

Why would they care ..

And Su-27 in this story is in 'Ukrainian Falcons' aerobatic team camo, they disbanded in 2002 and they not even repainted LoL..on the pylons A2A P-27s and P-60s.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:13 | 4669331 Confused
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"if that happened in america. you would see the pussified males scrambling and hugging eachother in total fear."


Yeah. Because fear of death by a war machine is so un-manly. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that they have had a ton more experience with that shit than Americans. But hey....


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40 | 4669641 MeMongo
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Dude! You're definitely confused, hopefully not sexually, but were all gonna die someday, and I for one ain't gonna be the pussy guy hugging my fellow comrade,while weeping. so for the love of God please grow a pair!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:02 | 4670175 Confused
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Yes, yes, sexualy confused. Grow a pair. uh huh. Ok. Good stuff. Machismo sprinkled in there. Nice work. We are all going to die, ok nice.


Looks like there are alot of John Rambos around here who don't fear death. Good to know. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:52 | 4671568 MeMongo
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never fear death confused just prepare for it! I'm not macho, confused, I'm Mongo! I taught my boys to not be one of these metro sexical things, and neither me nor them are armchair types. I'm in South Western Pennsylvania, not near any Feinstein hubs and if you were smart you would be doing everything in your power to get self sufficient........son!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:10 | 4669333 killallthefiat
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I wonder if 100 men with buckshot or turkeyshot loaded shotguns could take it out. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:39 | 4669649 MeMongo
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Fiat that is just stupid! No they could not! Google principals of physics relative to speed!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:59 | 4669730 saints51
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Now come on Mongo. You know damn well if it was us ZH'ers in that field, we would all take shots at it. it would be something we would do and laugh about it while committing the act.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:22 | 4669385 robertsgt40
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Good luck getting parts for those MIGs.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:12 | 4669561 Drifter
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Makes me wonder what percent of Americans would do anything govt says for a paycheck, even harass attack and kill other Americans?

Gotta be a big percentage, people with no conscience, adopting the govt view if the paycheck is big enough, and it doesn't have to be very big in most cases.

Because they have no moral roots, no loyalty to fellow Americans. Selling their soul for a paycheck.

I think it might be 70%, maybe 80%, even 90%.

That's why America isn't worth saving. The people are soul-less and corrupt and as the govt.

Maybe not here, but this is .0001%

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40 | 4669651 Cannon Fodder
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Consider what happened to the Bonus March veterans of WW1 - good ole McArthur.... yeah, people will do what ever if the government tells them so and the paycheck is there...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:59 | 4669735 TheMeatTrapper
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"Makes me wonder what percent of Americans would do anything govt says for a paycheck, even harass attack and kill other Americans?

Gotta be a big percentage, people with no conscience, adopting the govt view if the paycheck is big enough, and it doesn't have to be very big in most cases.

Because they have no moral roots, no loyalty to fellow Americans. Selling their soul for a paycheck.

I think it might be 70%, maybe 80%, even 90%.

That's why America isn't worth saving. The people are soul-less and corrupt and as the govt."


I would up arrow that a thousand times if I could. Truth. Period. This country sucks because the vast majority of the people here suck. While driving to work this morning I took note of just how many people had expressions of rage or unhappiness on their faces. 

It was a beautiful morning, temps in the 60's, blue sky, they all drive $30 - $50K SUV's, they have designer clothing on, make up, satellite stereo systems, GPS systems - and they are fucking MISERABLE. Most of the people I share the road with are lost, morally and spiritually. They are wasting their lives in a cycle of dependence. They are like rats on a wheel. They fight like hell to get in front of you - when there are another 20,000 cars in front of them. They race from red light to red light. Day after day after day. 

This country is sick. It is unhealthy. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:26 | 4669838 Herd Redirectio...
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"the people I share the road with are lost, morally and spiritually. They are wasting their lives in a cycle of dependence. They are like rats on a wheel. They fight like hell to get in front of you"

Yep, and to top it off, lots of those people scowling are already on anti-depressants or opiates!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:27 | 4669604 Dr. Destructo
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More like drop their Big Gulps, jump as high as gravity will allow their fat bodies and yell "WOOOO!" and "USA! USA!".

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:42 | 4669662 Jumbotron
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In Ukraine it's  " that AGAIN, that was cool ! "

In America it's "OH SHIT......RUN.... !!!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:40 | 4669198 LetThemEatRand
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"Obey or we will kill you.  Now pay your taxes so we can afford more of this fuel we're using to threaten you."  Sounds familiar.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:50 | 4669243 css1971
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The words of kings going back many thousands of years.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:42 | 4669199 Headbanger
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Good thing it wasn't supersonic cause they wouldn't hear it coming and their skulls would cave in when it passed them from the shock wave.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:10 | 4669329 Azannoth
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Not a good idea to go supersonic at low altitude the Plane might not take it, especially an 20-30year old plane.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:11 | 4669338 Headbanger
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Yeah right...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:38 | 4669643 zerozulu
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Next time people should sling some mud and see the miracle.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:12 | 4669342 navy62802
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The could probably only only afford enough fuel for a single low-altitude sub-sonic pass.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:41 | 4669202 rtalcott
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They will get fuel from the US....maybe the east will get some small SAMs from someplace too

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4669218 intotheblack
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Cue the S-400s, yo. Watch Ukrainian MIGs fall from the sky like a gentle summer rain only fiery-er.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:50 | 4669244 Tengri Temujin
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They just have to let him use up his fuel and take care of him when he eventually lands.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:57 | 4669282 rtalcott
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Don't think they will need the S-400...the big question is how many does Russia have?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:58 | 4669283 rtalcott
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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:01 | 4669290 Headbanger
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But that's why it's flying so low to get into the "ground clutter" of the radar as well as avoid visual contact.

I wonder what "look down" radar systems the Russians have deployed for such tactics like a version of our AWACS?


Found it:

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:41 | 4669203 Gringo Viejo
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Like bein' at the Reno air show. Yeehah!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:15 | 4670029 Serfer Dude
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Most years yes, but not the 2011 air show.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:42 | 4669207 TheBoyPlunger
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Negative Ghost Rider the pattern is full.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:30 | 4669410 Sweet Chicken
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Highway to the FIAT-Zone!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:43 | 4669209 q99x2
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They use trash collection trucks where I live. Six fucking trucks come by every Thursday morning. Three on each side of the street.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:44 | 4669214 Payne
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That was the pressure wave that moved the tree.  Pilot was good.  Problem from low levels is birds.   Only takes one bird at that altitude and no time for ejection.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:48 | 4669230 intotheblack
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That would be true for NATO aircraft. Russian engineering is simpler, more robust. Every notice what a mess Russian airfiields are? They don't have to keep them policied of every possible movable object however small. A MIG could meat-grind through a flock of geese and the pilot not even notice.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:13 | 4669346 Oh regional Indian
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Not entirely true FOD and russian craft. I grew up around Migs (fighter pilot father in India, all Ruski some brit fleet). Airport sanitation was like anywhere else.

That said, the Mig21 is a timeless piece of aeronautical art.

Like the Spitfire and DC-3.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:24 | 4669595 BlindMonkey
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Su-27 (and presumably newer Su-xx) have pop up titanium screens to cover the intakes when landing for FOD.  The engine intakes are so low that it necessitates this since the front landing gear can kickup FOD or blow a tire.  

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:25 | 4669396 Snidley Whipsnae
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In the Navy we called it FOD... foreign object damage. Some airports have trucks with large magnets to pick up pieces of metal on runways. A bunch of guys in a line walking the runways get it done.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:02 | 4669524 toady
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I was in the AF back in the mid-80s and drove a sweeper truck on the runway& taxiways in a civil engineering squadron. Big magnet attachment in front for metal, vacuum under the belly for everything else (Tymco). A lot easier than lining everyone up and walking the runway. 


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:13 | 4669563 Snidley Whipsnae
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"A lot easier than lining everyone up and walking the runway."

The US Navy had it's own ideas and they didn't give a damn about what I thought. lol

But, I was in a long time ago. Aircrew in P2V Neptune... ancient. 

All has changed now.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:01 | 4669518 crazzziecanuck
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You are correct that Russian aircraft does some protective action (intakes are covered and compressor flow comes from above the intakes from what I've seen) on the ground. The protective cowls stop stuff from the ground being sucked into the engine.   But once it's in the air, it's just like any other turbine engine.  Throw anything in it and it will cause damage and even serious problems.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:12 | 4669560 toady
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Ever seen the videos of those dudes on aircraft carriers getting sucked up into the engine?

At least tthey're liquidated quickly...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:05 | 4669535 Payne
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Not sure that you have ever had a class in turbine engines.  The engine will still stall, ie flameout.  They might be durable enough not to disintegrate from a bird doesn't matter if it needs to be restarted at 50 feet.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:51 | 4669249 Proofreder
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Also noticed that the pilot pulled up  s l o w l y ...

at any low and slow altitude, the first reaction of the aircraft to pulling up on the stick is to sink a little.

If low enough, one has to hope leeway is sufficient.  Tight sphincter time.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:39 | 4669433 nonclaim
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"Missing" a tall tree top is not much compared to that Argentinian pilot narrowly missing Earth. Ok, it was a more agile (smaller) fighter, but here nobody had to make way for it :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:40 | 4669444 Oh regional Indian
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Actually all modern fighter aircraft have so much lift, if th eengines are good, they can pretty much go vertical in a heartbeat. THey do nto need wing lift. I saw an F something or the other at the Bangalore airshow last year. 

The aircraft just hung in the air, 400-500 feet of the ground, balancing on it's twin thrusters.

Just hung there. And then hit it and git it....straight up.

Too much power....very fractal...


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:05 | 4669533 Snidley Whipsnae
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ori... even 'unmodern' fighters (mid 1950s) were awsome. Ever see an Navy F8 Crusader go AB (afterburner). The climb was ~ 25,000 ft/min. 

Nothing on the carrier had that sound and no one got used to it. You could feel it all the way through your body and bones.

All those F8s and all that money gone bye-byes. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:23 | 4669592 Oh regional Indian
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Epic memories Snidley.

I remember class getting disrupted by Mig 21 Ground testing....

And then Harrier's on a Carrier....

And then 4 Inch guns on of those shook a ship, regardless of mounting buffers...

Too loud, poor energy conversion, we love our LOUD....


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:41 | 4669901 Ace Ventura
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Gentlemen, for truly epic afterburner engagements, you need to experience the long-retired F-106 Delta Dart. Throttle up to mil power.....over the hump into AB....then after about 1-2 second lag where the engine actually appears to go quiet.............BOOOOOOM!!! It was literally like a small b0mb going off when AB finally lit in those beasts.

For sheer decibel levels, you need to experience the Panavia Tornado when rolling down the runway in full AB. It's like the 'Ludicrous Volume' setting. Always surprises you too, because the engines on the Tornado are not nearly as massive as those on the F-4, F-111, F-15 or Mig-25.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:24 | 4669596 toady
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I was part of a deployment to Korea in February. They had us living in tents on the end of a runway right next to the ocean. It was cold as hell.

Anyway, they had F-16 going vertical of the runway around the clock. At least 2 an hour, sometimes every few minutes. A hundred yards or so of runway, then straight up.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:31 | 4669616 BlindMonkey
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You actually mean "thrust" and not lift.  Lift is from wings, thrust from engines.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:49 | 4669685 detached.amusement
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but not too many can keep up the climb indefinitely, I think even the f-18s werent able to just keep climbing...I forget what the term was.  did a contract job at pratt a bunch of years ago when it was plastered with F-22 stuff all over the place and the big boast about it was that its thrust capability let it past that thrust curve where it could keep ascending vertically, indefinitely....well, so long as there's sufficient atmosphere of course...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:49 | 4670849 Real Estate Geek
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The F15 could climb "indefinitely" because of its 1.2:1 thrust-to-weight ratio. IIRC, it weighs ~40,000 lbs and has two engines with total thrust of 50,000 lbs.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:02 | 4669270 Wile-E-Coyote
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Jees what are they using to fuel those planes Diesel. Something seriously wrong with the air fuel mixture, a lot of unburnt fuel coming out of that plane.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:17 | 4669359 decon
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Jet fuel is diesel

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:03 | 4669527 crazzziecanuck
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I thought kerosene was jet fuel?  I have a hard time believing it's diesel.  I can't see it working in a turbine.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:43 | 4669665 toady
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Yeah, jet fuel isn't diesel. It's probably the most highly refined petroleum product out there. Diesel is a petroleum product by-product, the leftovers from refining processes, which is why it used to be so cheap. Now they figure a bucks a buck, might as well jack up diesel prices too.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:51 | 4669693 detached.amusement
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yeah that really annoyed me when diesel rose like mad, just because, well, "its gas, and gas prices are rising"...and for pretty much no other fkn reason.  not that I even use diesel, but all those trucks that refuse to get in the right lane on the highway all use it.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:11 | 4670015 Zerozen
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Diesel was considered a by-product many decades ago, but in this day and age almost every last molecule in a barrel of crude oil is useful. Diesel is in high demand as an automotive fuel for cars and marine engines. The only things I could think of that are treated as low value by-products are things like slurry oil or the really dirty grades of fuel oil...maybe like 5-10% of the barrel?

You do realize that all these products are made from the same raw material, which is crude oil, right? If gas prices go up, odds are everything else is going up too (diesel, kerosene, propane, etc.) because crude oil has gone up in price.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:26 | 4669843 decon
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Jet A, kerosene and diesel are all essentially the same thing and interchangeable for most power plants.  In a pinch we've used truck diesel in turbine helicopters on numerous occasions.  Jet A is just filtered to a higher level.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:02 | 4670176 The Chief
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Its Kerosene. I make it for a living (or part of my living, I should say)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:17 | 4669361 Azannoth
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They distil the fuel and drink it! than put the rest back into the tank :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:44 | 4669215 slightlyskeptical
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Can't help but think that the Ukranians will be ready the next time they come in that low.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4669219 LeisureSmith
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Armed and ready. Don't strafe me bro.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4669220 Savvy
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Yeah baby, buy the bonds so we can afford the war against you. Right.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:48 | 4669229 Latina Lover
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The bonds will never float unless the US secretly buys them. Having said that, it won't matter to the war effort since most of the collected will be stolen by the politicians and sent to foreign bank accounts.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:51 | 4669247 Two-bits
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You hear that Belgium?  Time for moar bonds!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:02 | 4669275 tony wilson
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buy bonds

for mig tree buzzing you bastards

buy bonds  for bombs you scum

buy bonds so we can kill you.

buy bonds so we can bury you

in the nuland chevron fractured monsanto soils

buy bonds or don't buy bonds.

either way we will bury you.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:46 | 4669222 Josh Randall
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insert bad Top Gun movie reference here...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:55 | 4669231 SheepDog-One
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The utility poles are taller than that tree, it was just an optical illusion.

Also the Ukrainian civilians there don't seem 'spooked' at all, they're probably 3X tougher than the avg american.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:49 | 4669237 tony wilson
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Ukraine MiG "Buzzes The Trees" To Spook East Ukraine Civilians


this is an outrage

an insult to freedom

putin cannot be allowed to get away with this.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:53 | 4669260 Infinite QE
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Now Kiev has banned all Russian men aged 15-60 from entering Ukraine. Israelis still have free access, paid for of course by the US.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:55 | 4669273 Winston Churchill
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Finally getting your schtick , keep it up.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:52 | 4669257 replaceme
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Seriously, that low and slow?  All they'd have to do is slingshot up handfuls of gravel, let the engines suck it in.... A couple frat guys w/ waterballoon launchers could take down a Mig.  DEL-TA!!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:53 | 4669258 Blano
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"Narrowly misses a tree" is a bit of a stretch there guys.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:02 | 4669298 Q.E.easy
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Really? looks like he cleared it by no more then 3-4' there. In a 50'+ long fighter that's not exactly what I would call alot of fluff room.



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:52 | 4669490 Blano
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Watch the slow motion part.  It's plenty more than 3-4 feet.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:56 | 4669712 Snidley Whipsnae
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WW2 era P47s, P38s, P51s, etc, often returned to base with pieces of tree limbs wedged into leading edge of wings. 

Those WW2 guys got real low strafing 'targets of opportunity'. 

Good film footage here... it's military film including flag waving but good film.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:56 | 4669967 Ace Ventura
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Ok y'all got me reminiscing. You want low level.....check it out!

Now THAT calls for professional trouser retrieval......from the vise-like grip of a hyper-puckered poop-shooter.


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:55 | 4669272 Bastiat
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There was a case I think in the 50s or 60 of hotdog buzzing sheep in the western US.  Bullet hole from a Basque shephard was discovered after he landed.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40 | 4669653 hardcleareye
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Yeah, I was wonder what a 30-30 bullet would look like in that mig...  it would have to be a lucky shot...  it is moving pretty fast.

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