Russian fighter buzzes U.S. Navy P-3 reconnaissance aircraft at unsafe distance

Russian fighter buzzes U.S. Navy P-3 reconnaissance aircraft at unsafe distance
Russian Su-27 Flanker in close approach to USN P-3C Orion. USN infrared video

[Ed. – No hyperventilation on this one: the image says it all. It’s an image from the IR camera on the P-3 Orion.  That Su-27 Flanker is way too effing close.  Note: the big assembly on the viewer’s right is one of the P-3’s turboprops.]

A US Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet Monday in an unsafe and unprofessional manner, according to three US defense officials and a statement from the Navy.

During an encounter that lasted a total of 25 minutes, the Russian SU-27 jet passed directly in front of the US EP-3 aircraft at a high speed, the officials said. The US crew reported turbulence following that initial interaction in which the direct pass occurred.

The SU-27 then made a second pass of the US plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which is believed to have caused a vibration that was experienced by the American crew.

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