We Now Know an F-22 Raptor Flew Under an Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom

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We Now Know an F-22 Raptor Flew Under an Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom

If the episode went exactly as Welsh described it, it was something more similar to Maverick’s close encounter with Russian MiG-28s in Top Gunthan a standard interception.

Back in 2013, Pentagon press secretary George Little said that an Iranian air force F-4 Phantom combat plane attempted to intercept a U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone flying through international airspace near Iran.

As we reported back then, one of the two F-4 Phantom jets — in service in Iran since the Shah — came to about 16 miles from the Predator, but broke off pursuit after two American planes escorting the drone broadcast a warning message.

It was a close call.

(This article by Robert Beckhusen originally appeared at War is Boring in 2013.)

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