First US Air-to-Air Kill Since Late 90s : Footage of F/A-18 Downing a Su-22

first published on September 25, 2017 by

Footage from the US Military’s first manned air-to-air kill in nearly twenty years has surfaced. Multi-angle FLIR imagery shows a F/A-18E Super Hornet downing a SAA Su-22 over Syria this past June.

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A cruise book video from returning Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31) has circulated, depicting the US Military’s first air-to-air kill against a manned aircraft since the Balkan campaign in the late 90s. The downing of this Syrian Su-22 this summer has been attributed to Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mob” Tremel of VFA-31 who, along with several other pilots recently gave a detailed account of the events that transpired. The video depicts the shoot-down from several aerial perspectives; showing the missile strike and the subsequent fiery crash of the aircraft.

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The US Air Force additionally shot down two Iranian built drones in air-to-air operations this past summer – after they ventured too close to coalition forces.

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