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US military was testing the capabilities of the Russian Su-27 flanker when up against an F-16


Via The War Files –  Picture recently taken near Groom Lake, Nevada, where the US military was testing the capabilities of the Russian Su-27 flanker when up against an F-16. The man who photographed all the pictures of the mock dog fight said: “I was visiting Nevada hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the latest defense programmes being tested. On (January) the Monday and Wednesday, Nellis Aggressor F-15s and F-16s were regularly overhead, dropping flares and sonic booms.  It was Tuesday afternoon when the skies went quiet for a couple of hours, and I hoped this may be a sign of something unusual being flown. Eventually the sound of jet noise caught my attention, and I scanned the clear blue skies ’til I saw the tiny speck of an approaching military jet at high altitude, leaving an intermittent contrail. It was instantly recognisable as a Russian built Sukhoi 27 Flanker, and carried no national insignia or identifying marks. I took my camera out and photographed the ensuing dogfight between the Flanker and a F-16.  The sortie seemed to consist of a head on intercept, conducted at descending altitudes from 30 down to 20 thousand feet, and after each intercept a turning dogfight ensued after they had flashed past each other. The highly manoeuvrable Flanker was a single seat version, a Su-27P, and it pulled out all of its best moves to get behind the F-16. I watched in awe as the pair fought it out for 25 minutes before they both climbed to altitude and flew back into Groom Lake restricted airspace.”   

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