“Inspires fear”: the F-22 pilot shared his impressions after the interception of the Tu-160


The American edition of Business Insider reports on the interception of Russian Tu-160 aircraft by the American F-22 Raptor in the sky over the Arctic. Russian Air Force planes performed planned flights over neutral waters and did not violate any international laws.


One of the F-22 pilots, Brett Meyer, describes his impressions of getting close to Russian bombers:

The last interception was simply unbelievable. It was a truly unique experience. Imagine: night, the northern lights blaze above you, a Russian plane flies near you at high altitude, and so close that the pilot is clearly visible. It is simply unforgettable!

The interception of Russian aircraft is one of the central elements of the North American aerospace defense mission. Meyer said that American pilots are preparing for such situations, and they do not come as a surprise to them:

We are always on the alert and constantly ready for any development of the situation. But when we really take off, the proximity to the Russian plane truly inspires fear.


This year, says Brett Mayer, a pair of Russian aircraft lingered in the US air defense for four hours. He also notes that the rapprochement of aircraft in the air is sometimes so dense that you can see the eyes of the Russian pilot.
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  1. Digital error Offline
    Digital error (Eugene) 1 May 2020 18: 49
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    the proximity to the Russian plane truly inspires fear. This year, says Brett Mayer.

    1. Guys, you are not in vain financing the US Air Force.
    2. These "Russian" are so scary and are not afraid of anything - grandfather told me in 1945.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 May 2020 19: 06
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    And on other resources, the translation is not so scary ...
    And no one gives the link to be imbued with this American Fear ....
    1. Netyn Offline
      Netyn (Netyn) 2 May 2020 04: 42
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      Eat with a bun.

      https://www.businessinsider.com/how-us-f-22s-intercept-russian-aircraft-over-alaskan-arctic-2020-4
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 May 2020 09: 16
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        Thank you!
        And then everyone hid the article so that everyone was scared, as it should !!!
      2. Syoma_67 Offline
        Syoma_67 (Semyon) 2 May 2020 14: 50
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        Well, did you read it yourself? Where "Inspires fear" - nothing like Brett Meyer said. Maybe this was a secret interview for Reporter?
      3. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 May 2020 20: 31
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        awe-inspiring - Impressive. You can, of course, both translate fear and combine a couple of paragraphs into 3 lines ..... but ....
        The impression of the whole process - the Arctic, snow, long flight, northern lights, stars, Russians, and not from terrible Soviet aircraft breaking through to deserted Alaska in order to scout the terrible Alaskan secrets ..........
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  4. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 1 May 2020 19: 52
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    I think the feelings are mutual.
    1. akarfoxhound Offline
      akarfoxhound 2 May 2020 22: 57
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      What feelings are there? Why are you constantly throwing snowstorm for aviation? Or "Voice of the Punctostan" so verbatim and conveyed? laughing
      1. Arkharov Offline
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 3 May 2020 10: 48
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        And what do you want to tell me that all of this written in a clumsy translated article can be trusted, and that the F-22 pilot was somehow especially afraid of something there, and in your practice, you authoritatively declare that this has always happened to you ? All American and not only pilots, seeing you, abandoned control, and drenched in tears and snot, in clumsy Russian, at all international frequencies, begged you not to touch them? What do you want to say, at least in essence, a veteran of the Cold Wars, since they wrote something?
        1. akarfoxhound Offline
          akarfoxhound 4 May 2020 10: 35
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          The article "on feelings" is a blizzard, your comments are the same! If you think and write that in this process someone is afraid there, and even mutually, then I get along with the author and scratch the mutual. Only you propagandize it from the opposite end. "Communication" in the air is always smooth, professional and always mutual, regardless of tasks.
          And my practice, this is my practice. I told you where to turn and on which site on questions of interest regarding real practice, the pros communicate there. But you are only interested in mutual stuffing balabol with empty chatter. The “substance” of this issue cannot concern you or the amateurs / writers of the epistolary genre of such statues.
          1. Arkharov Offline
            Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 4 May 2020 10: 59
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            Let's start with the one who started this get along. And I write not even in response to the article, but to the stupid comments of some comrades. And you, by the way, will be very surprised that I hang, as a souvenir, a few meters in the locker. True, probably already moth-beaten, and does not converge for a long time. Friends promised when they would bury, back up. This is our joke ....
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    Observer2014 1 May 2020 20: 44
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    “Inspires fear”: the F-22 pilot shared his impressions after the interception of the Tu-160

    Did he get into his jet stream? laughing
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    2. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 2 May 2020 08: 57
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      In fact, by definition, a bomber pilot needs to be afraid.
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        akarfoxhound 2 May 2020 22: 59
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        Who determined? You???
  6. Vyacheslav Egorov (Vyacheslav Egorov) 2 May 2020 10: 26
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    There is no fear in heaven; there is work in heaven. If in a different way, then you have no place in aviation.
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      Cyril (Kirill) 2 May 2020 14: 25
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      Work does not cancel the reasonable fear of the enemy.
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  8. aleksandrmakedo Offline
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 2 May 2020 15: 24
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    Quote: Arkharov
    In fact, by definition, a bomber pilot needs to be afraid.

    Both need to be afraid. Chances that can always happen.
    The bomber is protected by no less than an interceptor. Behind him is Russia.
  9. Vasily Gubenko Offline
    Vasily Gubenko (Vasily Gubenko) 2 May 2020 16: 18
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    It is necessary to take more diapers to intercept.
  10. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 2 May 2020 20: 25
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    Something in the original article I did not even notice a hint of the Tu-160, there is not even a photograph. Tu-142, IL-38, like everything. How he inspires fear is not clear. request Either the article by reference is not the same, or the author has a fantasy. what
    1. Digital error Offline
      Digital error (Eugene) 2 May 2020 23: 06
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      Quote: 123
      How he inspires fear is not clear

      Sickle and hammer on the wings. The current rulers are steadily driving the people to socialism. There is no possibility to change the rulers (they possess a millionth army, nuclear weapons and Ella Pamfilova), it is also impossible to influence the actions of the rulers through NPOs, due to the recognition of the latter as foreign agents, hence the sticky, cold, all-consuming (primarily military budgets) fear of the Russian -Soviet people ...
      1. 123 Offline
        123 (123) 3 May 2020 06: 37
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        Sickle and hammer on the wings.

        I think ideology is not the point here. Objectively, there is a conflict of interests, this is a fear of competition.

        The current rulers are steadily driving the people to socialism.

        How long have they started to drive and what does this mean? By the way, why are they driving? A pretty decent part of society is not against it.

        There is no possibility to change the rulers (they possess a millionth army, nuclear weapons and Ella Pamfilova), it is also impossible to influence the actions of the rulers through NPOs due to the recognition of the latter as foreign agents, hence the sticky, cold, all-consuming (primarily military budgets) fear of Russian- Soviet people ...

        I would probably exclude Pamfilov from the list, there is no threat in this direction, there are no competitors on the horizon.