Americans showed "dangerous interception" of their bombers by Russian Su-27


The Pentagon has published a horrifying video of a Russian Su-27 flying at high speed right in front of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber, writes the American online edition The Drive.


This disturbing video is the latest in a worrying escalation of Cold War-style posturing that has been observed recently between the US and Russia. The incident took place on August 28, 2020, when the US Air Force sent six of its B-52s to show strength and solidarity with NATO members by flying over NATO airspace. The mission included a flyover over Eastern Europe and the tense Black Sea region.

At 11:19 a.m., two Russian Su-27 fighters intercepted a US Air Force B-52 bomber that was flying over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. At the same time, the Russians flew unsafe and unprofessional. They flew several times within 100 feet of the bow of the B-52 at the same altitude and afterburner, causing turbulence and limiting the B-52's ability to maneuver.

- the Pentagon said in a statement.

The B-52 operated routinely in international airspace, enjoying freedom of navigation as the United States Air Force operates in accordance with internationally recognized safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization's flight rules. At the same time, the Su-27, shown in the video, apparently flew from the Crimea, where the Russians have an air base.

In recent months, B-52s and B-1Bs have been active in the area, practicing cruise missile attacks, which Moscow clearly did not like. We often hear about "dangerous interceptions", but such videos rarely appear on the web. This time, the B-52 crew prepared and waited for the Russians with a video camera.


The Su-27 maneuver is sometimes referred to as a "headbutt" and can potentially be extremely dangerous depending on how it is performed. The footage shows the first Su-27 approaching the left wing of the B-52, and then pulling forward, up and crossing the path in front of and above the bomber. A second Su-27 then performs a similar maneuver, but right in front of the B-52's nose at incredibly close range. To call this maneuver dangerous or unprofessional is to say nothing.
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  1. GRF Offline
    GRF 30 August 2020 15: 37
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    Why don't they take their word for it? Did you check the editing on the video? Where is the video from space?
    Ay, in this mousetrap it hurts in the nose. Why not climb into it in the evening.

    To call this maneuver dangerous or unprofessional is to say nothing.

    Why thicken the paint? They like it ...
  2. Roman Soloviev Offline
    Roman Soloviev (Roman Soloviev) 30 August 2020 16: 06
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    They are already practicing strikes against us in our own sea.
    1. Observer2014 Offline
      Observer2014 30 August 2020 21: 15
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      Quote: Roman Soloviev
      They are already practicing strikes against us in our own sea.

      laughing Contact Sergey Tokarev bully This is the reporter's super-expert on long-range aircraft. Today he tried to conduct a discussion with me here on the site. And he explained to me that long-range aircraft do not fly by themselves. wassat laughing Or is it just American dumb planes that fly by themselves? laughing
      How does this B-52 work out strikes against us? Alone and over the Black Sea !? Gee-gee. He's just like us, next to Alaska, etc. shows his presence. If he needs to throw out cruise missiles, he certainly won't fly to the border of the Russian Federation. And about free-falling bombs ...... One ellipsis. wink
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  3. boriz Offline
    boriz (boriz) 30 August 2020 22: 00
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    To call this maneuver dangerous or unprofessional is to say nothing.

    Come on, can a non-professional do that?
  4. FinnG Offline
    FinnG (Oleg) 31 August 2020 12: 24
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    Before the maneuver, the Su-27 pilot showed a suspension with weapons on the wings. This is usually the last warning before use.
  5. Galina Pigareva Offline
    Galina Pigareva (Galina Pigareva) 31 August 2020 17: 34
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    Wow !!! Well done, our guys!
    1. Michael1950 Offline
      Michael1950 (Michael) 31 August 2020 19: 38
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      - Galina, and you have no idea that Russian strategic aviation planes flying over the seas and oceans, over American aircraft carriers, far from their native land - they are completely defenseless there. Even though they always fly in pairs, it’s just a matter of “spitting” such a pair of American carrier-based fighters to the bottom. I am deeply convinced that such a "heroic" trick of Russian fighters against the B-52 over the Black Sea caused completely diametrically opposite emotions among pilots of Soviet strategic aviation than thousands of "couch hamsters" throughout Russia. These guys fly thousands of kilometers from their shores and there is no Russian control there ...


  6. General Black Offline
    General Black (Gennady) 1 September 2020 06: 41
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    What's so special about it? The pilot is a master, he believes in his car, knows where to press and where to let go. What's so special about it? But why is there no sound? Deliberately disconnected? I suppose there was a squeal in the cockpit?
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      duchy (Salih) 1 September 2020 10: 43
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      Nooo, they didn't know, should they take off oxygen masks and put on gas masks or what? We saw how they twitched. laughing