Close encounters of the aviation kind

Here’s a fun video of a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter closing in on a light cargo plane that was being used for air-to-air photography.  The big fighter simply can’t fly slowly enough to keep in formation with the slower plane, and eventually has to break away – but in the process, the photographers get some spectacular shots.

I’d have been rather nervous, watching that fighter closing in on me like that!



  1. Curious how close that actually is. Twenty feet? Hard to tell, since the Flanker is significantly larger than the photo plane.

  2. Krazy Ivan….this is why there are old pilots, and bold pilots, but NO old, bold pilots, execpting maybe Yeager…

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