Russian MiG 31-shoots down another MiG-31

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Niet!

Russian MiG-31 shot down another Russian MiG-31

The R-33 is a long-range air-to-air missile developed by Vympel. It is the primary armament of the MiG-31 interceptor, intended to attack large high-speed targets such as the SR-71 Blackbird, the B-1 Lancer bomber, and the B-52.

The report adds:


“… the accident of the MiG-31 aircraft as a result of the crew’s violation of safety measures and missions for flight, expressed in the premature activation of the aircraft’s on-board radar station by the navigator and the unauthorized launch of the R-33 guided missiles by the commander of the MiG-31 fighter aircraft … “

In short, one MiG-31 shot down the other in error.
 
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Whiff (very faint) of a certain Phantom/Jaguar interface, perchance...?
 
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The pilot has been docked his pay for the next 250 years.
 
#7
Whiff of sulphur, hint of purple smoke...
 
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It's uncanny and weird, I just watched these last night:



Yes, too much time on my hands.
In the first video the commentator failed to mention that the F4 in question was a Q aircraft and for that reason was live armed. Wildenrath also happened to be on Taceval and the Di Staff had ordered a practice scramble. Normally the jets would not be live armed only when on Q. A long chain of unfortunate events.
 
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In the first video the commentator failed to mention that the F4 in question was a Q aircraft and for that reason was live armed. Wildenrath also happened to be on Taceval and the Di Staff had ordered a practice scramble. Normally the jets would not be live armed only when on Q. A long chain of unfortunate events.
if only they had put 2 lots of sticky tape on the switch
 

maguire

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#16
in Soviet Russia, MiG intercepts itself.
Already done by the 'Muricans, over 60 years earlier.

'In 1956, the Grumman aircraft corporation was testing its new fighter, the F-11 Tiger, off the coast of New York state. The pilot fired a long burst from its guns and moments later suffered mysterious, catastrophic damage that caved in the windshield and mortally wounded the engine. What happened? The pilot had shot himself down.

'The test pilot had assumed he had been the victim of a bird strike, but the accident investigation revealed another cause: in his fast descent, the pilot had actually flown into his own stream of 20-millimeter cannon rounds. Although the rounds had a head start (the air speed of the aircraft plus the muzzle velocity of the rounds) they slowed quickly due to drag passing through the surrounding air. The rounds decelerated, the Tiger accelerated, and the two reunited in the sky, with fatal (for the aircraft) consequences.'

The Fighter Plane That Shot Itself Down
 
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A Harrier GR3 shot itself down (cannon ricochet) over Holbeach Range in the late 70s/early 80s. There was also a duty rumour doing the rounds in the late 80s that another one had caught its own SNEB rocket at Decci (though it might have been the same story retold and embellished)...
 

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