Rooskies at Nine O’Clock

A pair of Russian air force Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft escort a simulated hijacked airliner during the second day of flight operations for exercise Vigilant Eagle Aug. 9, 2011, over the Pacific Ocean. The Russian fighters followed and monitored the aircraft while it was in Russian airspace, handing it over to U.S. F-15 Eagle fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, when it entered U.S. airspace. Vigilant Eagle is an annual joint anti-terrorism exercise between the Russian air force, the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defense Command that trains personnel to respond to an air terrorism threat that crosses international boundaries. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A pair of Russian air force Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft escort a simulated hijacked airliner during the second day of flight operations for exercise Vigilant Eagle Aug. 9, 2011, over the Pacific Ocean. The Russian fighters followed and monitored the aircraft while it was in Russian airspace, handing it over to U.S. F-15 Eagle fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, when it entered U.S. airspace. Vigilant Eagle is an annual joint anti-terrorism exercise between the Russian air force, the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defense Command that trains personnel to respond to an air terrorism threat that crosses international boundaries. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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  1. I am quite incensed the Russians took my handle without asking my permission, for their stupid fighter aircraft!

    I still think they’re the coolest 3rd gen fighter going, and the SU 33 (aka SU 27K) is even badder looking still.

  2. Yeah, say what you will about Russian aircraft design, but the SU-27 is sexy. I remember reading some think tankish proposal (that never had a hope in hell of happening), that suggested the US buy SU-27 airframes and then fit them out with US electronics as a cheaper alternative to buying American (as a Navy buy for longer range strike/standoff if I recall). Was an intriguing idea, if for no other reason than to see a Flanker with US markings and weaponry kicking ass.

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