F-22 talking smack with IRIAF F-4

The Aviationist reports that in March a U.S. MQ-1 drone came close to being intercepted by an Iranian F-4 Phantom combat plane, but the Iranian aircraft stopped short after a warning by an American pilot.

"Showtime," is a piece of art painted by Air Force Reserves historian, Maj. Warren Neary, and was presented to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in the Pentagon, June 20, 2014.  Neary contributed "Showtime," and another work, "Bandage 33," through the Air Force Art Program, and Chief of Air Force Reserves Gen. James "JJ" Jackson unveiled the two pieces for Welsh.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Showtime,” is a piece of art painted by Air Force Reserves historian, Maj. Warren Neary, and was presented to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in the Pentagon, June 20, 2014.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Click to big-up

“He [the Raptor pilot] flew under their aircraft [the F-4s] to check out their weapons load without them knowing that he was there, and then pulled up on their left wing and then called them and said ‘you really ought to go home,’” Gen. Welsh said.

According to The Aviationist, the Iranians came within 16 miles of the drone.

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