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Welsh: F-22 Flew to Drone's Rescue off Iran Coast
Military.Com ^ | 17 September, 2013 | Matthew Cox

Posted on 09/19/2013 10:50:46 AM PDT by Errant

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Tuesday sketched out a dramatic tale of a lone F-22 Raptor chasing off Iranian fighter jets over the Arabian Gulf.

The confrontation is the first publicized engagement involving the Air Force's most modern fighter and military forces of Iran.

"When the combatant commander wants air power there is only one number to call," said Welsh, praising Lt. Col. Kevin "Showtime" Sutterfield.

"Showtime is an Air Force Reservist … he flies the F-22. He flies it really well," Welso said.

(Excerpt) Read more at military.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: drones; f22; syria; war

1 posted on 09/19/2013 10:50:46 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

So they could send a F22 to save a drone, but nothing to save an Ambassador.

Boy, that Ambassador must have had a heavy negative value...


2 posted on 09/19/2013 10:56:43 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Errant

“‘you really ought to go home.’”

I bet that piolet made a few little muhammads in his flight suit.


3 posted on 09/19/2013 10:57:36 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Errant

Calling BS in a way.

WHY would a *single* ship flight be on CAP or be dispatched ALONE to a potential air combat encounter.

Story smells.

**NOW** I will read the article ;-)


4 posted on 09/19/2013 11:09:46 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Errant

The F22 is a big question mark. It’s probably best it stay that way. No need to show anyone anything. Keep them guessing.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 11:10:26 AM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

;-)


6 posted on 09/19/2013 11:12:53 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Hardraade

We sent a publicly “out” homosexual to a country in which homosexuality is illegal and forbidden, sent him there as THE AMBASSADOR, neglected to help provide security after repeated requests, would not deploy teams to help which WERE in range, and then, after the deaths and after the killing and anal rape (by foreign object) of the Ambassador, we just sort of shrugged.

Congratulations America!


7 posted on 09/19/2013 11:14:04 AM PDT by golux
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To: Blueflag

Additionally - a USAF *reservist* in an F-22? That seems odd.


8 posted on 09/19/2013 11:14:13 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

Yeah. The hottest fast-mover ticket in the USAF goes to a reservist?

hmmmmmmmm.


9 posted on 09/19/2013 11:16:01 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Hardraade
So they could send a F22 to save a drone, but nothing to save an Ambassador.

The drone was more valuable than the ambassador. And possibly even more valuable than the F-22.

10 posted on 09/19/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Blueflag
Calling BS in a way.

You don't really believe the USAF Chief of Staff would fib do ya??? lol


11 posted on 09/19/2013 11:18:15 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Alex Murphy

what type of drone was it that costs more than an F-22 and a trained pilot?


12 posted on 09/19/2013 11:18:28 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Errant

13 posted on 09/19/2013 11:18:56 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Charles Martel
Additionally - a USAF *reservist* in an F-22? That seems odd.

The Missouri Air Guard flies B-2s. Specifically 131st Bomb Wing located at Whiteman.

14 posted on 09/19/2013 11:19:29 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Hardraade; Errant; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: So they could send a F22 to save a drone, but nothing to save an Ambassador. Boy, that Ambassador must have had a heavy negative value...

Why was protection not given... our Ambassador in Benghazi?

It was the Republicans' fault! The Ambassador was gay... and you know how homophobic they are, so it is damn well is their fault!

Well, that settles it. No more need be said... and in Colorado, we now know voter suppression by Republicans cause all the flooring.

If red X above go to http://www.1800politics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/carol-costello.jpg

15 posted on 09/19/2013 11:25:02 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Blueflag

The 477th FW at Elmendorf flies F-22s. And I think there’s one or two more.


16 posted on 09/19/2013 11:26:01 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Bender2
RE: we now know voter suppression by Republicans cause all the flooring.

Hard wood, vinyl or wood flooring?

17 posted on 09/19/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Re: Hard wood, vinyl or wood flooring?

Yeah, yeah, you got me... It should have been flooding--

BTW, a gynecologist was seeing a first time female patient about her menstrual cycle and asked, "What is your flow?

She thought for a moment, then said, "Linoleum, I think."

18 posted on 09/19/2013 11:38:29 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: DoodleDawg

There are 3 squadrons of them at Tyndall.


19 posted on 09/19/2013 11:41:41 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Bender2
Cha-ching!
20 posted on 09/19/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: big'ol_freeper

LOL. Best unexpected chuckle of the day; thanks.


21 posted on 09/19/2013 11:56:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Errant
..of a lone F-22 Raptor.

What, no wing man!? When did the Air Force or Navy start doing that?

5.56mm

22 posted on 09/19/2013 11:58:25 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe
I'm sure Obama and sequester had something to do with elimination of wing men...

You know, anything to put our country and personnel at risk.

23 posted on 09/19/2013 12:11:28 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Now wait just a minute. We send in a drone to keep a human safe but when it gets into a fight, we send in the humans to save it. Common sense out the window.


24 posted on 09/19/2013 12:22:07 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Blueflag

I was thinking the same thing, normal to launch two aircraft.


25 posted on 09/19/2013 12:28:05 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: DoodleDawg

Probably his outfit. He lives in Eagle River.


26 posted on 09/19/2013 12:40:26 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Errant

The F22 flew under the Iranians without them knowing, checked their weapons, then came up on their left wing and told them to get lost. LOL, I’d like to have seen their faces.


27 posted on 09/19/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Charles Martel

Yes...I was struck by that too. Perhaps he graded out so well as a super zoomie that they decided to put him in the cockpit.


28 posted on 09/19/2013 1:05:08 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Errant
"This is the guy that warned them off," he said. "He flew under their aircraft 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.'"

hilarious

would definitely love to hear the other side of this story

29 posted on 09/19/2013 1:30:44 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: M Kehoe

According to this story, two U.S. Aircraft were involved:

http://theaviationist.com/2013/09/19/f-22-f-4-intercept/#.UjsinlOE5O_

Thank you.


30 posted on 09/20/2013 11:16:32 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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