Russian Fighter Barrel-Rolled Over U.S. Spy Plane
War Is Boring

The F-22A escort of the Iranian F-4 is a totally different maneuver performed in a different situation. Flying underneath in the “shadow” position verifies the weapons state of the aggressor, while flying on the wing in the “signal” position is another standard intercept procedure. Both maneuvers are typically flown in a non-agressive manner while maintaining safe separation. Also, you fail to mention that the Iranians attempted to shoot down another Preadator flying in international airspace. There is no valid comparison between the US procedure and the reckless operation of both the Russian and Chinese “aviators.”

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