oh the vid shows to you; not to me though LOL!It looks like the F-15 unleashed it's flares to divert the incoming missile just enough to clip the wing?
Not really, the record was never having been shot down by opposing air forces. Since this was a ground to air kill the record stands.
I believe the claim F-15s hold is to have never been shot down in "Air to Air Combat," for which the aircraft holds something like 105 kills to 0 losses. Having said that, one has to take into account that most western sources never really publish much of actual losses during war, and/or are left in "fine print" while using a bullhorn to highlight their victories.
One has to really dig deep to find actual sources of victories by opposing forces. I recall how I did an extensive read up on Vietnam War. Till I came to a conclusion, that there is little or no info about what the Vietnamese Air Force achieved against them. It's only when dug deeper, did I find that Vietnamese Air Force pilots performed very well, given that they were fighting against a superpower military. How the Vietnamese pilots targeted bombers rather than engaging USA fighters head-on.
In some instances the Vietnamese fighter pilots did achieve actual, real air to air victories against an adversary with far greater resources, manpower, training, military hardware and support infrastructure.
An aircraft is still an aircraft, which is animated by the pilot who flies it. So in the end it's the pilot's training, skill and tenacity which ultimately determines how an air force comes together to win fights.
yeah, nothing that's the record No Air to air kills by enemy forces Quote. Surface to Air is another matter altogether. And obviously more often then most think but less than Top gun.Yeah but a shot down is a shot down, regardless if it's from air to air or surface to air. How often are we going to see a real air to air combat today either from within or beyond visual range anywhere in the world?
I think the claim is A2A and by an opposing pilot.