When the bouncers become the bounced


twof15sdowned.jpgAccording to scotsman.com, a British Eurofighter turned the tables on a pair of American F-15 Eagles after a chance encounter turned into a mock dogfight. And the Eurofighter was a trainer.

The 'clash' took place last year over Windermere when the two-seater RAF Eurofighter was 'bounced' from behind by the two F-15E fighters.The US pilots intended to pursue the supposedly hapless 'Limey' for several miles and lock their radars on to it for long enough so that if it had been a real dogfight the British jet would have been shot down.But much to the Americans' surprise, the Eurofighter shook them off, outmanoeuvred them and moved into shooting positions on their tails.The British pilots themselves were almost as surprised at winning an encounter with an aircraft widely regarded as the best fighter in the world.
This will no doubt give ammunition to those calling for more F/A-22 fighters in the US Air Force.Speaking of outrageously-priced fighter planes, the article notes that Eurofighter supporters were glad to hear some good news since the project was a decade late and $8 billion over budget.--posted by Murdoc
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