China Used Top Gun Move in 'Unprofessional' Intercept

Taunt against US pilot?
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2017 11:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – A bit more info on what the US Air Force has called an "unprofessional" interception of an American "nuclear sniffer" aircraft by two Chinese fighter jets. A US official tells CNN that China's two Su-30 planes that approached a US WC-135 Constant Phoenix plane Wednesday over the East China Sea flew within 150 feet of the US jet, with one of the Chinese planes flying in inverted—what ABC News describes as basically a "barrel roll." The Aviationist blog notes the maneuver is reminiscent of one made famous by Tom Cruise in 1986's Top Gun, detailing plenty of other times such a move, or other "aggressive" ones like it, have been used against the US by both Chinese and Russian fighter pilots. (Read more China stories.)

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