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Screen grabs from video. The damaged propeller seems to be from the storyboard, but is a screen grab via CNN. Photo below is to show that the propeller is in the rear.
Video can be seen at link or in YouTube news footage, below: https://www.eucom.mil/article/42318/media-advisory-camera-footage-release-from-us-air-force-mq-9-interaction-with-russian-su-2
“MEDIA ADVISORY: Camera footage release from U.S. Air Force MQ-9 interaction with Russian SU-27 in Black Sea
U.S. European Command released declassified footage of a Russian Su-27 aircraft conducting an unsafe/unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 in international airspace over the Black Sea, March 14, 2023.
By U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS Germany Mar 16, 2023
STUTTGART, Germany – U.S. European Command released declassified footage of a Russian Su-27 aircraft conducting an unsafe/unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 in international airspace over the Black Sea, March 14. In addition to the footage, a storyboard of the events with declassified stills from the MQ-9 footage is also released.
The following is a summary of the video:
00:00: [Start of video] A Russian Su-27 approaches to the rear of the U.S. Air Force MQ-9.
00:05: A Russian Su-27 begins to release fuel as it passes. 00:09 A Russian Su-27 passes over the U.S. Air Force MQ-9 while releasing fuel. As the Su-27 passes over the top of the MQ-9, it also disrupts the video transmission.
00:11: The propeller of the U.S. Air Force MQ-9 can be seen and remains undamaged.
00:22: A Russian Su-27 begins a second approach toward the MQ-9. 00:27: A Russian Su-27 begins to release fuel on the approach toward the MQ-9. The Su-27 proceeds to pass even closer.
00:29: A Russian Su-27 collides with the MQ-9 and the MQ-9’s camera feed is lost for approximately 60 seconds.
00:39: The MQ-9’s camera feed has returned to working order. At this time the propeller can be seen again and one of the props can be seen damaged.
00:42: [End of video]
(Editor’s Note: This declassified video has been edited for length, however, the events are depicted in sequential order.)
U.S. AIR FORCE, BLACK SEA, MQ-9, INTERCEPT”
Storyboard is not at the link. It must have been sent to the media. The still of the propeller seems to be from the storyboard.
The Black Sea is dominated by NATO countries and Ukraine. Georgia wants to join NATO. Russia has the largest land area in the world. However, their legal borders include very little Black Sea front land. The US (Alaska) is closer to mainland Russia than is Poland. The Crimean War was fought when Russia was being a bully in the Black Sea. A second Crimean War appears inevitable. The question is only who fights in it this time.
Months before Russia invaded Georgia, Bush and his good friend Pootie Poot took a walk on the Black Sea. Putin’s been invading and killing people since 1999, i.e. 24 years. Whatever you think about Bush, he’s no longer US President, but Putin’s still President. Putin’s been Prime Minister or President since 1999 and he was the head of the FSB intelligence services for a year or two prior to that. So, he’s been controlling Russia and wreaking havoc on the world for a quarter of a century. How much longer?
“President George W. Bush and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin take a sunset walk on a pier along the Black Sea during a visit by President and Mrs. Bush Saturday, April 5, 2008, to the President Putin’s summer retreat, Bocharvo Ruchey, in Sochi, Russia” White House photo by Eric Draper.
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