RAF Shoots Down Drone, First Kill in…Errrr…

RAF Shoots Down Drone, First Kill in…Errrr…

The RAF shot down a hostile drone last week. But when was the last time they shot down another aircraft in an air-to-air action?

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50 Comments

  1. Dennis Mason on December 25, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Flight Lt. Morgan was the last time facial hair was allowed in RAF.

  2. Mathew Kelly on December 25, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    What won’t YouTube allow you to say ‘since the Falklands war’ ? And im sorry RN if you don’t have enough pilots to fly your aircraft you can’t claim kills made by RAF pilots .

  3. David Smith on December 25, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Spitfire MkXVIII another what if aircraft lol

  4. Tom Smith on December 25, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    RAF back to shooting down drones, flashbacks to doodlebugs. How much does an asraam cost compared to the drone and are we going to see the resurgence of light attack aircraft with many guns in the wings?

  5. Admiral Percy on December 25, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Hey, did anyone become an ace during the Falklands?

  6. Michael Gautreaux on December 25, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Merry Christmas Ed. Appreciate all that you have done in the past year. Enjoy the Holidays. Be safe 🦊

  7. Aqua Fyre on December 25, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Now that the RAF have proved themselves – they are going to need a bit of watching ———- Especially over the Christmas season.
    Don’t want any _’trigger happy’_ RAF pilots _locking on_ to something coming from the North Pole ————– Just imagine having to explain how the RAF shot down Santa 😁

  8. ironwolfF1 on December 25, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    As with most matters in the ‘modern’ world, things start off with the phrase…"It’s complicated…" 😉

  9. Randy Jennings on December 25, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Cheeky CHEEKY BASTARD! Good Sir Nash, I was so laughing mein arse off as you had some good natured fun with the RAF. As always your video was both informative and amusing. Cheers mate in the new year.

  10. Garry Martin on December 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too !

  11. Sim. Frischh on December 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Now i wonder… i´m Austrian, has my nation EVER achieved a legit air-to-air kill at all??

  12. Pencilpauli on December 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Depending on the size of the drone, it may be the smallest aircraft down by the RAF, air to air, and therefore of some note.

  13. Andrew Ince on December 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Shooting down your own guys in a training accident.
    Operation failed successfully.

  14. Δ π on December 25, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    08:00 well, since being British aircraft is a criteria then in the latest case they were flying a Eurofighter, which is not a British plane

  15. Pat on December 25, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Shooting down a small drone with an expensive missile is a poor practice. When is a more practical solution going to be found?

  16. dmav522 on December 25, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    In my opinion a drone kill doesn’t count

  17. Hfil66 on December 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    The question I have is the relative cost or the adversaries. How much did the destroyed drone cost, how much would it cost to replace, and how much did the flight of the Typhoons and the use of the ASHRAM cost?

    Tactically, this was clearly a success, but economically who actually won in this engagement?

  18. James Cutright on December 25, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome! Thank you for your usual brilliant job.

  19. Stuart Paul on December 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    drones are obviously a future threat to British and allied forces however with each missile with Asraam Costing nearly a quarter of a million pounds it certainly is a very expensive way of knocking out a relatively cheap attack system like a drone ?

  20. devon on December 25, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Wow. The RAF needs to get cracking!

  21. Alin Alexandru on December 25, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    This could be an interesting series: "When was the last air-to-air kill of each nation’s air force? And what air forces actually got air victories?" Think about it.

  22. Solo Renegade on December 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    when shooting down drones, at what point does it count as a legit air-to-air victory? Shooting down an oversized quadcopter, or a Puma or Raven seems to me to not count in that regard. But perhaps shooting down an armed Predator/Reaper type would? Surely shooting down a UAV tanker such as the USN MQ-25 would count. Curious what others think about this?

  23. Matthew Dobbs on December 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Brilliant video Ed, Nadoleg Llawen Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas!

  24. Winter X on December 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Tornado Crew: "We cannot confirm either the kill, or – if so – even the make, but we may just have bombed an Iraqi Mirage on the runway by sheer luck."
    Command: "Rgr. that – in honour of your bravery in the face of the enemy and successful dogfight kill, your craft shall from now on carry the name "Mig-Eater"."

  25. Geordiedog on December 25, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Great work. Happy Saturnalia, Ed:)

  26. Jussi Raitoniemi on December 25, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I feel like you just saw this as a reason to make a video 🤭

  27. Andrew Graham on December 25, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    A MiG 21 taken out mid air by a bomb? That would be a rarity.

  28. dindr mindr on December 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    in nineteen ninety ninteen ninety one aka 19901991 xD

  29. Charles Ball on December 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    It’s so not cost effective though. I’m sure the air to air missile used cost way more than the drone, and that’s not even factoring in the costs of operating the fighters. We need cheaper ways to deal with drones.

  30. Zephod Beeblebrox on December 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    An RAF aircraft costing millions of pounds fires a missile costing tens of thousands to shoot down a DJI Phantom that cost $50 in a car boot sale in Haifa.

  31. David Ellis on December 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    You sound very like Simon Day.

  32. spacecadet35 on December 25, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    So the last aerial victory by the RAF against a "manned" aircraft is still 1948? And counting….

  33. Diggle Doggle on December 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Important to note that the ‘RAF’ pilots attached to the FAA in 1982 had almost all signed up for the Navy (David Morgan for example) , transferred to the RAF at some point and come back to the Navy, I imagine the definitive answer will depend on the opinions of those pilots

  34. Justyn Keeble on December 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    The Phantom was on a Battle Flight scramble from RAF Wildenrath and not a "live armed exercise". A number of procedural changes were made after the event including prohibiting live armed Battle Flight aircraft participating in exercises, and placing a strip of tape over the pilot’s weapons selection panel as a reminder that the aircraft was live armed.

  35. Gershon Pollatschek on December 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Monty-Pythonesce might be a good description of your video.- Loving it. 🙂

  36. burt bacarach on December 25, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Another great video!Thanks Ed!BTW the Phantom is STILL an awesome looking aircraft.

  37. millycarrington on December 25, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Phantom XV422 shot down a RAF Jaguar in about 1982 during a ‘practice engagement’

  38. madsteve9 on December 25, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    This is not the first RAF shoot down since the 1982 Falklands War.

    Nope, it was the first since the end of World War 2 !!!

    ****
    The RAF’s combat aircraft have been busy though. Despite not shooting down an enemy aircraft.

    1950-53 Korean War, only Royal Navy – Fleet Air Arm took part.

    1956 Suez Crisis, Hawker Hunter, De Havilland Venom and Gloster Meteor Night Fighters took part. But Hunter and Venom only attacked Aircraft on the ground.

    1960 Malayan Emergency. Mostly Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm was used against the Communist Guerrillas.

    1982 Falklands War, RAF Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR3’s, were part on the Task Force, but again only attacked ground targets.

    1983 Lebanon policing action. Blackburn Buccaneer S2’s, did show of force, high speed low passes, but no weapons used.

    1991 Gulf War, Panavia Tornado F3, never fired a Missile in anger during the conflict. Panavia Tornado GR1, Sepecat Jaguar GR1, and Blackburn Buccaneer S2 all took part in ground attack missions.

    1990’s Yugoslav Civil War, RN Fleet Air Arm, BAe Sea Harriers that took part in Anti Helicopter patrols. RAF Sepecat Jaguar GR1 and BAe Harrier 2 GR7 carried out patrols and ground attacks, usually against Cannon and Heavy gun emplacements.

    1999 Kosovo War, RN FAA BAE Sea Harrier FA2 did low level Anti Helicopter patrols. RAF Panavia Tornado GR1 and BAe Harrier 2 GR7 conducted ground attack missions.

    2000 Sierra Leone Civil War, RN FAA BAE BAe Sea Harrier FA2 and RAF BAe Harrier 2 GR7, did reconnaissance and show of force missions.

    2003 Invasion of Iraq, RAF Panavia Tornado GR4, BAe Harrier 2 GR7 took part in ground attack missions.

    2001 +, Afghanistan. RAF Panavia Tornado GR4, Sepecat Jaguar GR3 and BAE Harrier 2 GR9 all operated from Kandahar air base. Carrying out low level show of force, and precision guided bombing missions.

    2011 Libya. Panavia Tornado GR4 carried out precision attacks against Col Gaddafi Tanks and Armour heading for Benghazi, and then conducted SEAD/DEAD against his Air Force. Eurofighter 2000 Typhoon FGR4, also joined in the missions.

    2014 Operation Shader (ongoing). War against ISIL in Iraq. RAF Panavia Tornado GR4 and Eurofighter 2000 Typhoon FGR4, conduct precision ground attack missions against ISIL terrorists.

    2015 Syrian Civil War. RAF Panavia Tornado GR4 and Eurofighter 2000 Typhoon FGR4, conduct ground attack missions against ISIL

    2021 RAF & USMC Lockheed F-35B Lightning 2, carry out ground attack missions against ISIL in Iraq, flying from Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

  39. ion123456 on December 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    500k$ missile on a 100$ drone lol

  40. cordellej on December 25, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    the gulf war kill does count as a kill because the us f-15e that brought down an iraqi helicopter with a laser guided bomb got marked as a kill so a tornado taking down an aircraft with anti-runway munitions does count as a kill as well

  41. Julian Morrisco on December 25, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    How the mighty have fallen. One possibly bombed plane and a drone in 40 years.

  42. Venners on December 25, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    This is excellent, great video.

  43. Dany Varna on December 25, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    "Iran controlled groups" is a cope.

  44. Days flying by faster. on December 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    At the start of World War Two. First air to air kill by British was a poor chap flying a Hurricane.
    Mistaken as an enemy fighter, with British roundels. Mishaps happen, nothing to see here.

  45. Simon Nonymous on December 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Lovely stories – peace to you all

  46. Colonel K on December 25, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    73 years between kills – and the last one is a drone? I hope RAF pilots aren’t developing a complex over this.

  47. Marc Brassé on December 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    I am sure the official count will be sold as a total success. Just like V-force pilots boldly claiming they actually prevented a nuclear war. The newest chapter: The Tempest fighter jet, which already claims huge kill ratio’s as a mockup.

  48. John Kenny on December 25, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Christmas Ed and a Happy New Year hopefully enjoying your fine content

  49. kraigantonjon on December 25, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    assram:ed a drone…lol $$$$$$$$

  50. MrDino1953 on December 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Is it really necessary to narrate like a London “bobby” reporting on a crime?

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