F-22 Scores First Combat Kill Against Eight-Engined Red Aircraft Jay December 25, 2012 Air Force 31 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK – Captain Gary Rinch of the 622nd Fighter Wing can lay claim to the first combat kill with an F-22 fighter after shooting down what he described as “an eight-engined red aircraft” late last night. The encounter took place on December 24th, at 2345 Alaskan Time, north of the Arctic Circle during a combat air patrol exercise. Capt. Rinch had suspicions about the unidentified aircraft, and reported the pilot wouldn’t reply to any attempts to make contact. “He wasn’t broadcasting any FAA or DOD identifying signals,” said Rinch. “He kept on his southerly course and had to be viewed as a threat.” The F-22 and its pilot performed a flyby to visually inspect the aircraft at Mach 2. “I saw a red fuselage and eight powerplants moving that sucker. Of course, at that speed, things get distorted.” After multiple attempts to force the aircraft off its course, Rinch had no choice but to fire a single missile at the airborne interloper. After multiple failed attempts to launch, Rinch considered doing another flyby and down the unresponsive craft with his cannon. “Things got a little weird at this point. I’m not sure if it was the Aurora Borealis, or maybe I wasn’t breathing correctly to maximize the O2 system, but I could swear I saw a sparkly con-trail coming off the craft,” Rinch said. Before he could close with the intruder, Rinch’s weapons issues were sorted out and he fired at the red aircraft. The AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile streaked toward its target at four times the speed of sound. It closed the 20-mile engagement distance in less than 30 seconds. “The explosion was pretty spectacular, at least I imagine it was. All I saw was a bright flash about the size of a raisin.” An analysis of the aircraft based off of Capt. Rinch’s account along with radar returns and pieces found at the suspected crash site reveal the aircraft may have been an upgraded TU-95 Bear bomber. Although the Bear was designed with four engines, each uses two sets of contra-rotating propellers, which gives credence to the eight-engined analysis. Speaking under condition of anonymity, the intelligence officer for the 622nd stated, “It’s amazing that Capt. Rinch was able to take out this obvious threat to our national security,” said Lt. Daniel Alvarado. “A search of the crash site uncovered a number of dangerous items such as advanced computers, I believe called Nabi Tablets or something. Probably missile guidance systems.” Other sources reported finding a number of innocent-looking items that could have been weaponized. “We found something called a Beyblade. Essentially, it’s a gyrocsopically stabilized knife. Very dangerous in the right hands.” Victor Perkins, a Lockheed Martin/Boeing Congressional Liason, met the news with high praise. “Obviously, this goes to show that American ingenuity and know-how can really get the job done. All it takes is a vision combined with can-do attitude, the world’s best pilots and a unit cost of $412 million.” In unrelated news, NORAD’s Santa Tracker website went down unexpectedly on December 25th at 0145 Mountain Time. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/MmtQd Cyrus Olea says: October 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM Is this encounter true or a hoax? Where were the wreckage and where did it crashed? Damien Brumley says: July 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM So that’s why the 249 I asked for wasnt under the tree this morning. Ben J Amin says: July 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM G.Rinch, that’s a hell of a shot. You possibly saved the world. As to the exact nature f the aircraft, does it really matter? I bet the pilot was some fat old fucker who couldn’t even pass a flight physical anyway. Sandi Smith says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Lmao! Greg MacAleese says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Nice shot… Petey Kunta Kinte Canarchy says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM This gives me an erection. Bailey Cleburne McLemore says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM I was wondering where those guys from Turkey got sent… Maine Veterans Business Initiative says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM …so who brought me those slippers and Black Ops II? Sim Taylor says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Capt Rinch, you’d best be prepared for a LOT of coal a Christmas time…….. Jim Hart says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Everyone knows red is the symbolic color of communist China. They must’ve been flying over with a covert craft to check on their “investments.” Timothy Jay Queen says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM A Commie Red fuselage. Probably why there were no presents under the tree….damn Commies! Thankfully we have the great minds and talents of the US Air Force keeping us safe. Steve Panza says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Looks like Santa needs to upgrade his stealth technology. Eric Palmer says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM —Audible–Pilots voice recording on the HUD video: “Stick a fork in him! He’s done!”….. Oh wait that was the other mistaken shoot-down. David M. Williams says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM ho, ho, ho, no way Jose. At mach 2, the closure with a target at 20 miles would be less than a second, unless you are doing new math. A technical limit for a turboprop Bear a/c limits its speed to less than mach1 (turbo-props can not rotate faster than the speed of sound or you would get prop blade stall (loss of aerodynamic force). The highly modified P-51 super racers that fly at Reno air races can’t come close to the speed of sound because of this blade limitation. etc.etc. Ho, Ho, Ho! Téil Kim says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Think about all those innocent reindeer. Richard Berry says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Are you sure it was Rinch? This sounds like something Barbie would do… http://www.farvatoons.com David Maniccia says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Surely this wasn’t a big red B-52; David Ahrens should check into this. Troy R. Stull says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Unlikely, everyone knows the F-22 is too expensive to ever actually be used in combat. We just crash them on our own due to spending a billion dollars on the airplane then putting in a broken oxygen system. David Rush says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM A “red fuselage”? Must have been a descendant of Baron von Richthofen. Paul Panicacci says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM “Speaking under condition of anonymity, the intelligence officer for the 622nd stated, “It’s amazing that Capt. Rinch was able to take out this obvious threat to our national security,” said Lt. Daniel Alvarado.” Teri Centner says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM So wrong. But sooooo clever. Peter Kirk says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM no wonder I didn’t get any presents today! Doc Bailey says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM CPT Rinch. I know that guy. He was always a bit of an ass. Terry Mann says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM At last the f-22 has been combat tested. Shakil Niazi says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Hi Folks, The B-25B Mitchell is an awesome plane! Here is a great site I found for, very high quality wooden replica’s and they offer over 600 different Airplane, Helicopter and Military vehicles. Check this website out http://www.premiumwooddesigns.com Dennis Rhode says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM THANK GOD we finally splashed someone with this long overdue super machine. This platform has needed a serious combat situation and now, it seems, we got one. Now we just need to dump the “Beagles” (F-15 bomber variants who have no stealth capabilities), and use the $$ we save on furthering the F-35 and the Raptor to continue bringing death from above (J/K)!!!! I just hope that once we engage with either Tehran’s Al Quds or their Air elements, that we can show N.Korea and others that without their new Chinese stealth knock offs, they wouldn’t stand a chance. Rich Putnam says: April 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM Captain Garry Rinch. Beautiful. Just absolutely beautiful.