Video shows what Iranian-backed Houthis claim is a Saudi F-15 Strike Eagle getting shot down over Yemen

Business Insider | 1/9/2018 | Tom Demerly, The Aviationist
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Images and video have surfaced of what Houthis claim to a Saudi F-15 getting shot down over Yemen.

If true, it would be one of the only few times an F-15 has been shot down.

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Images and video have surfaced of what is claimed to be a Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle being shot down by an unspecified surface to air (SAM) missile over Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa. The video is alleged to have been obtained using a ground-mounted forward-looking infra-red sensor usually mounted on helicopters for surveillance and targeting: most probably a Fl ir Systems ULTRA 8500.

The clip appears to show an F-15 Eagle, version unknown.

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The video is shot from the right side of the aircraft, and as the aircraft rolls right, the height of the starboard (right) vertical stabilizer/rudder appears to be shorter than normal on an F-15, as though part of it is already missing: someone suggested that may have already sustained damaged to at least one of its vertical stabilizers even though this seems to be a bit far-fetched based on the available clip.

Immediately after this right rolling maneuver two bright objects, glowing from their heat signature in the infra-red video, are separated from the aircraft that lit the afterburners (based on the glowing . These seem to be flares, countermeasures ejected against heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles.

Aircraft - Profile - F-15 - Canopy - Version

The aircraft then rolls right again and the profile of the F-15’s canopy can be seen, appearing to be a single-seat version, but difficult to confirm from the poor quality infra-red video.

A large object enters the frame from below, presumably a surface-to-air missile, either impacts the F-15 (whose engine...
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