Russia is guilty of an appalling propaganda error.
The Bear H is the world’s only turbo prop strategic bomber. Like Vladimir Putin, it celebrates its 51st birthday this year. Bless. I think Vladimir’s in better shape though.
When the Bear H came into service the Soviets got Hungary, Eisenhower got relected, Egypt got Suez, and Prince Rainier got Grace Kelly.
The Bear H is capable of, wait for it, a top speed of 575mph.
The Typhoon Eurofighter is four years old. Like most four year olds he creates mayhem. But unlike most four year olds, he creates mayhem at 1,450mph within a maximum service ceiling of 65,000ft.
Before today, I thought the Eurofighter was a bust, and I wasn’t sure any of our crates could actually carry out air defence. (I blogged to this effect a couple of weeks back.) Now I can’t look at it without hearing this.
So all Putin has succeeded in doing is restoring my faith in our brave noble fliers. Christ, a couple more contacts like this and I’d vote for Gordon Brown.
The spirit of Guy Gibson lives on!
So altogether now… Da-dum da-da-da-dadada da-dum da-da-da-dadada