by Scott Humor
As a cautionary illustration of the famous saying that “Что Русскому здорово, то Немцу смерть” or What’s healthy for a Russian would kill a German. Or an American, in this case.
On September 8th, a pilot was killed in a plane crash at the Groom Lake, the USAF’s secret test base deep in the NTTR also referred as the Nevada Test and Training Range by the Air Force.
Lt. Col. Eric Schultz, 44, died from injuries sustained in an accident in which an aircraft crashed around 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday at the range, located about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, according to a release from the base.
At first, the Washington regime tried to silence this crash and the death of the pilot, mostly because it was caught with its pants down secretly flying the Russian aircraft that was allegedly bought from Azerbaijan.
“Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable,” Maj. Christina Sukach, chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis, said in an email.
There was also a delay in the story reaching news media that raised further questions since the accident was reported after another accident that took place on September 7, when Two A-10 Thunderbolt II Jets collided and crashed near Nellis AFB in Nevada.
Maj. Christina Sukach is also an Executive Officer for the Office of Public Affairs of the National Guard Bureau Public Affairs in Washington and a former Chief of Emerging Technology for the Air Force Public Affairs Agency. Only back then he/she had a name Chris Sukach.
Why am I writing about it? It’s because the word Sukach is used as a last name by people coming from the western lands of Russia, like the Ukraine and Belarus. It actually means a spinner, like a device or a person who twists wool and cotton fibers into yarn.
AviationWeek.com correspondent Guy Norris wrote on September 11, that Schultz was the Red Hats squadron commander at the time of his death. “The Red Hats became an unnumbered unit within the Detachment 3, AFTC test wing after the 413th flight test squadron (formerly 6513th test squadron) was deactivated in 2004. Over recent years the unit has operated a variety of Russian-developed combat types, including the MiG-29 and several Sukhoi-developed models such as the Su-27P, one of which was recently observed flying in the vicinity.”
However, despite of the best Sukach ‘s efforts to obfuscate the public, it became known almost immediately that Eric Schultz crashed on the Russian Flanker, a single seat Su-27P.
Magomed Tolboev, a legendary test pilot and an Honorary President of the MAKS international Airshow commented on the accident saying that a month ago, during the MAKS 2017 air show, he had a conversation with Eric Schultz and warned him against trying to try to replicate breathtaking, physics-defying maneuvers performed by the Russian pilots.
“I told him, don’t try to do what we do. Just one degree off makes a huge difference.”
Tolboev said that the American and British military pilots are well trained professionals, but there are nuances of the Russian pilots’ technique that the US and UK pilots cannot master.
“I told him that he will die. You cannot replicate what I do. There is an edge here, (beyond which you cannot advance.)”
Russian SU 37! This Baby is definitely flying like UFO! OMG how it’s possible! AMAZING!
As America marches further down the road towards a real war with Russia, it’s looking and acting more and more like the Ukraine since the beginning of the US occupation in 2014, and not just because both countries are ruled by offspring of the Eastern European shtetlekh dwellers.
Russia has never showed up for the Ukrainian war, but the Ukraine keeps fighting with itself, shedding the territories, and loosing reportedly up to 10 million people, in interim.
Russia has not showed up for the American war, either, but Americans have already sustained heavy losses to its naval, air and special forces. On September 14th, for example, one special Ops soldier was killed and at least 15 others were injured during demolitions training at the army base Fort Bragg in North Carolina, reportedly “the largest military installation in the world (by population) with more than 50,000 active duty personnel.”
All of these following the self-inflicted losses of the US Navy 7th fleet during the summer.
Americans are remarkably unreceptive to the voice of reason, as the case with Lt. Col. Eric Schultz demonstrates. This not only makes them the perfect match with the Ukrainian extremists, but also equally horrifyingly entertaining show to observe.
The featured cartoon is a rendition of unconfirmed rumors that Russians communicate with extraterrestrials and being helped by them.
“Thank you for your service.”
“I serve Russia!”
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In case you have forgotten what happened in Ukraine, this book should refresh your memory with the incredibly precise and humorous chronicles: ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN HUMOR: FROM MAIDAN TO TRUMP
Yes, Russians have excellent pilots. Most Americans don’t know it, but Russian and US pilots did fight against each other, during the Korean War of 1950-1953. The Russians used the MIG-15. The US always stated that it’s pilots won the air war over Korea. The US also listed 800 of it’s aircraft as crash landing. Not very convincing. As for the latest Russian combat aircraft, like the MIG-35, Sukhoi 35, Sukhoi 37, Sukhoi 57, etc., one can only admire them. Does the US have anything comparable ? Is the F-35 superior to them ? I think not.
the F22 a marvel of technology… so sophisticated… that it can’t fly on a rainy day
(no joke, google it)
MiG Alley: How the air war over Korea became a bloodbath for the West
MAR 23, 2017 RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHA, SPECIAL TO RBTH
In what was arguably the greatest jet air battle of all time, on October 23, 1951 a group of 200 American and allied aircraft clashed with a Russian MiG force estimated at less than half that number. In the first of this two-part series on the air war over Korea, RBTH looks into the consequences of this epic clash.
The fog of war leads to all sorts of claims and counterclaims. Over time as military historians are able to get their hands on declassified war records from all sides involved, we get a more realistic picture of what really happened. The 1950-53 Korean War was unique because most of the aerial combat was between Russian and American pilots rather than among the Koreans. The conflict is also remarkable for the wild and preposterous claims the U.S. military made during and after the conflict.
In western publications of the 1960s the Americans claimed the ratio between the shot-down American and Russian MiGs was 1:14. That is, for every U.S., British and Australian jet lost in combat, the Russians were said to have lost 14 planes. During the next two decades as the war hysteria ebbed, the ratio was revised down to 1:10 but never below 1:8.
When the Russians declassified their archives after the end of the Cold War, and ex-Soviet pilots were freely able to present their side of the story, the West’s story could no longer hold up. Former fighter pilot Sergei Kramarenko writes in his gripping book, ‘Air Combat Over the Eastern Front and Korea’ that according to the most realistic (western) researchers, “the ratio of jet fighters shot down in engagements between the Soviet and American Air Forces was close to 1:1”.
But even this new parity accepted by western writers and military historians is nowhere near the truth. In reality, the air war over Korea was a bloodbath for the western air forces. It is a story that is well-hidden for obvious reasons – pride, prestige and the traditional western resistance to admit that the Russians won. By a wide margin.
See also: Yuri Sutiagin and Igor Seidov: “MiG Menace Over Korea”; Earl McGill: “Black Tuesday Over Namsi: B-29s vs MiGs”
Thanks for posting that. The u.s. propaganda had more MiGs being shot down over Korea than the actual number that were even there. American history literally consists of unrevised, or slightly revised repetition of the propaganda vomited out current with the subject.
My mother was WAAF in WW2. She refused to fly with ‘Killer’ caldwell after she rigged his plane. Seems pilots didn’t get much better in Korea.
Scott – this is a great column – thanks –
“mostly because it was caught with its pants down secretly flying the Russian aircraft that was allegedly bought from Azerbaijan.”
I posted an article from Russia media a day or two ago about the fatal crash and pindo silence on details. The article speculated the pilot was flying a Russian aircraft type due to the unit he was assigned to. I speculated the silence was due to the pindos not wanting to give away the source who supplied them the aircraft. So it was Azerbaijan. This means it was an older version of the aircraft without any recent systems update.
“another accident that took place on September 7, when Two A-10 Thunderbolt II Jets collided and crashed near Nellis AFB in Nevada.”
The A-10 has a serious history of crashes. When first introduced in the 1980s, so many of them crashed, the production had to be extended to cover the loses.
Most interesting thought. Pride comes before a fall.