WATCH: Video Emerges Of First US Air-To-Air Kill In 18 Years

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Video of U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Tremel obliterating a Syrian regime Su-22 in June surfaced in a post by a returning Air Force unit’s video montage, first uncovered by The Aviationist.

Tremel shot down the Syrian regime aircraft after it repeatedly bombed U.S. backed anti-Islamic State forces in northern Syria. The Pentagon said at the time that the “Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet.”


“I did not directly communicate with the Syrian Jet but he was given several warnings,” Tremel explained after the incident to Save The Royal Navy in August. He continued that he did not see the pilot eject, but that his wingman spotted a parachute, indicating the Syrian pilot may have survived the shoot-down.

Prior to Tremel’s shoot-dow, the last U.S. air-to-air kill was in 1999 during American participation in NATO Operation Allied Force over Yugoslavia, where Lt. Col. Michael H. Geczy downed a Soviet-era MIG-29 with an F-16CJ.

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