Iranian drone buzzes F/A-18 Super Hornet during carrier landing

by Douglas Ernst
August 9, 2017

An Iranian QOM-1 drone buzzed a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet trying to land aboard the carrier Nimitz Tuesday.

Officials with U.S. Navy Central Command confirmed a dangerous encounter in the Central Arabian Gulf, which forced an American fighter pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 147 to dodge an unarmed drone while landing.

Lt. Chloe Morgan, a NAVCENT spokeswoman, issued a statement on the incident.

“The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1, resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet,” the officer said, reported. “The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed-wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws.”

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Randy Tucker says:

    shoot the muther fucker down

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    Aha! The Iranians are getting real brave. Probably think Trump won’t do anything. Boy, are they in for a nasty surprise.

  • LLuke47 says:

    Replace these commanders who do not take action against anything Iranian near our ships, shoot everything down that is a danger to our troops or ships for God’s sake..

    1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      It is surprising how these little dictators think the United States will not go to war with them. How quickly they forget WE fought the Japanese and the Germans at the same time during WWII and beat both of them

  • Dillon650 says:

    The drone should have been shot down. If it buzzes our carrier during landing ops it could also intentionally crashed into the flight deck. Multiple lost aircraft and personnel lost.

  • Humble Servant says:

    What is a drone doing next to our navel carriers anyway? Should this be armed or unarmed it should be dropped out of the sky. This equipment is monitoring our ships at an unsafe distance and has the potential to do harm to our warriors it should be removed. It’s not like we don’t have the ability to take it down.

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