Jet shot down in Libya appears to be Soviet-era TU-22

Lots of footage of a jet being shot down in Libya this morning, amid news that French military jets are now flying over Libya to create the Libya no-fly zone.  But nobody has said what kind of jet it was or whose it was.  Was it a French jet?  A Libyan?

I’ve looked at it carefully and I’m guessing it was one of Libya’s ancient Soviet-era TU-22 fighters, meaning it was either shot down by French fighters in the air, or by rebel forces on the ground.  Or hilariously, by Gadaffi’s own forces in a panic.



Soviet TU-22


It appears the pilot ejected at the last moment before its fiery crash.




Just a fantastic observation sent in through our contact form, from a reader calling himself “Jason Roberts” although I have no proof that’s his real name.  He chose not to go through the registration and positively identify himself in one of our our required ways and then submit his comments in the usual way.  Not that he’s a coward or an armchair quarterback or anything:

Just hilarious to see people blown out of the sky.

F___ing cowardly pansies such as yourself should be the ones on the plane if anyone is going to die.

You probably haven’t served one day in the armed forces. Sit down and shut the f___ up armchair.

Well that’s some wonderful reasoning. And what a sound reading of my post.  What a wonderfully reasoned response to my post.  Thanks “Jason Roberts”.



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2 Responses to Jet shot down in Libya appears to be Soviet-era TU-22

  1. texastanner Sunday May 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm at 12:14 PM #

    This looks more like a MIG-23 fighter, which Libya definitely has in the inventory.

    The TU-22 was a swing-wing bomber which I doubt were ever exported to Libya.

  2. texastanner Sunday May 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm at 12:19 PM #

    My bad. The TU-22 was a fixed wing bomber – definitely not the aircraft in this video.