While the Tom Cruz film “Top Gun” was a thrill ride for movie fans, this is the ‘real deal’. It’s funny, but this encounter happened in 1989, only 3 years after the release of the Tom Cruz flick. You see, back then, there was still a “Cold War” going on between the Soviet Union and the United States.
In 1989 Libya was under the control of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. And back then, this little piss-ant liked nothing better than thumbing his nose at the United States at every given opportunity. It seemed he didn’t like the fact that we bombed the crap out of his little “s**t-hole” country in 1986.
The 1986 United States bombing of Libya, code-named Operation El Dorado Canyon, comprised air strikes by the United States against Libya on Tuesday, 15 April 1986. The attack was carried out by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps via air strikes, in retaliation for the 1986 West Berlin discotheque bombing. There were 40 reported Libyan casualties, and one U.S. plane was shot down.
One of the Libyan dead was a baby girl, who was reported to be Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter, Hana Gaddafi. However, there were doubts as to whether she was really killed, or whether she really even existed. Military intelligence reports cited Gaddafi fleeing his location and leaving his family members behind when inbound missiles were determined to be targeting his location.
So, whenever Gaddafi got the chance he would try and provoke the U.S. into a fight, but as you’ll see in the video below, all that did was cost him 2 VERY EXPENSIVE MIG-23’s. The video below clearly shows the 1989 Tobruk encounter between two F-14 Tomcats of the USS John F. Kennedy and two MiG-23 Floggers of Libya, (I’ll bet you can you guess who came out on top).