This Day in History :: 22 September
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22 September 2012 : A Ukrainian Air Force Aero L-39 crashed after an engine fire on take-off from Chuguyiv airfield, pilot killed.
22 September 2009 : An Iranian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD AWACS equipped aircraft collided with another Iranian Airforce Northrop F-5E Tiger II during a military parade near Varamin, Iran resulting in 7 fatalities.
22 September 2006 : Introduction: Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft to the U. S. Navy test site at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
22 September 2006 : Retired: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
22 September 2003 : David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon from New Brunswick, Canada to Ireland.
22 September 1995 : A USAF Boeing E-3B Sentry, 77-0354, c/n 21554, of the 962d AACS, 552d ACW, crashes shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, when a flock of Canadian snow geese were ingested by its engines. All 24 crew members die, including 2 Canadian air crew members. This was the first loss of an E-3 since the type entered service in 1977.
22 September 1994 : Two RAF SEPECAT Jaguars and a USAF A-10 attack and destroy a Serbian T-55 tank
22 September 1993 : In the second of the three Transair Georgia airliner shootdowns, a Tupolev Tu-154, carrying soldiers from Tbilisi, is shot down on landing in the Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport; the plane crashes on the runway and catches fire, killing 108 of the 132 people on board.
22 September 1987 : A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A-70-GR Tomcat, BuNo 162707, of VF-74 out of NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, operating from the USS Saratoga, accidentally shoots down a USAF RF-4C-22-MC Phantom II, 69-0381, 'ZR' tailcode, of the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, out of Zweibr├╝cken Air Base, West Germany, at 1550 hrs. EDT over the Mediterranean during a NATO exercise, DISPLAY DETERMINATION. Both RF-4C crew eject, pilot Capt. Michael Ross of Portsmouth, Ohio, and WSO Lt. Randy Sprouse of Sumter, South Carolina, both of the 38th TRS, and are rescued by a helicopter from the Saratoga within 30 minutes, suffering numerous injuries. A Navy spokesman said that the F-14 downed the RF-4C with an air-to-air missile, but did not know whether it was a Phoenix, a Sparrow or a Sidewinder. This was likely due to insufficient information being relayed to the spokesman; recovery of the F-14 aboard Saratoga makes it obvious the missile was an AIM-9 Sidewinder. When told by the Saratoga's Admiral that they had been shot down, Sprouse remarks "I thought we were supposed to be on the same side?" to which the Admiral replies "We're sorry about this, but most of the time we are." The Tomcat pilot is duly disciplined and permanently removed from flying status.
22 September 1980 : Iraq attacks Iran, various military bases and oil wells affected.

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