If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to face down a jet fighter screaming directly towards you and then opening up with it’s on board machine guns… wonder no more.
A man with a camera fighting for Jaish al-Islam, an extremist faction of the Free Syrian Army, happened to record just such an event.
The man was out and about with his comrades when he happened to hear the fighter jet high above their position. Being the intrepid rebel that he is (was?), he caught the jet streaking across the sky. Suddenly, the aircraft, which had been headed in a straight line away from the cameraman, turned and much to the surprise of the men on the ground… it began streaking towards them at an unbelievable speed. In the video you can sense that the group can tell something is wrong but it’s not until the planes machines guns come alive in fire and fury that the extremists react, shouting their catchphrase “Allahu Akbar” and hitting the dirt.
We don’t get to see the aftermath of the event – but what we do see is terrifying enough.
Personally, I don’t ever want to find myself facing down such a terrifying and awe-inspiring machine.