A French Air Force Dassault Rafale B fighter jet based at Saint-Dizier Airfield in 2014. (Wikimedia Commons/Alan Wilson)
In what can accurately be described as a total f*cking nightmare, a 64-year-old civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a French Air Force Dassault Rafale B fighter jet during takeoff from Saint-Dizier Airfield, a French military spokesman said.
There are few sights more exciting than a futuristic fighter jet tearing across a clear blue sky. In video games, movies, and comic books, these slices of imagination dominate the skies and look good doing it. And whether or not they’re hitting Mach 3 during an attack run against invading aliens or attempting to topple some genocidal giant robots, it's nice to know that the Pentagon can always just turn to Netflix for inspiration when it starts dreaming up the warplanes of the future.
Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter jets, pressed into service by the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War, have been the backbone or Russian, North Vietnamese, and North Korean air forces for decades. MiGs are synonymous with the sneering, faceless commie baddies who stood in as America’s fictional film foes, from Top Gun to Air Force One — and now you can finally have one parked in your backyard.