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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The U.S. military dispatched two F-22 stealth fighters late Monday to intercept a pair of Russian bombers near Alaska, according to a Pentagon official. The official told the Washington Examiner Tuesday the Air Force's jets visually identified the Russian vehicles as TU-95 Bear long-range bombers. The American jets briefly flew alongside the Russian bombers before the bombers changed course and flew away from the U.S. The official noted that TU-95s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but the planes involved in Monday's incident did not appear armed. The interception was conducted in a "safe and professional" manner, the official added, as the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace or break international norms. Monday's incident comes amid escalating tension between Russia and the U.S., particularly over Syria's ongoing civil war.

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Not a big deal. This thing happens all the time and with the roles reversed and it rarely makes the news.

#1 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-04-18 08:08 PM | Reply


@#1

First time since 2015.

2007 through 2014, around 50 times.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-18 08:16 PM | Reply

#2,

Those are reported times. It probably happens and isn't reported.

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2017-04-19 12:25 PM | Reply

exactly BOAZ.

And it's not just the Russians. We do it to them, they do it to us.

Even on the rare report that an ally is spying on us, I'm not shocked. It's what EVERY nation should do.

Sabotage is different matter though.

#4 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-04-19 04:27 PM | Reply

Poor bastiges in the bombers... those things are extremely loud.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-04-19 06:46 PM | Reply

Russian bombers spotted off Alaskan coast twice in 24 hours

Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were spotted flying about 41 miles off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, just hours after two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted the same type of Russian aircraft in the area.
US military officials downplayed Monday's midair interaction as "nothing out of the ordinary" and "not dissimilar from what we've seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation."
But Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Russians were "trying to show their teeth" by flying so close to the US coastline amid tensions between the two nations.
"This was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here," Kinzinger said. It was "an attempt to come up as close as they could to our international borders to see what our reaction would be."


The Russians aren't intimidated by Donnie fat and orange. They know he's an inept buffoon who they can control.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-04-19 06:55 PM | Reply

Same old, same old. Anything to keep those expensive planes from sitting around and collecting dust, right?

#7 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-04-19 07:02 PM | Reply

Bears?
That reminds me...Boyd's wife.

#8 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-04-19 07:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#7

It fascinates me that there are still -------- that think this is all a game, when people are dying in wars every day.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-04-19 07:38 PM | Reply

It fascinates me that there are still -------- that think this is all a game, when people are dying in wars every day.

#9 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2017-04-19 07:38 PM | FLAG:

Of course it is a game. How else would you describe this nonsense of two powers who would never dare directly attack each other flying planes around (at great cost and real risk of accident) as a "show of force?" Your attempted deflection is noted, by the way: just because war as such is serious business, it does not follow that this sort of nonsense is too.

#10 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-04-19 07:43 PM | Reply

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You are right Dirk, just ignore the Russian planes bombing Syrians on a daily basis.

Having flown F-18s in interdiction missions, let me tell you from personal experience it is anything but a game.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-04-19 07:58 PM | Reply

"You are right Dirk, just ignore the Russian planes bombing Syrians on a daily basis."

Did the US intercept bombers bound for Syria? No? Then your comment is a non sequitur.

"Having flown F-18s in interdiction missions, let me tell you from personal experience it is anything but a game."

Of course it is. You chase Russian planes or Chinese ones, and then they chase you. Idiots on the home front wring their hands and pretend it matters, and stooges like you act like you were staring the devil in the eye (never mind the real risk you faced was that your equipment would fail and you'd crash and die).

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-04-19 08:11 PM | Reply

BTW has Ratocenter ever told you he used to fly interdiction missions in an F-18?

#13 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-04-19 08:14 PM | Reply

Why he DID tell me that! And I'm sure he was just an interdicting FIEND! I'll bet he interdicted like no one had interdicted before! There was so much interdiction, people got TIRED of interdiction, believe me!

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-04-19 08:19 PM | Reply

Russian planes bombing Syria on a daily basis.

Cruise missles, MOABS , drone strikes.
Good thing Jebus is on our side.

#15 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-04-19 08:25 PM | Reply

BTW has Ratocenter ever told you he used to fly interdiction missions in an F-18?

#13 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

No. But "Ratocenter" (butt-hurt much, Troofy?) has mentioned that he flew the F/A-18 in the '80's. :-)

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-19 08:40 PM | Reply

Sorry for the run-on italics, especially when I was just clowning with Troofy.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-19 08:40 PM | Reply

To compound my needling of Troofy with bad italics, I scroll up and discover that Righto referred to his plan as F-18 and not F/A-18.

*Jeff hangs head in shame*

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-19 08:43 PM | Reply

On a completely irrelevant point, I've seen a cam picture of an F-18 with a cannon firing solution on an F-22. If it missed though the Raptor would have him on the next scissor.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-19 09:06 PM | Reply

"If it missed though the Raptor would have him on the next scissor."

Definitely, if he threw paper. But not rock. Rock beats scissors. That is just basic dogfighting, right there.

#20 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-04-19 09:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Exactly. Shaw 101.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-19 09:14 PM | Reply

*Jeff hangs head in shame*

#18 | Posted by JeffJ

Its funny watching others hang themselves! :)

#22 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-04-19 09:15 PM | Reply

#14 - FUNNY FLAG! ^ 2

#23 | Posted by john47 at 2017-04-20 11:26 AM | Reply

Don't worry Iceman will get him

#24 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-20 03:39 PM | Reply

Long held tradition among insecure stronkmen: Use military planes/ships to harrass US forces by coming close to US border or ships.

Long held tradition among insecure party hacks: Blame the sitting president's "weakness" when this happens, asuming he's from the other party.

Both are childishly unimpressive.

#25 | Posted by Sully at 2017-04-21 02:45 PM | Reply

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