Military Aviation

Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighter jet violates Danish airspace after intercepting USAF B-52

The Russian Su-27, flying from Kaliningrad, followed the B-52 well into Danish airspace over the island, committing a significant violation of airspace of a NATO nation. 

In the late afternoon of Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 a B-52 bomber of the US Air Force (USAF) was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 fighter in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The intercept occurred as the B-52 bomber was closing in on Danish airspace in the vicinity of the Island of Bornholm. According to NATO Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office news release, the Russian Su-27, flying from Kaliningrad, followed the B-52 well into Danish airspace over the island, committing a significant violation of airspace of a NATO nation. 

“This incident demonstrates Russia’s disrespect of international norms and for the sovereign airspace of an Allied nation. We remain vigilant, ready and prepared to secure NATO airspace 24/7,” said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command.

Danish Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft were launched to counter the violation, however the violating Russian fighter turned back before interception. The Danish jets remained airborne and patrolling to protect the sovereignty of Danish airspace.

This print is available in multiple sizes from – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. B-52H Stratofortress 2nd BW, 20th BS, LA/60-0008 “Lucky Lady IV”. Barksdale AFB, LA

The unauthorised intrusion of sovereign airspace is a significant violation of international law. Friday’s incident is the first of this kind for several years and indicates a new level of Russian provocative behavior.

The B-52 bomber was taking part in the long-planned training activity “Allied Sky”, where six B-52 aircraft flew over all 30 NATO member nations in one single day, accompanied by and training with around 80 fighter aircraft from across the Alliance.

As already reported, earlier the same day USAF released a video featuring  two Russian Su-27 Flanker pilots intercepting a B-52 bomber that was conducting routine operations in the Black Sea over international waters.

According to US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa press release, the Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 multiple times at co-altitude and while in afterburner causing turbulence and restricting the B-52’s ability to maneuver.

This model is available from AirModels – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force and Star

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

Recent Posts

Meet the F-35 “Franken-bird,” the Lightning II made from two mishap damaged F-35As

The making of the F-35 ‘Franken-bird’ F-35 maintenance experts at Hill Air Force Base (AFB)… Read More

2 hours ago

The story of the BEA C-47 Dakota that crashed onto the roof of a house near Northolt Airport. Amazingly, nobody was hurt.

The C-47 Dakota The Douglas DC-3, which made air travel popular and airline profits possible,… Read More

1 day ago

Photos show a “flying saucer” (aka Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar) arriving at the National Museum of the USAF via C-5 Galaxy

The Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar Taken in November 2007 the interesting photos in this post… Read More

2 days ago