Tag: Tupolev Tu-16 Badger

That time a lone RAF Lightning intercepted a horde of 80 Soviet strategic bombers
"While the mass contacts of 60...70...80 (who knows?) contacts which, as if raging bulls bent on widespread death and destruction, bore down on my sole Lightning, I spoke with the controller at RAF Saxa Vord. The controller confirmed that my radar information was correct and that the incoming hordes now ranged from twenty to sixty miles from my current...
The unknown story of the close call that almost started World War III off the Korean Peninsula in 1969 
“This is the Chief-of-Staff: Launch the alert five.” In just minutes we could hear the A-6 engines starting directly above on the flight deck On Apr. 14, 1969 a North Korean MiG-21 shot down an unarmed EC-121 propeller-driven aircraft which was on a routine reconnaissance patrol over the Sea of Japan from its base at Atsugi, Japan. The entire 31-man...
One rule of engagement was constant in all these incidents: make the intercept as close as possible to 100 miles from the ship I was involved in four Soviet Badger and Bear overflights of U.S. Navy Carriers, on four different flattops – two as a pilot and two as a CIC (Combat Information Center) officer. I was a pilot attached to...

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