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USAF F-22 Raptors intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers escorted by Su-35 fighters off the coast of Alaska
The bombers exited and then re-entered the Alaskan ADIZ accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets. On May 21, 2019 two pairs of F-22 fighter jets, each with an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft, from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) positively identified and intercepted Russian Tu-95 bombers and Su-35 fighter...
That time two RAF Phantoms escorted two Soviet Bears over France because French fighters were grounded by Bastille Day celebrations
"I could not avoid a feeling of irritation when I pictured our Mirage colleagues as they attended their Bastille barbecues on this mid-summer's day," Alan Winkles, former RAF Phantom pilot "The French, without doubt, are proud of their way of life and French folk will usually be eager to claim the virtues of their je sais quoi factor. Sometimes, however, the...
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...
USAF F-22 Raptors intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers off the coast of Alaska
"The Tu-95 bombers were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west, and never entered US airspace," NORAD spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy On May 11, 2018 two Russian TU-95 "Bear" strategic bombers were intercepted by U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-22 stealth fighters in international airspace off the...
This enhanced Russian flight activity could be a response to the Trump administration's strike against Shayrat Airbase, Syria, conducted on Apr. 7, 2017 by means of 59 BGM-109 cruise missiles As reported by CBS News on May 3, 2017 Russia Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers have approached Alaska with Sukhoi Su-35 fighters acting as escorts for the first time. According to Fox News,...
The F-22s intercepted the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber about 100 miles southwest of Kodiak As reported by Alaska Dispatch News, on the evening of Apr. 17, 2017 two F-22s were scrambled from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) to intercept a Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber that was approaching the coast of Alaska. The interception of the bomber took place over the course...
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...
The Russian Air and Space Force received the first Tu-95MSM in Aug. 2015 Released by the Russian Defense Ministry on its YouTube channel on Nov. 17, 2016, the video in this post shows the first combat sortie of the latest variant of the iconic Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber. As reported by Tass.com in fact, one sample of the modernized Tu-95MSM performed last Thursday...

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