RUSSIAN NUCLEAR BOMBERS BUZZ ALASKA …
The Russian Federation flew a pair of Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” bombers within 100 miles of Alaska late Monday – forcing the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to scramble two F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in response.
The American fighters – and an E-3 airborne early warning plane – intercepted the Russian bombers and flew alongside them for nearly twelve minutes, according to Fox News.
The 1950s-era turboprop planes – which happen to be the only propellor-powered strategic bombers still in operation – never entered American air space and returned to their base in eastern Russia without incident.
Has this ever happened before? Yes. On July 4, 2015, a pair of Russian bombers came within forty miles of the California coast – prompting a similar American response. Of course that incident took place against a backdrop of generally positive relations between the United States and Russia.
UPDATE: They’re baaaaaaack!
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