Looks Like the Russians Tried to Lure U.S. Stealth Fighters Into an Intel Trap
On the night of May 3, 2017, two Russian Tu-95MS Bear bombers, escorted by two Su-35S Flanker-E fighters, flew into Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors intercepted the formation some 50 miles south of Chariot, Alaska. The Su-35 is a “4++ generation” aircraft characterized... Read more
When Russian Bombers Probed, U.S. Air Defenses Took No Chances
For two days in a row starting on April 17, 2017, Russian air force Tu-95 Bear bombers flew near Alaska’s air space. On April 17, the U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 Raptor stealth jets, one E-3 Sentry Airborne Early Warning aircraft and a KC-135 tanker to intercept two... Read more
Six Fighters. One Tanker. The Atlantic Ocean. And a Near-Disaster
While unpacking some boxes in early April 2017, I stumbled upon my Red Flag Alaska papers. Suddenly, I flashed back seven years to the exercise and an epic transatlantic flight involving six fuel-thirsty warplanes and just one aerial tanker. That Red Flag Alaska war game took place in the... Read more
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