Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by IBCW, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. IBCW

    IBCW Member Member

    “They typically do long range aviation training in the summer and it is not unusual for them to be more active during this time,” he said. “We assess this was part of training. And they did not enter territorial airspace.”

    The bomber incursion is the latest Russian nuclear saber-rattling amid stepped up tensions over Moscow’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

    Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Russian flights “intentional provocations.”

    “Putin is doing this specifically to try to taunt the U.S. and exercise, at least in the reported world, some sort of saber-rattling, muscle-flexing kind of nonsense,” Conaway said in an interview. “Truth of the matter is we would have squashed either one of those [bombers] like baby seals.”
  2. Rerun

    Rerun Supporting Member

    I remember, back in the last Century, about 1975, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) had to send up a pair of F-7 Corsairs* to escort some Bears that were flying off the coast of Florida enroute to Cuba!


    *F-7 Corsairs - A-7's armed with Sidewinders because the F-14 Tomcats were grounded after another one had flatspun into the ground.