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Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast
freebeacon.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Gertz

Posted on 06/11/2014 7:05:23 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.

 “The last time we saw anything similar was two years ago on the Fourth of July,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Norad spokesman, told the Free Beacon.

Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far western Aleutian Islands.

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians.

After tracking the bombers as they flew eastward, two of the four Bears turned around and headed west toward the Russian Far East. The bombers are believed to be based at the Russian strategic base near Anadyr, Russia.

The remaining two nuclear-capable bombers then flew southeast and around 9:30 pm entered the U.S. northern air defense zone off the coast of Northern California.

Two U.S. F-15 jets were deployed and intercepted the bombers as they eventually flew within 50 miles of the coast before turning around and heading west.

A defense official said the four bombers also were supported by two IL-78 aerial refueling tankers that were used for mid-air refueling during the operation this week.

The Tu-95 is a long-range strike aircraft capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles. Other versions are equipped with intelligence-gathering sensors and electronic warfare gear. It has a range of around 9,400 miles without refueling.

Davis said the aircraft “acted professionally” and the bombers appeared to be conducting a training mission.

“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.”

“It’s a provocation and it’s unnecessary. But it fits in with [Putin’s] macho kind of saber-rattling,” he said, adding that he expects Russia will carry out more of these kinds of incidents in the future.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a former Alaska commander for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said he does not remember a case of Russian strategic bombers coming that close to the U.S. coast.

“Again we see the Obama administration through their covert—but overt to Mr. Putin—unilateral disarmament, inviting adventurism by the Russians,” McInerney said in an email.

“At the height of the Cold War I do not remember them getting this close. Mr. Putin had to approve this mission and he is just showing his personal contempt for President Obama right after meeting him in Normandy less than a week ago,” McInerney said.

McInerney said no American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history.

“A sad day indeed and at the same time Mosul and Tikrit [Iraq] fall to radical Islamists after the Obama administration’s failed Iraq policy,” he added. “He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.”

The Alaska-California bombers flight also came a month after a Russian Su-27 interceptor jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.

In that incident on April 23, the Su-27 jet flew close to the RC-135, turned to reveal its air-to-air missiles to the crew, and then flew dangerously close to within 100 feet of the cockpit in a maneuver military officials called reckless.

Davis said in the past 10 years, 50 Bear H bombers were intercepted near U.S. air defense zone, although he acknowledged that Monday’s flight near California was unusual.

In April, a telephone conversation between two Russian ambassadors was posted on YouTube and appeared to show the diplomats joking about the Ukraine crisis and discussing the possible incursions in the United States and Eastern Europe.

The leaked conversation between Igor Nilokaevich Chubarov and Sergey Viktorovich Bakharev, Russian ambassadors to the African nations Eritrea and Zimbabwe and Malawi, respectively, includes references to post-Crimea Russian imperialism to include Eastern Europe and “Californialand” and “Miamiland.”

Russian Bear H flights elsewhere have increased in recent years.

In February 2013, two of the bombers were intercepted as they circled the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, in a rare long-range incursion.

Two Bear Hs also were intercepted near Alaska on April 28, 2013.

A Russian Bear H incursion in Asia took place in in July 2013 when two Tu-95s were intercepted by Japanese and South Korean jets near the Korean peninsula and Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island.

The July 4, 2012 bomber flights near the West Coast were the first time since the Cold War that Russian jets has traveled so close to the U.S. coastline.

That action followed an earlier intrusion by Tu-95s near Alaska that were part of large-scale strategic nuclear exercises by the Russians aimed at practicing strikes on enemy air defenses.

Russia has stepped up provocative nuclear war games in recent years as part of propaganda efforts to display Moscow’s dislike of U.S. missile defenses in Europe.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia; US: Alaska; US: California
KEYWORDS: bomber; california; coldwar2; communism; kgb; mikeconaway; obama; russia; sovietunion; texas
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1 posted on 06/11/2014 7:05:23 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Pretty soon they’ll be dropping food packages to the starving victims of the Baraqqi Depression.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 7:06:57 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

At that range they could fire off stand off weapons and destroy every makor city in California.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 7:07:37 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: nascarnation

There’ll be few people to drop them to once the La Raza gangs storming our border become roaming Mad Max gangs


4 posted on 06/11/2014 7:08:28 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Tailgunner Joe

50 miles is within range of smelling the Mexican and Chinese food.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 7:11:22 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Rubbing obama’s and our noses.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 7:11:28 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“At that range they could fire off stand off weapons and destroy every major city in California.”

Won’t happen... the Mexican government doesn’t want it’s future state damaged.


7 posted on 06/11/2014 7:11:47 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If it was a civilian airliner that close to Russia they would have shot it down no questions asked.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

did we shoot them down and have to explain an international incedent?


9 posted on 06/11/2014 7:13:27 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Probing response.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 7:13:36 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

In a real fight wouldn’t they use subs instead? Can’t see them coming; bigger booms.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 7:16:45 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: kvanbrunt2

Safety inspection.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 7:17:19 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: SkyDancer
We should have shot them down - Vlad the Impaler would have understood the message, as he understands the message sent by our failure to do so. They probe with the bayonet - when they find flesh, they probe deeper - when they find steel, they back off.

And yes, they would shoot a civilian airliner down that came that close to their shores - early 80's - KAL flight.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

13 posted on 06/11/2014 7:20:42 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Tupolev Tu-95MS Inflight | HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-2dfEc70gU

Alaskan F-15/Tu-95 Bear Intercept
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMb9OmXDj4g

Wings Of The Red Star: Tu-95 The Nuclear Bear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubw-XZd7aaM


14 posted on 06/11/2014 7:22:42 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We should intercept them with an F-100.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 7:23:33 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Tailgunner Joe
McInerney said no American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history.

No American president has been as deserving of disrespect as Obama.

And the US news media goes its merry way.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 7:24:44 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This isn’t the 60’s. If we wanted to vaporize these guys we could have at any point, and they know it. Fun games, but if it ever gets real, it won’t be fun anymore.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 7:29:06 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tailgunner Joe

"Vlad... dude... this has to stop."
"Uhh... What must stop, Mr. Prezidunt?"
(chuckle) "C'mon... you know what I'm sayin..."
"Um... nyet?"
"Vlad... the jet thing... so close to us... c'mon, man... I get it."
"You... get what... Mr. Prezidunt?"
(soft laugh) "Hey, I don't blame you. I mean... I know what I mean to the world. It's only natural that such a hetero-masculine guy like yourself would be... well... drawn to me."
(long pause) "Drawn? .... Mr. Prezidunt?"
"Look, Vladi... I know these so-called fly-bys are just ... well... just your own special way of telling me how you feel about me."
"Ahhh... well, yes... you could phrase it that way. I suppose."
(laugh) "Just want you to know, that I understand what you're saying. And I don't think less of you for it. And neither does Michelle."
(long pause) "You are -- how you say -- most understanding, Mr. Prezidunt."

18 posted on 06/11/2014 7:29:08 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

No. Please. Not Pelosi’s house. Anything but that...

Don’t worry though. Our territory is protected by a firm patented #Obamaredline


19 posted on 06/11/2014 7:33:44 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Where was Barry? NBA must’ve been on.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 7:34:34 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Tu-95 Bear playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7553F670377165FA


21 posted on 06/11/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Billthedrill

“If we wanted to vaporize these guys we could have at any point, and they know it. Fun games, but if it ever gets real, it won’t be fun anymore.”

It’s the subs I’m more concerned about.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 7:40:14 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Hollllllllyyyyywooooood” /obscure


23 posted on 06/11/2014 7:41:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Barry’s plan for a “fundamentally transformed” America has really come together.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 7:41:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

How did der Bamaschnitzel respond?


25 posted on 06/11/2014 7:42:19 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Viennacon

[ There’ll be few people to drop them to once the La Raza gangs storming our border become roaming Mad Max gangs ]

That will occur AFTER Obama takes the guns in an Australian type gun confiscation...


26 posted on 06/11/2014 7:42:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I am not worried about Russia anymore. I am worried about
the marxist turd we have as President.


27 posted on 06/11/2014 7:44:25 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: SkyDancer
If it was a civilian airliner that close to Russia they would have shot it down no questions asked.

KAL007 overflew Sakhalin Island.

28 posted on 06/11/2014 7:47:00 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: nascarnation
...dropping food packages...

The Chinese helped us out after the Jericho attacks...


29 posted on 06/11/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

600 million screaming Chinamen.


31 posted on 06/11/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SkyDancer
If it was a civilian airliner they have shot it down no question.

There, fixed it. google "Korean Air Lines Flight 007".

CC

32 posted on 06/11/2014 7:50:53 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
LEADER
33 posted on 06/11/2014 7:51:36 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: NonValueAdded

Steven Spielbergs “1941”.

CC


34 posted on 06/11/2014 7:52:58 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Hey, lots of us live in CA.


35 posted on 06/11/2014 7:57:48 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Celtic Conservative

It’s what came to mind.


36 posted on 06/11/2014 8:02:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: ConorMacNessa

0bama would have asked if they wanted to refuel at a military base and sent them off with chocolates and flowers.


38 posted on 06/11/2014 8:03:20 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: SkyDancer
There you go! Exactly!

Hollowing out our Valiant Military so they can do nothing more than support make-work efforts at dealing with "climate change."

Please excuse me, I feel the need to - well you know!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

39 posted on 06/11/2014 8:16:46 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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Wouldn’t matter where the servers are hosted, if such a scenario were to be realized the Internet would be toast.


41 posted on 06/11/2014 8:52:47 PM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I can see Russian planes from my house - wonder if the California sophisticates are laughing now.....


42 posted on 06/11/2014 8:52:54 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is ‘freebeacon’ a legit site, or more like infowars?


43 posted on 06/11/2014 8:59:44 PM PDT by enraged
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They know they can get away with doing this. Unbelievable.


44 posted on 06/11/2014 9:24:58 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Just wait until ∅ hears about this in the news!!!
45 posted on 06/11/2014 9:31:06 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Isn’t it true that you can hear a TU-95 departing Russia all the way from Sarah Palin’s house in Alaska ?


46 posted on 06/11/2014 9:49:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Rumor has it that the Tu-95’s huge counterrotating propellers are so loud that it can be heard approaching long before it appears on radar. Urban myth. They’re loud, check out youtube, but not THAT loud.

Anyway, the Russians could be probing us with Swordfish biplanes & still present a threat. Our defenses have been thoroughly compromised by this administration.


47 posted on 06/11/2014 10:13:57 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

You poke the bear, he pokes back. Very simple if you understand the Russian psyche. This is the bears response to deploying B2’s to England. Just letting you know, if those B2’s kill any Russians, the bear will kill Californians.


48 posted on 06/11/2014 10:24:05 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: PastorBooks

If any of them are running. They got a few problems with their rust-buckets.


49 posted on 06/12/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Oooooh. Another incident where obamass could draw another red line.


50 posted on 06/12/2014 4:19:30 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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