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US spy plane evades Russians, enters Swedish airspace
Hotair ^ | 08/03/2014 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 08/03/2014 4:36:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

This story apparently took place last month, right after Malaysia flight 17 was shot down over the Russia – Ukraine border area, but we’re only hearing about it now. A United States aircraft – a Boeing RC-135 – was performing reconnaissance of Russian forces when the Russians noticed, began tracking the craft using ground radar and dispatched a fighter jet to intercept it. Complicating the issue is the fact that the US plane took evasive action which included flying into Swedish airspace without getting permission to do so.

Once the crew on board the spy plane realized they were being tracked, they tried their best to get out of the area as soon as possible.

The closest escape from the Russians was in Swedish airspace where they entered without gaining clearance with the country first.

CNN reports that the United States is speaking with Sweden about the fact that they may need to enter Swedish territory in the event the U.S. needs to avoid the Russian military in the future.

The breach of territory was first reported by the Swedish Media outlet DN.se. But Russian officials have not yet replied with their reaction.

‘We acknowledge a U.S. aircraft veered into Swedish airspace and will take active steps to ensure we have properly communicated with Swedish authorities in advance to prevent similar issues before they arise,’ said the U.S. State Department.

This complicates things for the Swedes a bit, as they would no doubt prefer not to have the Russians thinking they were in cahoots on the plan. But with the US acknowledgement of the maneuver and meetings to make sure it doesn’t happen again, we’re probably giving them all the cover they need.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; cnn; malaysia; mh17; parpro; russia; spyplane; sweden

1 posted on 08/03/2014 4:36:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

We have become impotent


2 posted on 08/03/2014 4:38:44 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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"..only Spartan women give birth to real men"




Thank God for the real men who founded this country,
and for the real men who continue to sustain it

Please join the 300 by donating $100

3 posted on 08/03/2014 4:39:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: al baby

More like the Russians have, well, gone Russian on us.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 4:39:56 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeekAndFind

This is just one day after the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed down in eastern Ukraine.


5 posted on 08/03/2014 4:43:14 PM PDT by McGruff (Seems like some are more interested in protecting Ukraine's border than ours)
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To: SeekAndFind
using ground radar and dispatched a fighter jet to intercept it

Wait our Dear Leader just told us they don't make anything.

6 posted on 08/03/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT by McGruff (Seems like some are more interested in protecting Ukraine's border than ours)
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Don't let FR fade away! .

7 posted on 08/03/2014 5:56:05 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SeekAndFind
This sounds very strange.

That's a huge plane.

Where did it take off from?

Where did it eventually land?

It would need to fly completely across Belarus and Lithuania and the Baltic Sea Russian air space to get into Swedish air space.

I need to see a lot more details before I accept this as factual.


8 posted on 08/03/2014 6:06:41 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: SeekAndFind

So, I read the second link, at the Daily Mail, and they say the RC-135 was in “international airspace” eavesdropping on the Russians.

Another mystery.

Where do you find international airspace in northeastern Europe?

In the middle of the Baltic Sea, maybe?


9 posted on 08/03/2014 6:23:01 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
To be more specific, 'Alexandra' at the Daily Mail says

An RC-125 Five Joint
evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission... and reports

CNN reports that the RC-125 Five Joint evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission.
But can't even quote CNN accurately. I can't even type 'lol' and mean it. It's truly pathetic.

At least someone on staff got the picture caption more accurate.

Range is 3900 miles; likely flown out of RAF Mildenhall.

Good thing they flew chicken into Swedish airspace: They mighta gotten bumped by a Mig, landed in Russia and given Putin a better gift than the USAF gave China in 2001. /s

10 posted on 08/03/2014 6:49:19 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869


"Five Joint", lol.
11 posted on 08/03/2014 8:03:13 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: zeestephen
I had the same thought. The only thing I can come up with is they were looking at Kaliningrad.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 8:09:29 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter
From this article:
U.K.-based RC-135s have flown more than 50 missions in the region since February, sometimes flying over Poland, Lithuania or Latvia and sometimes over the Baltic Sea near Kaliningrad. But according to DN.se, this was the first time that an American plane has reacted to an interception attempt by taking an unauthorized short-cut over Sweden. After overlying (sic) Sweden's largest island, the Rivet Joint turned south into international air space before re-entering Swedish air space near Oland. Violations of Swedish air space occur quite frequently—and sometimes the Swedes send Gripen jets to intercept. There have been at least seven violations in 2014 … and 53 in all since 2009, DN.se reported.

13 posted on 08/03/2014 8:33:19 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: logi_cal869

This is not the worst thing to happen to a RJ flight. The media is making a big deal since it was the Russians.

And yes, they fly out of Mildenhall.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 8:42:56 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: McGruff
using ground radar and dispatched a fighter jet to intercept it Wait our Dear Leader just told us they don't make anything.

"After the election I can be more flexible."

15 posted on 08/03/2014 9:21:12 PM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
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To: zeestephen

I agree.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 10:23:46 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Great map, Vermonter.

Some day I have to teach myself to do all these cool photos and graphics you DIY’s make.

17 posted on 08/03/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT by zeestephen
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