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Old February 12th, 2008, 04:45 AM   #1
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/11/rus...iref=hpmostpop

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- American fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers, one of which buzzed a U.S. aircraft carrier in the western Pacific over the weekend, U.S. military officials told CNN Monday.



One of them twice flew about 2,000 feet over the deck of the USS Nimitz Saturday while another flew about 50 miles away, officials said. Two others were at least 100 miles away, the military reported.

U.S. Defense officials said four F/A-18A fighter jets from the Nimitz were in the air.

The Russians and the U.S. carrier did not exchange verbal communications. Watch U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz »

Four turboprop Tupolev-95 Bear bombers took off from Ukrainka air base, in Russia's Far East, in the middle of the night, Japanese officials told The Associated Press, adding that one of the jets violated Japanese airspace.

Russian bombers have been making flights over the western Pacific for several months. In September, two U.S. F-15 fighters scrambled to intercept a plane that came within 50 miles of the coastline.


There have been eight incidents off Alaska since July. Among the latest, on September 5, six F-15s from Elmendorf Air Force Base, adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, intercepted six Russian bombers about 50 miles from the northwest coast of Alaska.

Two similar incidents occurred in August, one near Cape Lisburne, Alaska, and the other near Cold Bay, Alaska, west of the Aleutian Islands. E-mail to a friend
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the commies are coming to support hillary.
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ever tease a cat with a piece of string just out of their reach? that is what this sounds like to me.
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The next World War is in the works if you guys haven't figured it out...
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i hope it starts soon, i just watched Red Dawn...
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I wonder how long till some one drops a nuke. Once that happens we're all dead. Maybe they want the Oil up In Alaska. I guess we'll just have to start using it more so they won't be able to get it. :chiefwoohaw:
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ever tease a cat with a piece of string just out of their reach? that is what this sounds like to me.
I recall back in the eighties, while going to the Phillipines, Two russian bears did a fly by, also russian fishing boats came as close as they could with out causing an alarm. This has been going on forever and always will. unless fired upon there is no worry, it's how the game is played. If fired upon, or threatened, well that's a different story, and usually a grim outcome
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Back in the day Bears attempted flyovers regularly.

We recovered a few banged-up F-14s that "challenged" said Bears. Likewise a few Bears ditched at sea after sustaining in-flight damage.

They never flew over a carrier on my watch. They flew over escort ships, in one or two cases "dusting the rigging" - but never the bird farm. There were a few cases of damn near combat, but no weapons were discharged. Bear crews were fond of shining spotlights into the eyes of Navy aircrews.
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