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A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Pacific northeast recently in an aerial clash not seen since the Cold War.
An Air Force RC-135 electronic intelligence jet was flying a surveillance run some 60 miles off the Russian Far East coast, north of Japan, on April 23 when the incident occurred, according to defense officials familiar with the incident.
The Su-27 flew to follow the RC-135, and at one point rolled sideways to reveal its air-to-air missile before flying within 100 feet of the cockpit in an attempt to unnerve the crew.
The showdown was video-recorded by the aircrew.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren said the Su-27 intercepted the RC-135U as it conducted a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the Sea of Okhotsk during the afternoon of April 23.
“The Su-27 approached the RC-135U and crossed the nose of the U.S. aircraft within approximately 100 feet,” Warren told the Free Beacon in a brief statement. “Senior department leaders have communicated our concerns directly to the Russian military.”
originally posted by: Hijinx
a reply to: matafuchs
You would be spewing flaming tar if a Russian reconnaissance Jet was flying anywhere near the US. International waters, or not both aircraft have a right to be there.
originally posted by: andr3w68
a reply to: cody599
No, I'm pretty sure he was just talking about the bit of sarcasm at the end of Zaphods post about the Russians never doing anything like this. Regardless, let's not forget that neither party is innocent in this day and age. The Russians obviously were pushing buttons here, but the us way overstepped in the Ukraine. This whole thing is nonsense, they need to learn to grow up and stop acting like children.