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Originally posted by infinite
what would you say, if i told you i was?
Norwegian military spokesman Lt. Col. John Inge Oeglaend told The Associated Press his country's F-16s were sent into action twice Friday, including once when two Tu-95s headed south along the Norwegian coast in international airspace and turned around above Aberdeen on Scotland's North Sea coast.
Oeglaend characterized the incidents as routine, but said it was a "bit unusual that the first two bombers went so far south."
Originally posted by Muppetus Galacticus
Does anyone have any idea of how many of these incidents actually happen on a weekly or even monthly basis? Is this remotely normal or could these be related to recent events?
Originally posted by neformore
At the height of the cold war, it was daily, sometimes twice daily using different aircraft from different directions.
Post cold war you could be looking a weekly/monthly.
But, like I said above, there are reasons why they might have stepped up a little right now.
One thing I'm fairly sure of is that these planes didn't turn around "above Aberdeen". They would have been intercepted an awful lot further out, and would not have been allowed to overfly UK territorial waters.