Russian military planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row

Friday, April 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Russia has been sending military aircraft close to Alaska every night this week since Monday
The planes have stayed in international air space every time
But the move is concerning since Russian planes have not flown this close to Alaska since 2015
On Monday, two TU-95 bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighter jets about 100 miles off Kodiak Island
Two of the same kind of bombers flew within 36 miles of the Alaskan coastline, north of the Aleutian Islands, Tuesday night
The U.S. military did not scramble fighter jets Tuesday or Wednesday night, when a pair of spy plains flew near the Aleutian Islands
On Thursday night, the Russians sent their nuclear-capable bombers out again
American and Canadian fighter jets were dispatched to intercept the bombers about 700 miles southwest of Anchorage

21 April 2017

For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the U.S. for comfort.

Each night this week starting Monday, the Russian military has sent planes flying towards Alaska.

The planes have remained in international airspace for the length of their journeys, but have gotten as close as 36 nautical miles off the Alaskan mainland.

While military officials don’t seem too concerned about the Russian fly bys, the mysterious missions raise questions because the Russians haven’t flown this close to Alaska in two years.

The first incident happened Monday night, when two nuclear-capabe Tu-95 Bear bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighter jets about 100 miles off the coast of Kodiak Island.

The following night, a pair of the same kind of bombers flew towards Alaska, staying north of the Aleutian Islands.

The U.S. Air Force didn’t sent any fighter jets to follow the planes this time, instead sending a surveillance plane to make sure the larger bombers weren’t hiding any stealth planes flying underneath them.

The Air Force also decided against scrambling fighter jets on Wednesday, when the Russians sent a pair of Ilyushin IL-38s spy planes near the Aleutian Islands. It’s unclear how far those spy planes got before turning back.

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