July 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm #42352
Well it looks like Putin is testing the waters.
US jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers off California, Alaska coasts on July 4July 7, 2015 at 12:31 am #42359
TU-95’s are obsolete prop driven aircraft , they have modern jet bombers , similar to our own . Probably happens much more than is reported , it was just the fact that it was the 4th . International airspace is free to all , we do the same thing , as long as nobody’s national airspace is violated , its a game , nothing that has not been going on for decades . They must be hard up for news . Look at it as more herding of the sheep ( the American people ) , got to keep Uncle Scam’s political goals fresh in everybody’s mind , that way nobody will question any actions the politicians take , herding of the sheep , and the media is the sheep dog . Just Sayin
I had a buddy that was in the Air Force , stationed in Germany during the cold war , he told me that we would send up 3 fighters grouped very close together , headed towards the then Soviet Union , because they gave off the same radar signature as a B-52 , then turn back at the last minute , just to watch the Russians scramble fighters ……………this sort of thing is not newsworthy , its for propaganda purposes .July 7, 2015 at 10:59 am #42362
Seems like a pretty stupid bit of saber rattling.
Even by russkie stadards.
Lets see how asinine a decision we can make, lets send a bunch of obsolete planes that any third world excrement hole could have gotten ahold of to test the airspace of a country already on terrorist alert.
That rates right up there with checking the gas level of a car using a match as your light source.
I can just see how that conversation went, hey Yuri you nust have really screwed up this time, Vlady has ordered a probe in the old junkers and the bosses decided you need to be the pilot. Which commisars daughter was that?July 7, 2015 at 11:44 am #42363
I think Putin is playing “rope a dope”. I we shoot at them it creates an incident he can use for support. If the crew survives they know we will rescue them.July 7, 2015 at 1:31 pm #42364
Well Zero certainly knows about being/smoking dope, so he should be all on top of this.July 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm #42367
While an Air Force crewman during the Vietnam War, I had the opportunity to have our transport plane trailed by Russians. They would get very close, wave to us, or give us the one finger salute and roar off. I suspect this has gone on since the militaries of the world got airplanes.
Thought it was hysterical that they sent the old prop jobs. Whirl I think you right. Someone needed to be punished for something. Besides, does anyone think their top line pilots were flying these birds?July 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm #42369
Old Prop jobs will kill you just as fast as a jet!
RobinJuly 8, 2015 at 12:27 am #42375
the old “Bear” bombers are still used by the modern Federation Air Force , but not as a bomber role that they were intended for . They are used more as sub chasers , meteorologic missions , and gathering other data for the military ……..most of it mundane . They are very dependable aircraft , which is why they are still in service , but just not as much in the combat role they were originally designed for . Because it was designed as heavy bomber , its able to easily carry a decent amount of other equipment , and makes a good platform for other uses . Robin , yes old prop jobs can kill you as easily as any jet …………but only if your fighting an enemy with no Air Force , they are quite obsolete , and very easy to shoot down by a modern nation . I suppose some could get through if they had enough fighter escort . This flight was most likely just for sh*ts & giggles . Contrary to propaganda belief , Russians do have a sense of humor .July 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm #42404
Meanwhile, as China and Russia thumb their noses at us (whether in jest or not), our govt is cutting another 30,000+ troops from the Armed Forces. In November, he will cut another huge chunk. Leaving–for one–Elmendorff AFB near Anchorage Alaska with a skeleton crew of only 1000 total people (including cooks, secretaries etc). They are the closest major AFB to Russia, China etc… Does this emanate a foul odor to anyone???July 9, 2015 at 12:24 am #42407
I wondered if they were loaded with electronics. Can’t believe Elmendorff will be down to a thousand people. Speaking of cooks, their flight line kitchen was always great.July 9, 2015 at 12:34 am #42410
Ron Paul suggested cutting the military to a strictly defensive role , considering how it has been used by past administrations , it also seems a good idea …………..we simply cant afford world policeman anymore , as well as questionable use outside the Constitution . My issue is that there are plenty of ways to keep America safe , and stay within the Constitution , they are just not put itno practice , or have been bungled to the point that they have to send in the military to clean up . For one , there used to be immigration quotas in this nation , some people were simply not let in and turned around , another thing that could be done is not allow any person into this country , for ANY reason , even tourism , if they come from a nation that has or currently does harbor or support Islamic extremists …….including “allies” like Saudi Arabia . Other things as well .
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