Russian Fighter in ‘Unsafe’ Intercept of U.S. Plane

This seems like a flash back to the Cold War that President Reagan won for us. Military units use to push the envelope of behavior, trying to get the other side to flinch. The issue is not for just the safety of the personnel involved.  It was always the worry of the nation’s leaders that an incident like this would turn the Cold War into Hot. There is also a “message”being delivered. What is Putin’s message with this?

YouTube Screenshot from Previous Incident in 2014

Pentagon: Russian Fighter Conducted ‘Unsafe’ Intercept of U.S. Recon Plane Over Black Sea

By: Sam LaGrone for USNI:

PENTAGON — A Russian fighter intercepted a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance flight in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner’ in international airspace over the Black Sea, a Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed to USNI News on Thursday.

According to the Pentagon, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker intercepted a RC-135U Combat Sent “flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea,” read a statement provided to USNI News.

The statement indicated the U.S. is “looking into this particular incident.”




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  • Rippie

    Well, to be fair, it was a RECON flight, not a Delta tourist flight. Jeez. We’d do the same if the Russians sent such a plane to fly just outside the Gulf of Maine.

  • dhd123

    Isn’t it interesting that one smart President won the cold war and one idiot President has allowed all of the enemies of the U.S., new and old, to gain prominence and put fear into Americans. It was not that long ago that people were building bomb shelters in their back yards…Sadly history repeats itself due to the IIC not being students of history. When one ignores history, one will get bit in the arse when it comes back around. (IIC-Idiots In Charge).

  • Bob

    not to worry.
    obama will go over and kiss putins back side again.
    remember, he will be able to help putin after the elections!

  • kunling

    The C-135 pictured is NOT an RC-135U. In fact, I don’t even think it’s a reconnaissance aircraft. Oh, and by the way, this intercept is no less safe than the thousands of other intercepts of US reconnaissance aircraft conducted by Soviet fighters in past decades. Approaches to 15 – 20 feet, close enough to exchange salutes, were not unusual. To be sure, it appears to be simply a routine intercept and escort of an aircraft flying near the Russian periphery…..ho hum stuff.