By Nick Baum
SATURDAY – 5/12/18
Two Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” planes belonging to the Russian Federation were intercepted by a pair of F-22 US stealth planes. The Russian planes were first spotted over international waters, but later entered “Air Defense Identification Zone”, an airspace that is not part of the US, but is still federal law for any aircraft within the zone to identify itself, as the Russian plane did not.
The report was first shared by a spokesman for NORAD, in charge of air command and defense in the United States, at about 10 AM. After the planes identified the zone, they eventually turned around back to the mainland according to the spokesman. Defense officials later reported to Fox News, stating that the airplanes went as close as 55 miles off Alaska’s west coast.
The two planes were part of a type of aircraft originally created during the Soviet Union, in the 1950’s. Both aircrafts were also identified to have nuclear capacity, and to have the power to fire nuclear weapons. A similar encounter happened a year ago, on May 3, 2017 with a Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft (the same type of plane as the picture above). The Russian aircraft traveled dangerously close to American air space, even entering within 20 feet of the air space before turning around.
Sources: CNN, Fox News