Imperial Air Force Keeps Staging Incidents With Russia so It Has Something to Complain About

If Russian interceptions were really that 'unprofessional' you'd think by the frequency of US flights there would have been a collision by now

The US Air Force is complaining about Friday’s interception of a US B-52 Stratofortress bomber by the Russian military. The bomber was intercepted when it was in the Black Sea, approaching Russia.

The Air Force says the interception was “unsafe” and risked a midair collision. Russia has not addressed this directly, but likely has a lot of experience intercepting planes in the Black Sea, as they’ve been intercepting US spy planes at least twice a week for the past few months there.

Interceptions are common enough, but they are almost always of spy planes getting a bit close for comfort to the other side’s borders. That the US plane in this case was a long-range strategic bomber puts it into a different category, and likely raised more alarm from the Russians.

US officials said the plane was meant to “demonstrate NATO solidarity,” but that was the mission for entering the airspace of every NATO member, which Russia clearly is not. They didn’t explain why they were hanging around in Russia’s vicinity, except for the obvious possibility that they were there to participate in an incident that Air Force generals could then complain about.


  1. John Rourke says

    Russian Airspace keeps moving closer to NATO..again

  2. Jihadi Colin says

    It would have been nice if it had moved into Russian airspace and been blown out of the sky along with the war criminals inside it.

  3. cechas vodobenikov says

    US pilots r as incompetent as US automobile drivers–stop complaining and send these planes to kenosha and Portland

  4. thomas malthaus says

    Russia and Iran reach a new level of partnership.

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