Norad Admits F-22 Fighter Jets Intercepted 4 Russian Bombers 50 Miles Off California Coast

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"At the height of the Cold War I do not remember them getting this close," notes a retired Air Force Lt. Gen. as The Washington Free Beacon reports that four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians but the remaining two nuclear-capable bombers then flew southeast and entered the U.S. northern air defense zone off the coast of Northern California, before 2 more F-15s were scrambled. As House Armed Services Committee member Connaway ranted, "truth of the matter is we would have squashed either one of those [bombers] like baby seals."

 

As The Washington Free Beacon explains, Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.

Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far western Aleutian Islands.

 

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians.

 

After tracking the bombers as they flew eastward, two of the four Bears turned around and headed west toward the Russian Far East. The bombers are believed to be based at the Russian strategic base near Anadyr, Russia.

 

The remaining two nuclear-capable bombers then flew southeast and around 9:30 P.M. entered the U.S. northern air defense zone off the coast of Northern California.

 

Two U.S. F-15 jets were deployed and intercepted the bombers as they eventually flew within 50 miles of the coast before turning around and heading west.

 

A defense official said the four bombers also were supported by two IL-78 aerial refueling tankers that were used for mid-air refueling during the operation this week.

The bomber incursion is the latest Russian nuclear saber-rattling amid stepped up tensions over Moscow’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Russian flights “intentional provocations.”

 

“Putin is doing this specifically to try to taunt the U.S. and exercise, at least in the reported world, some sort of saber-rattling, muscle-flexing kind of nonsense,” Conaway said in an interview. “Truth of the matter is we would have squashed either one of those [bombers] like baby seals.”

 

“It’s a provocation and it’s unnecessary. But it fits in with [Putin’s] macho kind of saber-rattling,” he said, adding that he expects Russia will carry out more of these kinds of incidents in the future.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a former Alaska commander for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said he does not remember a case of Russian strategic bombers coming that close to the U.S. coast.

“Again we see the Obama administration through their covert—but overt to Mr. Putin—unilateral disarmament, inviting adventurism by the Russians,” McInerney said in an email.

 

“At the height of the Cold War I do not remember them getting this close. Mr. Putin had to approve this mission and he is just showing his personal contempt for President Obama right after meeting him in Normandy less than a week ago,” McInerney said.

 

McInerney said no American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history.

 

“A sad day indeed and at the same time Mosul and Tikrit [Iraq] fall to radical Islamists after the Obama administration’s failed Iraq policy,” he added. “He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.”

 

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Tao 4 the Show's picture

And Russia has the most nuclear weapons. The world is rapidly transitioning to higher order moments (no longer monopolar).

gmrpeabody's picture

I believe that puts them 150 miles inside our exclusion zone...,

good work, Obama.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

Now called our "welcome mat zone"?

In the 1950's and 1960's, everyone was sure there would be a nuclear war. The next decades, everyone was convinced it would never happen. Time to re-think once again.

nope-1004's picture

Mr. Obama, tear down this wall.

Why can't Ruskies visit Cali?

 

SWRichmond's picture

McInerney said no American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history.

The coup comes closer...not that I think it's a good idea...

But it fits in with [Putin’s] macho kind of saber-rattling,” he said, adding that he expects Russia will carry out more of these kinds of incidents in the future.

I think this guy is saying: "Yeah, when America sabre-rattles, we fucking kill millions of people!  Putin is some kind of pussy!"

NoPantsSpongeBob's picture

Ok, Nomad also said this according to http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-bombers-fly-within-50-mi...

Davis said the aircraft “acted professionally” and the bombers appeared to be conducting a training mission.

“They typically do long range aviation training in the summer and it is not unusual for them to be more active during this time,” he said. “We assess this was part of training. And they did not enter territorial airspace.”

What's the big deal? The only sabre-rattling here is done by the media.

strannick's picture

Baby seals everywhere, beware.

Obama and the US are on the march.

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Q: What do you call Russian planes dropping bombs on California?

A: Urban Renewal.

 

strannick's picture

Obama

Baby seals

 

Navy seals vs. Baby seals. Go team go.

old naughty's picture

Which is more "dangerous" to amkra, China's fighters 50 meters from Japanese fighters, or Russia bombers 50 miles from CA coast? 

Should horseface comment?

Nevermind.

flacon's picture

The only question that matters: "IS THIS GOOD FOR THE S&P?"

The only answer is always: "YES IT IS!"

Proofreder's picture

Right !

After all, what's good for the S and P is good for the U S A !

or was it General Bullmoose ?  I do so miss Al Capp.

SoberOne's picture

It's official,  Obozo is a Russian stooge!

Manthong's picture

I'm not so worried about Russia right now because they are not killing and beheading and all that.

I just heard that the guy who is spearheading the Mosul and Tikrit takeovers and is marching on Baghdad is someone we let out of Gitmo in 2009. Now he apparently has a $10 million bounty on his head.

Boy, this administration sure knows how screw everything it touches up.

Heads should be rolling in D.C.

I can hardly wait to see what the 5 key leaders we swapped for the wandering private, er, sergeant now (promoted on release) will do to exact their revenge.

The former detainee leading the effort in Iraq has to be laughing his ass off at us (just like everybody in Central America).

 

Lore's picture

Ten million DOLLARS?!  Screw that.  Try YUAN. 

Seriously, I'm skeptical about this entire "insurgency" narrative. It's too neat, like the War On Terror garbage we were spoon-fed after 911. Major transitions don't just pop up out of nowhere over a period of 4-5 days.  Where were all the self-proclaimed experts in the geopolitical newsletter community a week ago?  Turn on the TV and there's a bunch of new talking heads (one of them, a woman, is pretty hot) all pushing the ISIS / ISIL narrative.  Where are they getting this shit, that they can portray so clearly a picture that didn't even exist last week?  This is just another installment of dollar-based contractor-mercenary proxy bullshit, isn't it!  ISIS/ ISIL = AL CIADA SPINOFF?

Manthong's picture

WTF do we need the NSA for?

They did nothing to protect the Boston Marathon from whatever enemies (foreign or domestic) blew that race up.

Do you think they can do anything to thwart the devious bastards that Obama is putting back into the world (and now using out money and hardware)?

 

Lore's picture

Who do you think PAYS said "devious bastards?"

Manthong's picture

I know.. I know..

..and then there is this:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/congressmen-obama-using-cloward-piven-maneuver/

The commie bastard-in-chief wants $1.5 billion of your grandchildren’s new debt for humanitarian aid for the swarm of kids being pulled into the country instead of for border security.

I think I'll go down to the basement and huff some spray paint.

I wonder if the metallic aluminum or the chrome would work better.

Richard Chesler's picture

Noradbozo.

Fucking clowns all these motherfuckers.

Hope and change bitchez!

 

COSMOS's picture

Up next more KINETIC strikes on baby fur Seal pups, except instead of getting some losers to club the seal pups in the head we will take them out with a Hellfire missile or more preferably a head shot with a depleted Uranium Anti Tank Round. 

Cause we are come on everyone sing along....

" Kinetic, Magnetic, we ain't Apologetic, Poetic but very Kinetic forget about the Medic, he too was dispatched by KINETIC"

RazvanM's picture

Anybody would have turned jihadist after a leisure period at Gitmo. So, Gitmo is really a very good bootcamp. "Waterboarding is not torture" :|

what's that smell's picture

1). drop baby seals on detroit

2). hand out baseball bats

3). beat baby seals to death

4). strip baby seals of skin

5). ship skins to china

6). make pretty fur coat

7). ship coat to russia.

8). sell baby seal burgers on street corner

jobs, economic renewal, dead animals, free trade, GDP booster....make love, not war.

agNau's picture

The "plan", had they made it, was to open the bomb bay doors and drop tons of US dollars on the sleepy citizens. Wait a minute. That's already being done.

Think of just how funny that would have been.

Seeing Red's picture

@Pool Shark:  You're damn right!  We're all sick of California paying for our SNAP cards and paved roads!!  They should just KEEP that tax money ....

A Nanny Moose's picture

Baby seals and Desert Tortoises everywhere, beware.

FIFY

CuttingEdge's picture

The US are pretty good at killing seals - especially their own when they know too much.

NoDebt's picture

Well, OK it's settled then.  Next time we'll let them overfly Nevada and wave 'hi' to Harry Reid.

Sounds more like somebody's trying to calm everyone down and do some CYA after a collossal fuck up.

Dead Man Walking's picture

Harry Reid called them in for an airstrike on the bundy ranch.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

.

It's turtles all the way down ya know.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Actually, I think it was in response to calls for help by the U.S. Border Patrol. Have to say, though, that I was expecting the UN or NATO to respond before Russia.

Harbanger's picture

Whatever it takes to get the antiwar protestors out again.  It's been a long 6 years.

DanDaley's picture

It's always a training mission...until it's not.  It's called habituation, a form of conditioning -a decrement in responding as a result of repeated exposures to a stimulus...then you're asleep, and...Whammo! Same as it ever was.

mrdenis's picture

Wasn't the Enola Gay on a training mission?

Headbanger's picture

No it was a recon mission to get the airborne photos of a nuclear blast they forgot to take at Trinity.

fallout11's picture

Russian Bear bombers used to do this all the time back in the late 70's and 80's. They'd have one shadowing us on fleet excercises too, often just over the horizon (~30 miles).  We'd scan them (radar, electronic countermeasures, jamming, etc), they'd scan us, standard fair.

JuliaS's picture

No American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history...

and then the bombers showed up.

Things that go bump's picture

Respect has to be earned and this one is inept.

Anusocracy's picture

No sane person would respect someone in government.

beaglebog's picture

No sane person would respect someone in government.

 

True.

 

Yet all those "sane people" will still line up to vote at the next opportunity ... and the next .... and the next.

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

Weakness invites aggression. 

Dr. Destructo's picture

Aggression also invites aggression. We've fucked over too many countries for too long, and it's all going to bite us in the ass pretty soon.

Russia is letting us know that they're getting tired of our shit.

Advoc8tr's picture

Exactly !  Your (our) governments are parking missile bases and weapons all over the world and in space ... I'll bet NATO planes fly that close to Russia every other day.

So who's being disprectful of boundaries and peace again ?

We have no moral ground to stand on - hypocrisy rules the day as usual.

Lore's picture

Interesting that this shit ramps up RIGHT NOW. BRICS Development Fund supposedly kicks into gear next month. USD is about to take a swan dive; time for a new round of Whack-A-Mole...

Oliver Klozoff's picture

No American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history...

We'll have to send Aretha there.

Maybe Mooshell can do a selfie..

Let's have Jon Stewart do a skit called Poopoo Putin...

Hollyjoowood can replace all the clownish A-rab bad guys with Rooskies....

Vote that Rooskie beyotch offa Dancin' wit dem Stars.....

Finally, all Obozo has to do is utter one word to bring that soviet psycho to bay: Rodman.

tonyw's picture

"Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney,"   calls for more war spending, well who could have guessed it !

i bet there have been plenty of US planes within 50 miles of russia's borders, but i suppose that's different??

what about all those foreign bases close to russia?? would we be happy with russian bases surrounding the US ??

We're just being conditioned so that more wars are accepted.

Next step a false flag or two, stories about womend being raped, kids being murdered in hospitals...

same as it ever was.

OldPhart's picture

Yeah.  Most of us in California would welcome the Russians.  And they'd be charmed by the nostalgia of reliving the Soviet Era.