Airborne Awesomosity

Bearing Down: A Return to the Cold War?

During the Cold War, America’s air defense network could count on a few things. First, that they would see Soviet aircraft flying on the very edge of our airspace. Second, those aircraft would be the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear or one of its variants. Once the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990s, these flybys started to dwindle. In fact, by 2009 the US was considering an incursion by Russian aircraft something strange; not routine. However, as Russia seeks to re-enter the superpower club, it has been doing a little saber rattling lately. Over the last few years, the US and Europe have been reporting more and more incursions of Russian aircraft over our northern borders. That aircraft is the same as its ever been, the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear.
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