Two pairs of Russian jets flew off the coast of Alaska and California Saturday – Independence Day – forcing the Air Force to scramble jets to intercept them, a report says.
Fox News gives insight as to when the incidents occurred:
The first incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. ET on July 4 off the coast of Alaska, Fox News is told. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled from their base in Alaska to intercept two Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
The second incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. ET also on July 4, off the central coast of California. Two F-15s from an undisclosed location were scrambled to intercept another pair of Tu-95 Bear bombers.
This happened just as Russian President Vladimir Putin was wishing President Obama a happy Independence Day.
A NORAD spokesman did not tell Fox News if the bombers were armed. The Russian bombers never entered U.S. airspace (12 miles off the coast), a defense official said. But it was not clear how close they came. “These are not unprecedented flights, but we are postured to respond whether Alaska or California,” NORAD spokesman Michael Kucharek told Fox. “At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace.”
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