I was wondering why the Air Force base got super loud yesterday!
(Two Russian bombers were intercepted west of Alaska’s mainland on Sept. 11, 2018. (NORAD))
The US Air Force launched F22s to intercept two Russian TU-95 “Bear”. On 11 September 2018, 1800 local two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers were intercepted by two NORAD F-22 “Raptor” fighter jets. The bombers were flying north of the Aleutian Islands, and west of Alaska’s mainland, in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, said Maj. Andrew Hennessy, NORAD spokesman. The zone extends about 200 miles off the Alaskan coast, and is mostly in international airspace. “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” Wednesday’s release said. It’s the second time this month that Russian aircraft have been intercepted in Air Defense Identification Zone, Hennessy said. On Sept. 1, two F-22 fighters intercepted Russian bombers flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutians, NORAD said in a written statement.The aircraft were “intercepted and monitored” by the U.S. jets until they left the zone, heading west. The bombers didn’t enter Canadian or U.S. airspace, NORAD said.