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Tango0123 Jun 2017 11:39 a.m. PST

… plane nearly collided with 'rapidly oncoming' Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea

"The US European Command on Friday released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea on Monday in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe.

The photographs released Friday show the Russian SU-27 coming so close to the wing of the US RC-135U that the Russian pilot can be seen in the cockpit in some images.

Intercepts are common and are usually considered routine, but EUCOM said in this case on June 19 'due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft during the intercept, this interaction was determined to be unsafe…"


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Stryderg23 Jun 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

nah, what would be unsafe would be someone releasing a handful of marbles a few moments before the intercept.

Tango0124 Jun 2017 11:02 a.m. PST



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

Is he waving?


SouthernPhantom25 Jun 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

The ensign leads me to believe that Flanker to be Naval Aviation.

zoneofcontrol25 Jun 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Where's Tom Cruise when we need him?

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