Any USAF vets? Do we do Russia fly-bys with American bombers?

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  1. Apr 20, 2017 #11
    nmxdshooter

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    While stationed in Alaska for 8 years we did not fly into their air space. We did have several encounters with them thru the years when they entered our air space.
     
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    Saw a special on the Discovery Channel one time. They claimed, during the Cold War, that we and the Russians would lose about one plane a year playing those games. We'd shoot down one of theirs and they'd shoot down one of ours as payback. A year of so later that would repeat.

    When the B47's were new (those preceded the B52's) they were fast enough and had enough altitude that we flew them over Russia on a regular basis. They didn't have anything that could touch them and we rubbed their noses in it. Once it became an open enough political thing the US promised them that we'd stop flying the B47's over their territory. So, we trained British air crews to fly our B47's, and then they flew them over Russia for a time. At this point I don't remember if that was stopped due to new Russian fighter capability or because of SAMs.

    My dad was stationed at Naha AFB in Okinawa in 1959 and 1960. We lived at Bucknerville for a few months and then got into some other military housing nearer the AFB. Dad worked on the F102's.

    Dad said the Russians would regularly fly the Bears down along the coast of Japan and Okinawa on electronic surveillance missions. We had a couple AFBs and the Navy had ships at anchor there all the time, too.

    One day they scrambled a couple F102's to follow the Bears and push them farther out to sea. When they came back one of the F102's landed, taxied into an open hanger (instead of back to the area the F102's normally occupied) and the hanger doors were shut. A truck and car pulled up at the hanger and the pilot got in one of the vehicles and was escorted off to HQ. He said after a bit a truck pulled up with a big crate on the back and they removed the new engine from the crate and took it into the hanger. The old engine came out of the hanger and was placed in the crate which was closed up and the truck drove away. He said they replaced the engines if debris entered the intake and damaged the turbine blades. The damaged engines were shipped back to the US to be inspected/rebuilt.

    When the pilot was finally brought back from HQ he was asked what had happened. He said the pilot smiled and said, "I took his picture." Dad said the only cameras on the F102 operated when the Mighty Mouse rockets were fired at a target.

    He always believed the F102 pilot (based on the pilot's statement and the replaced engine) shot down that Bear off the coast of Okinawa that day.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2017 #13
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    The Bear is the fastest turboprop aircraft out there - faster than an old F-4U or P-51...old, ugly, and loud, but still works.
     
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    Heard of some similar experiences - 2 F4s on alert, bears prowling, scrambled, one does not start (stall-stage), junior pilot flys intercept, radio announces bear lost...SAR underway, F4 lands minus a heatseeker.
     

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