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Tu-95 Bear rebirth of a cold-war Icon and its rituals

In the past year a recurring topic in the Dutch media: “Russian bomber intercepted by Dutch F-16s” During the cold war this was a recurring phenomenon. The history seems to repeat itself these days.

U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat intercepting a Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 Bear D bomber over the Pacific Ocean on 21 November 1984.

U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat intercepting a Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 Bear D bomber over the Pacific Ocean on 21 November 1984. U.S. Defenseimagery.mil photo no. DN-SC-85-10065

Unannounced and unidentified the Russian Bears flying into the Nato airspace. Often the Danish Air Force reach the bombers first, these are followed by the Dutch Air Force, depending on how far the Bears are flying toward the West, the British or Norwegian Air Force continue the escort of their Journee.

A Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 (NATO reporting code

A Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 (NATO reporting code

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posted by Jasper Pluim in Divers,History and have Comments Off on Tu-95 Bear rebirth of a cold-war Icon and its rituals