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A Russian Jet Came Within 20 Feet Of A US Surveillance Plane Over The Black Sea
On Tuesday, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet aggressively buzzed a P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane deployed by the U.S. Navy over the Black Sea, Navy Times reports. The two aircraft flew in tandem just 20 feet apart for five minutes, one of the closer brushes between U.S. and Russian aircraft amid increasingly more frequent encounters in recent weeks
NBC News reported that the Su-27 approached the P-8A when it was “conducting routine operations in international airspace,” said Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
Kunze said that the interaction was deemed cordial, though the Su-27’s proximity the U.S. aircraft was atypically close.
Russian officials suggested that the Su-27 was deployed to intercept the Poseidon when radars detected the American aircraft over neutral waters heading toward the Russian border.
“After approaching a plane at a safe distance the Russian pilot visually identified the flying object as a U.S, surveillance plane,” the Russian military reported on RT.
Though Kunze said 20 feet is exceptionally close, she added that U.S. aircraft and ships frequently interact with Russian military vehicles.
The commander who deployed the P-8 considered the encounter to be friendly, despite other interactions being considered dangerous from much greater distances.
In February, a Russian patrol plane flew low and close to the USS Porter, followed by three Russian fighter jets. Just a month later, a Russian spy ship was seen off the coast of Georgia. And in late April, U.S. aircraft intercepted two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers off coast of Alaska.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.