ICYMI: Russian fighter jets probe US West Coast July 4th

US Air Force Fighting Falcon jet plane
US Air Force Fighting Falcon jet plane

In case you missed it… this happened on 4th of July this year. And in case you thought Russia was an ally… think again! If they were allies, there wouldn’t be Russian fighter jets flying unannounced off the US West Coast and we certainly wouldn’t need to intercept them with our own military.

While the United States celebrated Independence Day, two pairs of Russian bombers flew off the coast of California and Alaska — forcing the Air Force to scramble fighter jets to intercept both flights, two senior defense officials tell Fox News.

The first incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. ET on July 4 off the coast of Alaska, Fox News is told. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled from their base in Alaska to intercept two Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

The second incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. ET also on July 4, off the central coast of California. Two F-15s from an undisclosed location were scrambled to intercept another pair of Tu-95 Bear bombers.

A spokesman for NORAD would not confirm if either pair of bombers was armed.

And while that’s happening… President Obama was chatting with Putin.

Read the rest of the story and watch the video here.

Photo credit US Department of Defense

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