The Russian Bear bombers and spy planes buzzed Alaska airspace over the past two nights in a repetition of the incidents earlier this week, two U.S. officials told Fox News Friday.
Wednesday night a couple of Russian spy planes IL-38s flew in the vicinity of the Aleutian Islands in the Bearing Sea and stay in the U. S. Air Defense Zone for a few hours before the departure.
RUSSIAN BOMBERS FLYING NEAR ALASKA
Thursday night, a couple of long-range nuclear-capable Tu-95 Bear bombers near Alaska and Canada will be staying in each country, the air defense zone for hours.
In both incidents, the U. S. Air Force not scramble all fighter jets or airborne warning aircraft (AWACS). The Russian jets in both incidents remained in international airspace. It was not immediately clear how close they came to the mainland of Alaska.
Russia has now flown bombers or spy planes near Alaska on four consecutive nights this week, the first time since President Trump in the netherlands that Russia flew so close to the United States.
The Russian action comes less than a week after the Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson and President, Trump said the U.S.-Russian relations had reached “rock bottom.”
AIR FORCE, RUSSIAN BOMBERS PLAYING WELL-KNOWN DRAMA IN CRITICAL ALASKA SKIES
The last time the Russian bombers came so close to the USA was on July 4, 2015 when a pair of Russian bombers 40 miles off the coast of California.
Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews