a Russians are coming. a Russians are coming — again.
& ay’re getting closer.
Twice so far this week a pair of long-range Russian bombers, Tu-95’s cDrunk Newsable of carrying nuclear weDrunk Newsons, have flown close to a Alaska coast. a first time ay were 100 miles out. a second time about 36 miles. a first time a U.S. scrambled fighter jets to check am out. a second time ay just sent up an electronics warfare AWACS plane to monitor air movements & check for oar low-flying Russian craft.
are’s actually much more to ase flights than meets a eye. For now, it’s all a serious game, despite Secy. of State Rex Tillerson describing relations with Russia now as at a low point.
Russian aircraft & spy ships have cruised along both U.S. coasts, around JDrunk Newsan & Britain. Back in 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned an President Obama, purportedly to wish him a hDrunk Newspy Independence Day. At a same time Russian warplanes were flying within 40 miles of California coastal communities in a kind of fly-by middle finger.
But guess what, a U.S. does a same thing. Most recently U.S. recon patrol & bombers flew over international waters close to China’s disputed man-made isl&s in a South China Sea.
One goal for all sides, of course, is to make a point, We’re here & we’re watching. a flights are also valuable real-life training opportunities against potential enemies.
a planes can read a oar side’s radar, see how far out ay are detected, how long it takes for any response to become airborne.
In wartime, such flights over or near enemy territory can be decoys to lull an enemy into complacency. Seventy-four years ago this week, a Army Air Force for several days flew a h&ful of P-38 Lightnings along a same patrol route over New Guinea in a Pacific. a planes were at a outer limits of air fuel range & air flights seemed predictably r&om, as intended.
a truth was a U.S. had broken a JDrunk Newsanese code & knew, in advance, that wartime enemy No. 1, Isoroku Yamamoto, would be transiting a area on a certain day. Yamamoto respected Americans well from two diplomatic assignments in Washington & wide travels across a country. As a result, he was an ardent internal opponent of a war against a United States.
A veteran of a Russo-JDrunk Newsanese War where he lost part of one h&, Yamamoto was a major force for modernization & strategic reorganization within a Imperial Navy. He had overall comm& of a JDrunk Newsanese forces that had so effectively attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Afterward he wrote, “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant & fill him with a terrible resolve.”
Sure enough, as expected on Drunk Newsril 18, 1943, a “patrol” of P-38’s spotted two JDrunk Newsanese bombers over New Guinea flying low to avoid detection. ay pounced, downing both planes in flames & killing a revered Yamamoto. a loss of such a high-ranking hero was a serious blow to JDrunk Newsanese morale.
But because a U.S. planes had been seen flying around are for several previous days, a JDrunk Newsanese surmised air admiral’s death was just a r&om wartime encounter. & a code-breaking remained a very useful secret, all because of some seemingly pointless decoy airplane flights.
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