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BS: Russian Bombers

20 Apr 17 - 12:25 PM (#3851449)
Subject: BS: Russian Bombers
From: robomatic

For the second time in two days Russian bombers have appeared flying off Alaska's West coast.
On Monday the two Tupelov 95s were intercepted by American F22s scrambled out of my town, Anchorage. Less than 24 hours later, two bombers, we don't know if they are the same as the first time, appeared again and were tracked but not intercepted.
The Tu-95s are impressive beasts, the Soviet Russian answer to the B-52. Rather than turbojet engines, they are powered by large turbprops of unique design, driving contra-rotating props. They were designed to be fuel efficient for extended patrol and long range missions. They are apparently loud as hell and I wonder how many Russian airmen have had their hearing ruined over the generations those planes have been fielded.
Meanwhile, we are feeling that our economy will be bolstered by continued government contributions to the extensive military presence here. In these days of low oil prices and moderated petroleum development we need all the help we can get.
As for what is on the Russians' minds, speculation may run rampant but we here in the 49th State are commemorating and yes, celebrating, the 150th Anniversary of the 'purchase)' of Alaska (actual a Treaty of Cession) from Russia in 1867. I think this is also called a sesquicentennial. Maybe the Russians just want a little peak.
If you are curious about life in the North, why the United States has a seat at the Arctic Conference, our broad spectrum of indigenous humanity, and you don't want to have Scandinavian languages translated to you, visit Alaska.
We have achieved what no one else has, the location of Walmarts to the sub-Arctic.


20 Apr 17 - 12:32 PM (#3851450)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: Stu

Good name for a punk band.


20 Apr 17 - 12:46 PM (#3851453)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: robomatic

PUOR Stu, YOU'RE a good name for a punk band.


20 Apr 17 - 04:32 PM (#3851489)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: Donuel

Russian bombers are on the way
Everyone able must run away

Capitalist pigs must get from street
That is unless we get a waiver.
Hillary and Obama are sanctioning creeps
If trump frees our oil he's our savior.


20 Apr 17 - 06:23 PM (#3851502)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: Joe Offer

I was inspired by this thread to post What If the Russians Don't Come?


20 Apr 17 - 07:22 PM (#3851509)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: robomatic

In the first local report, where we intercepted them, the article said they were close enough to wave at each other.


20 Apr 17 - 07:30 PM (#3851510)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: Joe Offer

Here's a CNN article on what happened: And NBC:


20 Apr 17 - 08:18 PM (#3851516)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: olddude

Aaah 1950s cold war bombers are not much of a threat.. But it's good training for a raptor fighter


20 Apr 17 - 09:11 PM (#3851521)
Subject: RE: BS: Russian Bombers
From: Donuel

We'll meet again don't know where don't know when...

Its nice they stopped by.
We've learned to love the bomb when we don't use them.
After all, Fail Safe always works, right?


...But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Til the blue skies
Drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them it won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singin' this song
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day



Songwriters: Hughie Charles / Ross Parker