• Chris

    You really have to hand it to the Russians.

    That Bear is a pretty impressive aircraft. To be still a threat, even if only perceived all these years….

  • etcrr

    #4 #19 I do not understand why send an A-6 intruder as it is a Bomber not a fighter?
    interestingly, the Bear has been around for a long time pics show 4 generations of interceptors

    • gh09

      Ever think that maybe the pic was taken from the backseat of a 14 ?

    • Vinny

      Actually both are A-6's. The one with the F-18 is a KA-6 (tanker) and the legs of the F-18C would be a good reason for the tanker to join in as well. I once intercepted a Bear in a KA-6, because the alert Tom-kitty went down on the catapult and we were the closest available. In reallity, these were escorts not intercepts per se as there was very little threat of actually engaging the Rusky looky-loos.

    • Jos

      Could be an EA-6, with ECM & Jammers

      • etcrr

        #19 might be the EA-6 has 4 seats the A-6 has two side by side

        • Troy

          No that's an A-6E you can tell by the sensor pod on the bottom of the nose. The EA-6 had a second set of windows and a huge pod on the tail.

  • penguin slayer

    The russians are a brave lot just to get in to that old pice of junk! they have to be about 40 years old by now.

    • fuzzybeard2016

      B-52s have been in service for 56 years (all types); your point?

  • Kodos

    Moving to intercept..

  • Toro

    i just find it funny that like 85% of the pictures were US and allies playing sheep dog. "nope sorry, still can't fly here Ivan."

  • planeinsane

    great post

  • nmew

    I see some Canadian planes here. If Canada gets the F-35 as planned, we'll have a tough time continuing these patrols and escort missions due to all of their problems. Slower speeds (rated for mach 1.6, but reduced to mach 1.0 due to control problems and paint bubbling), communication issues, possible difficulties related to climate in the Arctic, and the list goes on. It would make more sense to build newer editions of the older designs, such as the F-16 and F-18, until the F-35 is actually ready. Or, better yet, buy a different plane entirely.

    • survivor686

      Agreed. The nice thing however is that we have an open contract, meaning at any point we could walk away from it.

    • fuzzybeard2016

      What about depot upgrades of the CF-16 & CF-18? I agree with you, the F-35 is one of the biggest boondoggles to come down the line in a long time.

      • Kuja

        Getting to the root of a dffuicilt situation begins with looking for the answer. While may seem hard to comprehend but a lot hard times exist from the premise, not the conclusion.

  • jtaM3

    As said above, the F-15 is still one of the best air superiority fighters in the world. Bested only by our own stuff. The Superhornet is also still more than capable of protecting carrier ops. The F-35 is a political football now. The answer to a question nobody asked……..

    • Carcaiacus

      The F-15 is the best air superiority fighter because he didn't meet the russian conterparts.

      • stonewall_79

        The Israelis use the F-15 and F-16 and they kick ass to any MIG in front of them.

  • fred

    Wow! #3 took me back to WESPAC 81, SHWFOTS! GO NAVY!

  • Swarley

    #24 #26 #27

  • http://favourite-jets.spreadshirt.co.uk/ ChrisC

    Call it a coincidence, but I've recently started putting many of the British interceptors and various other British jets onto T Shirts! I've made them as 2 colour vector graphics and they look awesome! I would really appreciate it if you guys could take a look and perhaps like the facebook page? Many Thanks Chive nation!

    • Combat Medic

      Please provide a link to your facebook page.

  • Combat Medic

    God bless the Phantoms!

  • Alp

    #8 since when did Canada ever have Tornadoes?

    • Liam Gardner

      That's a British Tornado squadron markings.

    • Jezza67

      Yeah, saw that too. WTF? Maybe it's personal insignia on a F3 flown by an exchange pilot. Any answers?

  • Phred

    Throttle guys, it's IntercepTORs not IntercepTERs. Also, notice that on most shots of the Soviet Bear bomber, the rear guns are pointed upwards? This was deliberately done by the flight crews as a sign of non-aggression towards the intercepting aircraft.

  • Edaea_Sinid

    #26 Grunt: "Commander, the LZ is too hot!"
    Commander: "Yes it is soldier…yes it is…I'm moving in!"

  • trollatc

    I'll have to look for my Cruise book, But it had a great picture of 2 AH-1 Cobra escorting a Bear. The Bear pilot had to be playing along for the shot, he pass between the cobras at just the right time.

  • parkatola

    What is the plane in #15? (Not the bear.) Interesting looking plane. Thanks!

    • Liam Gardner

      RAF Lightning built by English Electric is was a cold war era interceptor.

  • Johnny

    #24 and #30 have to be really recent if F-22s were intercepting bears…. my question is why would they be flying this close enough to need to be intercepted in the first place in modern times

    • Andy

      Russians started up flying the long missions again for "training purposes." I think they just wanted us to know they still could.

    • otzi

      Notice it's a turbofan and not a jet. Somebody probably lost a bet.

      • Hunt

        notice how it can still fly fast as hell?

  • slippery pete

    learn how to spell, Rick

  • XChequer


    If I was in that sub, I'd be reaching for another pair of trousers!

    Cheers for the great pics, Rick.

    XChequer, New Zealand

    • Hunt


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  • ThinProf

    Where is Part 2?

  • aero

    Great set of pics, a 50 year span! Thanks for sharing. Gotta miss the old Tom kitty!

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