1. Chris says:

    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….

  2. etcrr says:

    #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

    • Jos says:

      Could be an EA-6, with ECM & Jammers

    • gh09 says:

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

    • Vinny says:

      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.

  3. penguin slayer says:

    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.

  4. Kodos says:

    Moving to intercept..

  5. Toro says:

    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."

  6. planeinsane says:

    great post

  7. nmew says:

    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 says:

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

    • fuzzybeard2016 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  8. jtaM3 says:

    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……..

  9. fred says:

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

  10. Swarley says:

    #24 #26 #27

  11. ChrisC says:

    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!

  12. Combat Medic says:

    God bless the Phantoms!

  13. Alp says:

    #8 since when did Canada ever have Tornadoes?

  14. Phred says:

    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.

  15. Edaea_Sinid says:

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

  16. trollatc says:

    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.

  17. parkatola says:

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

  18. Johnny says:

    #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

  19. slippery pete says:

    learn how to spell, Rick

  20. XChequer says:


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

    Cheers for the great pics, Rick.

    XChequer, New Zealand

  21. ThinProf says:

    Where is Part 2?

  22. aero says:

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

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