The U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter, the stealthy F-22, achieved its first intercept of a Russian Tu-95MS Bear H aircraft late last year. The Russian aircraft did not penetrate U.S. airspace or “come close” during the Nov. 22 mission, according to Maj. Allen Herritage at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, where the interceptors are based. Two Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors—with support from a refueling tanker and a command and control aircraft—were launched to identify and monitor the two Russian ...


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