Pair Of Bears Back Off

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Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s on quick action alert were scrambled from Volkel air base this afternoon to intercept a pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers.

Dutch Ministry of Defense archive photo

The Russian aircraft turned around before they were intercepted and the Dutch fighters returned to base, leaving it up to Royal Danish Air Force F-16s and British Royal Air Force Eurofighters to escort the Tu-95s.

It was the first Bear interception of 2014. Last year, there were two such interceptions: on 10 September and 21 March.

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