That staple of Cold War aviation watchers, pictures taken by the Swedish Air Force of aircraft encroaching on its airspace, is back for the first time since the Wall came down. And it's as if the last 20 years never happened, aircraft-wise.
Back in the 80s, photos snapped by the Swedish Air Force provided us with the first and best public views of the latest Soviet kit, not to mention the sneaky NATO stuff that prowled the Baltic sniffing at Soviet (and Swedish) secrets.
For those of us brought up on those images, the latest batch released Nov 1 might be a little dull, as they are essentially the same aircraft that were nudging Swedish airspace all those years ago -- and not just the Soviet stuff. The NATO kit does not seemed to have changed much in 20 years either!
Here's a sample (courtesy Swedish Air Force):
Russian Tu-22MR Backfire-D (note the curved wingtips) - see comment below
Russian Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer
French air force Transall C-160G Gabriel (note the underfuselage radome)
Royal Norwegian Air Force Dassault Falcon 20ECM