Russian bombers seen off California coast, NORAD scrambles F-22

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NORAD scrambled F-22 and F-15 fighters after Russian long-range bombers were spotted 50 miles off the California coast earlier this week.

Four TU-95 Bear H Russian Long Range Strategic Bombers and a refueling tanker were first seen entering the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, at about 4:30 p.m.

After two F-22 made visual contact with them, the bombers left the ADIZ and headed west.

Five hours later, two of the Russian bombers were detected and identified within 50 miles off the California coast by two F-15 fighters.

The ADIZ extends approximately 200 nautical miles out from the U.S. coastline.
As part of training missions, Russian planes have flown within the ADIZ dozens of times over the past several years.

As part of its mission, NORAD tracks and identifies all aircraft flying in that zone before they enter sovereign airspace, which extends 12 miles from the coastline.


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