It’s no surprise that Obama and Putin can’t stand each other. They’ve been playing a power game ever since Obama took office, however, it’s been mostly Putin showing his force. Recently there was the cold and icy stare down between Putin and Obama at the G20 Summit in China. Then, on Wednesday similar to Maverick in “Top Gun” buzzing the tower, a Russian jet in the Black Sea, gave one of our US Navy spy planes a nice up and close flyby. As if Putin was sptting in America’s military face and saying…Dare ya!
This isn’t the first close flyby by Russia or America and it won’t be the last.
The officials said that there were multiple interactions between two aircraft and called the intercept by the Russian jet “unsafe and unprofessional.” The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the US Navy P-8 surveillance plane.
Then on Wednesday, a Russian fighter jet zoomed within just 10 feet of a U.S. Navy spy plane over the Black Sea. This was the latest in a string of daring maneuvers involving Russian aircraft and the U.S. military, a defense official with knowledge of the incident told Fox News.
The Russian Su-27 Flanker jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft used primarily for anti-submarine warfare while on routine patrol in international airspace, defense officials said.
The Russian defense ministry accused the Navy plane of flying with its transponder—which emits an identifying signal—turned off. A U.S. defense official would neither confirm nor deny the accusation but told Fox News, “It is not a requirement for a military aircraft to have its transponder turned on.”
The official said Russian military jets routinely fly with their transponders turned off, which helps the U.S. military identify them because other planes in the area are emitting an identifying signal from their transponders. The Navy spy plane was roughly 40 miles from Russia in the Black Sea when the Russian jet approached, according to a separate defense official.
Fox News is told a classified photo of the close call exists, but officials have not decided whether to release it. The entire encounter lasted 19 minutes, according to the Pentagon.
Back in April, Russian jets also buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, coming within 30 feet of the Navy ship.
Again, this is nothing more than two men from two countries playing games with each other…a “tit-for-tat”. Unfortunately, should one pilot ever make the wrong move there could be some serious repercussions, probably none coming from Obama though. As long as Obama is in office, Putin will keep struttin’ his stuff and get away with insulting and spitting in America’s military face. Obama is NOT going to do anything about it, especially since he has gutted our military. Buti If you think Putin doesn’t respect Obama, you should talk to some of our own military personnel. It’s a far worse.
Personally, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Donald Trump wins the election in November so we can restore our military in America back to “peace through strength”.
Until then….here’s Tom Cruise as Maverick in “Top Gun” with his classic Tower flyby…right into the “Danger Zone”:
And to all those who serve in our military…Thank you for your service and defending our freedom! God Bless You All!