For a second night in a row, Russian bombers flew within miles of Alaska in an apparent show of intimidation.
Two U.S. officials who spoke with Fox News say two long-range bombers flew north of the Aleutian Islands, and got as close as 36 miles from mainland Alaska Tuesday night.
The Russian planes appeared to have stayed in international airspace the entire time. The United States begins 12 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska.
The previous night, the U.S. Air Force scrambled fighter jets to intercept another set of Russian jets when they came within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.
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Instead, a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft was sent to make sure the two bombers weren’t concealing any smaller flying underneath them.
The aircraft stayed with the bombers for a few hours, until they reached about 36 nautical miles off the coast of Alaska and turned around.
The Russian planes reportedly took off from Petropavlovsk airbase and then returned five hours later to Anadyr airbase. Both are located about 1,000 miles away from Alaska in eastern Russia.