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Photo of a Russian Tu-95 bomber flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone June 16, 2020. The Russian military aircraft came within 32 nautical miles of Alaskan shores; however, remained in international airspace and at no time did they enter United States sovereign airspace.
200616-F-ZZ999-155.JPG Photo By: NORAD Public Affairs

Jun 17, 2020
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A Russian Tu-95 bomber entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone June 16, 2020. The Russian military aircraft came within 32 nautical miles of Alaskan shores; however, remained in international airspace and at no time did they enter United States sovereign airspace. The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a US or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada. Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America.


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