Russia Resumes Long Range Bomber Patrols
Click on the extended post to watch a video clip about Russia's Tu-95 Bear bomber
"Our pilots have been grounded too long, they are happy to start a new life."
- Russian President Vladimir V. Putin
"We certainly are not in the kind of posture we were with what used to be the Soviet Union. It's a different era...if Russia feels as though they want to take some of these old aircraft out of mothballs and get them flying again, that's their decision."
- U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack
Click here to read an article in the International Herald Tribune about Putin's decision to resume long range Russian bomber flights over the Atlantic and Pacific.
Like America's fleet of B-52s, these venerable planes remain in service because they can reliably carry a large payload over great distances and stay aloft for a long time. During the Cold War, Tu-95s regularly flew from Russia's Kola Peninsula all the way to Cuba while skirting the U.S. East Coast
Russia Today TV video about the Tu-95 Bear patrols