Pilots are just nipping home for the weekend and will park up at the local McDonalds Drive through. It beats queuing up on the M25 and M1 for hours on a Friday tea time, as long as you pay for your own aviation fuel and fill the work ticket in RED your ok now a days.
5 soviet TU - 95 bombers inbound over Iceland and a soviet delta III class submarine has just surfaced in the North Sea. At least thats why folks are running around here....Should be on the news at 6pm if the journos are on the ball.
For Gods-sake don't tell the septics, they'll attempt to bring things to a peacefull and democratic end by carpet-bombing them both whilst wibbling on about UN Declaration 1492. (That's the one about hiding confused ostriches in tin baths and yodelling "Wah, wah, wah!")
Says Tornados, but since this is the Torygraph it could be part of the op, a mistake or misdirection? (rustling as tinfoil hat takes shape)
RAF jets scrambled to track Russian bombers
By Graeme Baker
Last Updated: 2:27pm BST 14/09/2007
British fighter jets were scrambled today to track Russian bombers in the north Atlantic, in the latest example of Cold War-style patrols resurrected by President Vladimir Putin.
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The Ministry of Defence confirmed that two Tornado F3s were launched from RAF Leeming in North Yorks to track two Tu160 "Blackjack" bombers as they came into the Nato area patrolled by the RAF.
Early warning aircraft from RAF Waddington and tanker aircraft from RAF Brize Norton also supported the operation, a spokesman said.
A radar station at RAF Boulmer continued to track the bombers after they altered course to exit the area. The spokesman added that the bombers were at all times "well outside" British airspace.
Norway confirmed earlier it had scrambled two F16 fighters as the bombers neared its airspace.
Last Friday the RAF scrambled F3s, surveillance and refuelling aircraft to track a sortie of Tu95 "Bear" bombers, a 1950s turbo-prop design iconic of the Cold War era.
The Blackjack, a 1980-design supersonic jet, has been used less frequently than the Bear since President Putin last month announced the resumption of long-range missions.
Such flights were standard during the Cold War, but were abandoned in 1992 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Even in the weeks before his statement, Britain and Norway had to scramble jets to intercept Russian planes near their airspace. Russian bombers had also been making increasingly frequent flights near US territory.
Russia's head of strategic aviation, Gen Pavel Androsov, has said the patrols would not carry nuclear weapons and that the main aim was to improve pilot training.
The MoD spokesman said: "The re-emergence of long-range flights from Russia is something the Russians are entitled to do. All countries have the right to maintain or upgrade and exercise their defence capabilities. The motivation behind any Russian military activity is a matter for the Russian Government."
But the flights come against a background of tensions between Russia and some Western powers.
Russia has objected strongly to US plans to place anti-missile defence facilities in the former Soviet territories of Czech Republic and Poland. Today, the new Russian prime minister Viktor Zubkov said he was committed to restoring the nation's once-mighty "defence industry complex", a stated aim of his president.