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RC-135 Avoids Russian Jet, Flies To Sweden

RC-135 Avoids Russian Jet, Flies To Sweden

The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie “Top Gun” are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later.

A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile that Ukraine and the West allege was fired by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The RC-135 Rivet Joint, a modified Boeing C-135, fled into nearby Swedish airspace without that country’s permission, a U.S. military official told CNN. The airplane may have gone through other countries’ airspace as well, though it’s not clear if it had permission to do so.

For the complete story by Barbara Starr of CNN, click here.

Updated: August 4, 2014 — 10:09 AM

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