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Intercepted

3 May 2017

Recce and interception have been a games long played, especially during the Cold War. These are intercept photos from the U.S. Navy Archives taken during the Cold War:

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F-14 Tomcat joins up with a Tu-95 Bear—U.S. Navy Archives image

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Tu-16 Badger as seen from the intercepting aircraft—U.S. Navy Archives image

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Tu-16 Badger as seen from the intercepting aircraft—U.S. Navy Archives image

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A pair of F-4 Phantom IIs escort a Tu-16 Badger—U.S. Navy Archives image

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This Tu-16 Badger was met by an F-8 Crusader—U.S. Navy Archives image

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A Tu-95 Bear passes close by the USS Nimitz with an F-4 Phantom II in close attendance—U.S. Navy Archives image

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A-4 Skyhawk joins up with this Tu-16 Badger—U.S. Navy Archives image

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From a bit further away, the same A-4 in formation with the Tu-16 Badger—U.S. Navy Archives image

Since the Cold War was so much fun the interceptions have begun again:

A Russian Tu-95H Bear photographed from the intercepting RAF Typhoon—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Tu-95H Bear under escort from the intercepting RAF Typhoon—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF Typhoon—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF Typhoon (note the pilot looking toward the photographer)—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF Typhoon—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Tu-160 Blackjack aircraft is escorted by an RAF Tornado F3—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Tu-160 Blackjack aircraft under escort by an RAF Tornado F3—Crown Copyright image

A Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bomber photographed by the intercepting RAF Tornado F3—Crown Copyright image

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