By Brian Todd and Jethro Mullen
WASHINGTON — “Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day.”
That was the message two Russian bombers delivered while flying within tens of miles of the California coast this month to the U.S. fighter jets that intercepted them, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
The midair encounter between Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers and American F-15s came on the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent congratulations to President Barack Obama for July Fourth.
The Russian pilots used an emergency aircraft communication channel to send the message, a NORAD spokesman told CNN on Wednesday, providing new details about an event first reported earlier this month.
He declined to describe the move as a threat but said the incident was “potentially destabilizing,” because the Russian approach was unannounced and the bombers in question…
View original post 235 more words