Striking Photos Released of Russian Jet Buzzing Within Feet of US Recon Plane
Striking Photos Released of Russian Jet Buzzing Within Feet of US Recon Plane

The U.S. military released some striking photos of a Russian fighter jet buzzing within several feet of an American reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic sea.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The June 19 incident was deemed unsafe by United States European Command because the Russian jet approached at a dangerous speed and proceeded to conducts sporadic maneuvers with just a few feet of the American aircraft.

(Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Russia has recently moved missiles to its Baltic sea outpost Kaliningrad. It is unclear how close to Kaliningrad the incident occurred.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The United States and Russia have been involved in dozens of aerial incidents over the Baltic sea, but the June 19 encounter is a standout, U.S. officials said, because the Russian jet conducted unsafe maneuvers.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

The Russian jet’s maneuvers were “provocative” and “erratic” military officials told Fox News.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

In one of the photos, the Russian jet is just within 5 feet of the American aircraft, so close that the Russian pilot can be seen in the cockpit.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea being intercepted intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)

According to Fox News, Sweden summoned the Russian ambassador, because a Russian jet intercepted a Swedish recon aircraft two days after the incident captured in these photos.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker June 19, 2017. Due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft during the intercept, this interaction was determined to be unsafe. (Courtesy photo/Released)
A Russian SU-27 fighter jet within several feet of a U.S. RC-135 recon aircraft on June 19, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Released)
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