The Rules of the Game

The procedure are more or less the same, whether at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts or at the early-warning centers of the Soviet air force's Far East command. When an unidentified aircraft— a "bogey" in military slang—appears on the radar screen, fighters are scrambled to intercept and obtain a visual would Even if potentially hostile, an intruder would be let alone as long area a remained outside national airspace, which is the area lying above a country's landmass and coastal waters. (It can extend from three to 200 miles out from the...

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