Alaska: Arctic Bears On the Prowl

Arctic Bears On the Prowl

* Even as the U.S. and the Soviet Union discuss deep cuts in nuclear missiles, a different Soviet threat is appearing on a new front. Last Thursday, two newly modified Tu-95 "Bear" long-range bombers, flying out of Siberia, were spotted winging toward Alaska's southwest coast. Two F-15 interceptors scrambled to put a "cap" on top of the aircraft, until the bombers turned back 115 miles from U.S. territory. On May Day, two high-flying Bears closed to within 50 miles of Alaska; then an AWACS surveillance plane picked up two more Soviet bombers coming in low to avoid ground radar. Air Force...

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