06 Jan '18, 3pm

Air Force video shows Lakenheath fighters' intercepts of Russian aircraft

The United States will hand over the lead in NATO’s Baltic air-policing mission to Denmark next week, concluding a four-month stay in Lithuania that saw U.S. fighter jets scramble about 30 times to identify Russian aircraft flying near NATO air space, officials said. That number was comparable to past air-policing rotations, said Capt. Kay Nissen, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa spokeswoman. But, she said, there was increased activity in the beginning of the rotation because of a Russian military exercise at the time. With the mission winding down, USAFE on Friday released video footage of “safe and standard” intercepts that occurred during the U.S.-led rotation. Part of the footage was captured from cameras mounted inside the cockpits of F-15s from RAF Lakenheath, England, Nissen said. <element> The clips show two intercepts — one on Nov. 23 and one on Dec. 13...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/air-force-video-shows...

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