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Russian Air Force In Siberia?  
User currently offlineMjsmigel From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 56 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

Now that the cold war has drawn down, is there still much of a Russian Air Force presence in Siberia?

I'm kind of curious what would happen if an F-16 went wandering west from Alaska. Can't imagine anyone would take much notice.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5484 times:

It would run out of gas before reaching the coast.

The only place where F-16's are based are at Eielson AFB and that is at North Pole.

User currently offlineMjsmigel From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5451 times:

Saying it went west from Nome.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

Though I was stationed stateside while I was in the Air Force, I had friends who were stationed at either of two radar sites on the west coast of Alaska. One site was Tin City AFS about 90 miles north of Nome and the other was at Cape Lisbourne. They told me that in the early '60's about 2/3's of all the traffic that they plotted was west of the international date line; you can use your imagination as to whom those airplanes might have belonged to. In addition, the gang at Cape Lisbourne were regularly treated to overflights from airplanes crossing the international date line from the west.
Occasionally, they would receive short cryptic radio messages from a U.S. airplane flying East from Alaska; sometime later an airplane with the same call sign would make another quick message while flying west; hours later a short message using the same call sign was made while flying east again.
U.S. overflight of the eastern Soviet Union?? Hhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm!!

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5324 times:

Nah, the US would never violate Soviet airspace  Innocent

There are undoubtedly still strong forces in Siberia. Remember that the US was never the greatest enemy (at least over there, and despite the rethoric).
The greatest danger to Siberia comes from the south, from China.
There has been near constant fighting between Soviet/Russian forces and Chinese forces almost since the communist revolution in China.
These are not mere borderskirmishes but major battles involving troops in division strength and up on either side.
China also has a major force of nuclear weapons mounted on bombers capable of reaching the main cities of the USSR/Russia.

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Umm...Eielson Air Force Base is in Fairbanks, Alaska, which is south of the Arctic Circle and nowhere near the North Pole really...Im sure a -16 with full internal fuel and a couple of external tanks could reach Soviet/Russian airspace easily...


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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

Greg---He is talking about the town of North Pole, Alaska. The AFB is right next to it I believe.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Eielson AFB was originally known as Mile 26 airstrip and was built as an emergency field for Ladd AFB which was in Fairbanks. Mile 26 is where the town of North Pole is located.

After the war in the 1950's B-36's and B-47's that SAC was flying couldn't used the Ladd landing strip because it was only 8500 feet and it couldn't be lengthened due to the Chena River passing right past both thresholds allready.

So what the Airforce did was take the old Mile 26 strip and lenghten it out to 14500 feet and move all of their facilities from Ladd AFB to the now named Eielson AFB.

The Army then took over Ladd and renamed it Fort Wainwright.

User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5207 times:

i gues the russian airforce isn't to worried about F16's taking pictures of small villages & animals in the vast empty Siberia....

Going west eventually Foxhounds, Flagons (still in service ?) or Flankers would welcome them ...

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5212 times:

The RuAF "retired" its last Su-15 about a decade ago.


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