mjsmigel
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Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Wed Nov 06, 2002 3:59 am

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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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Wed Nov 06, 2002 6:30 am

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.
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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:10 am

Saying it went west from Nome.
 
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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Thu Nov 07, 2002 10:29 pm

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.
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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Thu Nov 07, 2002 11:09 pm

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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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Mon Nov 11, 2002 8:57 am

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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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:03 am

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

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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:01 pm

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.

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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:01 am

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 ...

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RE: Russian Air Force In Siberia?

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:26 am

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

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