Keeping Tabs on the Bear

An air-to-air right side view of an F-8 Crusader aircraft as it intercepts a Soviet TU-95 Bear-A/B aircraft near the aircraft carrier USS ORISKANY (CVA-34). Photographer's Name: Lt. Fessenden Date Shot: 5/25/1974

An air-to-air right side view of an F-8 Crusader aircraft as it intercepts a Soviet TU-95 Bear-A/B aircraft near the aircraft carrier USS ORISKANY (CVA-34). Photographer's Name: Lt. Fessenden Date Shot: 5/25/1974

Note USS Oriskany (CV 34) visible above the F-8. Oriskany, of course, was sunk in 2006. Lots of pictures here and here plus some pics of the old lady on bottom here.

Filthy Crusader below:

Ash blankets an F-8 Crusader aircraft at the main gate in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption. The volcano, which came alive for the first time in over 600 years, erupted on June 10th. Photographer's Name: Unknown Location: NAVAL AIR STATION, CUBI POINT Date Shot: 6/17/1991

Ash blankets an F-8 Crusader aircraft at the main gate in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption. The volcano, which came alive for the first time in over 600 years, erupted on June 10th. Photographer's Name: Unknown Location: NAVAL AIR STATION, CUBI POINT Date Shot: 6/17/1991

Comments

  1. Its funny to see all those pictures of Bear Bombers being escorted by various NATO block fighters though the years. From pictures like this with an F-8 and a long since decommissioned and sunken aircraft carrier though to recent ones of the Bear being escorted by state-of-the-art F-22s, and though it all the Bear keeps plodding along. The Russians got their money’s worth with that one.

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