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Eye to eye with a bear

from Air & Space Magazine

According to author John Newlin: In March 1966, I was operations officer of Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal. After a long deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship set a course for its home port, in Norfolk, Virginia. As soon as we'd cleared the Strait of Gibraltar, the ship went on "Bear Watch." "Bear" is NATO's designation for the Soviet Tupolev Tu-95, a large strategic bomber, sometimes armed with missiles but primarily used for electronic surveillance. more


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