Intercept Photos Confirmed, at Last

The Pentagon has finally confirmed that photos circulating on the Web of the F-22 intercept of Russian Bear bombers last fall are indeed photos of the event. NORAD launched two F-22A Raptors from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on Nov. 22, 2007, to identify and monitor the two bombers flying off the coast of Alaska. It would be almost a month later before the Alaskan NORAD Region even confirmed the scramble, a first for the new Raptor unit at Elmendorf. The photos were taken by the F-22 pilots, confirmed a DOD spokesman last week in response to query. They have not been officially released, which makes one wonder: Why would DOD approve release of photos (here’s one) of Navy fighters on Feb. 9 intercepting a Russian Bear over a carrier