Just in case someone had doubts about air superiority over Crimea.
The Tupolev Tu-214SR is a Russian Special Mission Aircraft believed to act as a communication relay aircraft.
This kind of aircraft is often dispatched by the Russian Air Force to accompany Putin’s presidential aircraft on its travels and for this reason it is considered the Russian version of the U.S. E-4B, a so-called “doomsday” plane, with an airborne command and control role.
This aircraft was spotted over Sochi during the Winter Games and it is currently operating at FL270 (27,000 feet) over Crimea, quietly broadcasting its position by means of ADS-B transponder.
The Tu-214SR using callsing RSD48 has circled directly over Simferopol international airport and is currently heading towards Sochi airport, its departure airfield.
Image credit: FR24.com screenshot
What do you make of this TU-204 that’s on it’s way from Simferopol to what appears to be Moscow? http://fr24.com/RA64010
Russian PM Dimitri Medvedev was visiting Crimea. It is all over the news.
Thats the reason why: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10734094/Ukraine-crisis-Dmitry-Medvedev-visits-Crimea.html
Used to see Boeing E-4s doing touch & Go’s at DAY 30+ years ago. Can’t remember for sure. I think GE had an engine facility at DAY.