Don’t worry if there is a Russian Air Force surveillance aircraft flying over the U.S. now

Whilst Russian planes perform some Top Gun stunts over U.S. spyplanes and warships in the Baltic Sea, a Tu-154 quietly cross the American airspace thanks to the Open Skies treaty.

Since 2002, Russia, the United States and 34 other signatories to the Treaty on Open Skies have allowed a certain number of observation flights over their sovereign territory. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct ...

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David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.