US flies B-52 bombers near disputed islands claimed by China | TheHill

The United States flew two B-52 bombers over the weekend near man-made islands constructed by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. official told The Hill, in a clear challenge to China‚Äôs territorial claims to the area.The bombers made one pass within 12 nautical miles of the islands, the official said, in what the military refers to as a “freedom of navigation” operation.During the operation, the Chinese military radioed the bombers, telling them to “get away from our islands.” The bombers did not comply, according to the U.S. official. The Pentagon released its own account of the flights after The Hill’s report was published.Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban said two B-52s took off and returned to Guam on Nov. 8 and 9 respectively, flying a “routine mission in international airspace in the vicinity of the Spratly Island of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.”

Source: US flies B-52 bombers near disputed islands claimed by China | TheHill

Direct overflight or GTFO.

4 thoughts on “US flies B-52 bombers near disputed islands claimed by China | TheHill”

  1. I’m thinking of the Mr. Neutron skit…

    Carpenter: Everyone’s really scared of us, sir.
    Commander: Of us?
    Carpenter: Yes, sir.
    Commander: (pleased) Of our power?
    Carpenter: Oh yes, sir! They’re really scared when they see those big planes come over.
    Commander: Wow! I bet they are. I bet they are. I bet they’re really scared.
    Carpenter: Oh they are, sir.
    Commander: Do we have any figures on how scared they are?
    Carpenter: No … no figures, sir. But they sure were scared.

  2. Nothing will put the fear of God in you like a cell of BUFFS flying over at 500 feet with their bomb bay doors open and you can see all the destruction poised to be dropped at the press of a button.

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