Russian Surveillance Plane Flies Over Washington D.C.


Russian Surveillance Plane Flies Over Washington D.C.

According to CNN, a Russian surveillance plane flew over the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The plane flew over various government buildings.  Sites surveyed included the Pentagon and the Capitol.

At first, the news is alarming, but it adheres to the Open Skies Treaty.  In this treaty, 34 nations can fly over other territories in order to ensure everyone is limiting the numbers and types of weapons.

Russian Surveillance

The aircraft flew less than a mile over head at 3,700 feet.  U.S. Air Force employees were aboard to monitor the exercise.  From the U.S. Capitol police alerts:

The aircraft will be large and may fly directly over the U.S. Capitol.  This flight will be monitored by the U.S. Capitol Police Command Center and other federal government agencies.

Sources say the plane will also fly over Bedminster, N.J. – President Trump’s current location.  It will also fly over his golf course in Virginia.  Additionally, it will fly over Camp David and a secret bunker named Camp Weather.

Again, this is strictly routine.  The headline seems explosive, but there is nothing to see here.




Fox News Reports: 

A low-flying Russian spy plane was spotted Wednesday over parts of Washington, D.C., and Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump is vacationing at his Trump National Golf Course — but the flight had been approved under a long-standing global treaty, officials said.

The Russian spy plane, Tupolev Tu-154M, flew near the golf resort at 4,000 feet, and then climbed to 5,000 feet before flying into New York airspace, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.

One of the officials said the Russian jet flew through the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) airspace that was established around the golf club.


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