B-52's challenge Chicom air space claims
A pair of American B-52 bombers flew unannounced into a recently established Chinese no-fly zone in the East China Sea, in a direct rebuke of Beijing's asserted authority over the area.It would be interesting to know if their were some F--'s hovering nearby in order to defend these ancient bombers. They couldn't just send F-22's because the Chinese presumably would not know they were being tested because of the stealth characteristics of the aircraft.
The bombers, based out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, entered the contested airspace as part of a training operation dubbed Coal Lightening, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The aircraft were unarmed and were not escorted by American fighter jets, a defense official told the Journal.
"The planes flew a pattern that included passing through the [Air Defense Identification Zone]," the official said.
"The flight was without incident," the official added.
A majority of American operations flown in the area consist of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and large-scale training missions with U.S allies.
But during the mission, the U.S. aircraft did not comply with the new air restrictions set by China as part of the no-fly zone.