I think it became an almost accepted practice, they would basically try and test our response times and I don't think they ever actually entered UK airspace, just got very close.
Originally Posted by Jamie_787
In the case of Neptune Warrior they were flying in international airspace and had every right to be there. We've done it to them as well, I can also recall a Norwegian airforce Lockheed Orion being intercepted by a Soviet fighter which got a bit too close for a look. He basically lost most of one rudder in their props and forced the Orion to make an emergency landing.
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