It's a calm Wednesday and you're out doing your shopping in Washington D.C. and you hear a plane overheard. You look up and see a jet like any other and you think nothing of it, but what you wouldn't have known is that a Russian spy plane flew over gathering huge amounts of intelligence. How is this possible you might wonder? Well, a 1992 agreement known as the Treaty on Open Skies allows every country to conduct surveillance flights even directly over another countries territory. Some estimates from the State Department say that over the past 15 years, Russian surveillance flights have passed over United States terror 165 times.
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It seems that this year, in particular, has brought a renewed interest from Russia, especially over President Trump's now hometown. On top of that, President Trump is visiting his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. where the Russian surveillance plane also happened to fly over today. It leaves one thinking 'how would we know when one of these planes brought a hidden bomb with them?' Other states it flew over Wednesday included Ohio right over Dayton, which also happens to be near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The flight was publicly visible through flight tracking websites and it is not difficult to verify by calling the Pentagon.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Russian spy plane trolls Trump <a href="https://t.co/DdJZpTaFTX">https://t.co/DdJZpTaFTX</a> <a href="https://t.co/NJPtaMb9O9">pic.twitter.com/NJPtaMb9O9</a></p>— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/895390977984167938">August 9, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The type of Russian plane that was flying over our heads today was a Tupolev Tu-154M which is the size of a medium airliner by comparison. A Pentagon official interviewed by Politico says "The missions happen on a semi-routine basis." He explained that "The Russians are required to give at least 72-hour notice and there is American personnel on board to oversee the mission."
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