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US spy plane flies over Taiwan's ADIZ

Reconnaissance aircraft spotted over southern edge of ADIZ

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RC-135V/W Rivet Joint being refueled midair. (United States Air Force photo)

RC-135V/W Rivet Joint being refueled midair. (United States Air Force photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A U.S. Air Force spy plane was detected by aircraft spotters flying over the edge of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday morning (Dec. 23).

At 8:15 a.m., aircraft spotter CANUK78 announced on Twitter that a USAF Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint electronic surveillance aircraft with the registration number 62-4139 had been detected flying over the southern end of Taiwan's ADIZ. The aircraft appeared to be heading toward the South China Sea and was joined by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker.

At 8:38 a.m., aircraft monitoring enthusiast Golf9 also reported the presence of RC-135W and KC-135R. He speculated that the latter had refueled the former to the south of Taiwan, with the Stratotanker bound for the South China Sea.

Twitter user Ketagalan at 8:53 a.m. wrote that both the reconnaissance plane and tanker had flown through the Bashi Channel and had entered the South China Sea. Twitter user New 27 Brigade at 9:48 a.m. reported that the aircraft had passed through the Bashi Channel and had entered the waters off Taiwan's southwestern coast.

On Tuesday (Dec. 22), a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane and a Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft encroached on the southwest corner of Taiwan's ADIZ.


Updated : 2022-01-28 09:04 GMT+08:00

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