Unless you're worried about China, the Red Dawn days are pretty much over. Still, for anyone who was alive during the Reagan years, the thought of a Russian bomber swooping within 100 miles of California is a bit disconcerting.

This YouTube video purports to be footage of a Russian Air Force Tu-22M Backfire, which the poster says was spotted on Aug. 27 from an Alaska Airlines flight headed from Sacramento to Hawaii. However, The Aviationist suspects foul (fake video) play.


What do you think, is this real? And if so, should we care? Sound off in Kinja! Either way, it would be interesting to see anything so close to a passenger jet if you were on it. Normally, all you see is maaaaybe another jet flying by really far away. Also, China's air force might get a few of these planes, so if the non-punk out modern version of Red Dawn, y'know, comes true, this could be a common sight from the steps of the California State Capitol.