Pictures released of 'unsafe' Russian jet encounter

- Striking photos released Friday show just how dangerously close a Russian fighter jet came to a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in a Monday interaction deemed "provocative" by a U.S. official.

The images show the Russian SU-27 coming within five feet of the wing of the U.S. RC-135U -- so close the Russian pilot can be seen in the cockpit in some images.

Fox News was the first to report the dangerous intercept by the armed Russian jet when it came within a few feet of the U.S. Air Force recon plane.     

After it flew alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” an official told Fox News.

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