Japanese combat planes of the Self-Defense Air Force shadowed a Russian long-range bomber while it was performing a routine.
The Amazing Putin Flies with Cranes!
President Vladimir Putin's latest stunt sees him pilot a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young endangered Siberian white cranes in flight. Dressed in a white costume meant to imitate an adult crane, Putin was taking part in a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to follow the aircraft on their southern migration to Central Asia. It follows a series of adventures for which the Russian leader has become alternately notorious and beloved, from flying a fighter jet to riding a horse bare-chested.