You have to play the 6 hrs sitting around in a crew room on standby, playing uckers & drinking coffee, then the frantic change of status to scramble (meant to escalate to aircraft readiness, then perhaps engines running, then scramble!)… Expecting to head north for a couple of hrs, nope, vector 060, Tango at 100 miles!! A Bear D had meandered around North Cape at low level, toodled past Norway, wandered down the North Sea & popped up east of Flamborough Head!
Or, intercepting 2 Bears crossing the (very busy) North Atlantic airline traffic. Talking to civvie air traffic controller who asked; “Can you please ask the other aircraft to divert their track in order to minimise the inconvenience?” Oh how we laughed!