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What Did I See Over N.Jersey?  
User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

More than once, I have seen what seems to be a military airport from the air at 25k+ and have been unable to figure our where/what it is.

The airport has a number of what appears to be c-130 or larger a/c on an apron in front of a hanger. The shape of the apron is somewhat of a wide "V".
It is somewheres in mid-NJ possibly.

Since it may be military/reserve, I couldn't find it on Terraserver.com thus far.

Also, are there two blimp hangers at Lakehurst still?
I saw what appears to be something like that type of building also in that area. They were VERY large buildings!

Have been wondering about this for a few years....


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User currently offlineUal1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

I'm assuming you saw McGuire AFB in NJ. The aircraft you saw were C-17s, not C-130s. Hope this is right.

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1700 times:
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What you saw is, in fact, McGuire AFB. McGuire and Lakehurst (and Ft. Dix for that matter) all adjoin. I live about 5 miles from base and know many people who work the flight line there.

You probably saw a C-17, but you also should have been able to see a fleet of KC-10 tankers and a few KC-135 tankers that call McGuire home.

If you are in the right place at the right time, you can see all sorts of stuff go in and out of there - private cargo ops 747s, MD-11s, DC-8s... I saw a Tower Air 747 there once transporting the Kosovo refugees.

Rumor has it that UPS is going to open a mini-depot there in a government-private partnership, but I haven't heard anything more...

You can get TerraServer pictures of McGuire AFB. I'll find the link and post it here.


User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

I was at the McGuire public Air Show on June 3rd. We heard the same UPS mini-depot rumor also. Guess what? I heard the rumor at the FEDEX booth!

McGuire is home to the NJ ANG Air Refueling wing along with a MAC wing (I'm not sure which).

BTW, the Thunderbirds were at this show - it was awesome!


User currently offlineTifosi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Yes, Lakehurst still has Blimp hangars. They are still used for LTA research as well as other projects from what I know.

LTA- Lighter than air

Gregg in MD


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

It was McGuire AFB. I have seen it a few times as well.

Jeff


User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
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McGuire is a base for the Air Mobility Command. It's the home of:
- 305th Air Mobility Wing (mostly aerial port, air refuling, and airlift ops, and an aerial medicine squadron)

- 621st Air Mobility Ops Group (rapid remote airfield setup and operation - the first to go in many cases for things like desert airfield setups and relief operations)

- 108th Air Refueling Wing (Guard Wing)

- Air Mobility Warfare Center

It also serves as the HQ for the 21st Air Force.

Since it was on the brink of closure 5 years ago, it's actually developed into a very important base - it's one of the main ports to send supplies across the Atlantic and home of a third of the rapid response AMOG force of the Air Force.

Just miscellany in case you wanted to know...


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