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Strange Visitor To RDU On 6/11  
User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 845 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Hey everyone, I looked on flytecomm.com and flightaware.com and couldn't find the answer, so I figured I'd try to ask here and someone might know something.

I took my son down to the pool around 5pm tonight and we stayed for an hour. While watching him, I saw a four-jet aircraft flying WSW on approach to RDU. It had four jets and from below, it looked similar to the Boeing 707. I could even make out the tail, which appeared to be mostly white. In addition, the four jets were all dark blue.

Any help that you can offer is much appreciated. I am really curious what this strange visitor to RDU might have been.

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User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

That sounds like it could be N88ZL. Since that reg is now blocked, you would not be able to see it on flight aware. It also fits your description of a white body and dark blue engines.


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User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Thanks, but it looked more like a military plane of some sort and the jets were fatter similar to the DC-8. Man, this is a tough one. Thanks again.

User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3449 times:

EDIT: I didn't fully read the OP's piece. My apologies.

[Edited 2009-06-12 10:23:54]


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User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3053 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

If they were military aircraft, four Marine F-18's from Beaufort? South Carolina flew a low formation over Titan Stadium (LP Field) in Nashville Thursday evening about 7:30 PM following the playing of the National Anthem in celebration of CMA music fest. Possibly they were en-route to Nashville from S.C. via RDU airspace.

The F-18 did RON at the ANG base at BNA Thursday evening. Two of the four pilots appeared on stage later in the evening to a standing ovation from the crowd.



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User currently offlineKSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

E-6 TACAMO?

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA--...d=29e8a40a0927030516eb78f9d8ce8963


User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3109 times:



Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 4):
If they were military aircraft, four Marine F-18's from Beaufort?



Quoting Jetpixx (Thread starter):
It had four jets and from below, it looked similar to the Boeing 707.

Re-read the opening post.... Sounds like a:


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User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

KSYR, that's EXACTLY what it was! Thank you so much!

Now, if I could only figure out where they were coming in from. That is totally it - I appreciate yours (and everyone else's) posts and assistance.


User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2858 times:



Quoting Jetpixx (Reply 7):
Now, if I could only figure out where they were coming in from

They are based at Tinker AFB in OK. Could be comming in for one of the college graduations in the area. Alums, who go on to serve, sometimes will fly their aircraft back to their college for graduation weekend at least once.



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User currently offlineKSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2711 times:



Quoting Jetpixx (Reply 7):
KSYR, that's EXACTLY what it was! Thank you so much!

Now, if I could only figure out where they were coming in from. That is totally it - I appreciate yours (and everyone else's) posts and assistance.

No problem. I remember seeing one doing touch-and-goes a few years ago and being absolutely baffled by it. Took me a little while but eventually I figured out what it was. Really a neat-looking aircraft.


User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

I was out at RDU Saturday and took this shot from the parking garage. It was parked far off by the general aviation terminal and obviously I don't want to get too close and nosy to garner unwanted attention.

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User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

That's a KC-135R tanker aircraft.


"I use multi-billion dollar military satellite systems to find tupperware in the woods."
User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2505 times:



Quoting Jetpixx (Reply 10):
It was parked far off by the general aviation terminal and obviously I don't want to get too close and nosy to garner unwanted attention.

As Nbgskygod said, a definite KC-135.



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