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Whose 3 Fighter Jets Flew Directly Over DCA Today?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5498 times:

I took my in-laws to DCA today. After they checked-in and
went inside, I went to the parking lot of the terminal(old).

Around 1350, I heard loud booming noises and looked up
in time to see three fighter jet flew directly overhead,
probably 1500 to 2000 ft above.

They came in from the south and headed in the 10
o'clock direction towards the Pentagon.

Was it just a routine fly-by for Arlington Cemetery or
something else? (like chasing a pilot who went over
forbidden airspace?)

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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

what kind of formation were the jets in???- if it was a 'v' with a 'hole' between the lead and one of the trail fighters it was the missing man formation.

In all my noble eagle missions I am not aware of any normall 3 ship ops.


Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS


User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

I heard that F-16's were scrambled in the DC area today.All flights departing BWI were postponed for awhile around 1-1:30.Not sure why they were scrambled though.

Scott


User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5368 times:

I'm assuming it was a fly-over for Arlington Cemetery.
A friend of mine who saw it from his office window(14th
floor) said it was in a V shaped formation with one missing
jet... He said they were F16s.



User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

Looking at the Tyndall website, there were no fighters scrambled in the DC area on the 21st although fighters were scrambled in the DC area on the 20th for a C-152 who violated a TFR.

Otherwise I'd guess these 3 were just flying around doing their thing.



Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5095 times:

If you are talking about the CONR site at Tyndall any info of importance is on the classified SIPRNET section and not the public section, therefor everything listed is not the final answer to any scrambles. I know of several incidents not reported by SEADS and CONR until weeks after they happened.

Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS


User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5038 times:

To follow-up

There was a scramble in the DCA area on the 21st about 1pm for an aircraft with no radio comms, but scrambles are in 2-ship formations, not 3.

Atlantic City NJ also scrambled around 2pm for a different aircraft who filed a flight plan from Bangor ME to Chesapeake VA, flew right thru a TFR, where he was met by the local police at the end of his flight.

Cheers  Smile



Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5015 times:

those 3 fighter jets I saw were not the ususal light grey
colored... they were in a very dark grey, almost black...

also, they were directly above DCA at exactly 1350...
(I looked at my watch)


User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

They were part of the new, top-secret Andorrian airforce. You've been invaded and you don't even know it!

Cheers,
Fred



I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
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