BN747DFWHNL From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6643 times:
I saw this plane in the air west of Denver/DIA prior to landing. The first time it was quite high and turning south. The second time it was in the approach pattern for DIA from the west. Looking at it through binoculars, I could see an air-to-air refueling line dangling off the back as it continued on final approach. Upon calling a friend who works at DIA I learned it was a Canadian Royal Air Force plane that had declared an emergency due to not being able to retract the refueling line. The first time I saw it, it apparently was dumping fuel in order to land. Original landing plan was apparently for Buckley AFB but that changed to DIA due to severe thunderstorms in the area. It was a true "score" for plane spotting today.
AC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 794 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4795 times:
Quoting drgmobile (Reply 9): Most likely the Royal Air Force of the UK. There was one parked at St. John's International Airport on July 7th.
RAF ZD952 is still here in YYT. It has been here for close to three weeks. Looks like it has some mechanical issue as there are panels taken off the bottom of the starboard wing between the landing gear and flaps and there is fluid on the aft starboard tires as well.
There was a U.S.A.F C5 here a couple of days ago that I believe delivered 3 lift jacks and other parts for the repair of the L10.
In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11897 posts, RR: 52 Reply 16, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3648 times:
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 13): As far as why Buckley, there is apparently an F-16 squadron at Buckley.
Buckley ANGB is a military airfield, that would be the first place they would want to go. Civilian airports are always secondary because it is more difficult getting properly badged maintenance people there.
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 15): Yes, I realize there is just one squadron of Colorado Air National Guard. Those might do air to air refueling with a NATO partner. I
The F-16 cannot refuel from RAF L-1011KC-3s. That tanker only does probe and drogue refueling, the F-16 Boom refuels.
They could be refueling USN F/A-18s or RCAF CF-18s. Is the RAF participating in a Red/Green Flag right now?