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Mysterious L10-11 At DEN Today W/ Fire Trucks  
User currently offlineseatback From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 756 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7260 times:

Around noon while at the Denver National Car Rental lot, I saw an solid gray L10-11 land with fire trucks assisting on the tarmac, away from the terminals. Any idea who/what it was?

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User currently offlineflyiguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7235 times:

Solid Gray L1011 sounds like an RAF one. They still have a few in service. We get them at IAD frequently. They are solid grey with shined aluminum winged engine cowlings.

FLY



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User currently offlineBN747DFWHNL From United States of America, joined May 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7145 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.

User currently offlineseatback From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 756 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7096 times:

Quoting BN747DFWHNL (Reply 2):
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.



I didn't see the plane well because it went by so quick but knew something was up. At the time, it was pouring down rain and lightening.

Very cool.


User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7064 times:

RCAF has No L1011 In their Fleet. A-310, Or the Polaris 150 and the 117 are the only large Grey Birds in Our Airforce fleet.


Safety is Everyones Responsibility.
User currently offlineB747400ERF From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2013, 378 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

Quoting BN747DFWHNL (Reply 2):
a Canadian Royal Air Force plane

British Air Force plane.


User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6919 times:

We have L-1011s? As much as I dearly wish that was not a mistake, it must have been a British aircraft. Either way, what a find!


Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineBN747DFWHNL From United States of America, joined May 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

My bad. I was reporting what was reported to me from my "source" at DIA.

User currently offlinedrgmobile From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5433 times:

Most likely the Royal Air Force of the UK. There was one parked at St. John's International Airport on July 7th.

User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5297 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.



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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

Quoting B747400ERF (Reply 5):
British Air Force plane.

Slightly off topic, but what on earth was an RAF fuel tanker doing around Denver, CO?


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4568 times:

In a word, Nellis

Denver isn't that faraway as the Tristar flies.



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User currently offlineKBJCpilot From United States of America, joined May 2012, 160 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

Still parked on the cargo de-ice pad this afternoon.


Samsonite, I was way off!
User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4402 times:

Quoting BN747DFWHNL (Reply 7):
I was reporting what was reported to me from my "source" at DIA.

It probably came from a Canadian base - and your source assumed it was Canadian. No big deal.

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 10):
but what on earth was an RAF fuel tanker doing around Denver, CO?

The plane was destined for Buckley AFB/ANG base. It was likely involved in an exercise with US or Canadian or British or German (from Holloman) or Singapore (from Mountain Home) military aircraft.

As far as why Buckley, there is apparently an F-16 squadron at Buckley.

[Edited 2013-07-16 18:16:20]

User currently onlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16820 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4364 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 13):
As far as why Buckley, there is apparently an F-16 squadron at Buckley

A Guard Squadron, the rest are Golf Balls looking at the Sky.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

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 really don't think the golf balls need to be refueled.  

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4150 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?


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4134 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 16):

They could be refueling USN F/A-18s or RCAF CF-18s. Is the RAF participating in a Red/Green Flag right now?

Can't be Red Flag, the exercises for this summer were cancelled, Red Flag Alaska is not for another month, and MAPLE FLAG finished up a month ago.


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