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Why Do Fighter Jets Land At Commercial Airports  
User currently offlineTriJetFan1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6149 times:
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I had the priviledge to go on the tarmac at CLE and I saw an A-10 warthog, why was it there? Why do some fighter jets make visits to comercial airports?
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User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6074 times:

When going cross-country, it is usually much easier and faster to land and get gas at a civilian airport. I would prefer them over a military airport any day.

User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6059 times:

I'm not sure where the statement that it is "faster and easier" to land and get gas at a civilian airport comes from. There certainly are more of them, which may explain the occaisional appearance, but if you take into account that landing fees, parking fees, fueling fees, chock/tiedown fees, start cart fees, LOX filling fees, etc. are imposed on military jets, it's a wonder they even consider it. Often it is more a necessity then a first choice based on many different factors.

When using a military base, things are easier all the way around. And there usually are fewer security concerns as well.


User currently offlineIMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Simply because most ANG bases are at commercial airports. I cannot speak for CLE, but fully a third of flights in TUS are F-16s.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

Don't forget about MEM or Cheyenne.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6018 times:

Fargo has a 16 wing on it.

MSP and ANC have Herk units on them.




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User currently offlineN1641 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5985 times:

ya there are some guard units at civilian airports, only decent sized citys I can think of is Syracuse and Boise.

User currently offlineJohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

I agree with Ftrguy. We go to civilian airports frequently, even though an Air Force Base is close. I can go into a civilian FBO and have a Jet A truck waiting on me to engage the gust lock so he can pull in and hook up. After landing I can be topped off in 10 minutes on a bad day. Besides, I can check out the local biz jets, and the locals can check out my helicopter, swap a few lies, and be on our way. Many military bases fuel is called for, and will arrive depending on their mission requirements, manning, etc. The FBO is quick and easy, that is how they make their money. As a rule, when leaving the local area, ALWAYS carry some of Uncle Sam's plastic, and life is easier. Some bases, which I won't mention, get all confused when a transient aircraft shows up. Transients are no biggie in the civilian world.

User currently offlinePwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

I've seen an F-14 come into Portland, Me-KPWM. Couldnt figure out why since Brunswick NAS is only 15 miles north.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16812 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

Atlantic City International is home to the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing, F-16s.

I've seen C-130s and occasionally C-141s and C-17s at EWR, very rarely though.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

JohnM.

Try getting service for a civlian aircraft on an Army Airfield....Jeez, I am ex-army, was assigned to aviation units, and I didn't have an appreciation of how dense they could be.

Try explaining to somebody the that a C-21 and a Lear 35 are the exact same aircraft!!!



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

here is the simple answer: because they can.

than again, who's going to stop them?



"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

ORD use to have C130's there, now Polar and Airborne express use the ramp....also we get some Military stuff every now and then and they also park over there as well. Last saturday i saw a C-17 climb out and head east from ORD. I have never seen any military stuff land at DFW though, probably because Carswell, NAS is really close.

User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

PDX is home a F-15 ANG wing and a KC135R AFR wing. Most of the military planes that come in go to the FBO and park. Confused

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

When I was at Dallas, TX, Red Bird Airport for my A&P exams, there was an Army Cheyenne landing every day at noon, with the crew having lunch in the airport restaurant.
In Germany once they caught a whole unit of US Army helicopters ( Hueys and Cobras, it´s years ago) regularly landing on the parking lot of a McDonalds beside an Autobahn near Wiesbaden for lunch, until one German car driver complained to the German police, who in turn informed the commander of the local US Army Aviation wing.

Jan


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5715 times:

Did the Commander get to finish his burger? Or did they interupt?

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Better food or coffee than the PDQ?


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5657 times:

Huntsville has military aircraft visit all the time. The runway isn't long enough at the Redstone Arsenal airport for the big stuff (lots of NASA T-38s there, though).

Mostly C-130s, KC-135s, E-3s, and the occasional F-16. They all use the local FBO...mmmm....might be a Signature Aviation FBO? Formerly Butler Aviation, I think.


User currently offlineDodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5687 times:

CLL (Easterwood Airport, Bryan/College Station, TX) sees tons of military traffic. Mostly T-1s, T-6 Texan IIs, T-34s, T-45s, Blackhawks and Apaches. But we do get a lot of other stuff to from time to time. Probably about half the traffic is military at this civilian airport.

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