JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 53 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4604 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.
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4482 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.
Bobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4406 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.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13369 posts, RR: 64 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4307 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.
Dodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4232 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.