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French Fighters Invade New Jersey!  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

http://www.wnbc.com/news/4564225/detail.html

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POMONA, N.J. -- Nine French fighter jets and a radar plane stayed overnight at Atlantic City International Airport after one suffered a mechanical problem and bad weather prevented them from returning to their aircraft carrier off the Virginia coast, authorities said Friday.
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*Insert French joke here*  Wink

Greg


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User currently offlineUSAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Some reports are saying that the ten planes are supposed to take part at McGuire AFB's airshow this weekend (Saturday only)... what kind of participation, I don't know.


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3439 times:
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I know that I've done some things while in the service to scam some time off, especially when near some cool spot, but taking 9 or 10 airplanes and flying to Atlantic City for the night takes the cake.

Thats brilliant.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5341 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

I wonder if the fighters in question are Rafales or Etendards.


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16793 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

The French Navy had a couple of Rafales at Lakehurst NAES a few years ago to help prepare them for carrier duty.

for a photo click here (PDF)

http://www.nawcad.navy.mil/display_pdf.cfm?id=66



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User currently offlineKFLLSpotter From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 104 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

They were Etendards I believe. I had heard they were participating in a joint operation with I believe the Canadian Navy in International Waters off New York.

User currently offlineUSAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

I heard from someone who saw the planes said that one is an E-2 Hawkeye, one is a Rafale, and eight are Super Etendards.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

Just saw a story about them on the local news...I saw a bunch of Etendards and a Hawkeye...did not see a Rafale but the weather here sucks and consequently the camera footage wasn't very good, so a Rafale might've been there....

The article said that they went into AC proper last night and explored the sights...in their flightsuits! Apparently they were a big attraction there, but they are getting ready to go back to the Charles De Gaulle now...

Greg



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User currently offlinePilotsmoe From United States of America, joined May 2005, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
I know that I've done some things while in the service to scam some time off, especially when near some cool spot, but taking 9 or 10 airplanes and flying to Atlantic City for the night takes the cake.

Thats brilliant.

they didn't have any money with them. They just interviewed them on the local news. Guess they left their money at home. dollarsign  They did go to the casinos BTW  bouncy 


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

I just finished Maple Flag 38, period One at Cold Lake, and we had French M2000s and F-1s. Don't remember if it was for Period 2 or 3, but the French E-3F and some other fighters were due in to Cold Lake. (period Two started last Monday and 3 starts 13 June).. Maybe they will bridge through the East coast on their way home from or going to CYOD. Keep an Eye out.

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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting USAir1489 (Reply 1):
Some reports are saying that the ten planes are supposed to take part at McGuire AFB's airshow this weekend (Saturday only)... what kind of participation, I don't know.

Just got home from that airshow. It was pretty good, but no, there were no French aircraft participating.

Marc


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13146 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

Some more French aircraft on a (floating) US base, and visa-versa;
http://63.99.108.76/forums/index.php?showtopic=10156


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

GDB:

When the French was testing the Rafale they took it to NAS Lakehurst in order to use the catapult/arresting gear there.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Just read in a German Aviation Forum, that the French fighters requested for an emergency landing due to bad weather and lack of fuel at McGuire AF Base but the U S Military denied so they had to land at Atlantic City civil airport instead.
Don´t know if this is true.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5341 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Quoting Columba (Reply 13):
Just read in a German Aviation Forum, that the French fighters requested for an emergency landing due to bad weather and lack of fuel at McGuire AF Base but the U S Military denied so they had to land at Atlantic City civil airport instead.
Don´t know if this is true.

It is true. The linked article in the thread starter states that

The planes, low on fuel, initially asked for permission to land Thursday at a United States military installation but lacked the clearance number, said Noel Clay, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department.

Ah well - I'm sure they enjoyed Atlantic City more than they would have enjoyed McGuire  

[Edited 2005-06-08 15:14:21]


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2728 times:
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I wonder why they were denied landing rights at McGuire? They are a NATO ally....and I thought a declared emergency took precedence over most everything. Were they closer to Atlantic City?


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2719 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 15):
Were they closer to Atlantic City?

It sounds like they were approaching the area from the south, and ACY is definitely south of McGuire, so they would be closer to it it seems...

Greg



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 2709 times:
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That makes more sense....I was trying to figure how, if the carrier was off Norfolk why they would be trying to land up at McGuire in an emergency.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13146 posts, RR: 78
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

LMP737, Yes, good point, do French Naval pilots still use the USN training system for carrier related training?
Since they never modified the Alpha Jet for carrier training, using the USN T-45's would make sense.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

GDB:

They evidently do training at NAS Meridian. Since there are so few French Navy pilots I would guess it's a very small number. Poor guys, if they think the south of France is warm there in for a shock in Mississippi.


http://www.info-france-usa.org/intheus/defense/mission/da-mer.asp


User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Not only that, but McGuire was very hectic with the airshow, I don't think they wanted them there. Plus, ACY is just closer and more convienent.

Mike


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