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User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1430 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

I was recently at the Asian Aerospace in Singapore. They had lots of american air force and navy F15's and f16's. I was wondering, when they have to fly these jets from the states to say singapore, do they travel at their maximum speed and roughly how far can they fly, do they have to make many stops in between?.

I wouldnt suppose they could fly too far for too long.


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User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

U got it they landed at GUM because UAM (Anderson AFB) had the runway closed..nice to see them here at the "regular" airport...not sure the next stop probally Japan or Honolulu via KWA or Wake...lots of places to drop in for Gas..in the Pacific...just be long ride in those birds with no Lav  Smile

User currently offlineDL787932ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 4449 times:

Not a military pilot, but I'm quite certain fighters don't travel at their maximum speed on ferry flights - it takes A LOT of fuel to go Mach 2+  Wow! They'd probably cruise somehwere in the Mach .8-.9 range, same as commercial jets. Unrefuelled range is around 2,000 nm depending on the plane, but drop tanks could extend that and with aerial refuelling they wouldn't have to stop at all.

You might get more details reposting in the Military Av forum.

User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

International deployments of fighter aircraft are usually accomplished through a series of inflight refuelings by tankers taht either accompany the flight or are scheduled to meet them enroute.

This thread will help with some details:

How Do Usaf Fighter Get Overseas (by 747400sp Feb 25 2006 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

[Edited 2006-03-03 22:30:06]

User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1430 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

oh cool.. thanks alot  Smile

I want every single airport and airplane in India to be on A.net!
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

Normally, if the aircraft are traveling across either the Atlantic or Pacific they are "dragged" across by a KC-10. Wearing a poopy suite the entire flight that will keep you warm if you need to eject into the middle of the Pacific is not comfortable from what I have heard. Obviously, if the destination is not too far, the fighters can just operate with drop tanks and stop at other AFBs for fuel.

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