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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 20
Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

From what I understand from the news I saw on TV, there were no fighter jets stationed at the near-by base that the kid flew by. They had to be dispatched from somewhere WAY south, near the southern end of Florida..

My question- WHY are there no fighter jets stationed at that near-by base? Wouldn't it make sense to have a couple there, JIC????? This could have been prevented.. If there were some there..


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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

I believe that the fighters that scrambled were from Eglin AFB and were F-15Cs from one of the squadrons stationed there.

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1881 times:

Had a fighter actually taken out the a/c over the city, it propably would of done more damage and cost more lifes. As it is, only the moron who flew it, met his maker.

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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1839 times:

MacDill AFB (in Tampa) is a crago base, though it is the headquaters of SOCOM and Central command.

EX 747 is right Eglin is the main AFB in the area but Cape Canveral does have a small wing from what I understand to handle the protection of NASA and surrounding area.

The USCG which is based at St. Pete Clearwater airport is based not far away, and did respond to the incident.

Now as far as fighters everywhere JIC, in the cases where they can actaully prevent (ie attack by a foriegn power) thanks to our radar systems, and early warning aircraft there would be suffient notice to get the fighters from thier local bases to the site to deal with the attack. As far as civil aircraft, in the end there is nothing directly that the military can do about it.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineAirforce1995 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

I believe there were either F-16's or 15's scrambled from Homestead air reserve base in southern flordia but did not have enough time to get there. MacDill is just a tanker base and has no fighters. Eglin is mostly a test wing for weapons training and testing but do have a large number of F-15's

User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

they were F-15s scrambled from homestead in Miami, and no Eglin is not the main bse Tyndall is in Panama City. F-16s from Minnesota ANG have a Det on alert at tyndall. I was Datalinked into the otehr AWACS that day and now how the scramble went down. most is classified but by the time folks new what was going on the kid crashed. the COast Gaurd was on his tail the last part of the flight but the Dauphins are unarmed there.

The main Bases on alert for SEADS are Ellington Flf in Houston, TxAir Guard F-16s, 147th FS, Tyndall F-16s (not hte F-15 trainers) from up north, and the F-15s and Homestead. Since Spet 11 more are on alert at some Navy Facilties as well, but most procedures are still classified.

Hook 'em Horns,
Tony aka Lt-AWACS

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