Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2046 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3992 times:
I wonder if this had anything to do with the delivery of the tankers to Italy and/or Japan. I have seen planes fly in formation like that over air shows. Including simulated refueling except at low altitude. Saw Canada's 707's do this with two fighters (can't remember what they were) over Trenton Canadian Forces Base airfield when they used to host the airshow there every two years.
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3692 times:
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 5): It looks like a KC-10 with a trio of F-22's. My guess is that the KC-10 is either out of Fairchild AFB and the F-22's are out of Alaska. Just my guess.
Definitley a KC-10, no doubt about it. When the camera zooms in you can see the refuelling boom (in the stowed position). Probably just the news chopper filming it out of boredom and that it's simply a pretty cool sight to see.
MCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2562 times:
I'm wondering if this could be a RCS excercise. What if an enemy was staring at his scope and saw a lonley KC-10 up there all by itself, being MiG-bait? Any interceptors would get a big suprise if they went up after it.
Hamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
Agree with those who say this is KC-10 with three F-22's. Unless there is a media story, probably no way to know exactly why they were there, but I doubt it's anything significant. Given the extensive testing done at Nellis and/or Edwards AFB's and given the F-22 is (or will be) at Elmendorf, it could be that this was a trip to/from Alaska and maybe they had reason to divert or make a stop enroute.