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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA  
User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5728 times:

Looks like 3 fighter jets are escorting a large airplane around SEA. This happened yesterday afternoon. Anybody have any details?

Here is video from KIRO-TV here in Seattle. http://www.kirotv.com/video/15348135/index.html

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27305 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5712 times:

What airline was it ??? Its a DC-10 .

User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

I can't get the video to work. Some one please tell me that thats not a KC-10

[Edited 2008-02-20 09:34:10]

User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Suggest a title change this looks like an air refueling wing........Not a commercial flight.


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User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5587 times:

I may have bad eyes but are those F-22s that are with it?

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5433 times:
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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.

User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5353 times:

Sorry for the title. I just assumed it was a few fighters escorting a passenger aircraft since the video was taken close to SEA.

User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5100 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.

User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4800 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.



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4581 times:



Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 8):
Definitley a KC-10, no doubt about it.

I am at home know and see the boom as well. Looks like another case of the media trying to steer things up.

As for those that can tell that they are F22s, WOW


User currently offlineAveugle From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4114 times:

I can't tell what the jets are but that is a KC-10. Not an airline but still a cool thing to see.

User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3842 times:

KC-10 is from SUU. F-22's are from Elmendorf.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 3756 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.

There are only two KC-10 bases, McGuire AFB New Jersey and Travis AFB California.



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User currently offlineMark5388916 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Wow thats impressive!


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User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3670 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.  

[Edited 2008-02-20 21:56:21]


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12179 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Slow news day in SEA?  bored 

User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3542 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.

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