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F-18 At McCarrin International  
User currently offlineOkelleynyc From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3656 times:

Hi Gang,

I was just leaving Las Vegas this afternoon for a 1:30 PM flight to LAX when I saw a single F-18 taking off in front of us.

For the newbie, is this a usual event or was someone diverted? With Nellis so close, I was certainly surprised to see this.

Thanks for the help.


Just give me my Vario, my Ozone Mojo and a gorgeous day of soaring.
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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

Could have had something to do with RedFlag going on next door, who knows.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1864 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

A visit to LAS to any given day can turn into a military air event!. KC-135's, C-130's, F/FA-18's F-16's, etc., etc. are common visitors nearly everyday. In fact, it is not uncommon to be landing at LAS in a Southwest 737 and you are following 2 F-18's in formation. During Red Flag, which is now going on, it tends to elevate. You will also see many RAF transports (VC-10's & L15's) along with Eurofighters, Tornados, etc....

From what I understand, the primary reason is the fuel contract. While most Nellis based equipment is fueled at Nellis, contract fuel (that gets you the best rate) for everyone else including the USAF and RAF is through Signature flight support, so many a/c transitting in and out of Nellis tend to fuel at LAS.


User currently offlineSurferX From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
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Red Flag starts tomorrow (Monday, August 11).

I saw the two F-18s landing last night on 19L...It was pretty awesome.


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3198 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Reply 2):
for everyone else including the USAF and RAF is through Signature flight support

You got it right there. Signature Flight supplies fuel to both USAF and RAF aircraft along with Canadian forces as well.

A trip to any airport with a Signature Flight Support terminal will most likely produce a view of some type of military airplane on their flight line.



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

"Thou shalt not overfly Las Vegas on a cross-country."
- anonymous military pilot

Or, put another way, where would you overnight? Barstow?



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

Plus the Transit Alert at Nellis is not known for their prompt service.


I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineDragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

And getting a PPR at any AFB is a pain in the ass. As a former H-46 crew chief, I have done many coast to coast cross countries. Most of the time we avoided stopping at military bases.


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