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The Tampa Incident

Wed Jan 09, 2002 8:19 am

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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RE: The Tampa Incident

Wed Jan 09, 2002 9:20 am

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

Wed Jan 09, 2002 1:46 pm

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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RE: The Tampa Incident

Wed Jan 16, 2002 2:31 pm

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.
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RE: The Tampa Incident

Wed Jan 16, 2002 3:06 pm

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
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RE: The Tampa Incident

Wed Jan 16, 2002 3:16 pm

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.

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