Newark777
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Military Jets In The Adirondacks

Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:49 am

I spent the last week or so in the Adirondacks, and the entire time I was there, there was pretty frequent military activity overhead, including one or two sonic booms, and several planes dropping counter measures. The most noticeable was yesterday (Friday), when two jets, which looked like F-18's, circled at pretty high speed for about an hour.

Does anyone know if this is standard training operations, or if I went at a particular busy time of the year? My position was approximately 44 degrees 4' N, and 74 degrees 39' W. Not sure about the fighter type, I'm not the best at IDing them.

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RE: Military Jets In The Adirondacks

Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:21 am

Just east of Fort Drum there are quite a few large MOAs - Falcon I/II/III, Syracuse I/II/III and there is a Drum MOA.

A lot of the 10th Mountain Div. aircraft train out there... and so do a lot the USAF air guard units. The sonic booms are rare, but not unheard of.

Too bad you didn't get to see any cool dog fights!!

***On a side note: back at Fort Campbell, when we would be coming back from a training mission, there was this bridge that we would always use as an ACP. Well at night, under goggles, we would could see people driving down the road towards the bridge. We would adjust our speed so that we would buzz right over the bridge just as they were passing under us. Probably scared the shit out of them!**

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RE: Military Jets In The Adirondacks

Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:44 am

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
Just east of Fort Drum there are quite a few large MOAs - Falcon I/II/III, Syracuse I/II/III and there is a Drum MOA.

I know they're there, since I go up there every year, and you always see the occasional fighter, with an A-10 buzzing the area every once in a while. This time, however, there seemed to be the distinctive roar of fighters much of the day, almost every day. Just seemed as though it was more than normal.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
The sonic booms are rare, but not unheard of.

Actually my third time hearing one in upstate NY, but they are always a thrill, especially when you hear them echoing around the mountains.  Smile

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
Too bad you didn't get to see any cool dog fights!!

I may have seen a bit of one, in the circling I was talking about, because they seemed to be making some neat maneuvers, and also the counter measures.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
On a side note: back at Fort Campbell, when we would be coming back from a training mission, there was this bridge that we would always use as an ACP. Well at night, under goggles, we would could see people driving down the road towards the bridge. We would adjust our speed so that we would buzz right over the bridge just as they were passing under us. Probably scared the shit out of them!

Reminds me of my grandpa's stories of flight training before WWII. They were in Alabama, or somewhere else in the south, and they used to go out to the farm fields, and buzz the workers, while getting as low to the ground as they could. Just a bunch of 18 kids doing what they know best.  Wink

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