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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:27 pm

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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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:30 pm

What airline was it ??? Its a DC-10 .
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:33 pm

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

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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:33 pm

Suggest a title change this looks like an air refueling wing........Not a commercial flight.
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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:44 pm

I may have bad eyes but are those F-22s that are with it?
 
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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:14 pm

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.
 
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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:29 pm

Sorry for the title. I just assumed it was a few fighters escorting a passenger aircraft since the video was taken close to SEA.
 
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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:54 pm

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.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:56 pm



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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Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:52 pm



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
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Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:50 am

I can't tell what the jets are but that is a KC-10. Not an airline but still a cool thing to see.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:06 am

KC-10 is from SUU. F-22's are from Elmendorf.
 
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RE: Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:31 am



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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RE: Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:39 am

Wow thats impressive!
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RE: Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:54 am

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.  

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RE: Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:42 am

Slow news day in SEA?  bored 
 
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RE: Tanked Escorted By Fighter Jets At SEA

Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:20 pm

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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