okelleynyc
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F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:06 am

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.
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DeltaGuy
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:35 am

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

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crownvic
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:59 am

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.
 
SurferX
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:27 am

Red Flag starts tomorrow (Monday, August 11).

I saw the two F-18s landing last night on 19L...It was pretty awesome.
 
Lexy
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:09 pm



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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SlamClick
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:41 pm

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

Or, put another way, where would you overnight? Barstow?
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Venus6971
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:00 pm

Plus the Transit Alert at Nellis is not known for their prompt service.
I would help you but it is not in the contract
 
dragon6172
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RE: F-18 At McCarrin International

Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:54 pm

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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