Seafleet
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Overhead Me This Morning

Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:01 pm

Hi guys
I am very curious because given the amount of civil movements above where I live this was a rare sight.
Between 9 and 10am Pacific Time in a totally clear blue sky I saw a Tanker [assumed] plus 5 chicks heading northward.
I live in Capitola on the northern end of Monterey Bay CA I was out walking so didnt have binoculars handy and they where high but I am sure there where only twin trails from mother hen but really couldnt make out the fighter aircraft concerned.
I guess they where at 38000 or higher.
Anyone give me clue???
Thanks
Roger
 
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RE: Overhead Me This Morning

Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:14 am

Well if was a tanker doing a fighter drag they were not at 38000ft, we don't refuel that high.
 
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RE: Overhead Me This Morning

Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:02 pm

Correct, depending on the fighters, the refueling and drag ops were between FL-250 and FL-310. Was the tanker a KC-135 or a KC-10?
 
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RE: Overhead Me This Morning

Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:16 pm

KC135TopBoom wrote
Correct, depending on the fighters, the refueling and drag ops were between FL-250 and FL-310. Was the tanker a KC-135 or a KC-10?

Ok I understand about the height levels it was very much a guess on my part as to the tanker I could only see 2 vapour trails. Clearly one engine per wing so I expected to see a third engine on that basis as suspected a KC10 but couldnt see one and no third vapour trail either. This is what prompted me to post more than anything as I was wondering was it another nations aicraft and not US
Thanks for your reply
Roger
 
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RE: Overhead Me This Morning

Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:25 am

Could it be that it was in fact a KC-10 but the vapour trail from the #2 engine was being masked by one of the other contrails? I've seen it many a time whilst watching the overflights, and only upon closer inspection through a 'scope have a seen a 3 holer when i thought it was a twin! It could've been on just the right angle when viewed from your perspective to make it look like a twin.

Cheers

Stu
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Seafleet
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RE: Overhead Me This Morning

Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:48 pm

Thanks Skysurfer
You could well be right as I didnt have my glasses and or binoculars handy so a bit impaired Smile
I also posted the question in the Civil forum hoping I might get some form of a hint from anyone in ATC but the moderators removed it sadly so I guess I will never know.
Roger

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