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Fighter Jet Close Passes

Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:27 am

Watching a T-6 Texan and a Southwest 737 converge (at different altitudes) as the jet was on approach to DAL, I was reminded of a mid-afternoon flight on Texas International back in the late 70's. The DC-9 had departed Denver about 20 minutes earlier, headed for Houston. I was seated in a window seat on the right side of the aircraft. I glanced out the window just as two Air Force jet fighters made a pass right under our plane, a couple of hundred feet below us at best. Was this a common "practice" back then and would the TI crew have been aware that we were the "target" of this "interception?"
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RE: Fighter Jet Close Passes

Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:33 am

Might be better suited to have this in the Military section of the forums..
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RE: Fighter Jet Close Passes

Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:31 pm

Passes were pretty common during the Cold War as part of simulated interceptions, but crews were made aware of this. Whether the passengers knew is another issue. The Swiss Air Force practiced these, as a way to be prepared for rapid intercepts when Spviet-block transports went off-course and overflew sensitive areas.

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