I was home at midday today (4/24) in the Upper Valley of Vermont, just north of the village of Woodstock. Most air traffic overhead is mainline commercial aircraft at full cruising altitude, or small single engine stuff. Occasionally I will see an F-16 from the VT
Today I heard something different while working in the driveway, older turbofans making considerable noise. Been hearing this occasionally over the last few weeks, but always on overcast days. Today was bluebird clear, and to my surprise directly overhead was a KC
-135 (must be an R these days) feeding what I believe was a C-17. They were at a good height, guessing FL25 or more, so it might have been a C-5. Certainly the noise (which got my attention) seemed more like old CF6s than the CFMs on a 135R or the quieter fans on the C-17.
Anyway, whose tanker would that have been? Bangor? Nothing at Plattsburgh anymore, correct? Does the old Pease have a few tankers still? It was a very cool, unexpected sight in rural central Vermont. To think we once had Plattsburgh, Loring, Dow, Pease, and Bruswick NAS
all generating bigtime military traffic.