So today I'm driving between Clarksville TN
and Hopkinsville KY and stoped at one of the 33 red lights (No, I'm not kidding, 33 lights in 22 miles) on Ft. Campbell Blvd. I see a FedEx 757 flying overhead at about 2,500 or so feet. Now, this was quite the sight since Clarksville has no airport big enough to handle this, and while Ft. Campbell does, it's a full on military base.
So I quickly turned on the in-dash Radio Shack Pro-194 and tuned to the Ft. Campbell bank and sure enough they were talking to him, clearing him to land. Much to my surprise, when I was coming up on the airport, over the trees the 757 was clearing the tree line on a pretty stout climb and was doing touch and goes. This time when he contacted APP, he was greated by "Fedex "EXPERIMENTAL" 9090, turn right....."
He did more T&Goes and then went off to Huntsville Alabama before going back to Memphis.
My two questions,
what did FedEx do to move this 757-200 into "experimental" catagory, and more importantly, KHOP is a full blown military airport, and the only time you ever see big jets with title's are military charters bringing/taking troups. I thought it was illegal to land at a millitary airport, and this clearly wasn't a delievery flight. What gives??