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Originally posted by LogansRun
If the tankers weren't within "visual contact" we potentially could have lost 2 VERY expensive planes, not to mention the lives of the pilots flying them.
Originally posted by iori_komei
Originally posted by BlueRaja
Already in discussion.
A topic can be discussed both in a normal section and in the news section.
BS. every single civilization in history that has decided it was too "civilized" to maintain a proper military very soon thereafter ceased to exist.
Originally posted by ug87
The lead pilot contacted Lockheed in air and fixed the problem in air while the rest of the planes returned to Hickam AFB.
One pilot was able to contact contractor Lockheed Martin to troubleshoot the error during the flight, the Air Force said. Several pilots attempted to reboot the system with no success and returned to Hawaii with the help of aerial refueling tankers as a safety precaution.
Engineers were able to locate the problem within hours and fixed the glitch in a matter of days on the aircraft, according to the Air Force.
Originally posted by snafu7700
i highly doubt it. the tanker also has radar....and he could guide the fighters into visual range. i've seen it done. and lets not forget that US pilots are some of the most highly trained in the world. just because their primary means of navigation goes down doesnt mean that they have forgotten the rest of their training.