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Originally posted by drumist69
I've noticed similar patterns here in western NC over the years. We get a lot of cargo planes and helicopter training flights using the Asheville airport nearby. Also, leading up to the last invasion of Iraq (Enduring Freedom...), I was playing in a band which traveled extensively throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. We noticed some pretty massive convoys of hum-vee's and other equipment in desert paint at the time. I was telling my band-mates it was coming, and they blew me off until it happened!
Any truck drivers in here notice convoy movements on the highways in the past few months? Probably not, since anything with Iran would not be land-based at first...just bombing and missile strikes.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
KC-130s? They don't follow Air Force One around. There is NOTHING that a KC-130 could do to provide security. I think you're confusing them with the E-4 and the Gulfstream IV they started using more recently. A KC-130 couldn't keep up with Air Force One, or carry enough cargo to be useful. A KC-130 is just a C-130 with two extra external fuel tanks to refuel helicopters.
Originally posted by Wildbob77
Before the first Iraq war, my wife and I noticed that the C-5 were flying over our house about every 5 minutes. It was pretty amazing.
I didn't notice it for the buildup to this war.
Originally posted by Skidz
In reply to your question, AH-1's don't bomb.
They shoot rockets, missiles, and guns. Using your court as a range (????) Not likely. You would definitely know if they were doing any shooting nearby. One hell of a "whump!"
Of course the campus may occasionally allow them to land as part of an exercise. (we land at high schools all the time).
If you're in western NC then you may be familiar with a couple of the bases on the coast.
I would have to say it's not much much. I'm not familiar with the Army units in your area, only the other branch flying Cobras.