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Originally posted by roguetechie
I work in the flight path of Portland International Airport and today between 12:15 and 12:45pm today I watched four Two fighter elements coming in to land in that time period (8 jets in 4 2 ship elements total)
Now the thing I found very interesting was they seemed to be configured in a way I can't recall ever seeing except in the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Each plane had an air to air missile on the outer pylon of each wing then a drop tank on each inner wing hard point. To the best of my admittedly limited knowledge that is a configuration used for long range war time ferry missions... (dual drop tanks gives them lots of range and a pair of air to air missiles for self defense isn't a common configuration as far as I know)
Just figured I'd throw this thread up to see if anyone else has seen any concentrations of strike aircraft that seem to be on their way somewhere.
Originally posted by eniranjanrao
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Originally posted by SrWingCommander
US Fighters do not normally fly with live ordanance on the aircraft (warshots as they are sometimes called). The exception would be the alert planes on Air Defense Duty, but that's about it and there are usually only a couple of dozen of those on alert nation wide if that.
Training munitions are blue. Warshots are white or off white/grey.