Thanks for the photos. All of them appear to have been taken over southern California. The pictures of the gray YF-117A (tail no. 783) were taken
over the southern Sierra Nevada, Fremont Valley, and Edwards AFB. Koehn Dry Lake and the Honda test track south of Cantil are visible in two of the
photos. Some of the F-22 pictures appear to have been taken over the southern Sierra Nevada, as well. The B-2 pictures look like they were taken over
the San Joaquin Valley, but I have yet to identify the reservoir that appears in one of the photos.
Good eye. I see the Honda track in the 2nd and 3rd F117a shot.
Honda 35°16'16.61"N 117°57'25.02"W
Kia (not seen) 35° 3'29.28"N 118° 2'0.41"W
That would then be route 58 in the 3rd shot.
Regarding the blurry Papoose and Groom, there isn't much that can be done. The unsharp mask just fools the eye by tweaking the acutance. Here ere is
the wiki if you never heard the term: en.wikipedia.org...
I know how to do A Trous wavelet sharpening, which is better than the unsharp mask, but it really isn't worth the effort. We have satellite photos of
Groom and Papoose, not to mention photographs from nearby viewspots. Plenty to see at Groom, nothing to see at Papoose except for the Papoose Mountain
facility. Certainly there is nothing at the alleged S-4 site.
Absolutely amazing pics, I love the view from the Tanker, is that a KC-135 Stratotanker. Are you the Boom operator., Nevermind your name says Boomer.
LOL sorry, So whats the hardest plane to refuel at those altitudes, and what plane takes the most fuel during those refuelings?????
2-3-2012 by Glassbender777 because: More Questions
Is that last pic you posted, asking what base it is? Is the base "Holloman" in New Mexico, or maybe, "Kirtland", or "Ellsworth base", I dont
know im just guessing, Thinking its either in the Southwest, or overseas in an Arab country due to the geography of the land.
Yes, it's a KC-135. And the hardest if there is one is probably the F-117. The first time I ever did one was during the Iraq war the first few
nights be bombed them in 2003. It was lights out ops and that's a very black plane! You have to fly the boom around the canopy just like the F-16,
but if you hit the F-117 and scratch the paint it can loose it's stealth and it's your ass...
As for which takes the longest, it depends on the type of aircraft and how many refueling pumps we can use. We have four, and they put out 1500
pounds per minute each. Most fighters can only hold on with one pump running and they only take like 10-12 thousand pounds of fuel anyway. Biggest
offload I ever did was 105,000 pounds to a C-5. 6,000 pounds per minute so you can do the math! It took a while.
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