posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 01:12 AM
I was in the Air Force for about 6 years before it actually dawned on me that the Military flies ordinance (live and inert) over our homes everyday.
And sometimes, that ordinance hangs up. Meaning it doesn't come off the racks for some reason and could fall off at any moment. There are no safe
bases for these aircraft to go, they all come home.
They also fly in and out of civilian airports on a regular basis. It's part of their training. And just because they're not supposed to fly under
a certain ceiling doesn't mean they don't.
Another thing I learned from talking with some of the pilots is that they will pick a civilian building and use it for a dry run bombing approach.
Especially power plants, manufacturing plants or any potential real world target. Many times training ordinance is used and some training missiles
can be used over and over for a training run. In my day, we used modified Mavericks for the F-4's and A-10's that had a film magazine we loaded and
remove so they could evaluate their performance. Now days, I imagine that they have something more state of art.
I doubt that they've changed the markings, but in my day, live ordinance was marked with yellow bands and inert was marked with blue. The concrete
bombs were usually painted blue. They also used smaller bombs about 2' in length to drop and these contained a powder charge to mark the bombs
So bottom line is any time you see a military aircraft, it is most likely in transit from one place to other for some military assignment, They very
rarely fiy anything without a reason for it. And most of the time, it's for training of some kind, Or it could be for a maintenance check flight.
But it's rarely for the purpose of spying on us. They (meaning the government) have easier, better ways of spying on us.
One more thing, while it possible the OP saw fuel tanks, it more likely he saw rocket pods and they may have been loaded or not. But the aircraft I
worked on almost always had the racks installed. We didn't strip the aircraft just because it wasn't needed.