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Offline RonR

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Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:45:35 PM »
Anyone care to speculate on what was going on here?  My ADB-S display caught what appears to be this military tanker orbiting JFK at FL240.  Could it be just a simple training exercise?  Would a training exercise have taken place at a location like this or is that more commonly done further out over water?  As you can see, this aircraft has already done a number of these orbits and as of this post was still on station.  Thoughts anyone?



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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2015, 09:08:20 PM »
He on any of the ZNY freqs?

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2015, 10:35:26 PM »
At FL240 he most likely would have been on ZNY 125.325 but I was listening for a while on that feed and heard nothing. If they were on a military UHF frequency, they would not have been heard on that feed.  Not 5 minutes after the initial post, the tanker disappeared. I had walked away from my PC and did not see which direction they went.

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2015, 03:54:08 AM »
Hi Ron,

If you had any information of the aircraft, we maybe could check it out on Flightradar or Flightaware?

If this was re-fueling exercises, it's very rare! It's is usually done in special areas over water

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2015, 11:06:57 AM »
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« Last Edit: September 28, 2015, 12:05:32 PM by JetScan1 »

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 12:09:48 PM »
If those two are in town, then that would make sense.  Because today (12:05 EDT) the same aircraft with a different callsign is orbiting JFK again at FL240...but in just a slightly different pattern....by the time I noticed it, they had already done a number of orbits...as you can see...

I doubt it's a refueling exercise, not in that location...

« Last Edit: September 28, 2015, 12:11:21 PM by RonR »

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 12:25:54 PM »
If you had any information of the aircraft, we maybe could check it out on Flightradar or Flightaware?

The only thing I have is its callsign, which today is WINK20, and that it's a KC10 tanker.  Flightaware and Flightradar don't show anything. I'm not surprised about that though.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2015, 01:11:22 PM by RonR »

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2015, 01:15:22 PM »
Last night i did see what looked like a passenger jet being escorted by an F14 , coming from the South south shore over long Island heading north north west. The passenger jet took some pretty quick turns as the F-14 followed what looked like right off the wing of the passenger jet.  I tried to catch with the smartphone but it was kinda cloudy as they were in and out of the clouds.

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2015, 01:18:55 PM »
I suspect the tanker was there because some fighters are flying cap with all the VIPs in town.

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2015, 02:04:26 PM »
Yea ID, that makes sense. Thanks.

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Re: Military KC10 Tanker Orbiting JFK?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2015, 10:50:54 PM »
WXMike:  The US no longer flies F-14's, they have all been retired. Besides if an airliner was making pretty quick turns with a military escort, the news would be reporting an very different incident over Long Island. Plus if a military jet did intercept an aircraft where you stated, it would have been all over the news.
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