Friday, July 30, 2021

Hmmmm....Another Training Flight?

 Saw this guy orbiting around today.


The tail number indicates it's an RC-135 "Rivet Joint" aircraft.

Getting in some practice, I guess.....


15 comments:

  1. Hope his flight level was high. Turbulance.

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    1. If you look at the two graphs under the flight path trace, you can see he was 30k+.

      I thought the airspeed trace was very "interesting"....

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  2. That was the last type of plane I worked with in the Air Force.

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    1. I worked on some "other" aircraft based on the 707. Nice planes.

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    1. I've seen other aircraft in that same area doing the same thing, so I won't ask....

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  4. Hmmmm. Obviously nothing to see here, not that I'd know it if there was, which there probably is .

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    1. There's not much in that part of Idaho, either. Nearest big city is Boise, and then a small place named "Nampa".

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  5. Okay, now I know what that aircraft is. Maybe. Twice this past week I've seen one fly over my house in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh. I was used to seeing KC-135, C-130(now replaced by the C-17) and various private and commercial aircraft. This latest one has been a mystery to me. The thing is that it doesn't have any markings on the tail or fuselage. At least on the right side. The flight path takes it east to west and then it turns south, so I've never seen the left side from my vantage point. Maybe it has something on that side.....

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    1. They're usually painted symmetrically. It might be painted with the Low Visibility markings, which blend into the grey at a distance.

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    2. Thanks drjim. I'll have to keep the binocs handy when I'm outside....

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  6. Airspeed could be practice for in air refueling? I know that there are some serious mis-matches between aircraft capabilities that can make refueling "difficult".

    n

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    1. Or just slowing for the hard turns?

      n

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    2. Yeah, didn't think of slowing for the turns.

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    3. It's a "707-type" aircraft, so it shouldn't have any speed issues with AAR.

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