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    Turkish Air Force F-16/KC-135 KWRI pics

    Greetings, I made it down to KWRI to get some shots of the TURAF F-16s , KC-135 and A400 that were returning from Nellis. Unfortunately the weather was abysmal (As to be expected when I am out). This was a trip just to get the F-16s as already have a few shots of the TURAF K35Rs and the A400. I didn't stay out the A400 because as the WX was deteriorating rapidly just as the F-16s were landing. I almost didn't bother to share these shots as they are they are just total garbage. With that said I am still glad to get my first "unique" type for the year.
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    TURAF19 KC-135
    TURAF20 KC-135

    F-16 flights coupled
    F-16 TURAF10
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    F-16 TUARF13 x2
    F-16 TURAF16 x2













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    Nice catch Senga!
    BTW, heard their departure was delayed and they should be leaving WRI tomorrow morning.

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    Lousy conditions, but great catches, Senga!

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    Thanks Chris,John,
    Yea I am pretty disappointed about the WX I had to shoot in. I almost stayed home but I am glad I went out in the end. Unfortunately I had missed the arrival. After waiting 2.5 weeks this is the crappy day I got. I think it was the worst of all the days since they arrived at WRI.
    Here is the TAF at that time:

    KWRI 142158Z 05014G24KT 4SM BR OVC006 07/07 A2990 RMK AO2A PK WND 07028/15 TWR VIS 1

    Steve,
    Its seems like a lot of these fighter/tanker flights have hickups. Most of the ones I have gone out for the flight was delayed or cancelled.

    Senga

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    Senga, nice work even with the weather. You may never get another chance to see those so bad weather or not, it's worth the effort!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SengaB View Post
    Its seems like a lot of these fighter/tanker flights have hickups. Most of the ones I have gone out for the flight was delayed or cancelled.
    A hundred years ago...well, about 30 years ago...in the KC-135, we dragged some F-4s across the Atlantic. We flew from Grissom to Pease AFB in Portsmouth, NH. The plan was to depart Pease and meet up with a KC-10 and about 8 Phantoms out of Seymour-Johnson AFB, then fly with them across, fueling the Phantoms along the way. We went into RAF Mildenhall for a 3 week TDY, the Phantoms continued on to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, not sure where the -10 ended up. It took us nearly a week to get it done - the fighters needed adequate weather at several divert points along the way - Thule, Greenland, Reykjavik, Iceland, and probably a couple of other places - in case of a malfunction that prevented them from taking fuel. We would get up at 4am, check out of the motel, get a van to base, get our pre-flight briefings, even went out to the airplane a couple of times before scrubbing for the day due to weather, or a plane breaking. You need a bunch of stuff to all go right to pull of a fighter drag.

    By the way - we launched at about 285K pounds, (our max weight for EWO-purposes only was 302K pounds) and we used 10K+ feet of the 11K runway at Pease.




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    Thanks for sharing that story and cool pics with the Phantoms, Moose !! Great stuff

    BTW, heard the Turks finally departed WRI around 11AM this morning.

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    Nice shots John, 100 years! Wow! :)

    The F-4 has always been one of my favorite fighters.

    Chris,

    I noticed they landed at LPLA this evening as well (around 19Z-20Z). I must have been gone when they departed. Hopefully they will come back soon.

    Senga

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