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Message posted by Chenstrap (Member since 11/26/2022) on February 05, 2023 at 2:06:20 PST:

Whelp, Radio chatter from strike frequency. Ppl have likely heard but figured I would post here I think its safe to say they made an effort to make this whole thing public, considering it was in clear view of a public area. Clear comms, fighters showing up on ADSB, etc.

Some notes:
Eagle 1/2. F-15s out of Barnes. They played the role of observers.
Frank. Raptors out of Langley. There were 4 in total. When they RTBd they checked in as "Luke and T-Bolt" with tower. Ive seen some say a Luke callsign was used so mighta been 2 flights operating as a 4 ship (Frank Luke was a WW1 pilot who shot down 14 German balloons. Namesake of Luke AFB).
HUNTRESS: NORAD Eastern Air Defense Sector

Juicy tidbits from the video:
2:12 Visual
3:01 Eagle 1 reports good radar track, pod footage, and good Aim 9 seeker tone from 30NM!!!
13:08 Frank 1 engaged
13:55 Attack profile
15:06 Splash One

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