Military formation?


#1

Hey guys. This morning I was gone from school, as I was getting my teeth worked on. I noticed multiple aircraft flying overhead in close formation, and they appeared to be fighter jets. Judging by the contrail thickness they appeared to be F-18s, but I wanted to double check here. They didnt show up on FR24.


#2

Flight radar does not track military flights as it is illegal and can be considered spying. I also wonder if it is my good friend James. Where were you when they came by?


#3

I’ve seen a Swedish Military plane on Flight Radar 24🤷‍♂️


#4

I don’t know. I definitely know that it does not pick up US Military Planes. It is all up to the Country’s military if they want their flights on FR24.


#5

I was in northeastern Colorado, near the front range. They were flying west around FL250-300


#6

Or they just all don’t show up🤷‍♂️


#7

They were hauling, no afterburners though. Judging by their altitude around 300-450 knots


#8

I don’t know of any NAS locations in Colorado. They could be F-16s, F-15s, even A-10s. Also, its F/A-18s.


#9

I’ve seen a lot of F-18’s here, so I’m guessing that.


#10

*F/A-18s

Get it right boi.


#11

Don’t try to correct people when you don’t use the correct names yourself.

As far as I’m aware F18 and FA18 are both corrects since F means Fighter


#12

DoD typically doesn’t allow their aircraft be tracked on flight radar, they have a different tracking program unlike civilians. Though sometimes you can see them on there!


#13

You need to get it right first, A10s are damn slow and rarely go above FL200!


#14

Don’t worry. I was being sarcastic.


#15

Facepalm I am truly an idiot.


#17

Just saying, the reason for Military Aircraft not showing up on flight trackers (generally, not all the time) is because they have a different type of transponder code that can’t be tracked. (Not completely sure, but I’m pretty sure I read this somewhere on FR24 in the FAQ section.) Anyway, those are some pretty good shots. From what it looks like, I think they were maybe doing a training mission. Can’t be completely sure though.


#18

All that I know is that they came from Colorado Springs AFB. They were at the right altitude, and when I saw them in the distance about 7 minutes earlier they were headed directly away from it.

Today (because of the weather) the contrails were beautiful, they didn’t disperse like they normally do. 2 hours afterwards the contrails from the flight were still there (they made a left hand turn to the south), so all traffic from Denver made these beautiful patterns. It’s cloudy now, so I can’t get pics :(


#19

Just so I know i havent short changed anyone, here is a fresh link that should take you straight to the tracker:

https://global.adsbexchange.com/VirtualRadar/mobile.html


#20

ADSB Exchange is better than FR24 for military aircraft. 360radar is apparently even better, but it requires payment.


#21

I think they just block the location as the military doesn’t want to be tracked. They use mode 3/A on transponders usually though