Military formation?

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.

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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?

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

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.

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

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Or they just all don’t show up🤷‍♂️

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

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.

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

*F/A-18s

Get it right boi.

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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

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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!

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

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Don’t worry. I was being sarcastic.

Facepalm I am truly an idiot.

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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.

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 :(

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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

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

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