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Posted: 10/1/2004 7:58:09 PM EDT

Sorry no pics...

I live near the VT ANG base and
I have been seeing a wierd aircraft
lately. It looks like a E-6, but it
has an obvious tail structure that
looks like the MAD on a P-3. It is
definitely not a turbo prop (so it
is not a P-3).

Any ideas? Is there some E-6
variant that has some kind of
extended tail boom?

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:01:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2004 8:03:59 PM EDT by gaspain]
cound be the new 737 replacement for the P-3

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:01:27 PM EDT
Was it an EA-6B?
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:02:44 PM EDT
Was it round and had little lights and green men came out?
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:05:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 2A373:
Was it an EA-6B?

Nope. Like this, but with a tail boom.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:07:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:
cound be the new 737 replacement for the P-3

I was going to say yes, but then I
noticed that the illistration only
shows two engines. This was definitely
a four engined aircraft.

Crap - I'm going to be searching for
this forever...
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:11:53 PM EDT
was it a KC-135? did the boom have wings?
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:11:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:17:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2004 8:18:24 PM EDT by 2A373]

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:19:55 PM EDT
Is that RC-135U similar to the Rivet Joint?
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:29:04 PM EDT
Similar in that it's a C-135 variant.

The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

The RC-135U Combat Sent provides strategic electronic reconnaissance information to the president, secretary of defense , Department of Defense leaders, and theater commanders. Locating and identifying foreign military land, naval and airborne radar signals, the Combat Sent collects and minutely examines each system, providing strategic analysis for warfighters. Collected data is also stored for further analysis by the joint warfighting and intelligence communities. The Combat Sent deploys worldwide and is employed in peacetime and contingency operations.

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:
Is that RC-135U similar to the Rivet Joint?

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:33:11 PM EDT

Thanks for the help, guys. Here is my
rough photoshop job of what I have been

Now image this thing in the standard
Air Force gray color scheme.

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 8:39:42 PM EDT
Probably an ECM warfare version of the Dash 80, like a rivet joint. What a great aircraft....
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 12:39:53 AM EDT
Ask the Air Force officials.
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 12:48:01 AM EDT
I can't think of anything with a tail boom that sticks out that far aft.

I was thinking it might be a KC-135 that has been modified for water spray icing testing.
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 12:49:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2004 12:57:11 AM EDT by vito113]
Maybe it's the new Boeing Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft to replace the P-3 Orion?



Link Posted: 10/2/2004 12:52:07 AM EDT
He said it looks like an E-6B.
4 engines....
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 12:58:30 AM EDT
... You sure it wasn't a J-STARS?

Link Posted: 10/2/2004 1:18:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2004 1:19:49 AM EDT by vito113]

E-6B Mercury? It has an extention on the tail for the wire aeriel
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 4:26:56 AM EDT

Next time I see this thing, I'm getting
a picture. It comes in low over Williston
on approach to BTV at least once a

Thanks for the info, guys. I'll update
when I get some more details.
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 4:40:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 5:30:35 AM EDT
No it doesn't.

Originally Posted By vito113:

E-6B Mercury? It has an extention on the tail for the wire aeriel

Link Posted: 10/2/2004 6:03:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Clay-More:

Small world! I married a girl from Swanton and get up there several times a year. My bro' in-law lives in Williston, right across the street from the driving range. He's an aviation buff so I'll ask him if he's seen the aircraft too! Will advise.

That is a good location for an
aviation buff to live. Final approach
to BTV is right over the driving
range. They come in so low that
you'd think you could hit them
with a pitching wedge.

Thanks again!
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 7:47:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 7:50:43 AM EDT
Whatever it was, it's on OUR SIDE
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