Baynews9 is holding with their statement from MacDill that it was a Navy E8 but I suppose that you can tell that media outlet anything. I have some almost comical email from the BN9 contact about the event.
There was also a Chinook arrival in the middle of the E3 event.
Anyone with eyes to see and a camera to record knows what went on. Do you get KPIE tower chatter by scanner or another source?
I work at home and I follow most of the air traffic by ear. I refer to the PIE (www4.passur.com/pie.html) and FlightAware for anomalies. I am on the long N/S final in Safety Harbor. I am able to observe approaches from 2K to 2.5K altitude on a ground track that passes over the intersection of Enterprise and Mc/Booth.
At the moment the cloud deck is at about 500 feet so all arrivals are IFR.
Thanks for your response.