Drilling holes in the sky


#1

Call sign VIKNG76. It sounds like military, but I wasn’t able to find any history on it. Any idea what dude was doing for a few hours? Instrument calibration? Pilot training?


#2

Did you pick up the ICAO code?


#3

I cut that part out of the screen shot to make it smaller. :blush: Any way to look back in Piaware or Virtual Radar to see a track from several hours ago?


#4

From my list of callsigns:

VIKING KC-135R 92nd Wing, Fairchild AFB, WA
VIKING F-18 VMFA(AW)-225 MCAS MIRAMAR
VIKING F/A-18F VFA-122 NAS Lemoore, CA
VIKING A-10 172ND FS MI ANG BATTLE CREEK MI
VIKING F-22 Langley AFB VA
VIKING C-130, 934th AW Minneapolis-St Paul MN
VIKING OPS 934th AW CP Minneapolis-St Paul MN


#5

The icon shows FL119 and apparently transmitting ADS-B, would that be military over the populated area? Might be high for aerial photography. DEA wouldn’t be advertizing their location in all likelihood. BTHOM.


#6

Another VIKNG displaying the same pattern. ICAO = AE272C. Nuclear monitoring, perhaps? Note nuclear power plant to the northeast.


#7

AE272C is a CN-235 based out of Pope AFB, 427th SOS.


#8

Interesting. By the way, can you point me to a web site where I can look up ICAO codes?


#9

http://www.airframes.org/ is the one PlanePlotter uses for lookups.


#10

If I track an aircraft that doesn’t exist in my database, I will google the phase, for example, “AE272C aircraft”. This normally give various sites that have reference to the hexcode that I am looking for.

Marty


#11

Good information. Thanks!


#12

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#13

AE272C was circling above KRNT today. Later landed at KBFI.