While driving about 3 miles east of O’Hare today we noticed two small planes flying very close together on approach to R28; we pulled over, whipped out our binocs and saw that they were T-38’s or maybe two-seat F-5’s. Sadly, we did not have our camera with us, but I can tell you that they were painted in a sort of desert camo.
After coming home we looked for them on the arrivals but found nothing. We are at a loss as to why this planes would fly to O’Hare (although we were thrilled to see the approach) and why they would land so close together (to use only one slot maybe?)
Since they are desert camo painted more than likely they were F-5C ,the military uses them as adversary aircraft for A/A combat training,they may also be in from another country there is some training out west at Nellis this week or may have just been stopping to avoid weather at their destinatio,or even just a quick fuel stop"GAS N GO",as for T-38s,could be T-38A or T/AT-38C.
the navy has aggressor squadron at fallon nevada. they are f-5’s. they sometime go tdy to east coast. where they refuel obviously depends on route. the air force trainers are t38’s and it is possible that they could have been from mississippi, or whicita falls texas, or other training bases. if any one can get the two letter tailcode of of the tail, you can indentify which base it came from.
The Navy also has a squadron of F-5s at NAS Key West. In addition, the Marines have a squadron of F-5s at MCAS Yuma. Both squadrons aircraft are painted in a desert brown paint scheme, with perhaps a couple in a blue Russian type of aggressor scheme.
I’m at KFSM and we see T-38s everyday becasue we sit between Colombus AFB, Vance AFB, and Randolph AFB and probably back in 2006/07 Colombus operated brown and tan T-38’s but re-painted them in the new scheme. Also, several other bases operate T-38s such as Whiteman with their all grey, Beale with their black and red, Holloman with their black and white, also black and tan T-38’s. T-38’s get re-painted all the time so you never know…