Originally posted by theEtruscan:
Two FBI agents also planned to go to the crash site, said agent Bob Burnham. "It's a combat aircraft and we have some questions about that," he said.
Curiouser and curioser.
It wasn't really a combat aircraft, it was a jet trainer. Admittedly they were only ever bought by Air Forces but it was hardly a combat plane.
These are quite common now, I have a number of friends (mostly in CA) who own ex military aircraft and fly them on regular occasions (they call them 'warbirds'). Most of them fly propeller engined warbirds, ranging from Cesna 02s to seriously overengined Sea Furies but I do know 2 of them with jets, one of them an Albatross similar to the downed Alaska plane and one Alpha Jet, which really IS a combat plane.
If you are in SoCal and even vaguely interested, go to Chino airport where most of my friends keep their planes & where they fly them most weekends.
As it was a 2 seater and on its way to Las Vegas it was most likely on its way to a combat
simulation business. There are now a number of these where you and a friend go up in 2 seat planes & whilst the pilot remains in ultimate control, the 2 of you 'dogfight' until you run out of ammo or are shot down.
If you click on the link, you will notice the it says about the Albatross "This adventure is currently unavailable"