Both of them are cruising around NYC and surrounding areas. Mentioned looking down over Newark and Jersey City. Heard them going by the Hamptons(over Long Island), joking about the size of the mansions. Every 25-30 minutes or so, they must be very close, comms are very loud, strong here in Brick, NJ. Mentioned picking up more fuel again. HUNTRESS still working both on 260.900. Hearing all on Pro-97 with Maldol AL-500H antenna.
1530 LOCAL> 143.800 / PITMAN 51 declaring an EMERGENCY. They got him direct to McGuire AFB 40 miles out. HUNTRESS also on 260.900. Something about a "light on and the plane is not responding". They've got emergency personnel standing by now as I'm typing this. Was able to monitor spme more of this while I was enroute to work. The aircraft was descending to 6000 from 8000. HUNTRESS advised McGuire that he has a "hot Gun and 2 air-to-air missles on board". I was able to listen any more. Hope he landed okay.
Lots of activity last night and today as well.
NAVY TIGER 02 calling McGuire Metro on 239.800. Self ID'd as a "Papa 3 Charlie" aircraft(P3-C) requesting weather report for Brunswick.
TIGER 02 calling Boston Center on 124.525 > direct Brunswick
Other callsigns / frequencies:
GOLD 91 > 128.300 calling NY Center
OPEC 28 > 128.300 calling NY Center
ROMAN 81 > 238.100 calling GIANTKILLER
GIANTKILLER > 294.800 calling CHALICE (AWACS)
PITTMAN 53 > 327.900 A-R boom frequency
PITBULL > 292.300 tracking a/c "bullseye"
Several REACH A/C > 128.300
Other Frequencies active:
140.375 air-to-air(CAP over NYC, c/s PITTMAN)
307.800 NY ARTCC DIXIE
364.800 AICC PRIMARY
260.900 HUNTRESS CONTROL
228.000 AR-777 Primary
319.400 McGuire C/P
139.875 McGuire KC-10's Interplane
PITMAN 51 landed OK, had "flight control" problems. Had hot gun & 4 air to air missles.
This was a F-16 (flight of 2). Curious as to why he went to McGuire instead of Atlantic City which is a F-16 base. MAFB maintenance crews were asking if anyone had F-16 experience.