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What large black jet was flying over Wilmington on March 2-3, 2013?

Ken Little

Q. What large black jet has been flying over Wilmington on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, at approximately 11:08 a.m. and again at 12:04 p.m. in the area south of the airport. If it’s not the normal touch and gos, then who is training and going so low?

A.  “We have no knowledge of a ‘large black jet’ flying this past weekend,” said Gary Broughton, director of operations at Wilmington International Airport.

“I checked with the FAA Control Tower and they likewise had no knowledge of this aircraft,” he said.

There is a large, black World War II-era A-26 twin engine propeller aircraft based at the airport, but Broughton had no immediate information about it flying on March 2 or 3.

“If there is a concern that an aircraft is flying too low, I would refer them to the FAA website at www.FAA.gov where complaints can be filed,” Broughton said.


Does the Jetport have to let Ospreys do training exercises near Oak Island?

Why is there a blue and white government plane flying around Wilmington Airport (ILM)?


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4 Responses to “ What large black jet was flying over Wilmington on March 2-3, 2013?”

  1. On March 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm Darrell Parks wrote:

    Chasing little black helicopters? LOL

  2. On March 13, 2013 at 9:58 am Richard wrote:

    Well, I think we can eliminate the SR-71.

  3. On March 17, 2013 at 8:20 am Jeff wrote:

    Assuming the plane landed at Wilmington, there are sites that allow you to get the flight history for the airport. The price is a little steep though.


  4. On March 19, 2013 at 5:59 am Jamie wrote:

    The large, black military jet flying south of the airport on Saturday was a KC-135 mid-air refueling tanker stationed out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC. A KC-135 is quickly identified by the large nozzle -called the refueling boom- hanging from the rear of the aircraft.

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