Originally Posted by toolboxstickers
If the idea is simply to make sure the airliner doesn't get lost (overstressed crew, etc.) why not send a Citation or similar to keep an eye on it?
Because the f-18's are already a part of the emergency response system
Because there are F-18's and pilots already on alert and prepared to launch rapidly.
Because most Citations would bet left in the dust by most large jetliners.
Because F-18 pilots are trained and experienced in intercepting other aircraft.
Because F-18's are equipped with radar that enables intercepting other aircraft.
Because F-18 pilots are trained and experienced in flying formation.
Is that enough, or do you want me to continue?