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Old 10th Jan 2017, 04:55   #9 (permalink)
A Squared
 
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Originally Posted by toolboxstickers View Post
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?
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