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    Default military op's west side kinik arm at about 500 ft.

    Launched out of PABV at about 2:30 PM today in my big engine earily C-180, I was on a strong climb out to the NE at about 3,000 ft at the west shoreline of Kinik arm and somthing dark and fast caught my eye from the passenger side (from the NE) and below. I picked up the "target" after he passed underneath me heading mostly south .... F-22 raptor all by himself ... my guess would have been 500 ft agl and at least 200 kts. I thought about a quick wing over and a dive to get on his six for a clean missle shot but I would have probabily pulled my wings off after I passed 200 mph. If I had the right airplane I would have had him ....

    I have almost been run over by an ANG C-130 out around Susitna .... long time ago, still recall the wake turbulence ....

    Keep an eye out out there the spring bird migration is about a month away and we live in very active airspace even where we think we are in "our airspace" ....

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    I was flying east back to PAAQ from the south Hollywood strip yesterday in a 172, and had to deviate my heading to keep out of the wake of a C130. They are always out there, as well as C17s doing airborne operations. It definitely pays to keep your eyes open, and your ears on the Wasilla CTAF. Most of the airforce pilots will announce their location and intentions periodically.

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    They also have TCAS on at all times, so squaking helps a lot.
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    I remember a time when I was practicing STOL landings in my cub at Goose Bay. I had about 150 hours at the time and really was feeling good and thinking I was pretty cool. I was flying back to Birchwood and had a couple jets pass me at a speed somewhat greater than my 90mph. My head shrunk three sizes when I realized I wasn't the baddest thing in the sky.

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    One of the joys of flying out of Lake Hood is being adjacent to heavy international cargo traffic while flying under crossing military traffic just a few hundred feet above us.

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