Military Aircraft in The Area

Credit: David Charles Lindberg

Credit: Dave Lindberg

The jet that was flying around the area earlier today is a MIG-21 that is based out at the Rockford Airport. It is privately owned. 

More about the MIG-21

Rockford Scanner fan Tommy Kronas: That is a MIG and it is a privately owed plane. It is a show plane and has dummy missiles. Seen that around locally a few years.

Credit: Dave Lindberg


Credit: Dave Lindberg

Several Rockford Scanner fans have said they heard a military jet in the Rockford area.  At the time of writing this, it is not known what type of jet is making the noise.

We can confirm there is a BlackHawk helicopter to the north, near the Beloit area, approx. 4000 feet.

But fans are saying this is a military jet, like a fighter plane. So it is not known if there are 2 different military aircraft in the area, or just the one.

If you have information or photos/video, please email us at

Update: The fans are certain it is a military jet fighter. One fan is reporting they saw 2 jets.

The FAA is also in town, they arrived just before noon. But their aircraft is a Bombardier Global 5000, not something that resembles a jet fighter.

It may be possible, there is a high profile person in town (Politician, celebrity, etc…)   that we do not yet know about that flew in.

If you have any information or photo/video, please contact us

National: Snake On An Airplane

A snake gave passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico quite the s-s-scare on Sunday.

Video captured by Indalecio Medina shows the serpent slithering from the ceiling near an overhead luggage compartment before partially dropping into the cabin of the Aeroméxico flight.

The scene garnered plenty of comparisons to the Hollywood thriller and action movie, “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Medina told ABC News today that he “controlled the snake with a blanket” before the plane landed in Mexico City and animal control personnel arrived.

Aeroméxico said in a statement that “due to the presence of the animal and following security protocols, the flight was given priority to land” at Mexico City International Airport. Once the plane landed, airport personnel “secured the reptile.”

“The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future,” Aeroméxico added. “For Aeroméxico, the security of its passengers and crew is of the highest priority and it always works to meet the highest quality standards.”

Source: ABC

Plane catches fire on O’Hare runway

UPDATE: American Airlines says seven passengers and one crew member suffered minor injuries after a plane caught fire at O’Hare; everyone was evacuated successfully

CHICAGO — An American Airlines plane suffered a mechanical issue, and then part of the plane caught fire on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport Friday afternoon, forcing the passengers and crew to evacuate by the emergency chutes.

American Airlines said the plane aborted takeoff due to an “engine-related mechanical issue,” and the 161 passengers and 9 crew deplaned on the runway. They have been transported back to the terminal in buses.

Bound for Miami, American Airlines flight 383 aborted takeoff around 2:35 PM, according to the FAA.

At least six ambulances were called to the scene, although it remains unclear if there were any injuries. The runway has been closed as the FAA investigates. Anyone flying through O’Hare should expect delays.

A spokesperson for American Airlines released a statement saying:

American Airlines flight 383, a 767 bound for Miami, aborted take off due to an engine-related mechanical issue. The 161 passengers and 9 crew deplaned on the runway and buses are enroute to pick up the passengers and bring them back to the terminal.

Commuters at O’Hare are posting photos and videos to social media of the scene.

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This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates.

Source: WGN

Vice President Nominee Plane Crashes In NY

Washington (CNN)

A plane carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday night during landing. There were no reported injuries.

Rescue crews were responding to the scene.
“We could feel the plane moving, and it was just not a natural landing that you experience,” CNN’s Elizabeth Landers, who was on the plane, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.”
Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s campaign, said the businessman called Pence shortly after the incident, adding that Trump “is very glad everyone onboard the plane is safe.”

Person Reporting Plane Just Above Their Rooftop, Wants To Report Pilot





Around 3:27 pm today someone in Boone County called the police to report a very low flying aircraft. They said the airplane was flying just above the roofs of their houses.  In the area of Rt 76 and Woodstock. They were not happy and said the pilot was flying very unsafe and wanted to report the pilot.




KC-135 At The Rockford Airport


Several Rockford Scanner fans have contacted us and said there is a large plane that is circling the area.

This is a KC-135.  They fly into the Rockford Airport (KRFD)  and practice doing touch and go’s on the Rockford Airport runways.

They do this a few times a week.  It is actually really neat to watch.

Many do not know, but the Rockford Airport hosts many types of aircraft. Both civilian and military.   They come in to refuel, practice touch and go’s, to be serviced, etc…      Rockford Airport has proven it can hold even the largest of the largest aircraft on its runways.

Runway 7/25 (East/West) is approx. 10,000 feet long!

Runway 1/19 (North/South) is approx. 8,200 feet long!

Rockford Airport is plane spotter friendly.  So be sure to go out there and watch the aircraft as they come in.

More information on plane spotting at the Rockford Airport ~

We want to thank all the fans for the heads up on the KC-135