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Rockford Scanner : Several Military Planes Visit The Rockford Airport Monday Morning…

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Several Military planes Visit The Rockford Airport


Rockford Airport Frequencies:
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  • Tower: 118.100
  • Approach/Departure East: 121.000
  • Approach/Departure West: 126.000
  • Ground: 121.900
  • Emergency: 121.500
  • Military Emergency: 243.0
  • Military Approach/Departure: 327.0
  • Cottonwood Airport UNICOM: 122.800
  • ATIS: 127.6
  • Unicom: 122.950

Current information that has been provided to us

Brief Synopsis on what may
have allegedly have happened…

Sources were reporting on Monday morning,

Several military F-22 Raptors fighter jets,
flew over the skies of Winnebago County.

Unconfirmed reports said the F-22’s may
have landed at the Rockford Airport.

The military uses the Rockford Airport often.

If they did land, it is unknown why.
A little birdie said there is an event
on Thursday here in town.

You may want to take a trip out to the Rockford Airport. 
See if the F-22’s are here on the ground. 
Don’t forget your cameras!!!

RS Source

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is an American single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather tactical stealth fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). As a product of the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program the aircraft was designed as an air superiority fighter, but also incorporates ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence capabilities. The prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, built most of the F-22’s airframe and weapons systems and conducted final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.

Plane Spotting At The Rockford Airport

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Disclaimer: PlaneSpot at your own risk!

Few rules to plane spotting!
#2 Have FUN
#3 Don’t forget your CAMERA
#4 Share your video/photos with us at

The Rockford Airport has one of the largest runways in the area.
Runway 7/25:  10,004 feet long and is 150 feet wide! 
Which means any type of aircraft is able to land at the Rockford Airport!
The Rockford Airport hosts all different types of customers:
Passenger, Cargo, Military, Federal, Medical, Flight Training, International, etc…
So you just never know what you might see, keep those cameras handy!


The best and safest place to view the airplanes at the Rockford Airport is along Runway 25.
That is on the East end of the airport along Falcon rd.
They have a parking area that is just North of the Rockford Airport tower.
From this location you are off the roadway and in a parking area.
And it has a good viewing of the airport and an excellent spot to
watch the planes take off and arrive on Runway 25.
This should be your spot to go to, if you go plane spotting. 

Runway 7

Runway 7 is the most popular arrival runway.  Many aircraft use runway 7.
This is located along the south west side of the airport.
There is only really one spot here that is safe to park at.
So be very careful if you spot from this location.
You can watch the planes come in on the ILS arrivals.
Once the planes go over your head, you quickly lose sight of them.
There is a large hill on the airport property which is a part of the runway.
Photography tip:
You will get an awesome view of them arriving, but you will not see them land.

Runway 1

This is another spot to view from. It is on the southside of the airport.
With the recent changes at the airport and expansions, the old spots to park, are now gone.
But there are a few spots to safely park at.
This is an excellent spot to watch the Runway 1 arrivals and takeoffs from.
It does have its limitations though.
You are able to see the AAR and Runway 1. Everything else you are not able to see.
We have been told the parking lot just South of the tower/maintenance
is a good spot to watch the arrivals and departures from for runway 1/19
Also to photograph the aircraft at the AAR.

Runway 19 

Runway 19 is the worst place to spot from.  It is on the north end of the airport.
They reconstructed the area and now there is a round-a-bout
where you used to be able to spot from.
I have noticed a few people parking in the business parking lots along Airport Drive.
If you happen to know of some places to spot from for runway 19, let us know!

International Terminal:  
The International terminal is located just West of the main terminal.
When you pull into the main parking lot, it is directly in front of you.
Whenever there are International flights,  they park here.
A lot of jumbo jets are parked on the ramp, as you come into the main parking lot.
Photography Tip: This is the best spot to get close up photos of the jumbo jets!

AAR: The aircraft maintenance building.
Besides the International terminal.
This is the second best place to get some amazing aircraft photos! 

I call this place, the “RRA” 
Real Rockford Airshow. 
Because the AAR has brought in some extremely rare aircraft at times.
And it truly is like an airshow all year round.  I don’t know how much I can say. 
But I can say this: You just never know what you might see…

UPS and  Amazon: Located on the far West of the airfield.
A lot of the large cargo aircraft are parked on their ramps.
Mostly Boeing 757’s, 767’s and Airbus 300’s and at times you can spot a Tri-jet…

Planespotting notes: Metro Security does patrol the property. And they will stop anyone to investigate them.
That is their job duty, patrolling the airport.  Every encounter I have had with them, has been positive.
They understand the community likes to watch airplanes land and takeoff. And they leave you be.


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