Unexpected Visitor: Alligator Attempts to Commandeer Air Force Tanker in Florida

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 24, 2024 06:30 AMNews
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Crocodile on green grass during daytime. Source: unsplash

In an unusual wildlife encounter, a large alligator made an unexpected visit to MacDill Air Force Base, situated just four miles from downtown Tampa, Florida. The alligator was discovered on Monday lounging under a KC-135 Stratotanker, sparking a humorous and tense standoff.

A Reptilian Challenge to Air Force Equipment

The intruding alligator, appearing to claim the aircraft as its own, was spotted beneath the KC-135 Stratotanker, tail number 38880, which serves the Hawaii Air National Guard. The presence of the reptile prompted an intervention by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), who faced a feisty resistance from the gator as it was being safely relocated.

FWC Steps In to Relocate the Unlikely Airman

Photos and videos shared by MacDill Air Force Base on social media captured the alligator's dramatic thrashing as FWC officers worked to secure the situation. The base humorously noted, "Our newest toothy Airman has been relocated to a more suitable environment off base," thanking the FWC for their assistance in managing the unexpected guest.

Crocodilians, Dinosaurs, and the Air Force

The incident also sparked a lighthearted discussion about crocodilians and their prehistoric connections, pointing out the irony of how modern aircraft are more commonly threatened by birds, which are scientifically considered living dinosaurs. This twist adds a prehistoric dimension to the challenges faced by airbases like MacDill, which is primarily known for hosting a variety of military aircraft and supporting operations for multiple military branches.

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