Most airfields were closed this early in the morning, but Atlantic City, New Jersey, was still usable as our divert field
until we flew out of range.
He referenced his low-level chart and then started a left-hand turn for the nearest emergency divert field
, which was 12 miles south.
Knowing that life is a bit unpredictable in Oklahoma, we planned on Offutt AFB in Nebraska as our divert field
My divert field
was VFR, so I cancelled IFR and tuned the CTAF.
Though CVW-5 fixed-wing squadrons will be based in Iwakuni, NAFA will remain a vital base for the U.S.-Japan alliance, and CVW-5 aircraft will occasionally use the installation as a divert field
, or for training, refueling or maintenance.
Four miles from the divert field
, he heard another loud bang and the windscreen became covered with oil.
The aircrew immediately pointed the crippled aircraft at the nearest emergency divert field
at Elmendorf AFB, which was 300 miles away.
He realized he could not reach the divert field
and prepared for ejection.
Deciding on a divert field
also could be as simple as asking ATC, "Where is the nearest ILS?"
The divert field
had a narrow runway (148 ft) and taxiways, so there was little room for error (the U-2S wingspan is 105 ft).
I decided to turn toward the southwest, away from Iran, while trying to remain close to the ship's position and the jets overhead, who were potentially going to be my only options for finding the ship or a divert field
given the poor weather if I couldn't reestablish radio contact.
Only then did Dash-3 realize that his fuel had dwindled below bingo state, and he asked the flight lead how far it was to the divert field
. The flight lead determined that the ship was now 35 miles closer than the divert field
and therefore was the better option.