Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5513 times:
Today, Air Force One flew into AUS as President Bush prepared to tour the damage done by Rita. I was in my garage with my dad, who was helping me construct a house for my beagle. The saw was going, but I still was able to hear some very loud jet engines. I ran outside, and looked south toward the direction of the noise. I looked just in time to see three flares. I yelled for my dad to have a look. He came out, and we watched the F-16 pulling some very sharp turns, with afterburners. Then, he launched two more flares. After that, he circled a few more times, then left. I could hear another one to the north, but never saw it. I later learned that Air Force One had come to AUS, and there was a civilian craft in the way. It was the first time I had seen a military craft use their flares.....it was kind of eerie not knowing what was the issue...until later. I could not find a local news article on it tomight, but a friend of mine also saw a report about it on the local news. Any additional info would be appreciated!
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5139 times:
"A fighter jet seen streaking over south-central Austin Saturday afternoon was chasing away a small, private plane that wandered into the no-fly zone established for President Bush’s visit, an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokeswoman said.
Airport officials could not say if the small, Cessna-type aircraft was forced down or if the pilot would be questioned.
Several Austinites saw the incident when a fighter jet flew circles and popped flares around the plane."
Thanks for the article! I was too far away to see that "small, Cessna-type aircraft," but I was close enough to see the flares, and the F-16...And I was definitely close enough to hear that thing! That has to be one of the best sounds in the world!
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5041 times:
Back way before my military service ever came into play, the Guard unit that I joined flew F-106's and then F-16's. I can't recall exactly if it was a 106 or an F-16, but as one was doing some maneuver's over a populated area, 3 live flares were ejected from the aircraft. One landed on a McDonald's rooftop and burned through the roof and into the kitchen. The other two landed in the parking lot. Needless to say, the Air Force ended up paying for that roof to be patched up.