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Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

I live by the Potomac River just a mile from Washington, DC. During the last
several days(since the skies re-opened),
there have been a lot of low-level air
traffic from 1AM to 4AM... probably 2000 to 3000 feet high...

For example, last night I counted more than 24 planes flying overhead. Almost one every 5 to 10 minutes. They are
very noisy and appear to be commercial airliners.

Does anyone know what's going on?
It's driving my dogs(and neighbor's)
crazy at night...

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User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Wahhh, Wahhhh, WAAAAHH. Quit complaining about the noise. Its a beautiful sound, and a sound that should be welcomed. The more the better.

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Perhaps the weather conditions are such that taking off in that direction - right over your house - is what is happening.

Or, they are military jets on patrol, which we didn't have before 9/11. Those small fighters are quite loud for their size you know.

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

No, I don't mind the noise.... just curious
as to why the number of flights have
increased so dramatically...

I don't think they are military jet... too
big, judging from the lights...



User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Bruce, your correct, F16's are louder than any airliner, (Except the Concord which is as loud as 6 F16's together.)

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Well, you can tell they're not going to DCA. Also, no schedule airline flights in or out of IAD at those hours. Possibly charter going into IAD or BWI. Another possible reason are military jets (not the fighters) inbound or outbound of Andrews AFB.

The F16s here in DC patrol the skies 24 hours. I hear them every 10 minutes when I sleep.

Kevin/DCA


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6294 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (13 years 20 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

One mile from DC at 3000 to 4000 AGL are most certainly not civil aircraft. You are hearing and seeing the military patrols. Get used to it. They're most likely a permanent fixture.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineNikonF100 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 20 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

How do you hear them if you're asleep Kevin?

User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4116 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 19 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

My guess is aircraft that were stuck at DCA which need to be 'ferried' elsewhere.

Chris in NH


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