bobcat
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Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 5:23 am

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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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 5:29 am

Wahhh, Wahhhh, WAAAAHH. Quit complaining about the noise. Its a beautiful sound, and a sound that should be welcomed. The more the better.
 
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Bruce
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 5:30 am

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.

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bobcat
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 5:35 am

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...

 
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 5:35 am

Bruce, your correct, F16's are louder than any airliner, (Except the Concord which is as loud as 6 F16's together.)
 
gocaps16
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 9:35 am

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
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 12:38 pm

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.
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nikonF100
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 1:00 pm

How do you hear them if you're asleep Kevin?
 
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chrisnh
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RE: Wash. DC: Why Sudden Increase In Flights 1AM-4AM?

Sun Sep 23, 2001 1:46 pm

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

Chris in NH

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