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Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:01 am

At the Penn State University game on Saturday, the PA ANG did a flyby with one of its old-engined KC-135s. It was supposed to be timed with the national anthem's ending, but apparently, either the band was quick, or the plane was late. Nevertheless, the marching band immediately went into its next song after the plane refused to show up. Now, I have seen many stadium fly-overs, and most of them are flown at about 1,000 above the stadium and at a slower speed, somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 kts. Well this crew had different plans. As the "Blue-Band" went into the first verse of Penn State's "Alma-Matter" the aforementioned aircraft roared above the stadium, surprising the living sh*t out of everyone. I guesstimated that he was about 500' above the top of the stadium and at between 300-350 kts, if not faster. HE WAS MOVING! After clearing the stadium, he goosed the throttles, belching out a nice dark cloud of burnt JP-8 and pulled skyward.

I have never seen a flyover like this before, but was surely excited by it. That was extremely impressive to see, hear, and feel. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me at the game (although beforehand I considered it: DAMN!) but the image will stick in my mind for a long-while. I encourage you to share your favorite flyby story too!

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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:06 am

Maybe they were Youngstown St fans?

Again if you are on the ground and look up its tough to tell fly over speed.
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting CRGsFuture (Reply 1):
Again if you are on the ground and look up its tough to tell fly over speed.

You're absolutely right, but it was quite obvious that the aircraft was moving quicker than a normal flyover. Not to mention that he had a very aggressive pullout, indicating that he was carrying a lot of momentum.
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:06 pm

Once last winter I was on the ramp working at CVG and ARFF scrambled to 18L. Excited to see what was going on I kept an eye out. Pretty soon a DL 732 did a fly-by maybe 500 feet off the ground. Everything looked normal but as it cleared the end of the runway it throttled up and went around. Later when I got home I went on liveatc.net and found it through the archives. The nose gear light wasn't lit. ARFF I guess, maybe the tower or both confirmed it was down. Pretty awesome sight.
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:12 pm

Rumoured to be letters to an Arizona paper:

Jun. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show?

Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!

Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns' early-bird special?

Any response would be appreciated. - Tom MacRae, Peoria

Jun. 28, 2005 12:00 AM
Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday):

On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt Jeremy Fresques.

Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.

Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the president of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?"

The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base

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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:16 pm

Quoting Skookum (Reply 4):
Rumoured to be letters to an Arizona paper:

The romors are true. I got this in my inbox shortly after the letters were written.
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:04 pm

I read in some airline magazine of an AA pilot dropping to quite a low level as he passed over some small town in Texas on the delivery flight of a 777...
Apparently it wasnt planned and it scared the living sh*t out of those below it...
I believe the pilot was given a leave of absence and he was reprimanded ..
I know the details sounded quite sketchy and the only info to how low he was was the article saying it whipped up a great deal of dust...so.. pretty low Id imagine.
The article finished by qustioning wether the pilot in question slid the window open , leant out and shouted YEEEE-HAAWWW... as he flew by...haha  Wink

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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:44 am

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 6):
I read in some airline magazine of an AA pilot dropping to quite a low level as he passed over some small town in Texas on the delivery flight of a 777...

Now that would be a sight to see! I remember seeing a video posted here some time ago of a New Zeland AF 757 making an amazing flyby. I couldn't imagine what a 777 would look like! Love the stories people. Keep 'em coming!
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:57 am

My favorite flyby was a B-2 (!!!) over Camp Randall in 2003 as the Badgers played the Illini. No need to say that I didn't really care about the game too much after that. Big grin
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:02 am

A number of them spanning more than fifty years occur to me in no particular order.

• About 1948/49 a Flying wing. Either a YB-35 or YB-49, my memory is not that good. A few hundred miles from Muroc, so evidently on a cross-country.

• About 1952/53 a huge formation of B-36s. Vees of three, cells of six, a total, to the best of our recollection of thirty six of them at about a thousand feet, southbound down the northern California coast. Awesome! The original aluminum overcast.

• About 1953, and again in about 1959, US Navy Blimps, southbound along the northern California coast at low level.

• 1965 over Fort Ord California - an XB-70 in a big turn back toward EDW. My whole basic training platoon saw it and I'm sure glad we had just been given the "rest" command because we all would have stared at it no matter what.

• Yesterday - John Travolta's B-707 over the Reno Air Races. Notable only because they only made one pass and it appeared to be more than a thousand feet up. Not up to Reno standards!

• About 1963, a flyUNDER. I was on top a seastack off northern California and a Navy P-2V Neptune went by about a hundred feet below us.

• 1966 standing atop Halfdome in Yosemite and a flight of Navy F-8 Crusaders went by a thousand feet below us, over Mirror Lake.

• About 1961, NorCal again, a pair of AD, Skyraiders were coasting in and just as they approached the top of the first ridge of the coast range, an A-4 Skyhawk overtook them from behind and buzzed them upside-down. Kind of busted up their formation for a moment.

• 1957, Tonopah Nevada: Sputnik I. It was the only thing in orbit, it had to be Sputnik. We saw it just after sunset, a bright spot of reflected sunlight. Satellites look about the same today.

• 1965, Fort Rucker Alabama: A Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, as a friend used to say "between the tarpaper and the roof." It was an overcast day and he was scud-running; headed for Cairns AAF "special VFR" instead of popping up IFR and doing an approach. The whole event took less than a second.

• A few years ago, also at the Reno Air Races: The B-2 bomber. I've never seen the jaded Reno crowd so affected by a flyby. They fell absolutely silent. Most forgot to take video.

• Any graduation day at Fort Rucker back in the 60s. Formations of as many as a hundred Hueys over the main post, the golf course and headquarters.

• About 1954 or so, a small USAF radar base: A flyby of two (presumably CA ANG) F-51s. These were not the last Mustangs I ever saw that were military, that honor goes to a Cavalier Mustang used by the US Army as a chase plane in the late 1960s, but these were the last that had never been anything but Air Force fighters. I've probably had twenty P-51s perform a hundred flyover at my house in the past week but this is still memorable.

• About 1987, Beale AFB: An SR-71 did a supersonic pass at 15000' but we still got a pretty good sonic boom.

These are the really memorable ones out of a lifetime of watching airplanes. My first military airshow was Hamilton AFB in about 1958, and hundreds since Having attended the Reno Air Races, not just the scheduled events but the whole week including arrival and departure days almost every single year since 1970 I've seen literally thousands of fly-bys that would be memorable by themselves but there are just so many...

Spitfire, Sea Fury, Me-109, Mig 15.17/21
P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-63,
A-1E, A-4, A-6, A-7, AV-8, A-10
F-84, F-86, F-89, F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105, F-111, F-117, F-22
F-4F, F-6F, F-7F, F-8F, Corsair, FJ-4 Fury, F-8 Crusader,
PT-22, BT-13, AT-6, AT-ll, T-28, T-33, T-38, T-41, T-42
OH-6, OH-13, OH-23, OH-58, UH-1, UH-19, CH-21, CH-34, CH-47, CH-54
B-17, B-23, B-24, B-25, B-26, B-29, B-36, B-47, B-50, B-52, B-1, B-2
C-5A, C-17, C-47, C-119, C-121, C-123, C-124, C-130, C-131, C-133, C-141, CV-2
Grumman Duck, Widgeon, Mallard, Albatros
DC-8, DC-9, B-727, B-737, B-707, B-247
Curtiss pusher, Benson gyrocopter, GeeBee replica, Stearman, N3N, Staggerwing Beech, Spartan Executive, Lockheed 10, Various "Japanese" fighters made from T-6 and others, BD-5, Temco SuperPinto, PBY "Calypso II" flown by Philippe Cousteau, Spirit of St. Louis replica flown by Paul Poberezny, hand-built racing planes like The Pond Racer and Tsunami, too many to remember them all.

edit: Add this, as I clicked to post this, a pair of F-4 Phantoms flew by outside my window on way to their farewell pass at the Races.

[Edited 2006-09-18 19:04:39]
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:09 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 9):

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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:20 am

You guys have never seen a flyover until you've been to an Air Force home game. That was pretty intense.
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RE: Favorite Fly-by Stories

Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:40 am

In the UK we call it a fly-past which sometimes happens when an aircraft needs ATC to visually check undercarriage etc.

In the 70's a certain large charter company flying 737's from LTN, had a pilot who'd always wanted to do a fly past but had never had a good reason. However one morning he took off and had a suspect gear warning. "Great" he thought, "here's my chance". So a brief conversation with ATC and they agreed he could do his fly-past to check the gear.

Soon this 737 is seen approaching, goes past the tower and straight down the middle of the apron, at a great rate of knots.....

The next call from ATC: "XX123 could you do that again so we can see the underneath of the aircraft?"

Unfortunately, the head office of the airline was next to the tower, and the Ops Director had seen this flypast....... Guess who was waiting on the stand when the aircraft finally landed???

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