Tom turner and Art Brett opted to go to JFK
this morning against my urging (I'm exagerrating a little). Either way, I don't know what they saw there, but they might regret missing this.
I was at Planeview Park next to the College Of Aeronatics, right by the beginning of Runway 4, which is what they were using for both landings and departures.
At one point, I saw the taxiway was packed with no planes turning onto the runway, but none landing either. I counted 11 planes waiting, not moving for some reason, as seen here:
(all pics shown here were taken by me today, and are frames from video, and were further compressed for quicker loading, so please excuse the quality)
Then in the distance, going north, I saw fighters flying in diamond formation to the north over the Bronx:
A few minutes went by, and still no movement at the airport. I thought that it was shut down for the flyover and that things would turn on once they left. I thought they were continuing to land when I saw a few dots in the distance, but no no, they are the 4 F-14s coming in to land.
They came in close to each other, some hitting the deck VERY hard, and I'm shocked that there weren't engine strikes, as the video shows how close it was (sudden last second DROPS to the ground were great to see). They were landing before their shipmates cleared the runway, three of them on runway 4 at once. They then taxied over to the parking area near the Marine Air Terminal.
Here are frames of the landings. They are scrambled as to which of the four planes they were, but still in a landing sequence:
This was EXTREMELY exciting for me to not only witness up close, but also to get on video. I kept missing it when it would happen every few months, but the conditions were perfect today.
The sound on the video is INCREDIBLE. Even going fairly slow, they still shreik on in.
I understnad they were in town for an airshow. Why the stopped at LGA
, though, I don't know.
Phil Derner Jr.