From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul> Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 07:36:33 -0400 Archived: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 08:23:24 -0400 Subject: Re: Hudson Valley UFOs >From: Bruce Hutchinson <bhutch.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:19:40 -0400 >Subject: Re: Hudson Valley UFOs <snip> >All this fuss about low flying miltary planes... >We have a Air National Guard base about 50 miles to the south, >and I work just north of the major commercial airport in our >region, right under the flight path of the main North-South >runway. Also, I work with a retired Air Force LtCol who flew >tankers for 20 years. >Two or three times a year, planes from the ANG base - mostly >tankers, and occasionally a cargo plane - come up to our airport >to practise landings and take-offs. According to the LtCol, this >is routine at all ANG bases as the pilots need to get experience >at all sorts of different runways. >One chacteristic of all these excercises is that the planes >after a take-off will keep a very low altitude (but certainly >higher than Eleanor's "100ft"!) and a very slow speed as they >circle around for another practice run. They are low enough to >read the tail numbers- perhaps 300-600ft. >All this makes for an unusual observation to one used to a >commerical jet rapidly moving out. But there is certainly >nothing sinister about this. >Bruce Hutchinson I have to concur. While living in Martinsburg, WV, we were under a training route along the Shenandoah Valley where trainers were flown out of PA. These weren't low flying, per se, but certainly visible from the ground as small fighter jets. Martinsburg Airport is not a commercial airport, but houses a National Guard Transport Unit (and formerly one of the Air Force One aircraft) and weekend training in the big C-130s was normal activity. This included air drops and a lot of flying around the Panhandle at very low altitude, and when they weren't flying they were often warming up the C-130 engines on the tarmac to keep them exercised and operational. As a side note, I have ridden in a couple of them at low altitude to view parts of the area (I used to work in the media), and what was amazing was the destruction of land that you couldn't see from the roadways you drove on. It may be something that is more common in West Virginia (where zoning is a myth), but I suspect there's a lot of real damage to our land that most people aren't really aware of. Of course, I shouldn't be surprised I guess. Steve Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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