by Orville and Wilbur
What was all that noise last Friday nite (27JUL2012) about 5PM?
It was F-18 Jet Noise – the “sound of freedom”’ as everyone who has ever worked at NAS Patuxent River knows.
Two passes were made over Eagle County, Colorado last night with the second pass so low across the Valley floor in Avon – it set off car alarms in parking lots. ECT folks have never seen a Jet fly over that low in Eagle County. CLICK ON the photo below to enlarge it.
If you look closely you can see the two F-18’s are flying West to East toward Avon…and the big Water Tank (south-east corner of the Homestead neighborhood in Edwards) can be seen here in the lower left of the ECT’s photo.
As you would expect the ECT folks correctly ID’d the aircraft (F-18) traditionally flown by the Navy and Marines (not the Air Force folks).
These F-18 pilots where not waiting around for folks to take photos – they were extremely fast and hard to photograph. The ECT’s second photo clearly shows the unmistakable silhouette of the two F-18 Strike Fighters. Apparently, the pilots were more interested in the West to East low altitude Flight Path over Avon than they were with the Eagle County Rodeo held down valley at the same time. Curious 5PM timing.
Eagle County is no stranger to F-18 Aircraft as can see seen below. This photo is from a few years ago with the young man (who never had any trouble getting elected Eagle County, Commissioner) standing in front of this Marine F-18 parked at the County’s “Jet Center”. VMFA-112 is a reserve Marine F-18 Fighter Attack Squadron based in Ft. Worth, Texas and stopped into Paul Gordon’s Jet Center for a quick visit and a splash of JP-8.
If ECT readers have more information on last nights unusual Fly By please contact the ECT. Semper Fi.