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#1 Apr 27 2012 at 8:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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As I'm walking towards our office in NYC, looking down 22nd street, I catch the tiniest glimpse of a really low-flying plane buzz past the city ahead of me.

First thought: Terrorists??

Second thought (.0042 seconds later): Wait....Space Shuttle?!

Third thought (1 second later): WTF???

Fourth thought (5 seconds later): Nobody on the street even reacted at all. Everything they say about this city is completely true. Smiley: rolleyes


So yeah, apparently it was doing a flyover in the city today. Would have loved to catch a pic of it, but I only saw it for the half a second it appeared between buildings down the street. Still pretty cool. Not to the bums on 22nd street, though, I guess. But I suppose it's hard to get excited about the Space Shuttle when you're already having a conversation with Hitler and an alien at the same time.

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#2 Apr 27 2012 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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What does New Jersey have to do with this? Smiley: dubious
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An office member in the field got a couple photos:

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When I was a kid, I visited Cape Canaveral during the infancy of the shuttle program and got a kickass die-cast 747 with detachable shuttle toy. The plane was about eight inches long which, to an eight year old, was about thirty feet.

These days, of course, your average eight year old would need more electronics and self-propulsion and the ability to play MW3 on it to be interested.

Anyway, those photos made me feel eight years old again for a few brief moments.
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When I was a kid, I visited Cape Canaveral during the infancy of the shuttle program and got a kickass die-cast 747 with detachable shuttle toy. The plane was about eight inches long which, to an eight year old, was about thirty feet.

These days, of course, your average eight year old would need more electronics and self-propulsion and the ability to play MW3 on it to be interested.

Anyway, those photos made me feel eight years old again for a few brief moments.


One of my favorite Christmas presents was a Lego Space Shuttle. I had a stomach virus that Christmas, and spent a large portion of the day throwing up. I was pretty laid out. But I wanted to put the shuttle together so bad that I lay over the side of my bed, and put the whole thing together with one hand in between retching fits.

Had trouble tracking down a photo of it, as I gather that they've put out subsequent iterations have gotten much more detailed.

This was the one, IIRC. I remember thinking that the fact that the back opened up to let you unfold the internal crane arm was the coolest thing ever.

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I had some space shuttle trading cards.
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I never used Legos to build what was supposed to be built. I always ended up building tactical jet packs and cars/trucks with lasers and rocket launchers and stuff.
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I thought that was what you were supposed to build.
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#11 Apr 27 2012 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
Back in the early nineties I was riding along with a friend somewhere and I just happened to look up and see a B-2 bomber flying overhead at a very low altitude. It was a little shocking to see that when you're not expecting it. It was on a Fourth of July and was probably doing a flyover of the Angel Stadium or something. It was pretty sweet.
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Back in the early nineties I was riding along with a friend somewhere and I just happened to look up and see a B-2 bomber flying overhead at a very low altitude. It was a little shocking to see that when you're not expecting it. It was on a Fourth of July and was probably doing a flyover of the Angel Stadium or something. It was pretty sweet.


I love Coronado Beach in San Diego for that same reason. There's an Air Force base (or Navy...I can't remember off the top of my head) that's literally right on the beach that seems to be constantly doing some sort of aerial operation. My knowledge of planes doesn't extend any further than the Ace Combat games, but IIRC it was mostly F-16's there. They'd take off and buzz the beach just a few hundred feet overhead, do a big circle over the ocean, then come back and land right above you again.

My favorite were the big fat transport planes. When they flew past, they'd emit this thundering low pitch drone that would vibrate your internal organs. Smiley: eek
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That was the enterprise! New york gets that from the smithsonian, they get discovery. Enterprise wasn't technically ever in space though, but its really low milage. Very cool, I am insanely jealous
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That was the enterprise! New york gets that from the smithsonian, they get discovery. Enterprise wasn't technically ever in space though, but its really low milage. Very cool, I am insanely jealous


Ah, didn't know that. I gather they're going to be barging it over to the Intrepid in a few weeks. Should make for a pretty cool exhibit.

lol @ thundercougarfalconbird

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Eske Esquire wrote:
PunkFloyd, King of Bards wrote:
Back in the early nineties I was riding along with a friend somewhere and I just happened to look up and see a B-2 bomber flying overhead at a very low altitude. It was a little shocking to see that when you're not expecting it. It was on a Fourth of July and was probably doing a flyover of the Angel Stadium or something. It was pretty sweet.


I love Coronado Beach in San Diego for that same reason. There's an Air Force base (or Navy...I can't remember off the top of my head) that's literally right on the beach that seems to be constantly doing some sort of aerial operation.


Yup. They fly around from North Island and come back on approach right up the beach. I haven't been there in awhile, but it used to be like a plane every 15 minutes or so flying right overhead. Pretty darn cool. I also saw my first B2 fly right overhead when I used to live in University City. The commute from there to Sorrento Valley basically crosses the flight path going into Miramar. It was a day or two before the start of the air show, and there was a marine layer going on. The thing just kinda flew out of the clouds and right over us. It was quiet and big. Really neat.

I love when the air show comes around because my office building is kinda right on one of the paths the Blue Angels fly. So the Friday before the show, I get to sit and watch them. They usually buzz the building a couple times as well. Looks like they're flying right at my window, in formation, then fly over the building. I really did try to get a picture/video of this last summer for Kao, but my little digital camera can't focus through the window apparently (or at smallish objects at a distance moving quickly). Basically got nothing except a blur at the last moment.

I see Osprey flying around all the time now as well. Ok, I hear and feel them. They're loud. Think helicopter and then think louder than that. Also, the propellers are at an interesting angle and as they fly by you can feel the cavitation effect from them (especially if you happen to be in a parking garage at the time). Very very cool planes.
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**** you people with your interesting aircraft sitings. All I ever get to see is the occasional life flight helicopter. Though, it is loud as **** when the **** things takes off right as I'm walking in to work. (Yes, I work in a hospital.)
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I can't believe they did a flyover in NYC. It looks cool don't get me wrong but imo, it is still too soon and I can't believe no one freaked out as OP mentioned (yes, I was in lower Manhattan on 9/11). It sounds like the govt. announced the flyover ahead of time but for folks who didn't get the memo, I imagine they had flashbacks.
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[**************** you people with your interesting aircraft sitings. All I ever get to see is the occasional life flight helicopter. Though, it is loud as **** when the **** things takes off right as I'm walking in to work. (Yes, I work in a hospital.)[/quote]

I got to ride in one of those once for a news story. I went to college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, and for several years I was the Editor in Chief of Horizons newspaper there. So whenever an interesting airplane ride story came up, i snagged it. We got offered a ride along on a helicopter trip from the local hospital to the nearby air show over at Prescott's Love Field (Hey, I didn't name it!) It was an Astar A350. It's kind of like riding an elevator, but one that goes sideways and backwards and really fast!

I almost got a blackhawk ride too, but they left early for some dumb reason.

I saw our local ford trimotor flying around this morning, does that count?
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#21 Apr 30 2012 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I've asked the life flight crew if I can go for ride sometime. Apparently, they have rules against that sort of thing.
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it is still too soon and I can't believe no one freaked out as OP mentioned (yes, I was in lower Manhattan on 9/11).
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I live less than 2 miles (as the crow flies) from the Naval Air Station New Orleans. If I step outside my condo and look south, pretty much any time of day I can see some type plane flying around either doing training ops or just cargo/transit planes landing at the base.

I couldn't for the life of me tell you what kind of planes they are, but I can see them! I also have a friend who is a jet engine mechanic at the base.
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#24 May 01 2012 at 5:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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Since this is an Kao thread anyway, here's a picture of some guys doing maintenance on an aircraft carrier catapult.
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Judging by the "76" hat, it looks like that is the starboard catipult from USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. I'm going to be curious how many of those they convert over to EMALS at their half lifespan overhaul. The EMALS electromagnetic unit takes up about 4 times as much width as the steam tube, so it will be a total deck rebuild if they do. But should lower operating costs a bunch.

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[**************** you people with your interesting aircraft sitings. All I ever get to see is the occasional life flight helicopter. Though, it is loud as **** when the **** things takes off right as I'm walking in to work. (Yes, I work in a hospital.)[/quote]Closest I ever get to interesting aircraft sightings is the nearly weekly sonic boom. I'm not entirely certain, but those may be related to the F-22As that conduct training flights out of nearby Holloman AFB, which could be considered kinda neat.
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It's funny to me because seeing military aircraft is so normal and occurs so often that I forget that for most people it's a rare and special thing. For example, I saw two F-18s taking off at a steep angle whilst walking though the parking garage at work this morning. I've seen two Osprey's flying north from my office window just in the last 30 minutes. And this isn't unusual at all. Yes. You may all be jealous now!
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