I would have welcomed this, but of course I’m crazy like that.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —
An F-15 fighter pilot with the Florida National Guard put on an impromptu air show in the skies over the western Des Moines suburbs Tuesday morning.
“It was coming down really fast — and then it seemed to me like at the last possible second it banked hard left and then went vertical at full throttle — and I was like, “Holy cow!” I turned around and I look and the engine boosters are just glowing bright, bright orange. The windows were rattling. It was definitely a wake-up call,” said witness Bree Spradling.
Spradling said it lasted less than 30 seconds and happened around 10 a.m. She said the jet came close to homes in a heavily populated Waukee neighborhood.
“It was very close. Way closer than it ever should have been for any reason,” Spradling said.
If he was above 1000 feet above the ground, he violated no FAA regulations. I am sure the whiners have absolutely no idea how high above the ground the jet was. No word either about their proximity to the airport. People are notorious for moving in next to an airport and then complaining about the noise…so I looked up the address from the news report on Google Maps and the location is about 6-8 miles from the airport. The pilot who was flying this particular jet was a Lieutenant Col. so I’m fairly certain he was aware of the rules, maybe he wanted to make his last flight a spectacular one, I don’t know. It seems to me that the bed-wetters in West Des Moines have managed to make a pilot’s life miserable for their 30 seconds of shock.
SOUND OF FREEDOM.
But then again he could be another accident waiting to happen. You be the judge.
The report and associated TV News report are available HERE