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09-01-2004, 05:40 PM
Just had an Air National Guard C-130 fly so low over my house spraying that it set off car alarms in tne neighborhood. Weeee!!!! I love mosquito season!


09-01-2004, 05:40 PM
Just had an Air National Guard C-130 fly so low over my house spraying that it set off car alarms in tne neighborhood. Weeee!!!! I love mosquito season!


09-01-2004, 05:46 PM
Thats taking the problem just a touch too seriously dont you think...?

What state of the US are you in? Somewhere southern maybe? Florida? Sorry skychimp, but im too lazy to wade throught the 14+ pages of the "where are you from sticky" to find out where you hail from.

I used to have the RAAF use the hill on our farm as a low level navigation marker. Mirage IIIC's, F/A-18s, F-111s and even the occassional cariboo or C-130. My neighbours used to hate it as it would stop their chickens laying for a good 48 hours after a low level pass was made.

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09-01-2004, 06:09 PM
A few months ago a flight of UH-60 Blackhawks flew over here. They sounded like normal helicopters, except they kept getting louder... And louder... When I say they were skimming the treetops, I'm not exaggerating http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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09-01-2004, 06:11 PM
Its one more reminder they should slap fines on overly sensitive car alarm owners http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

09-01-2004, 07:16 PM
As a child in the 50's, I remember running behind the fogging truck as it passed through our neighborhood dispensing DDT. Those were the good old days.

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09-01-2004, 07:19 PM
Well, they don't use DDT anymore. And C-130s flying at tree-top level over neighborhoods is a summer tradition. Like lemonade and swinging on the tire swing.


09-01-2004, 07:24 PM
when i was a kid in western new south wales ('nam era) i remember RAAF Mirage III's buzzing our farmhouse on a number of occasions and they were definitely below tree height

09-01-2004, 07:30 PM
Southern Louisiana - says it all doesn't it. lol. My job is to sale and work on the guidance system on cropdusters and mosquito planes. Had a dousy today. damn pressure switch was miscalculated from the factory, five and a half hours and all it was was a faulty switch. well two of 'em anyway.

We dont get the C-130's, only Cessna 188's and Air Tractors. Still fun though, specially when they do a wing over to come back through the next pass.

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09-01-2004, 07:39 PM
You get C130s? Wow, we just get trucks and the occasional moped. But, then, I do live in a city.

Last summer there was a Kamov Ka25 Hormone flying in circles over my university. It had a tube hanging out of its belly so I guess it was taking air pollution measurements. Or maybe pollen count. Good grief, they're ugly things.

There's a Military Academy near Daejon so we get a lot of Blackhawks and the occasional Chinook flying over. Swear I saw a Mi24 Hind once as well but I could have been hallucinating.

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09-01-2004, 07:47 PM
I think it's the Ohio Air National Guard that fly these planes. They used to fly C-123 Providers and they flew those so low you could easily see details of the crewmen standing on the lowered ramp in back.


09-01-2004, 07:51 PM
Hey Chimp:

Maybe they're spraying for you! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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09-01-2004, 08:16 PM
My parents now live near Trenton CFB, where they have C-130s and CH-47 Chinooks, and more recently, the new EH-101 Cormorants, or whatever they're called now....cool sounds...

Where I grew up was alongside one of the main landing routes for Toronto Intl Airport (now Lester B. Pearson Intl Airport)...I remember DC8s, DC9s, L1011s and 707s...and in the case of the DC8s and 707s, the attendent trails of smoke....also Millardair, a cargo outfit used to run DC3s, DC4s, and Im not sure if they were Martin 404s or more likely Convair 340s....the 70s were cool!

I also worked on the ramp there 1988-89...American Airlines used to use the engines in reverse to power out of the "finger" or gate, with the 727s...nice sound....the charter carrier "worldways" used some OLD stretch DC8s...they always had to be "air started" with an external mobile air compressor to turn the turbine....sometimes there would be a "hot" start...in nighttime, this was great, a fine jet of blue/orange flame out the back of the engine, like a blowtorch...I can only imagine what the passengers able to see this though, hehe

I still lived in the area until 1997, and at that time, some cargo outfit had a lone DC3s chugging around, I think it did runs to Niagra Falls or something, I was told....amonst all the hush-kit eq jetliners and newer boeings and airbusses, on a warm summer evening hearing this recip pumpin away somewhere overhead was SO sweet....one could imagine a time when thats all one could ever hear in the sky, at least those born after 1960 or so...

I also saw the AN (225 Dream?) on take off from toronto one evening,,,and I thought the superguppies were big? oh man.... six engines on this sucker

Im jealous of those who live near the Canadian Warplane Heritage, near Hamilton, Ontario.....they get to see and hear the griffon firefly, at6 harvard, hurri, b25....and the 4 merlins of the lanc at full chat....

09-01-2004, 09:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by steve_v:
As a child in the 50's, I remember running behind the fogging truck as it passed through our neighborhood dispensing DDT. Those were the good old days.


Hey Steve, That explains alot! jk http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
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09-02-2004, 03:33 AM
I remember hiking in the Lake District (in England for the non-British amongst you) and climbing the Langdale Pikes went an RAF Tornado went past at high subsonic about 100m below me - exceedingly cool.

I also had a similar experience in the Cuillins on Skye went a big NATO exercise was ongoing in '95 (I think). Guess an American carrier group was playing orage because there were F14's screaming in on the deck from the atlantic when all of a sudden a flight of tornadoes came over from the mainland and two sea harriers appeared through the Cuillins themselves (range of mountains on the south of Skye) and they all mixed it up big style. All low down (maybe 250 ft) - exhileration isn't the word!These boys are LOUD with afterburners on! Unfortunately I had my 2 year old in a hiking papoose and it scared her to death - to the point where until she was about 5 she would run inside if she heard any plane overhead...

Wish I knew who won the big scrap over Skye though - went on for about 20 mins - couldn't see any American aircraft get across to the mainland but don't know how these things work. If anyone was around and in either of our services at the time I'd be interested to know...

09-02-2004, 04:26 AM
Budvar62, Skye is a beautiful place! Some of the best climbing in the world!

I used to see Tornado's, Harrier and Hawks in North Wales when I lived there. You'd also RAF Helicopters doing mock rescues, or real ones on occasion. Keeps training costs down and give real experaince to the crews.

We'd take groups out climbing and hiking in Snowdonia and the highlight of the day would be sitting having lunch on a peak and watching an RAF plane on a low level training run through the valleys or an RAF helo resue or practice insertion. Its quite awesome to see how low and fast those guys fly.

The best one though was a mock dogfight, yup, not a missle locking thing but a proper dogfight between an F15 and Mig 29 over Lynn Padarn (a big lake) near Llanberis in Snowdonia. That was awesome. Almost as quickly as we saw them they flew off though and mountains blocked are view.

When I lived in Pembrokeshire,South Wales, I'd see plenty of Helicopters firing at Range West. Nato countries would go there for live fire training excercises but they were no where near as loud as the self propelled artilery barrages they had there. You could hear them 20 miles away if the wind was going in the right direction.

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09-02-2004, 07:27 AM
Hi Wolfmondo,

A Mig 29 - when did you see that - didn't know those guys flew over here!

You just reminded me - once saw an A10 and a harrier mixing it up in N Wales - can't quite remember where but think it was one time on the way up to Tryfan. Very beautiful part of the world too. Pretty sure they were dogfighting too cos there was a rpaid flashing on the front of the harrier when he got on the hogs tail - presume it was a laser or general optical designator.

You're absolutely right about hiking and watching the RAF guys do the low level stuff - I flinch and pull up flying an IL2 on the deck in a game - these guys regularly do 500knots right down on the deck. Hats off to them. I don't know if our american colleagues get to see so much of this stuff as I guess their forces have a lot more "empty space" to practice in without upsetting sheep farmers - anyone out there in America have similar experiences?

That day in Skye I had my daughter so wasn't going that high up, but still is impressive round there. Went up the Quirang the next time, without kids - but the cloud was down so couldbn't see sod all!

09-02-2004, 09:47 AM
Every time i've been to skye or that area its raining or overcast http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. I did go climbing in near by Torridon once though and it cleared in the aftenoon, you could see the entire of Scotland from top of Liatach.

I can only assume that the mig29 was being trialed or something. Theres no airforce that has planes in the UK that flies them but theres plenty of airbases near by there which could have a visitor etc.

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09-02-2004, 10:31 AM
I live in Milton Keynes in the UK, we regularly have the Avro Lancaster "City of Lincoln" fly very low over our house due to being near an old WWII code breaking hall named Bletchley Park.
Also when I visit my parents in Lincoln we are treated to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight passing over the city and the Red Arrows practicing on the outkirts over RAF Scampton, home of 617 Dambuster Sqn in WWII.

09-02-2004, 03:05 PM
Best two:
1) Fishing on a lake and having an A-10 make
an attack run on the boat. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif
2)B-17 and mixed escort of Zeros and Mustangs flying in for the airshow passed down low over the house. I wondered how loud the '17 was making a low pass, now I know.

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09-02-2004, 04:28 PM
Well, a couple months ago I was driving through Midland texas and I got to see a P-47 takeoff. Also, a couple of weeks ago our president was in town and there was an F-16 buzzing my apartment complex. I have no idea what the pilot was doing, Bush was about 50 miles away and He was in danger of crashing into the roof of my building. When I was visiting Tuscon there were A-10s and F-16s flying around non stop. If you go to Pim Air and Space museum there you can watch them take off although the view is a little blocked by trees.

09-02-2004, 11:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by steve_v:
As a child in the 50's, I remember running behind the fogging truck as it passed through our neighborhood dispensing DDT. Those were the good old days.

but didn't that make your eggs' shells too thin and fragile?

I can top you all. When I was 9 and 10, we lived on base housing at RAF Shepherd's Grove, in Norfolk county(the real Norfolk, in East Anglia, not the one where sailors are so badly treated in Virginia). It was a former Thunderjet base that had been closed except for the housing for USAF dependents. We were right under the approach path used by Vulcan bombers at a nearby RAF RAF base. All the boys in my neighborhood would climb as high as we could in the trees of the nearby woods, and we were all convinced that we could reach up and touch those passing delta winged bombers' white bellies. They were way cooler than B-52s!



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09-03-2004, 07:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by steve_v:
As a child in the 50's, I remember running behind the fogging truck as it passed through our neighborhood dispensing DDT. Those were the good old days<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, what Steve says, is absolutely true. DDT wasn´t considered to be any danger to humans back in the 50´s. I remember our neighbour,who was a teacher at an agricultural school here, ate it, just to prove how unharmful it was. The old guy is dead now http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif and he got some funny kids ........