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Old 05-11-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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Anyone else see these low flying military helicopters today? Any idea whats going on? I live in the University Area and they have been around all day. They have been flying in and out of formation sometimes so low they have been blowing my trees and plants around.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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they might be practicing for a flyover at the speedway this weekend.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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It seems they are making practice runs between Lowe's Motor Speedway and Concord Airport for the up coming races.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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That makes sense! It's been awesome to see them today. Will look out for them this weekend!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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YouTube - Psycho complains to city about "rogue helicopter pilot"
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Anyone else see these low flying military helicopters today? Any idea whats going on? I live in the University Area and they have been around all day. They have been flying in and out of formation sometimes so low they have been blowing my trees and plants around.
Is this you??

YouTube - Psycho complains to city about "rogue helicopter pilot"
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Dang, you're quick!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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OMG - you all didn't dredge up helicopter man again??? ROFL!!!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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OHMYGOSH, a classic fave!!! THANKS!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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This reminds me of another Snopes confirmed story I heard recently...

following is a complaint letter and response. The first letter is the homeowners 'complaint' letter... the response is simply, well, awesome.

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A wake-up call from Luke's jets June 23, 2005
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show?


Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!

Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns' early-bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

Tom MacRae
Peoria, AZ

Here's the response

Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday):
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt Jeremy Fresques.

Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.

Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the president of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?"

The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
CO 63rd Fighter Squadron
Luke Air Force Base
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