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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:00 PM

Cessna plane escorted by F-16 fighter jets away from restricted airspace near President Obama (Fla.)

Source: WPTV (West Palm Beach)

A small Cessna was flying east over the Florida Turnpike at Becker Road had entered a restricted zone where President Barack Obama is staying nearby.

The small aircraft was intercepted by a Coast Guard helicopter, which was flying along side it. Two Air Force F-16 fighter jets circled the Cessna at a low altitude shaking the nerves of residents in the Southbend Lakes neighborhood below.

The Cessna began to turn north, away from the Floridian where Obama is staying. One jet was seen flying behind the civilian aircraft while the second one continue circling over Port St. Lucie," said Cubillos, a Treasure Coast newspaper freelance writer.

Resident Suzanne Eovaldi emailed: "The sonic booms over my home in St. L. West about 12:10 p.m. were awful." The sounds were "very frightening, very LOUD."

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_st_lucie_county/port_st_lucie/cessna-plane-escorted-by-f-16-fighter-jets-away-from-restricted-airspace-near-president-obama



See also the Associated Press version via ABCNews.com "Jets Escort Plane From Where Obama Is Vacationing"

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Reply Cessna plane escorted by F-16 fighter jets away from restricted airspace near President Obama (Fla.) (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #1
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #2
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #3
snort Feb 2013 #10
csziggy Feb 2013 #16
mokawanis Feb 2013 #4
Xithras Feb 2013 #6
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #7
mokawanis Feb 2013 #8
Grins Feb 2013 #15
Major Nikon Feb 2013 #11
watoos Feb 2013 #5
delrem Feb 2013 #9
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2013 #14
DrewFlorida Feb 2013 #12
Light House Feb 2013 #13

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:04 PM

1. I have not heard a sonic boom for many many years

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:10 PM

2. I imagine the F16s went supersonic to intercept.

boom.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:16 PM

3. Here is a boom

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:12 AM

10. My Dad was an Air Force

fighter pilot and I miss sonic booms, being a base rat myself. They were actually quite popular in the 60's but so were picture windows.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:42 PM

16. We'd get them when the shuttles landed at Cape Kennedy

As they passed over North Florida, there would be a boom.

We used to get mysterious booms off the Gulf, usually on cold clear days in the winter. The military always denied that they were responsible for the booms and the UFO nuts went crazy over them.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:48 PM

4. That pilot is having a very bad day

I wonder if he'll lose his license?

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:32 PM

6. Not usually.

This sort of thing happens fairly often. They sometimes temporarily suspend a license, but more often than not they'll simply get a formal warning or a fine. License revocation usually only occurs if you violate the airspace deliberately. There was a case in Colorado a few years back when a news helicopter pilot went for a flight fully knowing that there was a TFR in place, and they had a witness who overheard him say that he knew about the TRF and went flying anyway. That guy got his license revoked.

Most of these are simply recreational flyers who were unaware of the restriction. They always get investigated thoroughly, but if it turns out to be genuinely unintentional, they'll get a slap on the wrist punishment (which, really, is all they should get).

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Response to Xithras (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:44 PM

7. The no-fly zones set by the Secret Service are especially large

when the President goes to Florida. It's not a surprise this happened.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:33 AM

8. I just read about an occurrence in 2002

Last edited Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:27 AM - Edit history (1)

when w was in Alabama and a pilot in a Piper was intercepted and escorted out of the no-fly.

The line that made me chuckle was "the pilot entered restricted airspace as soon as he left the runway."

Unfortunately, he was giving his daughter her first flying lesson that day.

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Response to Xithras (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:27 PM

15. I doubt there was any sonic boom.

Loud? Yes. Sonic? No.

How can you hit that speed while circling or escorting a Cessna? You can't.

And you are right. This thing happens often enough. All of it an overreaction to 911.

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:08 AM

11. Temporarily

I'm guessing he'll get a 60 day suspension of his certificate at the least.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:10 PM

5. Maybe it was James Imhoffe

he once landed his plane on a closed runway that was being worked on.
He almost ran into a worker. He not only didn't get in trouble, he complained
about the people who were in his way.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:36 AM

9. ya think a coast guard helicopter with two f16s could contain the cessna? nt

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Response to delrem (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:44 PM

14. Not if I was flying the Cessna. I'm that good.



I'll show them some of the tricks that made me famous (anyone remember that Odd Couple episode?).

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:48 AM

12. I was just a few miles away visiting my grandson when this happened.

The noise from the F16s was extremely loud, I didn't know what was causing the noise at the time, nor what was going on. As soon as I saw this story I knew what I had heard yesterday!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:01 AM

13. Years and years ago,

 

there was a Cessna that entered restricted airspace over the Nevada Test Site, 2 F-16's intercepted it and forced it to land at the airstrip on the Test Site.
Story is that after a very unpleasant grilling by the FBI and FAA, he was allowed to leave, but not by flying the plane out, he had to take it apart and truck it out.

They take that restricted airspace issue very seriously.

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