Skip to comments.Pictures From Melbourne,Florida Rally (Plus F-16 Chase)
Posted on 10/23/2004 5:10:06 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
I am adding here...this thread will be picture heavy.
Good, can't wait to see them. This was quite a day.
Great shot of Marine 1. Keep them coming.
I love the first photo....
Can't wait to see them all!
Thanks so much!
Pilots Violate Air Space at Bush Campaign Events
Posted by joevberry333
On Bloggers & Personal 10/23/2004 3:22:51 PM PDT · 2 replies · 34+ views
The Conservative Republican ^
Fighters Escort Two Small Planes Away From Bush Rally
Posted by sheikdetailfeather
On News/Activism 10/23/2004 2:43:45 PM PDT · 98 replies · 2,355+ views
wesh.com ^ | October 23, 2004 | The Associated Press
Crop Duster Buzzes Bush Appearance in Florida
Posted by GregGinn
On News/Activism 10/23/2004 11:40:53 AM PDT · 289 replies · 12,253+ views
10/23/2004 | GregGinn
Good pics, I can see the F-16 has two drop tanks, two AMRAAM's on the wingtip rails, and prob two Sidewinders under the wing.
Excellent photos. Thanks.
Great pics....( except for the one with all the porta-potties in the center..LOL) call your local paper..they might buy them...then upload on the national wire..
Cool Pics! Good to see a good crowd show up too! Thanks HEadache! :)
WOW! EXCELLENT PIX!! I'm so proud to be an American...THANK YOU JESUS, thank you President Bush and most of all THANK YOU SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN!! GOD BLESS YOU!!
Oct 23, 2004
F-16 chases plane away as Bush addresses crowd at Space Coast Stadium
N.Y. pilot released, says he was unaware of flight restrictions
By John McCarthy, R. Norman Moody, Kate Brennan, Craig Bailey
A F-16 intercepts a small plane that flew near the Space Coast Stadium today while President Bush was speaking there. (FLORIDA TODAY/Emily Barnes)
Security agents this afternoon released the pilot of a small plane hours after it was intercepted and escorted to a landing by an F-16 fighter as President Bush was addressing the crowd at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.
Robert A. Hargrove, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., told reporters he was unaware of temporary flight restrictions set up in Brevard County by the Federal Aviation Administration for Bush's visit.
The fighter intercepted the bright yellow, single-engine Aeronca over Space Coast Stadium and escorted it to Merritt Island Airport, where Hargrove was questioned.
He was allowed to continue on his way to Boca Raton about two hours later.
"I'm sure I'll be hearing from some others, including the FAA," Hargrove said as he prepared to leave.
Hargrove said he had set out from Brunswick, Ga., this morning, landed for fuel and lunch in Flagler County and headed south again. He said he knew of flight restrictions around Jacksonville, and made a wide circle around the city, but didn't know of anything unusual over Brevard.
Upon overflying Space Coast Stadium, he circled to see what the crowd was about.
He realized something was wrong when the fighter closed in. Hargrove switched to an emergency radio frequency, on which he was ordered to land at Merritt Island.
"The president was never in any danger," said White House spokesman Trent Duffy.
The roar of the F-16 was loud enough to drown out Bush, who looked up as the jet passed overhead.
"I thought we were going to see a plane shot down," A.W. Luckett of Titusville said.
Said Amy Courtney, a University of Central Florida student, "You could notice people looking and asking what is going on?"
Roy Carter of Melbourne, a military veteran, said: "I thought they did a correct job by chasing it out of the area. It indicates they were on the ball."
"When they had the F-16 roaring behind it, I knew they had it under control," he said.
Renee Blackburn of Satellite Beach saw the event unfolding and knew what might happen because her husband flies rescue helicopters for the Air Force.
"I know how they move people out of the way and I knew there were planes up there," she said. "I saw the fighters and knew it was OK."
Wonderful pictures MFH! Thanks for posting them!
What a great turnout!! Edwards only pulled 2500 at his event the other day.
AIM-9s are always on the outer rails. (Not trying to nitpick - the lightest ordnance goes outboard.)
Thanks for posting all of these photos MFH!! Excellent. Even on a coal fired modem, I'm more than happy to wait for them to download.
Just watched it on C-Span! Thanks for the pics!
After you finish posting, be sure to go read this thread I put up earlier:
A Dubya press pool reporter at today's Florida rallies sent an email to one of the writers at National Review. We don't know who the reporter is, but let's just say he sounds pumped!
It's a good read!
I should add that after leaving, Marine 1 did a fly-by as a parting salute.
Actually F-16's usually carry the AMRAAMs on the outside wingtip rails now, you can see they are longer then AIM-9's, here's a pic of it.
Here's another one with most likely the same loadout as the F-16 today. http://www.af.mil/media/photodb/photos/030210-F-6705C-005.jpg
Beat me to it; glad I looked.
The Aeronca Champ I used to fly had a top cruise of about 75 kts. I would guess that the stall spped of an F-16 is significantly above that. How did they "chase" his guy?
Best and most reassuring photo of all, MFH. Thank you for posting the cool photos.
wonderful pics ... what are you using for a camera?
Sony 3.2 Cybershot
My little brother was there today too. Great pics MFH !
Your pictures are great. I felt like I was there.
God Bless America!