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75-year-old pilot explains encounter with F-16s
AP ^ | Fri, Aug 5, 2011 | DON BABWIN

Posted on 08/07/2011 5:01:32 AM PDT by stevie_d_64

CHICAGO (AP) — Myrtle Rose was taking a short flight over suburban Chicago when the 75-year-old aviation enthusiast looked out her cockpit window to see two F-16 fighter jets. She assumed the military pilots were just slowing down to get a closer look at her antique plane.

It wasn't until she landed her 1941 Piper J-3 Cub that friends and the police told her the attention was much more serious — for straying into restricted airspace during a visit by President Barack Obama.

Rose, who tries to fly every day when weather permits, said she had been itching to get back in the air Wednesday after a number of days on the ground. She normally uses her computer to check for airspace restrictions, but it wasn't working properly.

"I hadn't flown in over a week," she said. "It was a beautiful afternoon." After some guests departed her home, she "just climbed in the airplane and left."

To make matters worse, she said, "I didn't have my radio on. I was just flying around."

On any other day, the brief flight would never have attracted notice. But Obama was in Chicago for a fundraiser marking his 50th birthday.

"There's really no excuse for not knowing," said Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which scrambled the two warplanes, a proposition that costs $9,000 an hour for each jet. "Anyone who flies an aircraft should know the restrictions."

Rose said she was about 30 miles from O'Hare Airport when her plane was intercepted. As the fighters appeared, she wasn't alarmed.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News
KEYWORDS: airforce; intercept; obama; pilot

1 posted on 08/07/2011 5:01:34 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

Rose, a Republican who said she did not vote for Obama, joked about mailing the president a note for his birthday.

“Oh, dear, maybe I should send him a belated birthday card and say, ‘You should have stayed home and Michelle baked you a birthday cake.’”


She is sooooooo screwed...


2 posted on 08/07/2011 5:02:53 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

Ask Joe the Plumber about what happens next.


3 posted on 08/07/2011 5:04:12 AM PDT by kjo
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To: stevie_d_64
>>> the 75-year-old aviation enthusiast looked out her cockpit window to see two F-16 fighter jets

It could have been worse. Another lady pilot once learned that.


4 posted on 08/07/2011 5:10:40 AM PDT by tlb
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To: stevie_d_64
Poor Myrtle - it just ain't like 50 years ago when most airspace was unrestricted and you could just jump in your plane, never turn on your radio, and fly around unimpeded.

Now FedGov owns the air we breathe and fly in. You don't get to participate any more unless you're one of the chosen. Myrtle is white and a Republican. Double-whammy, she needs to just shut up and die already.

Oh, and since she's obviously a "private airplane" owner and has too much personal wealth, FedGov needs to confiscate her estate and redistribute to the poor yoots on the South Side. It's only fair, you know.

5 posted on 08/07/2011 5:14:12 AM PDT by liberty_lvr (Drill Gaia like a 3 am prom date)
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To: stevie_d_64

Can an F-16 fly slow enough to keep up with a 1941 Piper Cub?


6 posted on 08/07/2011 5:14:23 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: equaviator

No...There(F-16) stall speed is still way to high to maintain a station on a 60 mph Cub...

It really looks like the government wants to make as big a deal out of this as possible, just to ruin someones life...

I’d like to ruin someones life, but I gotta wait till next year to do it...


7 posted on 08/07/2011 5:17:48 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

Of course the gubmit is going to send her the bill for this, plus a hefty fine. What did they think she was going to do? Pull out a bomb, like they do in the cartoons, and hand drop it on AF-1?
Remind me to go out and buy some more Rose brand Canadian bacon. It’s good stuff!


8 posted on 08/07/2011 5:20:24 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: equaviator

A cub cruises at about 90 mph. It would be a tricky proposition to shadow one in an F-16. They. Would more or less orbit it as if it were a stationary object.


9 posted on 08/07/2011 5:20:52 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: stevie_d_64

If Obama can’t straighten up and fly right, he’s gonna be grounded...unless he augers it in himself.


10 posted on 08/07/2011 5:23:25 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: stevie_d_64

At my airpark we have a 70 + year old gent who still teaches aerobatics.


11 posted on 08/07/2011 5:27:08 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Don't trust the F.B.I.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Did the TSA grope him?


12 posted on 08/07/2011 5:30:57 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Joe Boucher
My designated examiner in Alaska (2000) “Bill” flew B17s over Europe in WWII. That was cool.
13 posted on 08/07/2011 5:40:17 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Haiku Guy

What a great looking airplane !


14 posted on 08/07/2011 5:43:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: equaviator

That’s certainly an interesting way to put it. lol


15 posted on 08/07/2011 5:44:54 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: stevie_d_64

At least she didn’t have Air Force One buzz NYC for a photo op.


16 posted on 08/07/2011 5:57:28 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: stevie_d_64
"There's really no excuse for not knowing," said Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which scrambled the two warplanes, a proposition that costs $9,000 an hour for each jet. "Anyone who flies an aircraft should know the restrictions."

Unadulterated crap. If this would have escaped notice any other day, then it was in Class G airspace. The comings and goings of a commie are not on the horizon for this lady. Good for her.
17 posted on 08/07/2011 5:59:34 AM PDT by Tzfat
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To: stevie_d_64

Gotta love it.

Bump for keeping track of this story, just in case O and his overreaching minions try to make an example of this awesomely cool customer of an American.

May God give us strength.
Tatt


18 posted on 08/07/2011 6:05:43 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: stevie_d_64

What was she going to do, shout a question at the President?


19 posted on 08/07/2011 6:10:03 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: stevie_d_64
"There's really no excuse for not knowing," said Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which scrambled the two warplanes, a proposition that costs $9,000 an hour for each jet. "Anyone who flies an aircraft should know the restrictions."

Hey Lt. Colonel Jerkweed, these temporary flight restrictions are imposed on very short notice based on the whims of TOTUS and where wants to go to party and raise money.

20 posted on 08/07/2011 6:12:07 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: stevie_d_64
Well now, Is the great Oh Bam A skeert of a little old lady in a 70 year old plane, or can he man up and call off the dogs?

Tune in next week...

21 posted on 08/07/2011 6:12:44 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: stevie_d_64

I want to be like this lady when I’m 75!


22 posted on 08/07/2011 6:54:12 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: stevie_d_64
"She is sooooooo screwed..."

Bump. To bad, I thinks she is pretty cool and still a babe at 75! Bet she was a 10 at 35.

23 posted on 08/07/2011 7:05:46 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: stevie_d_64

Patience is a virtue.


24 posted on 08/07/2011 7:27:20 AM PDT by dools0007world (uestion)
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To: stevie_d_64

“There’s really no excuse for not knowing”

Light Col. Mike Humphreys is an arrogant insufferable jerk who probably hopes his fascistic attitude will fast track him to full bull colonel before Obama is kicked out in 2012.

I flew through, not over, downtown Chicago once in a UH-1H. We checked NOTAMs and maintained radar contact (the only possible criticism of this pilot; radio and transponder are basic for flight safety) and there was no problem as we noodled past the Sears Tower with people waving down at us from the observation deck.

“$9,000.00 per flying hour”. That’s a BS charge; those hours are going to be flown anyway just doing training task iterations and the F-16s being diverted for a real interception is merely an added training benefit.

And I still don’t see where this flyboy gets to pass judgement on the actions of a private citizen.


25 posted on 08/07/2011 7:36:54 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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To: toothfairy86
Remind me to go out and buy some more Rose brand Canadian bacon. It’s good stuff!

Rose is a fine company...during and after my years in the cold storage business, I got to know many of their people quite well........class act, and super baby backs too.

26 posted on 08/07/2011 7:39:21 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: stevie_d_64

Her plane’s name is “Winston”.

Hussein’s SS probably has standing orders against anything within 100 miles of him having anything to do with that name.


27 posted on 08/07/2011 7:39:57 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Tzfat

I feel exactly the same way you do.

The Imperial trappings of this POSOTUS piss me off more and more with each passing day.

Private flying is a rich person’s pastime, anyway. We need to tax it to death, bury it under regulation and otherwise try in every way to suffocate it or kill it. It is the only “fair” approach to such a thing.

(Do I need to add the /S there?)


28 posted on 08/07/2011 7:45:20 AM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: equaviator
Can an F-16 fly slow enough to keep up with a 1941 Piper Cub?

For a while by standing up at about a 45 degree angle and adding a LOT of power. It's a stunt that is displayed during most Thunderbird/Blue Angel air shows.

29 posted on 08/07/2011 7:53:46 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: stevie_d_64

“fighter jets” ? LOL. Is that different than a “fighter prop”. Wow.


30 posted on 08/07/2011 9:12:40 AM PDT by The Toad
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To: Haiku Guy

As stated earlier, an F-16’s stall (minimum) speed is above 90. Poor journalism. The fighters would have had to circle the plane.


31 posted on 08/07/2011 9:15:25 AM PDT by The Toad
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To: stevie_d_64
Ballad of Serenity

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me...

32 posted on 08/07/2011 9:20:38 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: thesearethetimes...; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; ...

AVIATION PING


33 posted on 08/07/2011 10:44:05 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: jpsb

75-year-old Pilot Explains Encounter With F-16s

VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9DD70nb5FM


34 posted on 08/07/2011 12:06:32 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: The Toad

That makes more sense than anything else.


35 posted on 08/07/2011 1:28:20 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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