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Large commercial jet seen flying low over Hudson River, appeared to be accompanied by military jet
Wall St Journal ^ | 4/27/2009

Posted on 04/27/2009 7:16:40 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies

Breaking! No details available yet!

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
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To: relee

There was a hint in the WSJ final piece that it could have been Air Force 1! FGS! that really makes no sense—but it does make for even more sinister thoughts in my little pea brain......


51 posted on 04/27/2009 7:45:19 AM PDT by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: jennyjenny
If it was true, they would've notified the people of New York & New Jersey.

They're lying.
52 posted on 04/27/2009 7:45:53 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: jennyjenny
Here are some of the comments from the WSJ...

jah2nd wrote:

Every person involved in this escapade is not summarily dismissed immediately from their jobs - not “reassiged” as the governement usually does, but fired. This is beyond lunacy - this is absolutely disgusting. This is a perfect indication of the arrogance of our government at every level. It shows an incredible lack of respect for the people they work for - US!!

10:42 am April 27, 2009

Aditi wrote:

I got an email from my husband that they were evacuating 1 New York Plaza building…. how irresponsible can they be!! Especially after 9/11, who thinks everyone will be calm when there was no information of what is going on. And what is “Photo op” anyway?

10:42 am April 27, 2009

Mike wrote:

Got a frantic call from my girlfriend with our equally frantic cat in her arms because our 50+ floor-apartment building in Jersey City was evacuated.

I’m livid over this.

10:42 am April 27, 2009

mkm wrote:

I live in a high rise in Battery Park. From my sofa, it was quite frightening to see and hear the plane (from the underside, banked very steeply) with fighter jet trailing it. If the city was put on notice, why weren’t residents and business in the area warned? Merrill Lynch employees at WFC were evacuated as were some other buildings nearby. I grabbed by tennis shoes and prepared to run when I got a call from someone who knew I’d be worried, who told me what was happening. Just dumb, if not ridiculously insensitive not to warm Battery Park and financial center residents.


53 posted on 04/27/2009 7:46:42 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Damn!
What would it take to get New York off the terrorist’s primary hit list - and have them focus more attention on Washington,D.C., Boston, Newark, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles?


54 posted on 04/27/2009 7:47:19 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

It was, I watched the other two also on the Crashes that changed history.


55 posted on 04/27/2009 7:48:18 AM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: jersey117
Just got a call from my husband - they just got the all clear to return to the building.

Thank goodness your loved one is ok, but how many places was this scene repeated. How many heart attacks were caused by this ill advised publicity stunt. How much loss of business for all these companies.

56 posted on 04/27/2009 7:49:07 AM PDT by McGruff (I guess it all depends upon what the meaning of "bow" is.)
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To: John W

Incredible. I doubt the MSM will cover this, though. I am livid, and I’m in Minnesota.


57 posted on 04/27/2009 7:49:47 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Obama flying a recon mission for al-Qaeda
58 posted on 04/27/2009 7:53:07 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Ayers Lied, People Died. No Justice, No Peace.)
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To: McGruff; All

Thanks. You have to read some of the comment here!

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/faa_says_lowflying_plane_over.html


59 posted on 04/27/2009 7:54:06 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Scythian

Small pix here:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/low-flying-planes-spotted-over-harbor/


60 posted on 04/27/2009 7:56:29 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: jersey117
First pics coming in.

Looks like Air Force 1.

61 posted on 04/27/2009 7:58:46 AM PDT by McGruff (I guess it all depends upon what the meaning of "bow" is.)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Having seen the photo’s I don’t believe the “Taking photo” explanation, what’s the point of the fighter jet, or even the jumbo, who’s taking the photo’s, and why both, and why in a formation that we know smacks of terrorism. Nope, my guess is that Jumbo was hostile in some matter


62 posted on 04/27/2009 7:58:52 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: happinesswithoutpeace
From WSJ comments page:
From Reuters: Air Force One photo op startles New Yorkers

Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:38am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A photo opportunity involving President Barack Obama’s backup plane flying over the Statue of Liberty created a stir in New York City on Monday, but authorities said it was only an authorized exercise.

Obama was not on board.

“Please be advised the U.S. Air Force conducted an authorized photo flyover of the downtown Manhattan area this morning,” the New York Police Department advised local businesses in an e-mail alert.


63 posted on 04/27/2009 7:59:46 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: Scythian

Weirdest story in a while.


64 posted on 04/27/2009 8:01:52 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: PapaBear3625
the New York Police Department advised local businesses in an e-mail alert.

Well, the pregnant woman I read about in the comments section on silive.com who walked down 50 flights of stairs didn't get the email alert.

65 posted on 04/27/2009 8:02:27 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: basil
Sure enough, it was Air Force One:


66 posted on 04/27/2009 8:04:20 AM PDT by xjcsa (Currently shouting "I told you so" about Michael Steele on my profile page.)
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To: jersey117

Looks like the email alert was after the fact 0_o


67 posted on 04/27/2009 8:04:29 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

I think the weirdness is just beginning.

Realistically we all knew an Obama admin would be a nightmare to watch.


68 posted on 04/27/2009 8:06:42 AM PDT by modest proposal (We got short-changed.)
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To: jennyjenny
What a bunch of bull.

No kidding.

69 posted on 04/27/2009 8:13:28 AM PDT by Sandy
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To: Scythian
...who’s taking the photo’s,...

I read somewhere that it was a photo op with the Statue of Liberty. I'm betting the photographer(s) was on the ground getting shots of the statue with the aircraft in the sky in the background.

Of course, I could be wrong.

70 posted on 04/27/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT by FReepaholic
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To: jennyjenny

Air Force One photo op startles New Yorkers ...”It’s the back-up aircraft for Air Force One,” he said. The Department of Transport “coordinated the flight with FAA and we made the notifications to the city so they were aware that the flight would take place between 10 and 10:30 this morning.”

After the incident, New York City released an advisory that the flyover was “part of an approved federal activity.”
http://uk.reuters.com/article/burningIssues/idUKTRE53Q3S820090427 It is the Preener in Chief behind this...ALL about him.


71 posted on 04/27/2009 8:15:26 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Patient Zero, AKA Obama, GOLFS while Mexican Flu crosses the Earth.)
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To: McGruff
The aircraft is only designated “Air Force 1” if the president is actually on board.
72 posted on 04/27/2009 8:16:09 AM PDT by stormer
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To: xjcsa

Am I the only one that finds this whole thing really weird? Unless of course, they have a plan to eject obammy over the river to prove once and for all that he can walk on water....


73 posted on 04/27/2009 8:29:36 AM PDT by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: keepitreal

i am sure they were taking pics OF the plane around the statue, not taking pics FROM the plane.


74 posted on 04/27/2009 8:30:54 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Scythian

i think they were taking beauty shots of AF1 with a fighter escort. would make sense. although, i am a cop in NYC, i work downtown, and had no knowledge of this. you’d think someone would have said something.


75 posted on 04/27/2009 8:33:28 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: FReepaholic

” I’m betting the photographer(s) was on the ground getting shots of the statue with the aircraft in the sky in the background.”

That’s my guess. Either on the ground or on a boat nearby. Its for an ad for the 2012 election.


76 posted on 04/27/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

My studio could have produced a shot for them using air show footage and a helicopter flyby of Lady Liberty using compositing software, for a lot cheaper. why go through all this on-site, in an area where memories of that fateful day are still fresh?


77 posted on 04/27/2009 8:35:36 AM PDT by FreepShop1 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: PghBaldy
It is the Preener in Chief behind this...ALL about him.

Yeah,I loved how the article mentions Obama wasn't on board, because obviously the first and most important concern was whether or not he was on the damn plane. MORONS!

78 posted on 04/27/2009 8:36:06 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: VeniVidiVici
It’s Obama doing a belated victory lap around the site of the WTC.

Google Labs is taking image search to a new level — actually searching for pictures, not keywords. Instead of giving keywords and getting back pics that appear to be associated with your search words, you select an image and Google coughs up pics that its server thinks look similar.

Try it out on this photo of Obama. See if you can spot a famous airplane pilot in the bottom row of results.

79 posted on 04/27/2009 8:39:11 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: thefactor
i am sure they were taking pics OF the plane around the statue, not taking pics FROM the plane.

Oh, well, that's worth thousands per hour in fuel.

80 posted on 04/27/2009 8:50:39 AM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Did it hit a flock of geese?


81 posted on 04/27/2009 8:54:05 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: novemberslady

“They’re lying”

...or totally incompetent!! Actually they are probably both!


82 posted on 04/27/2009 8:56:33 AM PDT by Batman11 (Chicago, Land of Lincoln who freed the slaves and Land of Obama who enslaved the free.)
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To: PghBaldy

“the flyover was “part of an approved federal activity.”

And that is ALL you need to know, peasants. Now GET BACK TO WORK!!!/s


83 posted on 04/27/2009 8:58:09 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: cynwoody
OK. Now that's funny!
84 posted on 04/27/2009 8:58:32 AM PDT by gridlock (L'etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: river rat

LOL !!! You win the Post of the Day award!!


85 posted on 04/27/2009 9:13:34 AM PDT by BagCamAddict ("Wolverines!!")
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
The WSJ story has up-to-date details.

I left the following comment:

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"According to Reuters, the plane involved was one of President Barack Obama’s backup aircraft. The wire service reported that Obama was not on board."

Glad to know there were no muslims with known terrorist associations on the plane. (Heh.)

But what was the carbon footprint of this little stunt?

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86 posted on 04/27/2009 9:24:56 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (1st call: Abbas. 1st interview: Al Arabiya. 1st energy decision: halt drilling in UT. Arabs 1st!)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Was it for a movie by any chance?

Lots of movies are shot in NYC and the Pentagon helps out Hollywood whenever they need military equipment for a film. Since a large passenger jet had to be flown at a low altitude, the military had to send a fighter jet as an escort in order to make sure nothing went wrong.

Perhaps the reason the city of New York wasn't notified is because the producers didn't want any people looking out the windows and standing on rooftops which would mess up the shot.

87 posted on 04/27/2009 9:37:01 AM PDT by America2012 (No Taxation By An Obamanation)
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To: Scythian
Having seen the photo’s I don’t believe the “Taking photo” explanation, what’s the point of the fighter jet....

I don't either. "Taking Photos" explanation is completely bogus people. I know this. My husband is an aerial photographer for a corporation. You don't EVER take aerials from a jet, or a plane. You take them from a helicopter. You can't get a good enough visual from the windows in a plane. Even on the copter he spends most of his time strapped in and hanging out a window when he takes aerials. Absolutely NO FRICKEN WAY ANYONE WOULD TAKE AERIALS OUT OF A PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!! This absolutely DOES NOT pass the smell test.

88 posted on 04/27/2009 9:50:28 AM PDT by conservativegramma ((No taxation without constitutional representation!))
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To: conservativegramma
Well bloomberg is holding a press conference right now about mexican flu.
Maybe he'll explain to the people of NY why he didn't tell them about planes frightening them into the streets this morning...
89 posted on 04/27/2009 10:03:25 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: conservativegramma

I had the same thoughts myself. A helicopter would’ve been safer to photog from than that ginormous jet, not to mention easier and CHEAPER.

I don’t buy the argument that it was for an ad campaign/movie/ whatever. They can do CGI much more cheaply and effectively than trying to get a one time fly by shot on an overcast day.

Sumthin’ here just aint right.


90 posted on 04/27/2009 10:08:29 AM PDT by FLDemocracker (Those who beat their guns into plows, will plow for those who don't.)
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To: thefactor

although, i am a cop in NYC, i work downtown, and had no knowledge of this. you’d think someone would have said something.

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When a community has a pre-planned disaster readiness program, it is all over the news to warn people ahead of time.

There is absolutely no excuse for planes to fly as these did today without a whole lot of forewarning publicity.


91 posted on 04/27/2009 10:10:07 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: cynwoody

Showing only similar images

$$$$$

Now that is truly WEIRD!!!! Scary weird!


92 posted on 04/27/2009 10:12:14 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: America2012
If it was a movie they could edit out unnecessary onlookers. OTOH, if it was for a movie, maybe they did want to film panicked New Yorkers running in the streets without having to pay them. Between Obama and the Hollyweirdos anything careless, thoughtless, arrogant and irresponsible is possible.
93 posted on 04/27/2009 10:12:52 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: LottieDah

Couldn’t they have just used a helicoptor?


94 posted on 04/27/2009 10:12:55 AM PDT by TheThinker (America doesn't have a president. It has a usurper.)
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To: conservativegramma
Absolutely NO FRICKEN WAY ANYONE WOULD TAKE AERIALS OUT OF A PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a joy ride for Obama and friends to get their jollies, seeing New Yorkers scurry. Later, they'll simply say they wanted to see if New York is ready for another terrorist attack.

95 posted on 04/27/2009 10:16:51 AM PDT by TheThinker (America doesn't have a president. It has a usurper.)
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To: jersey117

Oh good grief. This caused so much worry and for no good reason IMHO.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE53Q3S820090427


96 posted on 04/27/2009 10:19:06 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: TheThinker

I don’t know. Maybe it’s Obama looking for a way out of the crap storm that’s coming. He sets things up to claim that he was aboard when Air Force 1 is highjacked and flown into the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty but is actually living with his family on some estate in Indonesia.


97 posted on 04/27/2009 10:19:44 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: PghBaldy
Air Force One photo op startles New Yorkers

I'm sure the chase plane will come back with spectacular photos of Air Force One against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan.

I wonder what the tab was for people and kerosene (and CO2, real soon now)? And what would the tab have been for a Photoshop job?

98 posted on 04/27/2009 10:30:59 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LottieDah

Aren’t there plenty of pictures of NYC and the SoL? This seems contrived.


99 posted on 04/27/2009 10:35:06 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: cynwoody

Dude, you could buy a new Mac/pc, Adobe Photoshop CS4, & hire a pretty fabulous graphic artist for a fraction of what this alleged joy ride photo-op cost We the Peeps. No question.


100 posted on 04/27/2009 10:37:26 AM PDT by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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