posted on May, 7 2009 @ 02:48 AM
I believe that I did relate the experience somewhere else on ATS before, but roughly four years ago I witnessed a lights-out CAP flying directly
overhead, at roughly 1000-2000 FT AGL. It was an absolutely awesome experience, and it was definitely up there with some of the most amazing Aircraft
viewings I have ever partaken in. I had perfect timing to thank for the experience as well:
I had JUST arrived at my residence, and I parked the car at the curb in front of my house (Not in the driveway). Well, fortunately for me the moment I
stepped out of the car, I heard two Fighter Jets on approach engaging their Afterburners. Luckily the location where I parked the car allowed me an
unimpeded view of their approach from the SW, and as soon as they reached the Airspace over my neighborhood they pulled back to MIL Power. I was
watching them as the Lead finally cut his lights, while his Wingman kept his NAVs on, but cut his strobes. I could just make out the outline of the
Lead enough to follow him overhead, when both Jets cut their lights. Then, as soon as they passed overhead, the Lead re-engaged his Lights, both NAV
and Strobe, the Wingman did the same, and they hit their Afterburners again bugging out to the ENE.
I live within five miles of a Major International Airport, and within 20 of Another, and I am within the Capital Area RAS, so basically whenever we
have any MIL Overflights involving CAPs, you know that they have a very good reason for currently being airborne. Sometimes the NORAD exercises buzz
by certain locations, and you can feel the entire building rumble. It is quite the amazing experience (Reminds me of a C-130 I once had fly low
overhead on Approach to Oceana, while I was on the pier at NSN. The thing felt like an approaching Earthquake, but it was "Oh So Cooool"!).