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Two huge explosions rock Washington State/Tacoma area

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posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 04:36 PM
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www.komonews.com...

Man 'o man! I heard these up here in Victoria on Vancouver Island.


SEATTLE -- F-15 fighter jets scrambled from Portland to deal with an unknown aircraft that had entered restricted air space over Western Washington caused two sonic booms that were heard across a wide swath of the region, the FAA reported Tuesday.

Several calls from worried residents from Olympia to Edmonds flooded emergency dispatchers and the KOMO Newsroom reporting two distinct explosions that rattled windows and shook homes around 1:50 p.m.

The FAA had restricted a large area to aircraft over Seattle due to President Obama's visit.

A spokesman with the Oregon Air National Guard said two F-15s from their 142nd Fighter Wing were scrambled on a "real world mission" from their base at Portland International Airport but could not elaborate on what the mission entailed.

Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department says that the boom has brought down 911 service across parts of Pierce County.




posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 04:38 PM
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Incestuously related story here...www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 04:42 PM
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"Also confirmed by the FAA is that airspace was breached in a closed-fly zone in the Seattle area due to the President's presence in downtown Seattle, and the aircraft were dispatched out of Portland.

KIRO radio is reporting the craft that violated the no-fly zone was a seaplane that landed at Kenmore Sea Port."



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 04:46 PM
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Originally posted by 1curious1
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"Also confirmed by the FAA is that airspace was breached in a closed-fly zone in the Seattle area due to the President's presence in downtown Seattle, and the aircraft were dispatched out of Portland.

KIRO radio is reporting the craft that violated the no-fly zone was a seaplane that landed at Kenmore Sea Port."



Nothing like getting buzzed by a couple of super-sonic F-15's to make your day.

Prolly shared the &*&$ out of them!



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 04:52 PM
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Wrong thread

[edit on 17-8-2010 by LadySkadi]



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:00 PM
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Funny, they didn;t seem to be able to scramble any fighters to protect air force one on 9/11.
I guess they wanted us to feel afraid for the President too.
Boy, were we gullible.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:13 PM
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Wait a second...Hold on...So are they trying to say that a "seaplane" caused two sonic booms???? something isn't making sense now. Further research (and calls to relatives near McChord AFB) will be conducted ASAP.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:14 PM
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Anyone know the actual description of "real world mission"?

[edit on 17-8-2010 by crazydaisy]



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:15 PM
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[edit on 17-8-2010 by LadySkadi]



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:19 PM
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No the 2 booms were allegedly caused by the 2 fighter jets scrambled to intercept the seaplane. It was probably one of the seaplane taxis people use to get to and from work and UW campus and it was probably on its normal flight path. Must`ve not got the memo or somethin.


 
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posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:28 PM
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AF 1 had fighter protection on 9/11. I saw them.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 05:55 PM
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I have been at work since 7:30 this morning in Bellevue. My wife heard the sonic booms at our house and she didn't mention it until just a few minutes ago. I heard nothing here in Bellevue. We live in Puyallup and she heard it there. So it's a mystery to me...

Only thing on my mind is why the hell didn't they send jets from Fort Lewis or McChord????



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:11 PM
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Only on 9/11 and not everytime it flies?

What was special about 9/11..before 9/11 became special then?

ETA:

Just read this on the 'Washington Post's website;



New York: Is Air Force One always escorted by fighter jets? How many?

Kenneth Walsh: No, it is actually very unusual for Air Force One to be escorted by fighter jets. On 9/11 there were fighter escorts almost all day -- especially after the initial hour or two, but it is rare. The reason is that it is considered too hazardous to fly fighter jets through heavily trafficked American skies. Whatever security benefit there might be is offset by concerns about creating hazards for civilian aircraft.


Link: www.washingtonpost.com...

Now i really have seen it all!

There were fighter escorts on 9/11..'especially' after the initial hour or two..O..K..but before the initial hour or two?

As for escorts being a threat to civilian aircraft..that has to be rubbish surely?!
Where ever AF1 flies..there is a huge NO FLY ZONE for civilian aircraft! What is this bloke talking about?!

And the cream of USAF pilots cannot fly fore and aft of AF1 (or even above and below, or either side competently, without endangering civilian aircraft that shouldn't even be anywhere near the area anyway?

Uh-huh..right.

[edit on 17/8/2010 by spikey]



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:12 PM
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I can believe the sonic booms as 2 Fighters ..... just means they were balls to the wall to get there in a hurry, usually they are redistricted to speed over populated areas, but in a case of emergency all rules are neglected for the "NEED FOR SPEED" rule.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:15 PM
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Originally posted by tsi1991awd
Only thing on my mind is why the hell didn't they send jets from Fort Lewis or McChord????


Because Fort Lewis is an Army Base and McChord is a tanker base. There aren't any fighters stationed there. Since the F-15 can reach speeds of nearly 2000 MPH, it takes about 5 minutes to get from Portland to Seattle, 170 miles or so away. Normally the military does not break the sound barrier in CONUS. Guess they suspended the rule this time.

There are now three or four threads on this issue. Funny how the titles vary. This one has two large explosions in Pierce County where other say, hey, sonic boom. Go back to sleep.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:19 PM
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Doesn't the Washington National Guard have F-15's in Seattle they could have scrambled? I guess at Mach 2 it would only take jets from Portland like 12 minutes to get to Seattle, but still seems foolish.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 06:31 PM
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Originally posted by harrytuttle
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Doesn't the Washington National Guard have F-15's in Seattle they could have scrambled? I guess at Mach 2 it would only take jets from Portland like 12 minutes to get to Seattle, but still seems foolish.


I'll just assume you didn't see my post and this was an overlap. NO, The National Guard does not have F-15s in Seattle. Where would they be based? There are none at Sea-Tac, none at Boeing Field, none at Renton or Everett, and none at Whidbey. That's all the airports that are there excepting McChord which I already mentioned.

That leaves Portland, 5 minutes away at Mach 2.7. What is so foolish about that? Bear in mind that Obama was already on the ground when all this happened and at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 10:26 PM
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Originally posted by doctor j and inmate c5779
No the 2 booms were allegedly caused by the 2 fighter jets scrambled to intercept the seaplane. It was probably one of the seaplane taxis people use to get to and from work and UW campus and it was probably on its normal flight path. Must`ve not got the memo or somethin.


 
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Likely - or the Kenmore regular to the Victoria harbor.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 10:32 PM
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Originally posted by LadySkadi
Redundant

[edit on 17-8-2010 by LadySkadi]


Aren't you a darling.



posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 10:42 PM
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...why does the title say "explosion" when the story says "sonic boom" ..... next time c/p the title of the story into the title of the thread.


And can anyone calculate the amount of money now wasted by the President for his endorsement mission? I imagine those jets didn't fly free of charge now did they..

Stupid politicians..



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