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Myrtle Rose was just 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 got on the ground 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.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
So this 75 year old great grandmother flying an antique airplane was nearly blow out of the sky because Obama decided to make a visit to his old stomping grounds...
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.'"
Originally posted by NightGypsy
F-16's can scramble for an antique plane piloted by a 75-year-old woman, but they can't scramble for four hijacked American planes.....
Well, they had the entire Air Force fooled into believing they were just doing exercises that day. They had the entire Air Force out and about, leaving only 14 fighter jets to protect the mainland of the US on that day.There are recordings of FAA air-traffic controllers asking if the whole 9/11 thing was a drill (with a tone of confirmation as if they were briefed beforehand), and they were told yes. Also, Dick Chaney took control of NORAD leading up to the hijackings, so there was nothing the military could do without the former VP saying so.
I am not a pilot, but I would ask those who are out of curiosity, are old planes like this required to be updated with modern radios, radar etc?
Just wondering. Had there been some bad weather and reduced visibility, drifting over a major airport like O'Hare could have been a disaster.
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.