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July 17, 2009

Navy F18 Streaks Past Apartment Building

A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet crew got permission for a low-level demonstration flight, as part of the opening ceremony for a speedboat race on the Detroit River, last weekend. This is what it looked like, for Motor City residents.

[Photo: AP/The Detroit News, Steve Perez. Originally spotted at the Daily Mail]

Now that's what I call a fly-past: US Navy F18 streaks past apartment block

This is the moment a a US Navy pilot gave a shocked resident a very close look at his F18. The fighter/bomber streaked past an apartment block on the banks of the Detroit River at the weekend.

It was part of a tactical demonstration fly-past to open a speedboat race in the North American city.

Officials waived rules to allow the Navy flyers to swoop under 100ft along the waterway

One resident said: 'I couldn't believe how low they flew and how close they came to our building - I'm sure the pilot waved at me.'

The jets had flown in from the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia to put on a spectacular show for thousands of spectators.

The Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup race was won by speedboat ace Dave Villcock.

'We danced with the devil at every turn,' said Villwock, 55, who demolished the field on his way to his seventh Gold Cup win.
'We were either going to win it big or lose it big.'
He couldn't match the F15s for speed, although his average of 141mph for the five-lap final remained impressive.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Totally cool, I would love to have been the person standing on the balcony. heh heh

How fantastic is that!

Posted by Wild Thing at July 17, 2009 06:55 AM


Flying low over Detroit like that, they best check it real good for bullet holes.

Posted by: BobF at July 17, 2009 07:19 AM

I saw that photo somewhere else and couldn't remember where, thanks WT. That's the reason I love the airshow at the base nearby, I know they are typically up there at least 100 ft. but the blast as they go by is awesome, I quit even trying to take pictures. I used to help the Marines arm A4F's with 500lb bombs at Chu Lai when were were hauling ordinance, 4 guys pick up the bomb and one guy pins it to the bomb racks, it's faster than that jacking device, then the overloaded things would take off in the hot air, just clearing the dunes, you really get the big picture at those events, we owe those pilots a hell of a lot of respect when they are measuring life in microseconds not seconds. I'll be in the vicinity of McCord AFB and Ft. Lewis today, the smoking lamp is lit, smoke if you've got'em.:)

Posted by: Jack at July 17, 2009 08:03 AM

Just think of all the wasted money so that Blowbama could impress his ignorant negroe worshippers in bankrupt Detroit.

Posted by: cuchieddie (obama hater) at July 17, 2009 11:28 AM

BobF., Yikes, see I didn't even think about
that. Good point Bob.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 17, 2009 08:16 PM

Jack, big smile, thanks for sharing about
My jaw dropped when I saw this photo.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 17, 2009 08:18 PM

cuchieddie (obama hater), yessss
tons of wasted money.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 17, 2009 08:51 PM