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Jets practice flyover for Saturday’s game

Event planned in conjunction with KU Homecoming

November 2, 2007

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Fighter jets Friday afternoon practiced flying over Lawrence in preparation for Kansas University's Homecoming ceremony Saturday.

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the jets made the trip from St. Louis in order to determine how long Saturday's flight would take. Marchiony said the jets left the area shortly after 3 p.m.

However, they will return to Lawrence Saturday morning.

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

I thought it was a UFO. Me, Billy-Jo-Bob-Jim and Sally-Sue hitched our geer up to our trailer and waited for the little green men!

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

"Cost per flight hour, full burdened, was over $10K/hour, primarily due to maintenance."

That really isn't that bad for a 30-year old supersonic military fighter aircraft. There are several unarmed, subsonic, light Part 25 aircraft with simpler engines and systems that have similar flight hour costs. Heck, the Citation X advertises how inexpensive its $6,000/flight hour operating cost is relative to its competitors, and its MTOW is half that of an F-14.

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Armen Kurdian 6 years, 5 months ago

Compnd, the F-14 was primarily retired because it was so darn expensive to fly. Of all Naval aircraft currently flown, it was the most expensive. Cost per flight hour, full burdened, was over $10K/hour, primarily due to maintenance. Hey, the plane was introduced in 1974 (+/- a year). Also, since it was designed from the outset as an Air Superiority fighter, and no air-ground role, Grumman had to do some fancy engineering to keep it around by giving it an air-ground role, but it still wasn't quite up to snuff. It did have some great aspects, as it was faster than the F-18. But DoD made a cost decision to get rid of it.

Just to let you all know, anytime there is a flyover for a public event, the unit supplying the aircraft is REQUIRED to get some form of training. You get X number of flight hours per month, no more no less (with a few exceptions), and have to get all the checks in the block you need with those flight hours.

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

Pilgrim, the F-14 was retired so early for a few reasons. First is that the only other operator of F-14s is Iran, and the DoD didn't want parts making their way to Iran. Also, the F-18 (which was meant to supersede the F-14) had successfully obsoleted the F-14; the F-18 was technologicaly far superior with many aircraft in service. There was no need to support two lines of aircraft that were meant for the same missions.

Similarly, The F-22 will supersede the F-15C and D variants, but much fewer will be built. Also, the F-22s are insanely more expensive than an F-15. I should been more specifc, only the F-15E will stay in active service until 2025.

gl0ck0wnr, the F-35 is fairly affordable with respect to other fighters. Considering that much of the F-35 is derived from the $100M+ F-22, and that with every successive generation of military aircraft we manufacture fewer airframes, the approximately $50M price tag for the F-35 is really quite good. Product lifecycle costs are also reduced by sharing parts across product lines with the F-22 and using technologies derived from COTS systems.

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 5 months ago

"compmd (Anonymous) says: gl0ck0wnr, you know there are three very different variants of the F-35, right? The A variant is quite conventional. The B has the STOVL system, and the C has enlarged wing and control surface area I believe."

Yeah, I should have been more clear on what I think of it. I'm still not sold on the design. The avionics are cool, but I'm more than a bit worried that we are working ourselves into a situation where the per unit price of our aircraft is more than the system can stand and more than the design merits.

About the flyover: http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/galler...

F/A-18... yawn.

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biggunz 6 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations also to Knowtoomuch winning the Idiot award for rambling about something completely off subject.

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biggunz 6 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to Imastinker for being todays big whiner!

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Pilgrim 6 years, 5 months ago

compmd (Anonymous) says:

Pilgrim, yes the F-15 is still in service and scheduled for retirement 2025.


Just reserve and guard units? Or are you saying the Air Force doesn't fly as much as the Navy?

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

Pilgrim, yes the F-15 is still in service and scheduled for retirement 2025. The F-15E has been fairly well updated. I flew in a T-38 (which is an early 1960s fighter trainer) in 2005, a NASA model that is now in civil use. They are still in service and won't be retired until 2020. Aircraft aging is complex and dependent on the lifecycle planning of the manufacturer. For military aircraft, one of the major problems is how many hours you can put on the structure. If you don't fly very often, you can keep an old military aircraft for many years.

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Kylee Manahan 6 years, 5 months ago

It was thrilling!!! Proud of those Jayhawks flying them too!

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Pilgrim 6 years, 5 months ago

compmd (Anonymous) says:

And yes, they were F-18s. You can tell by the angle of the vertical tails, the size and placement of the engines, and the width of the fuselage that they were definitely not the F-15s that some believed they were.


Is the USAF even still flying F-15s? I thought they dumped them about the same time the Navy jettisoned the F-14.

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

gl0ck0wnr, you know there are three very different variants of the F-35, right? The A variant is quite conventional. The B has the STOVL system, and the C has enlarged wing and control surface area I believe.

And yes, they were F-18s. You can tell by the angle of the vertical tails, the size and placement of the engines, and the width of the fuselage that they were definitely not the F-15s that some believed they were.

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amygrace 6 years, 5 months ago

Those jets that flew over today were F/A-18's. They are from a Marine squadron based in Beaufort South Carolina and both of the pilots graduated from KU.

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aeroscout17 6 years, 5 months ago

Guess I should have added that I quit flying in the early 90s since the other folks posting were talking about earlier times.

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aeroscout17 6 years, 5 months ago

"" To the complainers, pilots have to accumulate a certain amount of time per month to remain proficient - they didn't "need" to do the flight to figure out times, etc, (the computers work just fine thank you) they needed to do the flight to get their requisite hours. "

Thank you for the logic. My dad was an Air Force fighter pilot and he used to berate people that'd bitch about flyovers at games/special events. It's not like these guys are joyriding. They are getting their hours and doing something like this just makes sense. It'll be awesome tomorrow."

Not just the Air Force; I was an Army pilot and we had to get our hours too. Even something like a fly-by had training value and was usually a small part of a larger training mission/scenario.

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JSDAD 6 years, 5 months ago

hey we own em so fly em. so what if it wastes money. we do the same with the bus system dont we?

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simpleton 6 years, 5 months ago

the x-35 rocks. I saw the very first flight of the very first prototype while working at LMCO's Skunk Works plant in Palmdale. You guys are silly itching for a fight over what KIND of plane it was. And how you're so danged smart. If they flew all this way, though, couldn't they have spent a bit more time with a couple more passes?

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Hoots 6 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if they bought carbon offsets to make up for the flight and all the fuel they burned in the atmosphere? ;-) JK

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Lifelong_Lawrencian 6 years, 5 months ago

They were most definitely F-18's. I could explain how I know this is true, but then I would have to kill you.

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northtown 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey fetch-AIRPLANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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fetch 6 years, 5 months ago

OK all of you smartie-pants out there..... What kind of planes showed up Saturday???

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classclown 6 years, 5 months ago

How about the Department of Sunshine and Lollipops. Much nicer ring to it. And also the Department of Kumbaya.

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its_getting_warmer 6 years, 5 months ago

For the $800-900 billion we have spent, we could have sent lots of rice, and wheat, clean water, medicine, vehicles, schools, .....and flat screen TVs, stereos and Wi's, for that matter.... Would have been much better for nation-building morale than watching your three cousins, your parents, and a sibling being blown away as collateral damage. And no more of those Black Ford Explorers screaming by at 80 mph shooting at will while being beholden to no law foreign or domestic.

Nahhhhhhh. Lets spend a few billion and build some more tankers that the AF/DOD (and even Rummy) don't even want. Yea. Thats it. No Military-Industrial complex around here.

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, let's return to the new look. You can't have one half of Eisenhower and not the other half. Let's just get rid of the DoD and we can have a Department of Happiness that will send happy face stickers and bags of rice to people around the world.

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its_getting_warmer 6 years, 5 months ago

Yea, because in a world where we want to dominate those who do not posses water, electricity, or medicine, there is nothing like $100 million dollar airplanes flying by and dropping bombs that really makes them trust the motives of the USA. .. Eisenhower was more than right.

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps, but I'm not a fan. I understand the reason for having an "all in one" solution, but there are times this approach simply doesn't work. The only way to get a reasonable amount of munitions on it is to take off conventionally and store the munitions externally, which essentially ruins the whole point of the aircraft in the first place.

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

gl0ck0wnr, just be glad that Lockheed beat out Boeing for the JSF. Boeing's prototype was ugly as sin. LM decided that keeping most F-35 systems simple was a good idea. That bird has been in development for a long time, I know guys who worked on it when it was just the STOVL program. I'm actually looking forward to the rollout of the JSF. Improved safety, range, payload capacity, sensors, weapons capability, and they are cheaper to produce and maintain than the F-18.

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 5 months ago

"compmd (Anonymous) says: Silly F-18:I bet cfdxprt could tell us all about the fatigue problems that Boeing had with vortex shedding off the strakes hitting the vertical tails. :)"

One of the all-time worst modern military purchases made even more upsetting by the planes it replaced. The dumbness of the F/a-18 will only be eclipsed by the JSF (if it even goes into production).

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thebigspoon 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't know for sure what kind of planes they were,but I am certain I saw Maverick and Goose in one and Iceman and Hollywood in the other...

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thebigspoon 6 years, 5 months ago

Once again the Journal World gives us just enough information to start a debate. Why couldn't they find out for sure what they were and put it in the article. Nice reporting...

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Reality_Check 6 years, 5 months ago

Nov, 3, 2007, www.aero-news.net.

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Pilot Ejects From F-15C Over Missouri

Plane Impacts In Rural MOA Near Viburnum The pilot of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C fighter ejected from his plane Friday morning, shortly before the aircraft crashed in a rural area about 125 miles south of St. Louis.

The aircraft (type shown above) departed Lambert Field on a training mission, and crashed at approximately 1000 CDT, ANG Captain Bridgette Zorn told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

"There is no indication at this time what happened," Zorn said in a telephone interview. "We are compiling an emergency response team to begin looking into the cause."

The pilot, the only person onboard, was recovered and taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately reported.

The aircraft, operating for the 131st Fighter Wing at Lambert, impacted in a military operations area (MOA) near the community of Viburnum.

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oldgoof 6 years, 5 months ago

...a bunch of people are going to be wrong....this should be fun....

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northtown 6 years, 5 months ago

I think these where sold to Iran and they where just prcaticing todays attack!!! All you idiots is want to fight over what kind,who cares,what they are doing,who cares,noise,there is a noise ordinince in town,write the city,just shut up and complain what you need to be worried about. This town has not,or the complainers,me included since Wild Bill tried to burn it. Dig him up and give him a new box of matches,and this time let it burn,and don't start over. We can all move to manhattan,they need somebody to come out and just bich and do nothing but set on the sidewalk downtown and drink coffee,then beer and BITCH!!!!!!!

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knowtoomuch 6 years, 5 months ago

Could Marietta N. Parker & Terra D. Morehead U.S District Attorney's be Involved in Missing Evidence Found for Sale In Local Pawn Shops In Lawrence kansas ?

The Yellow House Fencing investigation had turned ugly for the Lawrence police dept. Officer's Jay Bialek and Officers Mickey Rantz interviewed yellow house costumers while impersonating FBI agents in a effort to intimidate these costumers. The media picked up the story and Marietta Parker and Terra Morehead both U.S. assistants District Attorneys for the state of Kansas tried to help the Lawrence police Chief Ron Olin cover up the impersonations by launching a Fake FBI investigation into the Lawrence Police dept. complete with a fake FBI agent named Mr. Bob Schaefer. Mr. Bob Schaefer had several meetings with the media, attorneys, and officials from the Lawrence police dept. Mr. Schaefer was sent here from K.C. When Lawrence in in the jurisdiction of the Topeka FBI office. Mrs. Marietta Parker is in some hot watter with the real FBI now and it has come to the attention of the real FBI that the Lawrence police dept. has evidence missing from the Police evidence room and some of this missing evidence have turned up in both local pawn shops here in Lawrence. The property missing from the evidence room consisted of firearms, drugs,tools ect.. Could this missing property be the reason the federal prosecutor's Parker and Morehead violated the law posing as FBI agency and conspired to impersonate a FBI agent by sending Mr. Schaefer here to smooth things out ? (a fake FBI agent) Could these Federal prosecutors be involved in the illegal removal of property from the police evidence room and the selling of it to the local pawn shops ? Think about it for a min. when the dirty Lawrence police officers arrest someone and get the Justice dept. to charge them on the federal level based on lies it could be a nice gig , yep once your case go's to federal court most attorneys advice is to plea and take the deal, this will allow the cops to keep your seized property to sell to the pawn shops and it allows the dirty Justice dept. prosecutors to Take your home and business through forfeitures just to keep a winning conviction record and everybody's happy except the poor person who was intimidated and now is going to jail as a innocence person because he listened to his dirty attorney who never believed in him in the 1st place. Just how much money is worth violating a federal prosecutor's oath of offices ? How much missing evidence from the evidence room is worth violating your oath office as a law enforcement officer ? Do you think these Dirty law enforcements officials will be held accountable for their actions , its a sad day when the law enforcement officers and the Justice dept. Federal officials are not held to the same strict code of conduct they hold the public to.

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insiderinfo 6 years, 5 months ago

U.S.Attorney's Marietta N. Parker & Terra D. Morehead Use 4-Time Convicted Felon to Lie To The Grand Jury in The Yellow House Investigation It is truly shocking to learn how far a vindictive prosecutor will go to achieve an indictment against innocent people.Take a look at this letter sent to Mr. Neighbors from his attorney, the attorney names the witness and she also violates Mr. Patrick's Nieder's attorney client privilege by informing Mr. Neighbors that Nieder testified before the grand jury. How could a professional Attorney disclose such private information. How could Mr. Neighbors be assured his attorney client privilege has not been compromised in the same matter Mr. Nieder's was ?Link to the letter from my attorney Mrs. Dionne M. Scherff : http://picasaweb.google.com/guysmileys/CorrespondenceFromMy5thAttorney

Take a look at Mr.Nieder's arrest and conviction record 1. Jan 11, 1990Jan 07, 1991N/ADriving While License Canceled, Suspended, revoked 2. Nov 15, 1996Mar 27, 1998Attempted Opiates,Opium or Narcotic Drugs;Possession;1st Off 3.May 05, 1999Dec 03, 1999N/Aggravated Battery - Reckless,Bodily Harm 4.May 30, 1999Dec 03, 1999N/ADriving Under Influence - 3rd or subsequent convic 5. May 30, 1999Dec 03, 1999N/Aggravated Battery - Reckless,Bodily Harm 6.Oct 04, 2004Jan 27, 2006N/A Forgery 7.Oct 12, 2004Jan 27, 2006N/A Forgery 8.Oct 13, 2004Oct 20, 2005N/A Forgery 9.Oct 19, 2004Jan 27, 2006N/A Forgery 10. Nov 05, 2004Oct 03, 2005N/ATheft;Obtain Cntrl Prpty at least 1K less than25K 11. Dec 08, 2004Sep 14, 2006N/ATheft;Obtain Cntrl Prpty at least 1K less than25K

How could Marietta N. Parker and Terra D. Morehead use some one like this criminal to go before the grand jury to get a indictment. Mrs. Dionne M. Scherrf is aware of this clients criminal record why is it she is not stepping up to the plate for either one of these clients, could it be the justice dept and some attorneys are so comfortable helping out friends no one knows where the line is ?Man this is sad look at all of these convictions Mr. Nieder has he would not hold up in court as a witness.Law 101 you do not use 4 time convicted felons in court as a witness.How desperate could Parker and Morehead be to get a conviction on the yellow house owners.The last I heard Mr. Nieder was serving 10-yrs, and now he is out after 2 yrs. wow did he get a sweet deal to lie before the grand

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Shelley Bock 6 years, 5 months ago

If the JW article indicates that the pilots were both of "Captain" rank, then they might very well be Marine pilots flying F/A-18's. I couldn't see two Navy Captains flying in the reserves. I'm not certain, but I belive that there was a Marine Reserve squadron in St. Louis at one time. Marines and Navy fly F/A-18. USAF fly F-15. But, I also wouldn't trust the JW to get plane type correct, so proper ID will have to wait for the fly over.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

Who's the expert????

When I lived in SE Missouri as a kid in the early-mid 70's, jets flew over frequently and the sonic boom nearly blew your eardrums out---what jet was it? Treetop level BTW.

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

glockownr, MDD was absorbed a while back, its now part of Boeing. Support, engineering, and manufacturing are done by Boeing IDS in St. Louis for the 15 and 18. But I definitely agree with you about lameness.

Silly F-18...I bet cfdxprt could tell us all about the fatigue problems that Boeing had with vortex shedding off the strakes hitting the vertical tails. :)

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Rick Aldrich 6 years, 5 months ago

how about everyone watching the skys around 11:15 a.m. tomorrow. then everybody will know what kind they are. i myself hope their low and loud.

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 5 months ago

They could indeed be F/A-18s out of St. Louis. The aircraft - such as it is - is manufactured by MD, which is headquartered in St. Louis. They probably have a few around. Either way, F-15 = cool... F/A-18 = lame.

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Rancho 6 years, 5 months ago

They were F ing beautiful! I hope I am downtown at kickoff! I was taking out trash the 1st time they went by, unfortunately inside the 2nd time. Hope they kick in the afterburners tomorrow.

My Papa used to buzz our house in his King Air. I LOVE tough airplanes(obviosly the king air is not)

This is a peace mission naysayers. They are making sure they get it perfect for the blowout of the Nebs.

Go KU!

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Thats_messed_up 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey treehuggers/zipperheads, If the jets are from St. Louis they are the F-15's flown by the Missouri Air National Guard at Lambert field. The pilots are most likely KU grads but possibly one or two NU grads also. I know because I refuel them all the time with the KC-135 from the Kansas Air National Guard at Forbes Field (that's over in Topeka for all you Lawrence is the center of the universe people).

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Lulu 6 years, 5 months ago

The war birds of death scared my two poodles almost to death. The poor babies were yelping for an hour after these death machines made their exit.

I'll be leaving town tomorrow before your man sport of brutes and violence gets underway.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 5 months ago

" To the complainers, pilots have to accumulate a certain amount of time per month to remain proficient - they didn't "need" to do the flight to figure out times, etc, (the computers work just fine thank you) they needed to do the flight to get their requisite hours. "

Thank you for the logic. My dad was an Air Force fighter pilot and he used to berate people that'd bitch about flyovers at games/special events. It's not like these guys are joyriding. They are getting their hours and doing something like this just makes sense. It'll be awesome tomorrow.

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Calliope877 6 years, 5 months ago

Since someone suggested that they were F-15s, I felt compelled to post this link: http://www.kctv5.com/news/14496109/detail.html

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Ragingbear 6 years, 5 months ago

Your tax dollars

You pay for tickets

Your tax dollars paid for the stadium

Your tax dollars paid for the college

You pay for the parking

You pay for the gas

Overpriced Stadium food

Overpriced Beer

Those $15 tickets have cost you nearly $100

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compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately I missed them today. cfdxprt, were the vertical tails perpendicular to the horizontal tails? I hope they are F-15s. Everyone and their dog has seen the Blue Angels. 15s are simple, elegant, and beautiful aircraft, very much underappreciated by many people. Their performance is quite impressive given their age (over 30 years old) and the performance of more modern aircraft. I'd be thrilled if a few of them flew by tomorrow.

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jayhawkross 6 years, 5 months ago

They flew over my house three times, they were F/A-18's.

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soiledbrown 6 years, 5 months ago

for those of us that dont have a million dollars for tickets...what time will this flyby take place?

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one_time 6 years, 5 months ago

coming from a football state it's funny to see KU do all the theatrics, but then again when you have to go back 100 years for being 9-0....it's a pretty big deal....The recent KU sucess isn't a sign of things to come but a luck of the draw this season, it takes big bucks to run a top 10 ranked program year in and year out and without the proper facilities recruits will continue to pass......the old addage is true in big time football....."If you build it they will come"

...but the luck of the draw is on KU's side this season so KU should double down the rest of the season and they will come out big!...The minute they play safe, they will fail!!!

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 5 months ago

cfdxprt :

They over at the LJW have some sort of code running which prevents folks from doing all caps which has some interesting results in terms of things which should be capitalised.

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Rick Aldrich 6 years, 5 months ago

are you all sure it was'nt some really big and really pissed off birds?

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hk45 6 years, 5 months ago

They were F-18s based on their profile.

And, here is the link: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/oct...

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 5 months ago

The ljworld should just shut down. "OMG AIRPLANEZESZ!!~~!" "BREAKING NEWS"

these were supposed to be in caps ---^---------------^-----------------------------------------------^------------^

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

cfdxprt, ljw (can't make ljw any smaller) will tell YOU how things go, you do not dictate to them....they have won awards and are critically acclaimed---globally too! How dare you!!??

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posessionannex 6 years, 5 months ago

They build F-18s in St.Louis, don't they?

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

Jeepers! Where did "green" go......I'm appalled that Lawrence would allow such a transgression against the Reverend Al Gore's Church of Green and Global Warming......shocked!

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macon47 6 years, 5 months ago

i bet it scared someones cat and they will complain

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posessionannex 6 years, 5 months ago

"What are Mig-29's doing flying over Lawrence?"

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cfdxprt 6 years, 5 months ago

St. Louis doesn't fly out F-18's. I've lived my whole life in the Air Force, and in profile they were F-15s. The wings were too deep for F-18s. We'll let tomorrow figure it out. If I'm wrong I owe hk45 and shockchalk a beer. And I need to go back to aircraft identification school.

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hk45 6 years, 5 months ago

They were F-18s not F-15s.

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cfdxprt 6 years, 5 months ago

Dear LJW editors and computer coders. When I previewed my comment it said wwii, due to the capitalization thing. When I wrote a pithy thing after it saying WWII should always be put as WWII, it actually capitalized it right. (in the previews)

Here's a new rule to work in, WWII should always be displayed as WWII, no matter what - it was the last war with any real meaning.

And of course it seems like this message is posting appropriately.

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cfdxprt 6 years, 5 months ago

Shockchalk, from appearances those were F-15s, which would make sense flying out of St. Louis. To the complainers, pilots have to accumulate a certain amount of time per month to remain proficient - they didn't "need" to do the flight to figure out times, etc, (the computers work just fine thank you) they needed to do the flight to get their requisite hours. Budgets are being cut, and you have to be creative to get a few hours flight time...my gramps dealt with the same thing after WWII .

BTW, I just happened to be outside at the time and saw them fly over. First thought was "why in the heck are F-15s flying so low over Lawrence". Second thought - "man that's cool". Sorry I'm a third generation Air Force brat, so seeing one of the most awesome planes ever invented by man kinda rocks.

Once again to the complainers, I disagree with most of our foreign policy actions, but if your butt was on the line, wouldn't you want the BEST of the best defending you? Compare reports on Rand and other places - no one touches the planes we can build (and those F-15s are 20 years old).

People don't realize what our military capabilities are, and how high performance those planes you saw flying are. It's more probable that they think they should be grounded forever as a waste of petro. Heck, even Ron Paul doesn't think that.

I'm not of KU, I won't be celebrating homecoming, but I'll make darn sure I'm watching those fighters streak across the sky tomorrow. Forget for a second the purpose of the technology (because they are purpose built) and see how beautiful of a bird we have.

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posessionannex 6 years, 5 months ago

Are these Gyrene or Squid Fighter Attack Guys?

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Reality_Check 6 years, 5 months ago

What kind of jets? From which armed force? Which base? What will they be doing? Will they do any aerobatics? Etc., etc.

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imastinker 6 years, 5 months ago

I want to know why this is news when a bomb at a nuclear power plant is not.

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Dwight_Schrute 6 years, 5 months ago

So will they be able to do this when they build the Oread Inn? Or will the Hotel block the flight pattern?

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its_getting_warmer 6 years, 5 months ago

....and I get nervous whenever munitions are coming to Lawrence from Missouri....

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stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 5 months ago

Uh... yeeeeeah.... practice..... uh huh..... wow.....

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its_getting_warmer 6 years, 5 months ago

Yup, air travel has a huge CO2 footprint.

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Dwight_Schrute 6 years, 5 months ago

You know, kids really do like the flying jet thingy...plus it makes you feel powerful, or empowered, or...oh well...

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biggunz 6 years, 5 months ago

"Wow, this is breaking news?"

haha. yeah, another dandy.

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clyde_never_barks 6 years, 5 months ago

In other news...Low flying jets for ceremonial purposes contribute to global warming. University urges thorough review...

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jgragg 6 years, 5 months ago

This must be the reason why our government spends more money on the Air Force than any other military branch.......

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Dwight_Schrute 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow, this is BREAKING NEWS? You missed that one biggunz -

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fetch 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't know about St. Louis, but here in Lawrence we have maps, GPS, and wind forecasts. Sheeesh.

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The_Voice_of_Reason 6 years, 5 months ago

I was on it biggunz.... you just type faster than I...

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The_Voice_of_Reason 6 years, 5 months ago

Could saved some time and money if they just divided the distance by miles per hour....

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biggunz 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow, it's taking the usual complainers an unusual amount of time to chime in on this one...."too loud, scared my cats, my tax dollars pay for this, George Bush sucks, blah, blah, blah. Maybe tomorrow.

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