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mustangs68
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From: Hampton Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
Registered: May 99

posted 12-01-2006 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68        Reply w/Quote
Since I came home at 3PM there's been nothing but Raptors (F-22)lying over.
KOOL

They ar doing circles over the Bay,one wing up one down,then peeling off and must be doing touch and Goes at the Base.

All I know its KickA$$ to hear them and watch them have "fun".
Sam

RancheroSandraGayle
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From: Ft Bragg, NC USA
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posted 12-01-2006 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RancheroSandraGayle        Reply w/Quote
That has to be an awsome sight. Don't know if they do it in the States, but out here when I was sitting on the flightline waiting for my ride(at night), they would do afterburner takeoffs.
If you've never experienced one, it is quite simply the one of the coolest things to see, especcilly if you are no more than 150 yards from the flight line. First you hear the engines spool up, the whine changes into a howl, then a roar, then to something you feel more than hear. Pilots trip the brakes, and all you see is a long cone of fire, and it sounds like the sky is being ripped apart.

Dave Gibson
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From: Norfolk, Virginia, USA M&M#166 MCA#47921
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posted 12-01-2006 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson        Reply w/Quote
Your description sounds like an F-14 Tomcat getting ready for a catapult shot!! Miss that sucker already.

Dave & Terri

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mustangs68
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From: Hampton Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
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posted 12-02-2006 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68        Reply w/Quote
afterburner takeoffs.
Yes they are impressive

Living near Langley we get to see a little of everything.I can remember when Dad took us to watch the planes.
And I'm old enough to remember when Langley had Blimps..damn now thats old
Sam

68 Coop
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From: Mesquite, NV. 89027
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posted 12-02-2006 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop        Reply w/Quote
Back in the 70's, I used to live right across from Nellis AFB, and they did a lot of afterburner take-off's. Everything in the mobile home would vibrate, and the windows shook so hard I thought they were going to shatter.

Dave Gibson
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posted 12-02-2006 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson        Reply w/Quote
Sam,
Check www.Pilotonline.com for a story about changing of the guard from the F-15 to the F-22. Good read and explains the air show that you got to watch.

Dave & Terri

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mustangs68
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From: Hampton Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
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posted 12-03-2006 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68        Reply w/Quote
LOL..I really know whats going on outside my door huh

Well from what I saw the F22 really handled well,none fell in the Bay
Sam

stang68
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From: Buckroe Beach ,Hampton,Va.
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posted 12-03-2006 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang68        Reply w/Quote
They were flying kinda low thought they changed there landing pattern again or they decided to make the break right at my front door..I seem to think when there is low vis they seem to change landing patterns...but still enjoy the sound

beachbum
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posted 12-03-2006 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum        Reply w/Quote
Man that must have been a kool thing to see. The F22 is the latest in aviation technology and can cruise at supersonic speeds.

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