Comment by Michael in CT — March 20, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
This reminds me of a story a friend of mine who served in the Swiss military related to me while on a business trip to Switzerland about an air show attended by top military air force personel from both sides of the iron curtain where during an apparent lull in the show several unannounced Swiss air force jets “American Made ” swooped in at tree top level right over the reviewing stands,banked right & flew thru a valley between two mountains & disappeared. Before the show was over, the attending foreign air force personel were handed photo`s of their upturned faces taken from the jets as they swooped over.
Publicity stunt perhaps but everyone got the message, small but capable & deadly.
A sales guy at a place I worked at told me that when the US military was trying to sell planes to Greece they took some of their guys out on a carrier and did an unannounced supersonic flyover. They had to have one just like that.
Comment by Carl Brannen — March 22, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
When I was statiioned at NAS Oceana in Va. Beach, there were mornings when the air field was closed to all air traffic except for one plane, usually an F-14 or FA-18, that would be out there doing touch-and-go’s and fly-by’s.
We would stop what we were doing and go stand on the tarmac and watch. We never knew whether they were testing a recently repaired plane or it was just some squadron commander getting his hours in and having some fun.