A low flying plane...

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
August 3, 2008 11:44am CST
...just went over the house. It appeared to be a military type cargo plan. All I know is that it was big and it was low. It came from the west end of the house so I couldn't see it until it was over the house and heading east but for a few seconds it was so loud it sounded like a helicopter was landing on the roof! It was honestly low enough, if I'd been outside we could have wayed to the pilot. I know we're up on a hill but I think that was cutting it a bit close! I don't think it cleared the next hill by more than 50 feet. How often do you get any low flying planes or helicopters...especially military ones...going over your house? Is it exciting or a little scary?
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• United States
3 Aug 08
I live in a surrounding state and saw a large plane that looked like an older bomber or a cargo plane. It may have been the same plane. It was within the past 2 or 3 days. I saw it when I was going to work some time before noon. I work my own hours so I can not be very accurate. LOL I think it is because we are closer to Washington, D.C. and they are setting up special safe zones in the mountains in case there is a problem at the capital. They used to have the bomb shelter in the Greenbrier Hotel in WV. Since they are no longer going to use it in case of an emergency, YOU KNOW they are creating or have created another. For about 2 years we used to hear what sounded like a helicopter hovering around 1 o'clock pm every night. You couldn't see anything. Nothing. It didn't have any lights. But it was there. We are not the only ones to hear it. Rumor also has it that there is a test flight zone in the Appalachian area. So don't be surprised if you see something that appears to be a UFO. It will probably not have aliens piloting the ship.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Wow...that was some really cool information! I hadn't thought of any of that. And I have been seeing some odd looking "planes" at night too. A few nights ago one went over low (not as low as today though) and something felt odd about it and a few months ago I was watching a plane at night and all the lightles completely went off for several seconds...well maybe a bit more, it had altered it's course noticeablly when it turned it's lights back on.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
The Appalachian chain is the new area 51. Expect more. Because I think they are reinforcing the new bunker. Just think, they can cut it into the side of any of the mountains which do not have road access and no one will ever know. If I had to guess I would say that they made them years ago so the trees can grow back to provide some camouflage.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Makes sense...they wouldn't have even needed to wait for trees if they did something like that up here. We have so many stone quarries, the could just pile shale on top of whatever and it would blend right in.
• India
3 Aug 08
My college is only 6 kms away from Air Force Academy, so all the routes of the trainee pilots pass from our college and I'm very much habituated to those sounds. Every now and then some Jets also come by to give the students a special training and twice every year, there is a pass our parade, so we get to see a lot of aerobatics performed by the aircrafts. It's fun watching this because I love to observe planes and try to understand them. bourne
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
That must be kind of fun to see that kind of thing so much. We only see a plane or several helicopters once or twice a year usually.
• India
5 Aug 08
Well, being an Aero Engg, I think that such stuff doesn't really bore me. So I enjoy it to the most. Sometimes I've been hit on the face with a basketball because I chose to observe the plane flying overhead, rather than listen to the call of my teammate passing the ball. It's fun anyways.. bourne
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
3 Aug 08
When I lived in Maryland I wasn't too far from Andrews Air Force Base and some of those planes came in so low that we could read the numbers on the bottom! The take offs were worse because there were a lot of fighter jets on the base and, when they took off, they took off! Now that I live in nowhere Florida we rarely see any planes and, if we do, they're way up high.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
And see if I lived near a base of any kind, I'd be used to it...probably annoyed at times but it wouldn't be a big deal. Military planes hardly ever fly over here so it was so strange to see one that low. I can't even imagine what it must sound like to hear a fighter jet take off!
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I find it scary. Why are they flying that low. It has happened at my house once or twice. I just don't like it. It is like they are hiding from someone or something. Or looking for someone. I mean why do they get that close?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It is weird. It's not like there is anywhere around here for them to land normally and the one airport is far enough away that they weren't preparing for a landing or just taking off. It does seem kind of suspicious.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It sounds like it was something exciting to have something fly that low. It doesn't happen every day does it. Once in a while a low flying aircraft is amidst my area but I am not to worry. I wouldn't say that it is scary because I feel there is a big rarity that a plane would drop down on us.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It probably is rare to actually have a plane crash...it's just unusual to see a plane flying so low. Fo us it is some what exciting but definitely a bit unnerving!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
4 Aug 08
When I was growing up I lived in a house that had a view of one of the runways at Glasgow airport,and a friend of the Family was a Pilot based there,so that got us the opportunity to look around some! Since then,I've always enjoyed airshows and such,seeing the planes up close..sounds like that may have been a C-135 Hercules transport that buzzed You,they have quite a distinctive sound to the engines,having 4 propellers,and can fly low and slow...In Northern Ireland,We've had Army helicopters overhead for Years,between small spotter machines to troop transports..I can recognise most of them by sound! I Live and work near Lough Erne,a large freshwater lake-last Week at work,after sunset,I noticed a Helicopter apparently searching over the water,and realised it was An Irish Coastguard Sea King SAR Helicopter..I read online next day a Young Girl suffered a spinal injury in a Wakeboarding accident,and the Coastguard got called in to help..As Long as the machine's under control,it can be exciting..if it's out of control,it's Scary!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I looked up a photo of the C-135 Hercules. It wasn't an exact match but they showed photos of a few other transport that were in the same "family" and one of them was exactly it. I meant to post that here when I found it but managed to get busy and forget so I don't remember the name of the one I saw. I just wanted you to know you were basically right in your guess...it was a variant of that type.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
21 Aug 08
It can always help if you can figure out who was driving the machine that missed You! Glad I could help point you in the right direction-And Thank You for best response!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
3 Aug 08
where I am at it is more in the country now , so i dont see too many planes flying anymore . My parents live close to an airport , and sometimes we will see low flying planes and that can be scary . When I was in nyc and shea stadium they have an airport super close and every so often planes will just wizz by , and it will get super loud , now that is pretty scary and annoying
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think any low flying plane in NYC must make people nervous. Sure they have the airport so it's common but still...
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
4 Aug 08
We sometimes get helicopters, when the hospital needs one and they happen to come in our way. Also planes/helicopters from the National Guard. But nothing as close as you described it. I had that experience, when I was in school. The school was on top of the hill with a small airfield on the next one and a lake and dam behind another hill. They had exercises to bomb the dam and also to parachute. They also used the school to fly down for pretend bomb droppings. We one year had a classroom in the top level of the building. A helicopter came in so close we thought he would come through the window. The pilot and copilot just grinned and waved at us. I mean, they were so close the blades just rotated barely above the building. If we would have opened a window they could have easily jumped inside. The school filed a complaint with the military after that event. After all, that was highly dangerous and a little mistake could have cost some of us our lifes. At the time, we of course thought it to be highly interesting and funny, lol. Anyhow, after that they stayed away from the school and used other buildings for 'practice' purposes.
• United States
4 Aug 08
We have had those low flying planes here where I live and yes it's kinda scary to see for I always wonder "could there be something wrong and we'll hear about it on the news or something" A month ago we had one of those planes that take off out of air ports fly really low over our area and I could literally see the windows of the plane that's how low it was. It made the ground rumble I sat at my bay window just watching it slowly go by and thought "please go higher and make it to your destination" Now we have an air port that is 1/2 hour away from where I live and I know that planes move at a high rate of speed and need to start going lower as they approach their landing destination but this is to low to soon. So yeah I know the feeling it cn be exciting but scary at the same time.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Well it's not very often but, it definitely freaks me out. It's been awhile. I live in NY and after 9/11 there was alot of helicopters flying around and military planes for a very long time. I live 45 minutes (by car) from NYC so the planes were flying close for an extended period of time. Whenever I heard the sound of plane after 9/11 I shook. It took a very long time to get over that feeling. I still have'nt flown since then. I was always terrified of flying and now you can just imagine. I am getting ready to take my first flight again to see my Mom in Florida. With all the new airport rules and regs I'll be freaked out for sure.
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
I have never seen any low flying plane and if by chance I happened to see one I'll call for help. If it's some kind of a military plane then I'll avoid it and get as far as I could. i don't what their intentions are so maybe it's best to report the to the authorities and get as far as possible.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hi foxyfire, hmmm...I have not tried this..I will be having mixed emotions if I am in your situation..LOL! I will be scared as well as excited! LOL! Scared why they are that low and thinking, do we have any bad people around us! Things like that! At the same time excited that the place is well guarded! LOL!
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Where my parents use to live they were really close to a military base (actually 3) and the planes would do fly overs all the time. There is actually regulations regarding military planes and how hihg/low, fast/slow they can fly over residential areas.