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Bregalad
Alpha Geek

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From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Registered: Jan 2002

posted July 28, 2002 12:21     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad   Click Here to Email Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...there are a pair of CF-18 fighter jets circling the city.

Yes it's time for the annoucer to say "gentlemen start your engines" and a crowd of 75,000 people to cheer as the Molson Indy Vancouver (CART circuit) gets underway. I have nothing against auto racing, a couple of days of noise and pollution tend to be offset by advances in car design and safety features that benefit the rest of us, but I'm glad the race is taking place 3 miles away on the other side of the hill I live on.

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GMx
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From: Infinity and beyond!!!
Registered: Jul 2002

posted July 28, 2002 13:15     Click Here to See the Profile for GMx   Click Here to Email GMx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Bregalad:
...there are a pair of CF-18 fighter jets circling the city.

Yes it's time for the annoucer to say "gentlemen start your engines" and a crowd of 75,000 people to cheer as the Molson Indy Vancouver (CART circuit) gets underway. I have nothing against auto racing, a couple of days of noise and pollution tend to be offset by advances in car design and safety features that benefit the rest of us, but I'm glad the race is taking place 3 miles away on the other side of the hill I live on.


And cars don't fall out of the sky, unlike fighter jets, as in yesterday's accident in the Ukraine.

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EngrBohn
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posted July 28, 2002 14:02     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course, low-flying jets are much more effective at breaking up riots (albeit unintentionally) than race cars.

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daveyt
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From: Vancouver, BC
Registered: Jul 2002

posted July 28, 2002 16:21     Click Here to See the Profile for daveyt   Click Here to Email daveyt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They flew right over my house! The cats came out of daily hibernation to see what all the racket was. I was hanging out the window checking them out. Cool. and loud.

One day not so long ago, I was flying to a job site by helicopter, and a couple of CF-18's came whipping by. I would listen to the controllers on the radio to find out who and what else was flying around, but the military sees no need to let anybody know where they are or where they're going, so out of nowhere, seemingly, they bank around us and head in for landing. Sweet.

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GMx
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posted July 28, 2002 16:53     Click Here to See the Profile for GMx   Click Here to Email GMx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by EngrBohn:
Of course, low-flying jets are much more effective at breaking up riots (albeit unintentionally) than race cars.


lol I would like to see some video of that!

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ilovemydualg4
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Registered: Mar 2002

posted July 29, 2002 03:02     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i was skiing in vermont, and 3 fighter jets in low formation zipped right overhead northbound. it was freaky. where could they possibly be going, unless they are canadian returning home, or the us bombing canada jk

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Swiss Mercenary
BlabberMouth, the Next Generation.

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From: All the way from the land of Chocolate, Cheese and Cuckoo Clocks.
Registered: Feb 2000

posted July 29, 2002 03:47     Click Here to See the Profile for Swiss Mercenary   Click Here to Email Swiss Mercenary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish I could have been in Vancouver to see the race, I really love CART and F1.
So do not tell us the results so when I finally catch up with the race, it will come as a surprise.

As for flyby by jets, just have to go ski-ing in the Swiss Alps, you see military planes playing cat and mouse all the time.
With the Fêtes de Genève coming up too, normally we get some sort of airshow too. I am going to leave town for this, especially when the Techno parade is on.

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LifetimeTrekker
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From: Albuquerque, NM, UD
Registered: Sep 2001

posted July 29, 2002 17:12     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I think having the Secret Service knocking on the front door is my best indication of an event.

You know, those people have no sense of humour, never forget and never let you forget either one.

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uilleann
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From: St Albans, Herts, England
Registered: Apr 2002

posted July 30, 2002 00:44     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How did you know they were the Secret Service - aren't they supposed to be secret? :) Did it say "Secret Service" on their ID badges or something?

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nekomatic
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posted July 30, 2002 01:00     Click Here to See the Profile for nekomatic   Click Here to Email nekomatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought it was embroidered across the backs of their bomber jackets?

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