Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Planes and Football

I was sitting outside yesterday afternoon, enjoying the ending to a beautiful fall day when a group of planes from Columbus AFB flew over...and flew over...and flew over.  I noticed they were flying low and went in the house to get the camera, commenting to Randy that Columbus must be flying practice runs for some reason.  He said, "It's a home game; they fly over every home game."
What????  They have been flying since 3 p.m. and the game is not until 5!  How much does that cost?  So for two hours, I watched them fly formation over my house, turn around, and come back to do it again.  We are in the approach to the airport if someone is coming from the south or the west, so I presume all other flights had to be rerouted during the 2 hours these guys were not far above my tree tops
Finally time for the kick off, and they headed toward the stadium for the final fly over.
Oscar voices his approval that they have finally gone on to torment other cats elsewhere.
Felix was unperturbed by the entire event.
In one of the early defensive plays of the game, 89 was about to receive a pass from Auburn.  Although there were 3 Ole Miss defense in the immediate area, he ran right through them on his way to receive.  Jeremy (6) came from the far side of the field in an effort to take him down.
A valiant effort, but he reached him at the goal line.  Jeremy's momentum and impact carried them into the end zone on the tackle.
"Hey, where were you guys?  How about a little help over here?"
A little celebration?

I need football season to be over soon.  I cannot get anything done on Saturdays right now.

Footnote:  I did a little research on flyovers at events and discovered the following from the Boston News and The Dallas News:  It can cost up to $100,000 in fuel alone for a flyover, depending on how far from the home base the planes have to fly.  It is paid for by taxpayers, however, the Air Force and Navy spokespersons reported it comes out of already existing budgets as a "training flight" and there are training plans and objectives for while the planes are en route and at the actual flyover, related to reaching the target and timing as well as other maneuvers.  It is generally done for recruitment purposes (apparently, nothing fires up a crowd like a jet flying over).  The increase in numbers of requests in recent years has resulted in policies limiting the number of flyovers during a year for those who routinely request (such as sports events, NASCAR, etc.) and eliminated them for any event not seen as likely to result in recruits.  Never let it be said that I do not engage in fair and balanced reporting. :)

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