Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Air show preview



On the eve of Dubuque's massive July 3 air show and fireworks program, the city the past two evenings has been shaken by the roar of fighter jets. Apparently they are practicing or getting their bearings or whatever.

This evening about 7:20, just as I was coming into the house from work, I heard another aircraft seemingly buzzing our neighborhood. This jet passed directly over our house, with its engines in low throttle, and a few seconds later roared to acceleration, its tail exhaust showing a bright flame. I grabbed the camera, returned to the backyard and tried to capture a bit of video. Unfortunately, the previous pass is when the jet was closest to our house.

Apologies for the shaky camera work. And I must add that the sound on the video does not give justice to the roar of the engines. Imagine dozens of those racing over the heads of Iraqis and Afghans every day.

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