Fighter jets give Baldwin City a close buzz
At least a few of the A-10 fighter jets that were in an air show in St. Joseph, Mo., this weekend raised some eyebrows Monday morning when they flew over Baldwin City closely — very closely.
“I think they were awfully low,” said Margi Walbridge, who has lived here all her life and first heard one, then saw one from her home on Fifth Street. “It didn’t seem like the plane was much over the tree tops.”
It happened around 10 a.m., but how many planes there were is anyone’s guess. Walbridge thinks there were three. Police Chief Greg Neis said two of his officers saw at least two, but he didn’t.
“I heard them go over,” said Neis.
Numerous other Baldwin City residents heard them and some saw them. And, yes, they were real. Lt. Miles Blocker, who was working the operations desk at the St. Joe airport for the 139th Airlift Group, confirmed that A-10s left there headed south and home Monday morning.
“It was a formation going back to Whiteman Air Force Base,” said Blocker.
As for what the jets were doing flying so low, he said he didn’t know the specifics, but can imagine.
“That was them doing what they do,” he said. “They’re on their own.”
Walbridge, like most other residents, is used to the many jets and helicopters that fly over town heading to or from Forbes Field in Topeka, but this was different.
“Yeah, I thought, ‘uh, oh, is something wrong?’” she said. “I think it’s sad to think like that, but it’s because of 9/11. But I didn’t see anything on the news about something being wrong.”
Sunday’s Sound of Speed Airshow at Rosencrans Memorial Airport attracted an estimated 17,000 to 25,000 people, according to organizers of the event. The famed Blue Angels were among the aircraft that performed during the two-day event.
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