July 17, 2009

Heads Up!

Your seriously coo-el photo of the day:


The caption that goes with it at Yahoo Nooz reads:

A Navy jet from the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia passes an apartment building during tactical demonstration flyover as part of the 2009 Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Detroit Gold Cup race, Sunday July 12, 2009 along the Detroit River in Detroit.

Me, I'm more inclined to believe the city has been sold to the Pentagon on the sly for target practice......

UPDATE: I meant to add earlier that this photo reminds me of the dear old days at Dubyanell. Those of you familiar with higher education in the great Commonwealth of Virginny will know that Washington & Lee shares a common border with the Virginia Military Institute. What you may not know is that there is a tradition amongs the Viamies (as we used to call 'em), that if a graduate went on to get his wings in one of the Services, he would take the first available opportunity to buzz the VMI campus.

My first exposure to this practice came early one morning shortly after I had arrived in Metro-Lex. Nearly jumped out of my skin.

Posted by Robert at July 17, 2009 12:02 PM | TrackBack

Detroit does look pretty bombed out. But I think it has been that way for the last forty years.

Posted by: rbj at July 17, 2009 12:32 PM

The folks over at neptunuslex think this is either p-shop or some kind of camera trickery to make the jet appear much closer to the building than it really is.

Posted by: babs at July 17, 2009 12:51 PM

I just assumed it was some kind of telephoto phenomenon.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at July 17, 2009 01:32 PM

They can think what they want, the fact is, modern jet fighters are B-I-G. The plane in the picture is an F-18 Super Hornet, I'm not enough of a Go-Faster nerd to know if it's an E or an F, but it's over 60' in length and almost 45' in wingspan. To put that in perspective, the B=17 was only 15' longer, and it carried a crew of 10, so there you go. These monsters may share the NAME "fighter" with the likes of the Spitfire and the Mustang, but they dwarf them.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at July 18, 2009 01:59 AM

It's an F, as it's clearly a two-seater.

Posted by: Captain Ned at July 18, 2009 02:48 PM