PacNorWest Booming

By lex, on August 18th, 2010

Supersonic shock waves are hard for a Cessna 180 tricked out with floats to generate all by itself. Sometimes it needs help:

A pair of fighter jets scrambled after a small plane entered airspace restricted for President Barack Obama’s visit to Seattle were responsible for sonic booms that shook windows Tuesday afternoon as far south as the Oregon border…

Reached for comment by The Associated Press, one passenger aboard the Cessna 180 floatplane said she and the pilot didn’t know anything was wrong until they landed and were told they had to talk to the Secret Service…

The fighter jets were called in after the privately operated floatplane violated a temporary airspace restriction and landed at Kenmore. According to an Federal Aviation Administration notice published Saturday, planes were barred from travel below 18,000 feet within 30 miles of Boeing Field during the president’s visit.

A pair of F-15 Eagles scrambled out of Portland International Airport flew at supersonic speeds north toward Boeing Field, where Air Force One waited for the president to finish the day’s events in Seattle, said Allen Kenitzer, FAA spokesman for the Northwest region.

Check NOTAMS, or else.

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