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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: March 22, 2012 01:51PM

Awesome pilots. One thing I loved about being in Naval Aviation, I got to see a lot of cool airshows.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: March 22, 2012 02:53PM

It's an awesome show and they make several passes right over the house when they're here - the airport where they have the Florida International Airshow is only two miles away. I always wonder though - there are always a lot of turkey buzzards gliding around up there so what happens if an F-18 hits one at 300 knots? Makes me wish they'd have the show someplace else. That lightpole is literally right at the end of the driveway, thirty feet from the house.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/03/2012 02:54PM by quasi.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: March 22, 2012 03:09PM

Hitting a bird at that speed is certainly disastrous, especially for the bird. There are accounts of aircraft colliding with birds and it usually doesn't fare too well for the plane either, especially if it was a jet and a bird goes into the air intake. The engine is destroyed and that's about the time the crew bails out because pieces of what used to be a jet engine are ripping though the aircraft like shrapnel. Not a good thing at all. Fortunately for aviators it is not that common an occurrence.

I've heard the birds you refer to called a few variations like turkey vultures, chicken hawks, turkey hawks and chicken buzzards and just plain hawks or buzzards. They are raptors but also scavengers and I think they're all the same basic bird type but some people will argue to great lengths to say otherwise.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: March 22, 2012 03:28PM

Around here they're turkey vultures, turkey buzzards, or, usually, just plain buzzards. I did have one idiot one time want to argue with me that one of 'em was an eagle.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: March 22, 2012 03:34PM

Well as you said, he is an idiot.