How Did Airports, Installations, Planes Fare Under Wilma?
Hurricane Wilma struck near Ft. Meyers and blasted across
Florida today, passing out into the Atlantic near Hobe Sound in
Palm Beach County. But our interest, as always, is in the aviation
angle. We've heard there's a hangar down in Boca Raton with damage
to the planes inside, and we've heard of planes damaged in other
"The highlight of my day would be when a military fighter jet
seemingly appeared out of nowhere and made a high-speed low pass
over the runway. Talk about motivation."
Source: Former Navy Pilot Richard Webb, in an
email defending his January 21 flyby over San Luis Obispo Regional
Airport in an F-18 Hornet. According to media reports, Webb flew
the fighter less than 100 feet above the main runway, at speeds
approaching 650 mph. Webb lost his Navy wings over the incident,
although many supporters have defended his actions as
inspirational, and in good fun.