Thu, May 12, 2005
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we
reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing
on the day's events and issues.
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content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"There are surface-to-air missiles
now stationed around the nation's capital. But at the same time, if
we shine a light on this that has any glow to it at all, is that
the government system worked. They tracked this plane, without
radio contact, they intercepted this airplane with flares and
finally got their attention. I'm sure that they tried to do so much
earlier. Then they probably assessed that this is a two-seater
airplane, single-engine, with two adults in it. It barely carries
the fuel to get even halfway to North Carolina. They probably made
the calculated decision: Let's not do this."
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, in an
interview with CNN, after a Cessna 150K made a deep incursion into
the Washington ADIZ. The aircraft came within three miles of the
White House. But the president apparently never ordered the
aircraft shot down -- tacit recognition that a plane the size of a
150 poses very little threat to the seat of government in this
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