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Old 04-01-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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I was standing outside, cleaning up my Jeep when suddenly, I heard the roar of a jet. I looked north and there was a Korean era, Russian Mig flying really fast, just above the tree tops, heading south. This was at 19:17hrs CST. There are no air shows in the area that I'm aware of and there are no airports south of here that can accommodate a jet. Strange. I'm taking my tin foil hat off now. Below is an example of the plane I saw, same markings too.
I'm just wondering why he'd be flying so low, at this time of the evening
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:05 AM   #2
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I see Migs all the time in Germany. East German ones of course. The Migs have a distinct sound. I can tell right away.
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I was standing outside, cleaning up my Jeep when suddenly, I heard the roar of a jet. I looked north and there was a Korean era, Russian Mig flying really fast, just above the tree tops, heading south. This was at 19:17hrs CST. There are no air shows in the area that I'm aware of and there are no airports south of here that can accommodate a jet. Strange. I'm taking my tin foil hat off now. Below is an example of the plane I saw, same markings too.
I'm just wondering why he'd be flying so low, at this time of the evening
Why not?

Ok... in reality, the likely minimum altitude would be 500' above the highest obstacle in the area. I'm pretty certain just about every pilot has broke that rule at least once. There is nothing quite like low altitude watching the world go by in a wooshhhh. Even more fun in a jet.

And Russian jets are probably the most popular jet warbirds that civilians buy.
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Why not?

Ok... in reality, the likely minimum altitude would be 500' above the highest obstacle in the area. I'm pretty certain just about every pilot has broke that rule at least once. There is nothing quite like low altitude watching the world go by in a wooshhhh. Even more fun in a jet.

And Russian jets are probably the most popular jet warbirds that civilians buy.
Scott, I know you're a pilot, so maybe you can answer this? Just to my south (the direction this jet was traveling) there is a small, country airport. Today was a gorgeous day and usually there are planes coming and going from that airport. I'm just wondering if a plane has to call ahead before "buzzing" an airfield or passing really close by, especially at a low altitude like this plane was at?
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According to the Federal Aviation Authority there are 27 privately owned MiG-17s in the U.S.

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/AcftRef_Results.aspx?Mfrtxt=&Modeltxt=MIG-17&PageNo=1
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According to the Federal Aviation Authority there are 27 privately owned MiG-17s in the U.S.

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/AcftRef_Results.aspx?Mfrtxt=&Modeltxt=MIG-17&PageNo=1
Cool Bigcountry. According to this registry, there is one Mig 17 in my area (Mobile). That could easily explain what I saw. Thanks
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Cool Bigcountry. According to this registry, there is one Mig 17 in my area (Mobile). That could easily explain what I saw. Thanks
No problem.

We have the double eagle airport near the city range and on the weekend WWI and WWII aircraft come out flying on the clear days and the wind is light.
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And I seriously thought it was a joke. Looked it up, sure enough, you can have a late production MiG 17 for $75 K.
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