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Pre-emptive screaming-fighter-jets alert

Boston Flyovers alerts us that four fighter jets will fly low and loud over Fenway Park - which means they'll also fly over other parts of the area - during Thursday's Red Sox opening-day ceremonies. The ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. and run through just before first pitch, scheduled for 2:10 p.m.

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the team's on field performance won't be enough of a "screw you" to the people of this city

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GET SOME!

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Thanks for the warning. It's been long enough since 9/11 that I probably wouldn't jump to "something horrible has happened," but I didn't expect that reaction in 2002 either.

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…. in support of a multi million dollar sports enterprise.

Charming.

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of thousands of suburban fans who will go home (after 'Sweet Caroline' of course!) to their suburbs, secure in the knowledge that places like Hanscom will never turn into full-service airports, because planes are really loud

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Contrary to the statement that:

places like Hanscom will never turn into full-service airports, because planes are really loud

Hanscom is not really a military airport although it houses enough US Air Force functions to be commanded by AF Colonel Taona A. Enriquez, Commander, 66th Air Base Group, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts -- the military landlord.

So the loud planes associated with Hanscom, generally have nothing to do with the USAF or any official DOD functions [there are occasional exceptions].

Ironically, Colonel Enriquez' chief tenant is Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Genatempo, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. There are two other important civilian AF offices housed at Hanscom:
Scott C. Hardiman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Air Force Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3), and the Director of the NC3 Integration Directorate, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
Steven D. Wert, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Program Executive Officer Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

Together under Maj. Gen. Genatempo there are more than 2,700 personnel and the responsibility for a

$17 billion acquisition portfolio responsible for developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force Aerial Networks, Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Infrastructure, Cybersecurity and Cryptologic Systems, Software Development Factories and Platforms, combat communications, and special programs to enable reliable connectivity at the point of mission need for more than 600,000 users.

The rest of the Hanscom footprint is a combination of Technology Office and R&D Park [MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Mitre] on the AF-side and a full-function commercial airport operated by Massport with many thousands of departures and arrivals annually [just under 100,000 total operations for 2021 of which 33,000 were jets]. Just no scheduled airline service.

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is why people might not consider Hanscom to be full service. If there is no regularly scheduled service, that's a missing element to the generally accepted meaning of full service.

Just no scheduled airline service.
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Otherwise, though, thanks for the very informative post!

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I know the runways at Hanscom are long enough for fairly large military planes, but are they long enough for commercial jets? Even if they're not, a regional commercial service using smaller planes would be a benefit to the area.

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...in light of the tragic helicopter accident earlier today.

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No. We can walk and chew gum.

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Also, not sure why you think multitasking would be the issue , but maybe you're just going for the snark.

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When you use the passive voice to such a degree, you leave a lot open to interpretation. Exactly who do you think "might or should postpone" this flyover?

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There was a very visible omission yesterday at Fenway:

Despite a very laudable display of patriotism at Fenway with the unfurling of the huge American Flag and a large contingent of the Vermont National Guard -- and of course the impressive mixed fighter Flyover [F-15's and F-35's] -- there was a failure of the Red Sox home opener program.

No moment of silence nor any comment was made to acknowledge the US Army helicopter crash in KY and the significant casualties

9 Soldiers Killed as Pair of Helicopters Crash in One of the Army's Deadliest Training Accidents
Military.com Network
30 Mar 2023
By Steve Beynon

Nine soldiers are dead after a crash involving two UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Wednesday night, a training accident that is one of the deadliest in Army history.

"This is a truly tragic loss for our families, our division and Fort Campbell," Brig Gen. John Lubas, deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said at a press conference Thursday morning.

On Wednesday night, a pair of 101st Airborne Division Black Hawks were conducting routine training in southwestern Kentucky. The pilots were using night vision, a common practice for units to practice flying in low visibility. There was no hazardous weather, according to National Weather Service data.

It marks one of the deadliest days for the Army outside of combat since the 1994 Green Ramp disaster in which 24 soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died after a F-16 fighter jet collided with a C-130 with the wreckage hitting a C-141 and igniting jet fuel and ammunition next to a group of paratroopers.

In contrast -- entirely out of the public eye as the LA Times reported:

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

“My heart goes out to the families of these servicemembers and to the members of the 101st Airborne Division who bravely and proudly serve our country each and every day,” Lloyd said in a statement.

In the Kentucky Legislature, members stood for a moment of silence Thursday morning in honor of the crash victims. State Rep. Walker Thomas said the crash occurred about 15 to 20 minutes from his home.

The LA Times story also provided some additional details about the crash:

Nick Tomaszewski, who lives about a mile from where the crash occurred, said he saw two helicopters flying over his house moments before the crash.

“For whatever reason last night, my wife and I were sitting there looking out on the back deck and I said, ‘Wow, those two helicopters look low and they look kind of close to one another tonight,’” he said.

The helicopters flew over and looped back around, and moments later “we saw what looked like a firework went off in the sky,” he said, adding: “All of the lights in their helicopter went out. It was like they just poofed ... and then we saw a huge glow like a fireball.”

Flyovers for training exercises happen almost daily, and the helicopters typically fly low but not so close together, Tomaszewski said.

“There were two back to back. We typically see one and then see another one a few minutes later, and we just saw two of them flying together last night,” he said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

“My heart goes out to the families of these servicemembers and to the members of the 101st Airborne Division who bravely and proudly serve our country each and every day,” Lloyd said in a statement.

In the Kentucky Legislature, members stood for a moment of silence Thursday morning in honor of the crash victims. State Rep. Walker Thomas said the crash occurred about 15 to 20 minutes from his home...

Last month, two Tennessee National Guard pilots were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed along an Alabama highway during a training exercise.

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