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Salem Reverberates as Retired Military Plane Flies OverBonnie King Salem-News.com
The Oregon Military says what took Salemites as a military event was in fact just an old plane landing.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The thundering roar of a huge military plane was heard over south Salem this afternoon, rattling windows and causing not a little intrigue into what this plane was doing here.
The military plane that we all thought it was is a Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as "AWACS" an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. An AWACS can coordinate every aircraft in the area for a hundred miles or more, depending on the area.
The huge plane that made four or more passes over Oregon's capitol city was actually not the ominous plane in question.
According to the Oregon Military Department, it is a civilian aircraft, no longer a military one. It may be privately owned, or being retired.
"The pilot made several fly-overs to correctly judge the length of the airstrip, which is a bit shorter than preferred for such a large aircraft," said Chris Ingersoll of Oregon National Guard Public Affairs.
Using retired military planes for creative purposes is not uncommon, however, seeing them flyover can be somewhat disconcerting for the surprised onlookers.
Some theorized that the would-be military exercise could have been connected to a visit to our fair state by the Donald Trump campaign. This appears to be unfounded, as the older-model plane was indeed only set to safely land, perhaps for it's last time.
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