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You may think that this is tin-foil territory, but it is interesting that the Cessna that violated the sovereign airspace of D.C. and caused F-16's to roar over the Capitol and sent government officials to the bunkers also pushed the Iraq Memo smoking gun off of the TV radar.

Possible connections between this incident and the republicans below the fold.

Let's take a look at the Yahoo story:

The men were identified as Hayden Sheaffer, of Lititz, Pa., and Troy Martin, of Akron, Pa., according to a federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The plane was registered to Vintage Aero Club, a group of people who fly from Smoketown Airport in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, said club member Merv King. Former club member John E. Henderson said the plane was to be flown by Sheaffer and Martin to an air show in Lumberton, N.C.

Sheaffer confirmed he had been released by authorities but declined to comment further when reached on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

Martin's wife, Jill, said: "Troy was discussing with me last night after they made their flight plans all about the no-fly zones and how they were going to avoid them. He said they were going to fly between two different restricted areas."

Washington's Reagan National Airport has been closed to general aviation, the non-airline planes, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the 3 1/2 years since then, hundreds of small planes have flown within the restricted airspace around the capital — a 15 3/4-mile radius around the Washington Monument.

However, it's rare for fighter jets to be scrambled in response.

A couple of points:

  1. Hundreds of small planes have penetrated the restricted airspace, but today there was an F-16 response.
  2. The plane flew out of Smoketown Airport in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. Isn't that near where JimmyJeff GuckertGannon went to college?

Tinfoil? Aluminum foil? Copper Faraday Cage? Or the truth? I'm just askin'.

Originally posted to MarkInSanFran on Wed May 11, 2005 at 06:37 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Just because you're paranoid (4.00)
    doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

    Now back to reruns of "The X-Files".

  •  It's probably... (none)
    an hour and a half away, but...

    As someone who is somewhat familiar with that area, I can honestly say that people from there are really not the sharpest tools in the shed.

    Think Larry, Daryl, and their other brother Daryl.

  •  Don't forget (none)
    this administration secretly hires out private planes to extradite prisoners for torture.  It's their MO.

    Before "Air America" was a radio station, it helped finance a covert Central American war by running drugs.

  •  This was staged (4.00)
    pure and simple. Ditto on the "grenade" that was probably just a green apple.

    Wonder what other theatrics Rove will cook up for the rest of the week?

  •  Hey Mark! (none)
    Where did you get the "little Cessna that could" tagline?

    I thought I was being original when i posted it a half hour before your diary.  But I love it catching on in any event.

    What's wrong with us being so computer-bound on a lovely evening in SF, eh?

    "Never give up, never surrender"

    by wonkydonkey on Wed May 11, 2005 at 07:39:22 PM PDT

  •  Cessna 150 a risk? What a joke. (4.00)
    I flew these airplane versions of Yugos years ago. They BARELY have enough power to get 2 adults off of the ground, much less carry any pay load of anything dangerous. Your average car has about the same amount of gas.
    The Air Force knows this, no big deal.
    This was just to whip the terror frenzy up again.
    •  Air america (none)
      I heard a montage of CNN dramatic coverage about this today, I think it was Sam Seder in the evening.  He's my fav on AAR.

      They were tossing around "packed with explosives", potential terrorist probe of defenses, on and on.  You can't pack a lunch in a 150!

      I just think we've gone completely and utterly nuts on this fear of general aviation small aircraft.

      Dear Lord, please save me from your followers

      by mz on Wed May 11, 2005 at 10:15:53 PM PDT

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  •  This Whole Thing Makes Us Look Bad (4.00)
    All three branches of the Federal government shut down by a couple of middle aged guys in a 40 year old two seater?

    Pathetic.

    We are losing the war on terror by becoming afraid of our own shadow.

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