Possible connections between this incident and the republicans below the fold.
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:
- Hundreds of small planes have penetrated the restricted airspace, but today there was an F-16 response.
- The plane flew out of Smoketown Airport in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. Isn't that near where JimmyJeff GuckertGannon went to college?