I’m Sorry, But What Kind of Photo Op Involves Flying a 747 Escorted by Two Fighter Jets Over Lower Manhattan?

Nothing to see here, folks; that low-flying plane downtown is one of ours. From the Wall Street Journal:

A low-flying commercial airplane escorted by military jets Monday morning sent workers worried about a repeat of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks fleeing their offices in the New York City area. A jet flew low over the Hudson River and circled several times, causing some evacuations of office buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City, N.J.

Holy Crap, right? Workers were concerned:

At around 10 a.m. EDT, the plane was seen flying low over lower Manhattan and at one point was seen circling the Goldman Sachs Tower in nearby Jersey City, N.J. Several buildings in the area were evacuated although workers quickly returned after it became clear that the flyover was planned in advance. There were reports that employees in skyscrapers throughout the area fled without prompting as word spread.

But, not to worry:

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said it was part of a “photo op.” The U.S. Defense Department is conducting a “photo op” that involves deploying two F-16 fighter jets escorting a Boeing 747 in the vicinity of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters.

Still, my question is, what sort of thing is the defense dept. filming here? A recruiting video?

5 Comments on I’m Sorry, But What Kind of Photo Op Involves Flying a 747 Escorted by Two Fighter Jets Over Lower Manhattan?

  1. Just saw it fly over my house at 8:00 pm, in Ontario near Ottawa canada. Direction Coming Form East going West. Very low and slow. Very long photo OP!?

    • S Gamache // May 6, 2009 at 9:09 am // Reply

      Yes I saw 2 jets escorting the 747 flying towards the Ottawa airport. Anyone know what they are doing here…lol Very neat to see it flying over as it was very loud and obvious..

  2. Who was taking photos of this “photo op”? Where were the camera men? Anyone curious about that?

  3. thanks you admin good lock

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