Friday, September 30, 2011

What were those planes doing? Training, says U.S. Navy

New Orleans -- Following residents' reports of military aircraft flying over the city, a spokesman with Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base New Orleans acknowledges that the Navy held training exercises here on Friday.

A news release from NAS JRB New Orleans reads, "A Navy C-130 aircraft accompanied by Navy F-18 Hornets made flights today, Sept. 30, over the City of New Orleans. These were routine training flights, conducted in a 'low and slow' pattern in full compliance and clearance with the FAA. These flights have concluded."

FOX 8 viewers phoned and posted notes on Facebook on Tuesday and Friday, saying they'd spotted several jet fighters -- anywhere from 6 to 10, depending on the source -- flying in formation with a larger aircraft, roughly the size of a small airliner.

We are still awaiting confirmation that Tuesday's sightings were related to military training.

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