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Are you ready for the sound of freedom?

By johnboy - 14 November 2011 48

The Australian has a piece on the defence component for Barack Obama’s visit.

TWELVE of the RAAF’s FA-18 Hornet jet fighter bombers will take turns sweeping the skies over Canberra and Darwin day and night during Barack Obama’s visit.

So now you know.

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Are you ready for the sound of freedom?
Gungahlin Al 12:46 pm 14 Nov 11

poetix said :

I think this will be quite fun. Fighter planes are wonderful objects, unless you’re in an actual war and on the wrong side (I imagine). It’s not like they’re bombing Lyneham. Or even Gungahlin.
The only reason Canberra’s here is to be the national capital, so foreign leaders are occasionally going to visit and cause a little inconvenience/noise.

+elevenety-six
And a big chuckle for your other post too.
At 12:45 Monday I am disappointed that they haven’t started yet.

luther_bendross 12:43 pm 14 Nov 11

Obama: Occupy The Sky

Funky1 12:39 pm 14 Nov 11

poetix said :

johnboy said :

While I agree it’s a generally pointless gesture that no other world leader seems to need…

A successful interception is much more likely if you’ve already got the bird up at 30k feet.

The other advantage is that we can all start talking like extras from Top Gun…

So from 3:25pm on Wednesday can we all pick corny call signs and asked to be addressed by them lol. Even better is there a “randon corny call sign” generator that RiotACT can install for that period?

If not, then I wish to be refered to as “Epileptic Pygmy” (going back to my old CB radio days lol)

sepi 12:28 pm 14 Nov 11

Nooooooo!

Last time it was a nightmare with no sleep whatsoever all night. I was planning to be out of town this time around but we are too busy.

I think we might have to fix the dvd player and just plan to stay up all night. Unless Obama cancels again (fingers crossed).

PantsMan 12:04 pm 14 Nov 11

Maybe they could shoot down the APF Kill Drone?

Mysteryman 11:58 am 14 Nov 11

What is the point of this? Are they going to spot possible assassination attempts from above at 1000km/h+ ?

poetix 11:58 am 14 Nov 11

johnboy said :

While I agree it’s a generally pointless gesture that no other world leader seems to need…

A successful interception is much more likely if you’ve already got the bird up at 30k feet.

The other advantage is that we can all start talking like extras from Top Gun…

Watson 11:57 am 14 Nov 11

I am one of those people who swears and moans when the neighbours start up their lawn mower – I hate noise. But how can you not like fighter jets?! Though I don’t know if I’ll still think that when they keep going all night. Better than that helicopter though. Helicopters are always boring.

johnboy 11:53 am 14 Nov 11

While I agree it’s a generally pointless gesture that no other world leader seems to need…

A successful interception is much more likely if you’ve already got the bird up at 30k feet.

EvanJames 11:50 am 14 Nov 11

Deref said :

Still – I’m sure we’ll all sleep more soundly knowing that if the terrists or the commies launch an air attack we’ll be protected.

Yes, the pilots of the jets will be able to watch the attack, as-will the people viewing the various radars and things that cover our airspace! It’s pointless and meaningless.

RiotFrog 11:50 am 14 Nov 11

poetix said :

I think this will be quite fun. Fighter planes are wonderful objects, unless you’re in an actual war and on the wrong side (I imagine). It’s not like they’re bombing Lyneham. Or even Gungahlin.

Charnwood on the other hand… 🙂

Deref 11:46 am 14 Nov 11

I hope they put mufflers on them. They didn’t during the Chief Buffoon’s visit a few years ago. Noisy bloody things. Still – I’m sure we’ll all sleep more soundly knowing that if the terrists or the commies launch an air attack we’ll be protected.

EvanJames 11:42 am 14 Nov 11

And what actual benefit to safety is having jets circling constantly? It’s for show, pure and simple. Noisy show. At 3am in the morning.

poetix 11:32 am 14 Nov 11

I think this will be quite fun. Fighter planes are wonderful objects, unless you’re in an actual war and on the wrong side (I imagine). It’s not like they’re bombing Lyneham. Or even Gungahlin.
The only reason Canberra’s here is to be the national capital, so foreign leaders are occasionally going to visit and cause a little inconvenience/noise.

EvanJames 11:01 am 14 Nov 11

Crap. They’ve been playing silly helicopter games the past week or so (blackhawks, except they’re various shades of green) and at 2am it’s noisy as hell. Fair dinkum, security theatre at its worst.

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