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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Morning Flights

Shortly after I finish making the morning coffee and setting the table for breakfast, I go back downstairs to shower and dress.

Within moments, the morning quiet is shattered by the sound of Israeli fighter jets flying overhead... not at all a normal thing at this hour of the day.

One part of my sleepy mind observes that with Turkey now denying us use of their airspace for training, it is probably just a training exercise.  Probably.

But as I go back to the dining room 15 minutes later to distribute goodbye kisses, I can still hear the jets continuing to pass overhead.... one after another.

ONce outside, while warming up my scooter and putting on my helmet and gloves, I look up into the robbin's-egg blue sky overhead and can see them quite clearly - one F-16 after another, flying in single file - streaking due north.

I really hope this is just a training exercise.  But even if it turns out to be an operation over one of our northern neighbors, the news won't report it for at least a few hours.

Note to self:  Check the news sites at lunchtime.


UPDATE:  Seems like it was nothing (tfu, tfu tfu).

Posted by David Bogner on April 29, 2010 | Permalink

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Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Apr 29, 2010 1:22:13 PM

Hey, I thought that was weird too...

Posted by: Noa | Apr 29, 2010 7:55:31 PM

My grandparents z"l, lived very close to one of the Israeli Air Force bases. My grandmother would, virtually every day, watch the planes go out and count them out and pray all day for them all to return home. When they returned, she would count them back in - just to make sure they all returned safely. She prayed for them like they were her own children.

My heart is warmed to have read your post. You also reminded me of my grandmother z"l.

I am also, of course, glad that it was not an incident...

Thanks, as always, for sharing!

Posted by: Nir in London | Apr 29, 2010 11:07:42 PM

I always get jitters if I hear and/or see a big helicopter flying in the direction of Tel HaShomer hospital.....

Posted by: rickismom | Apr 29, 2010 11:38:17 PM

Glad to hear that nothing came of it. I admit to staying up a little extra late here in Seattle to refresh the post and see if there was an update :)

Posted by: It's Full of Stars | May 1, 2010 8:30:32 PM

Just in case it was an operation, maybe it wasn't such a good idea announcing it for all the world to read, before it hit the cyberspace newsstands.

Posted by: Imshin | May 2, 2010 3:06:48 PM

Imshin... FYI, I wrote the first part of the post before I left for work and waited nearly 5 hours before I posted it. Let's just say I know the range and fuel capacity of these planes (even with the extra wing tanks) and I made 100% sure they were back on the ground before my post went up. Mrs. Bogner didn't raise any idiots. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 2, 2010 3:33:57 PM

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