Slow Buzz Job

Flight Journal - - EDITORIAL - Wil­liam Seibt

I thor­oughly en­joyed the “Buzz Job” ar­ti­cle (Fe­bru­ary 2018 is­sue) and thought of a story that might be of in­ter­est to your read­ers.

It’s the early 1970s at the U.S. Coast Guard (CG) Air Sta­tion in El­iz­a­beth City, North Carolina, with the CG tower con­trollers. Due to our rel­a­tively re­mote lo­ca­tion, other ser­vices fre­quently sent jets to prac­tice var­i­ous pro­ce­dures with lit­tle traf­fic in the pat­tern. One day, two such jets, each in turn, re­quested per­mis­sion for a low-level, high-speed flyby over the field, which was granted. The first jet “zoomed” down the runway. The sec­ond jet “zoomed” down the runway. Then the pi­lot of the CG HU-16E “Al­ba­tross” am­phib that was in the pat­tern re­quested per­mis­sion for a low-level, high-speed pass (140 knots be­ing con­sid­ered high speed). Per­mis­sion granted. Just abreast of the tower, the pi­lot got on the ra­dio and called out, “Boom, boom.” The pi­lot got the ex­pected laughs and earned a per­ma­nent nick­name. Bwa­ha­ha­haha! Per­fect! A true sonic (or would it be “ver­bal”?) boom!—BD

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