I can't help but point out the breathlessly delivered "investigation" last night by KSTP on air safety requirements for the upcoming Republican National Convention....
.. contained an awfully lot of facts available to News Cut readers 2 1/2 months ago.
What will happen if a pilot strays too close to the Xcel?
First the fighter jets will try to contact the pilot by radio. Then they'll get serious by dropping flares. Then they'll get really serious.
And, no, the pilot of the plane above wasn't being stupid. He was flying along -- legally -- when the pilot of the fighter jet asked if he would mind being used for intercept practice.
The pilot in the second video must have said yes... Did I see a flare about 3/4 of the way thru? I don't know about them, but it scared me...but then I am a member of queasyriders.com :-)