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Re: “Burlington's Code Enforcers Have Your Landlord's Number

Khameni, how does that guy even get permits anymore

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by wingnut on 10/30/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Vermont Police Take Hands-Off Approach to Investigating Massage-Parlor Prostitution

Looks like another reason to legalize prostitution. These traffickers have gone underground taking their slaves with them

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gareth Mannion on 10/24/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Conservative Talk Show Host Suggests Sen. Leahy Drunk on Senate Floor

He likes his drink. Vermonters have known this for a long time.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by G Chesterton on 10/03/2018 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

60 feet? Really? No. Not even close. Seven Days, you can do better. An article ripe with speculation from unqualified sources. This isnt journalism. Reference guideline #4 (Be Honest) in your comment guidelines section.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by parrotsweet on 09/19/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Wreck Hunter

My father hiked in to the Randolph wreck as a teen. He told me they kept the kids away from the crash because of the bodies, surprised to hear that they were looking for bodies. He said he could hear them destroying the secret equipment, including the Norden bombsight. He didn't mention bullets flying around.

Posted by Don Arnold on 09/19/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Stunning how many commentors would like us to blindly trust our military in this day and age, as if the last fifty years hadn't happened.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Grey Jing on 09/18/2018 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

We saw these two aircraft fly directly over our job site near Mount Snow (Dover, VT) I suspected they were from MA or CT. We caught them flying northward around 1:00 PM or so. Pretty cool as they were flying very close together.

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Posted by Jared Willey on 09/09/2018 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

I live near Cambridge Vt and I heard the planes overhead and rushed outside and was mad as hell.. not because I was scared, not because they were low and loud. I was mad that I wasn't quick enough to see them.. I knew they were Military and they were training..Any rational person would know that. Even I know that flying these big crafts you don't "cowboying around,'" she said. "I think they were having some fun and they were flying really low and buzzing around, and it panicked a lot of people out here.". These men know what they are doing and you don't cowboy with these planes. They aren't toys !!! As many on here said. FREEDOM !! Makes me feel safe knowing they are around. They can fly over my place anytime they want. oh, no one around here was in a panicked..

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Donna Boutin on 09/08/2018 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Ladies and gentlemen. I hate to disturb your peaceful lives. But this is how we train. PERIOD!!!! And if this bothers you, you are more welcome to fly into Afghanistan, Syria and all the other combat areas yourselves. We are not crashing and we generally do not go lower than 400ft. So a lil buzz over your town for your freedom to sit on the lake or the patio then you are welcome!!!!!


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Posted by Herkville USA on 09/07/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

I am 45 years old and this has been going on for as long as I can remember. All of a sudden this is a shocker to people! Last time I know the military forces have to train in different situations because they are put in different situation!!! This is not real news people!!! Just saying

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rob Shepard on 09/07/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

These professional military aviators were executing a textbook 300 foot AGL (Above Ground Level) modified contour low level route profile, mitigating sparsely populated areas by at least 500 feet AGL and/ or 1 NM lateral separation, enroute to either a drop zone or landing zone, within a 1 minute Time on Target. There isnt time for sowing oats or cowboying at that altitude in a formation, nor would there be with a full crew of combat qualified Airmen. These are highly skilled military personnel who dedicate their time and efforts to ensure that they can infiltrate and exfiltrate hostile areas anywhere in the world to resupply war fighters and evacuate the wounded without damaging a multi-million dollar major weapons system. Though you may feel like they were trimming the branches of your oak trees, you are incorrect. If you are unhappy with the noise of these aircraft, or if it ruffles your sense of security, you can contact the Wing that operates them, provide them your location, and they will mark your residence on their low level charts to avoid it. The assumption that operating a large combat transport aircraft within 300 feet on terra firma in a careless or reckless manner is absurd.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by victorFrank on 09/06/2018 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Training to keep America safe and sound so you can sleep at night in your beds without fear of another nation's army kicking in your door. You're welcome.

20 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Land of the Free on 09/06/2018 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Large aircraft at 500-1000 feet look Very low to the untrained eye.
Keep training hard. It keeps us free!

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Posted by Erik Bailey on 09/06/2018 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Hey Pitmon, I hear Afghanistan is lovely this time of year. You should visit. Maybe even get a ride over there from the National Guard. Don't worry, they wont hit the Afghan Mountains on their approach to land with you on board because they are all trained up from their cowboying around in Vermont. But I would wear a flak jacket on approach.

25 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by mr sailski on 09/06/2018 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Four Fans of Freedom! Go Guard

29 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Rob C130 on 09/06/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

There are several low-level Military Training Routes in that area, and C-130s are authorized to fly off those routes as well so long as they properly plan to avoid obstructions and do thorough route planning. They can fly as low as 300 feet for most C-130 variants except over certain environmentally sensitive areas like National/State Parks, etc. The only coordination required is if it involves an actual MTR, then the crews have to schedule with the unit that owns the route. If they arent flying a published MTR, no coordination is required other than filing a flight plan. Nothing really to worry about, honestly.

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris Dickens on 09/06/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Military pilots do not engage in frivolous "joy flying" because the penalties for doing so, endangering civilians, themselves and their taxpayer-owned planes, are severe. It isn't worth destroying their careers, possibly lives and the perceptions of others for such an act. Written as a former Air Force officer and someone who knows how to fly airplanes. While they may appear to be "not benign" unless you are immune to reason and rational thought (i.e., a ReHitler voter), this is simply what it is: training.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ksmith610 on 09/06/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

We have seen these planes, plus helicopters, over Lake George on a regular basis. They come down the lake and disappear to the south.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by t bone on 09/06/2018 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

Have someone check the "sectional " chart for that area. If you see a thin grey line with the letters "VR " and a number, you have a low-altitude training route passing through that area. The VR means Visual Route and it can be flown as low as 500ft AGL (above ground level). It it about a mile wide and can be flown at high speed. One of them, VR1800 is used frequently by the VT Air Guard and passess over my home in West Chazy, NY.

20 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rich Calma on 09/06/2018 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Thunderhill: Low-Flying Mystery Planes Rattle Small Vermont Town

A couple of young pilots were feeling their oats. I wish they'd snuck up and scared the snot out of me, too. Life is boring without surprises. Next time please fly over North Hero, boys, providing if you didn't get your wing commander so jacked he grounded you.

19 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Eric J on 09/05/2018 at 9:15 PM

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