Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

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  • Two jets flew over the Mesa a few moments ago (11:30) and again (1145). Any ideas on what is going on? I’m hoping it’s something innocent.

  • Does anyone know anything about the 2 very loud jets that went over downtown at 11:35ish this morning?

  • What was that? I'm sure you are getting lots of questions about what was flying over us around 11:30 am that was really loud and shook my house up here on the Mesa!

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a-1524665888 Mar 21, 2018 10:51 AM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

Next time you hear this, make a run to the Beachside Cafe in Goleta at the pier. I've been there several times for lunch and saw military pilots in for lunch. An Edhatter might get a good interview and post it. Would be interesting and appreciated.

a-1524665888 Mar 20, 2018 11:03 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

A geeky friend's take: Surface detonation minimizes blast and flash damage (note how none of the really serious blast/flash radii even reaches Lompoc). But a surface burst maximizes the fallout plume. Despite that, the dosage in your area appears to be around 10mSv / hour. This would give you 2 - 4 days to get out of plume without risking major health effects, more if you spent the remaining days in the area indoors with the windows and doors closed before entering your closed car and proceeding out of the area. http://radiationsurvival.blogspot.com/ If this happened at night, you probably wouldn't know it until you heard a fairly loud bang, not even as loud as those sonic booms the Shuttle made back in the 1980s landing at Edwards. If you then ran outside, due to the time delay of the shock wave reaching you, you'd see the fireball as an ember shrinking away over the mountains to the northwest. It's about 60 miles, so even with a stiff 25 mph continuous wind from the NW, the fallout would take 2 hours to reach you. Here is an alternative scenario. A much larger bomb, 350kT, but detonated at the ideal height to maximize blast and flash effects at the site. https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/?&kt=350&lat=34.7569712&lng=-120.5706311&hob_ft=0&fallout=1&ff=50&fallout_angle=120&zm=8 Note there is no appreciable fallout plume. This is correct. Here, the flash over the horizon to the NW would be shockingly bright, but without a direct view of the fireball, you'd have time to look away without being blinded. The bank would be really loud. And that would be it. 60 miles is a long way.

sbdude Mar 20, 2018 09:00 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

It's fairly common for military pilots to do a training run to their hometown if possible. They can buzz the town or maybe even land and spend a little time with the family. Usually, they leave with a full military power takeoff, an exit with flair, to say the least!

icanreadcanyou Mar 20, 2018 05:56 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

https://www.independent.com/news/2018/mar/20/pair-f-22s-buzz-santa-barbara-city-college/

backyardhuman Mar 20, 2018 02:25 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

I heard something similar this morning off of Fairview in Goleta around sunrise time this morning (March 20) My friend heard the 11:30ish roars from E. Haley yesterday.

pstarSR Mar 20, 2018 01:24 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

since no one seemed to answer the question, why they are here. they frequently refuel at our airport while on training mission off the coast. no need to go into the bomb shelter yet

tagdes Mar 20, 2018 05:26 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

Um... they don't and cannot refuel here, the City of SB is not a branch of the US military. The C2 Greyhounds do touch and gos and the AH1 Cobras actually land and the crews can have lunch or at least did in the past.

a-1524665888 Mar 20, 2018 12:54 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

I love the U.S.military protecting our country, right here from Vandenberg. Bravo!

behm.jason@gmail Mar 20, 2018 09:37 AM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

F-22s are stealth fighter jets, the FAA wouldn't know it happened...FYI Santa Barbara is in the middle of two major military establishments crucial to Norad and attacks from the southern Hemisphere so when you move here, you should do some research people, cause SB has always been and continues to be a major defense region, Sorry to pop your bubble...

a-1524665888 Mar 20, 2018 11:02 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

Yep. When prez and N. Korea really got into the insults, I looked into protection. In light of Vandenberg and all. Nuke map, Vandenberg: =============================== https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/?&kt=150&lat=34.7569712&lng=-120.5706311&airburst=0&hob_ft=0&fallout=1&ff=50&fallout_angle=120&zm=8

macpuzl Mar 20, 2018 12:36 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

In peacetime civil airspace, military aircraft would fly with transponders on for identification and radar tracking. Stealthiness wouldn't be a factor.

tagdes Mar 20, 2018 08:52 AM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

They were F-22 Raptors from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Arizona.

a-1524665888 Mar 20, 2018 10:52 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

I sure hope you're not serious. Or am I supposed to laugh? Honest question.

macpuzl Mar 20, 2018 12:34 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

Except the USMC has no F-22 aircraft. Maybe F-35B, but I didn't see them.

a-1524665888 Mar 19, 2018 06:43 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

it was VERY cool - I saw them quickly quick by San Marcos high school.

CoastWatch Mar 19, 2018 04:36 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

I wish the military would do MORE F-18 , B-2 and Attack Helicopter flyovers!

passing-by Mar 19, 2018 01:41 PM
Fighter Jets over the Mesa?

Military fighter plane. Either two, or one circling around. Couldn't read any markings or determine the type What WAS obvious: flying only a few hundred feet over the West Mesa neighborhoods and, while flying directly over my backyard made a quarter-barrel roll. Whatever the guy was doing, the noise was deafening and most likely in violation of FAA rules.

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